Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 39
Welcome to the 39th edition of the Nintendo Time Portal, where we look back through Nintendo’s history at the games released for its systems. This week, we’ll be looking at anniversaries at the end of October and the start of November.
October 30 – Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II comes to North America.
As the first online RPG for consoles, Phantasy Star Online was a success for Sega, and after the Dreamcast was discontinued, they picked the GameCube as its next console. Released as Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II, with all-new content added as the second episode, it came to North America on October 30, 2002. Fans still hope Phantasy Star Online will return to the west someday.
October 31 – Super Castlevania IV is released.
How about a Halloween game release? On October 31, 1991, Super Castlevania IV was released in Japan. To some extent, it was a remake of the original Castlevania, while the primary goal was to create an action game in the series inspired by the original. Since then, it has been released on many different platforms.
November 1 – Super Mario Galaxy is released.
Coming out first on November 1, 2007 in Japan, Super Mario Galaxy brought Mario’s 3D platformers to the Wii in a new galaxy-spanning adventure. While Super Mario Galaxy focused more on small worlds with set objectives than the more exploration-based gameplay of its predecessors, it was a huge success and is considered one of the best in the series. It eventually received a sequel.
November 2 – Lord of the Rings: The Third Age is released.
In the endless debates of what makes a game a JRPG, let’s not forget EA’s turn-based RPG based on the Lord of the Rings franchise. The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age came out on November 2, 2004 in North America, with a Gamecube version as well as a handheld adaptation for the Game Boy Advance. Loosely following the Lord of the Rings movies, it featured an original cast of characters and gameplay systems that felt like they’d been pulled straight from Final Fantasy X, an unusual combination for sure.
These are just a few of the game anniversaries we celebrate this week. Which are your favorites?