Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 38

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 38

Welcome to the 38th issue of the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look back through Nintendo’s history to see what video game anniversaries we celebrate this week. And with Halloween approaching, surely we have some spooky anniversaries…

October 22 – Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water comes west.

There was significant concern that the fifth main Fatal Frame game wouldn’t be localized, but Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water did indeed come to the west, starting with its North American release on October 22, 2015. The Wii U felt like a perfect fit for the series, and the reviews were decent although somewhat mixed. When will we hear from Fatal Frame again?

October 23 – Shantae & the Pirate’s Curse is released.

While not quite a spooky game (but it does have zombies, so it counts), Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse was first released on October 23, 2014. As the third entry in the Shantae series, it was a great success and is considered by many fans to be the best entry in the Shantae series so far.

October 24 and 25 – Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 come to the west on the Wii U.

After being released in September in Japan, Bayonetta 2 came to North America and Europe on October 24, 2014, followed by Australasia on October 25. It included a port of the original Bayonetta as well, and both games appeared on the eShop. Bayonetta 2 was very well-received, getting several perfect scores and high praise from fans. Now we’re all eagerly awaiting news on Bayonetta 3…

October 26 – Majora’s Mask comes to North America.

Set in an alternate world, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask came to North America on October 26, 2000. It put Link in a 3-day time loop as he attempted to stop the end of the world. With its darker tone and gameplay twists, it has earned a reputation as one of the more unusual Legend of Zelda games. It was eventually remastered for the 3DS.

In Conclusion

These are just a few of the game anniversaries we celebrate this week. Which are your favorites?

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