Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 41
Welcome back to the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look back through history at Nintendo’s gaming anniversaries. So, what are a few of the games that released this week in history?
November 11 and 13 – Tales of Symphonia’s sequel comes west.
Tales of Symphonia was a huge hit, so Namco followed it up with a spin-off sequel for the Wii. Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World came to North America a few months after its Japanese launch, on November 11, 2008 and then to Europe a year later on November 13, 2009. It was… not quite as well received as its predecessor, and lives on in fans’ hearts as one of the most heavily-criticized games in the Tales series.
November 13 and 15 – The Umbrella Chronicles is released.
When Capcom decided to make a Resident Evil game for the Wii that would make use of the Wiimotes, a rail shooter was a natural conclusion. The result was Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, which came out on November 13, 2007 in North America and two days later on November 15 in Japan. Largely retelling the events of Resident Evil, Resident Evil 0, and Resident Evil 3, it added additional stories and context related to the Umbrella Corporation.
November 16 – Baten Kaitos comes to North America.
While the newly-formed Monolith Soft worked on Xenosaga, they started up a second project for the GameCube, which they felt lacked JRPGs. Almost a year after its Japanese release, Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean came to North America on November 16, 2004. Aside from criticism of its voice acting, it saw high praise… but poor sales. Although initially planned as a franchise, it only received one prequel and a cancelled DS entry. Fans continue to await its return.
November 17 – Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga is released.
Inspired by Paper Mario, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga was a new RPG in the Mario series first released on November 17, 2003 for the Game Boy Advance. It was well-received, especially for its humor, and became the start of an entire spin-off series. Most recently, it was remade for the 3DS with additional content.
These are just a few of the game anniversaries we celebrate this week. Which are your favorites?