This Week in Gaming – 16th August 20204 minute read

With video games spanning decades there is always something to celebrate each week.

This Week in Gaming has hand-picked some of the biggest titles that are celebrating anniversaries. Over the last seven days there have been some amazing games reaching small or large milestones. Prepare to feel old…

10th August

Ninja Gaiden Trilogy was released 25 years ago on this day

Sometimes it is hard to believe that certain games have reached certain milestones. Ninja Gaiden Trilogy is one of those – but what is even scarier is that this was a release of all three NES games into the SNES library, so they are older than they even appear here. Here are some of the anniversaries from Monday.

  • 30 Years
    • Shadow of the Ninja – Nintendo Entertainment System
  • 25 Years
    • Ninja Gaiden Trilogy – Super Nintendo Entertainment System
    • Street Fighter: The Movie – Playstation
    • Bomberman GB – Gameboy

11th August

Japan saw the release of Paper Mario for the N64 two decades ago

Intelligent Systems developed the Paper Mario games for the Nintendo 64. A game based on two-dimensional proportions that was far from flat!

  • 20 Years
    • Paper Mario – Nintendo 64 (Japan)

13th August

Marvel vs Capcom 2 is the fourth instalment of the Marvel vs. Capcom series and Capcom’s Vs

Marvel vs. Capcom 2 was released in 2000, but the subsequent re-release onto the current generation consoles of the time boosted its popularity massively. It would have been difficult to leave it out of this list.

  • 29 Years
    • Super Mario World – Super Nintendo Entertainment System
  • 11 Years
    • Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes – Xbox 360 & Playstation 3

14th August

Alter Beast was set in Ancient Greece and became a console phenomenon – according to some at least

Even though Altered Beast was a success on the Mega Drive and Genesis, Mega (magazine) placed this game at number 10 in their worst Mega Drive games ever. Mixed reviews aside it is a popular title with a strong fan-base.

  • 31 Years
    • Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle – Genesis
    • Altered Beast – Genesis
  • 8 Years
    • Darksiders II

15th August

Sakamoto himself admitted that the Alien franchise had an influence on the development of Metroid. Tanak’s music alone is reminiscent of Jerry Goldsmith’s Alien score. Regardless of the influences Metroid has become one of the most popular Nintendo franchises in history and this week reached 33 years since release.

  • 33 Years
    • Metroid – Nintendo Entertainment System
  • 25 Years
    • Ecco Jr. – Genesis

16th August

The direct sequel to Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain was praised for it’s Gothic story

Often criticised but often played – Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver is one of those games with heavily mixed reviews. I for one enjoyed playing this game and, out of everything highlighted in This Week in Gaming so far, this one made me feel the oldest!

  • 21 Years
    • Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver – Playstation

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