Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 42
Welcome back to the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look back through Nintendo’s history to see which game anniversaries take place this week. For November 18-24, let’s take a look… and it turns out Nintendo really likes this month for releasing new consoles…
November 18 – The GameCube comes to North America.
A little over two months after its Japanese release date, the GameCube was released in North America on November 18, 2001. Not only was it the first Nintendo console to use discs instead of cartridges, but it also opted for the miniDVD format, leading to its smaller-than-usual game discs. The GameCube saw a positive reception and many beloved games.
November 18 – The Wii U also comes to North America.
Fast-forward 11 years and we have the North American release of the Wii U on November 18, 2012. While the two are often compared, the Wii U never saw the same success the GameCube did. Criticized for a weak launch lineup, it saw slow sales that it never quite recovered from. The Wii U has many great games available for it, but it largely considered to be a commercial failure.
November 19 – In between, the Wii is released.
In between the GameCube and the Wii U, there was, of course, the Wii. Releasing first in North America before other regions, it came out on November 19, 2006. While it switched over to using regular discs, it was fully backward-compatible with GameCube games. It also introduced motion controls, as well as the Virtual Console. With a huge appeal among many different groups, the Wii became a huge success and saw incredible sales.
November 21 – The DS is released.
Finally, we’re also celebrating the release of the original Nintendo DS, which first launched in North America on November 21, 2004. With two screens, it set itself apart from competitors, and thanks to its backward compatibility with Game Boy Advance games, it quickly become Nintendo’s primary handheld system. The DS is currently the second best-selling game console of all time, and it left behind a strong legacy of games.
These are just a few of the game anniversaries we celebrate this week (and it isn’t even all the console anniversaries). Which are your favorites?