Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 37
Welcome to the latest issue of the Nintendo Time Portal, where we go back through Nintendo’s history to see which games released over the years. Today, we’ll be looking at a few Nintendo game anniversaries from October 14-20.
October 14 and 17 – Kirby’s Epic Yarn is released.
On October 14, 2010 in Japan, and then on October 17, 2010 in North America, Kirby’s Epic Yarn was released for the Wii. While originally planned as a new IP about a yarn-filled world, it was switched over to a Kirby game, and the original main character, Prince Fluff, took on a supporting role. The game was quite well-received and has an enhanced 3DS port planned for 2019.
October 14 and 16 – Skylanders begins.
The Spyro series had pretty much died when Toys for Bob was given a chance to revive it, and they did so with a toys-to-life game called Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure. It came out on October 14, 2011 in Europe and October 16, 2011 in North America for several systems including the Wii and 3DS. It saw a positive reception, and Skylanders soon became its own spin-off series.
October 17 – Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance comes to North America.
The ninth main installment of the Fire Emblem series overall, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance for the GameCube became the third localized Fire Emblem title when it came to North America on October 17, 2005. It was the first game in the tactical RPG series to feature 3D graphics and voice acting, and it was a huge success due to its gameplay and story. It eventually received a direct sequel on the Wii.
October 19 – Pokémon Yellow comes to North America.
North America was the third region to receive Pokémon Yellow when it released on October 19, 1999. This enhanced version of Pokémon Red and Blue gave the player Pikachu as their starting Pokémon and loosely followed the anime, with characters such as Jessie and James appearing. Pokémon Yellow was a huge success, and North American stores had trouble meeting demand. The upcoming Pokémon Let’s Go games were inspired by it.
These are just a few of the game anniversaries we celebrate this week. Which are your favorites?