This Week in Gaming – 10th January 20216 minute read

This Week in Gaming once again looks at some of the gaming anniversaries that have been observed over the last seven days. From NES classics, obscure Game boy Advance titles and many Japanese releases there is plenty to get your teeth into this week.

4th January

TwinBee (image credit: Konami)

TwinBee (ツインビー, TsuinBī) is a vertical-scrolling shoot ’em up. The game originally released as an arcade game by Konami. It is considered an early archetype of a cute ’em up. It was ported to both the MSX and the NES in 1986.

  • 35 Years
    • TwinBee – NES (Japan)
  • 34 Years
    • Hi no Tori: Gaou no Bouken – NES (Japan)
  • 32 Years
    • Ganbare Goemon 2 – NES (Japan)
  • 30 Years
    • Juvei Quest – NES (Japan)
  • 23 Years
    • Shin Nippon Pro Wrestling: Toukon Road – Brave Spirits – Nintendo 64 (Japan)
  • 19 Years
    • Car Tycoon – PC

5th January

Ganbare Goemon Gaiden: Kieta Ougon Kiseru (image credit: Konami)

Ganbare Goemon Gaiden: Kieta Ōgon Kiseru (がんばれゴエモン外伝 きえた黄金キセル, “Ganbare Goemon Gaiden: The Gold Pipe Which Disappeared”) is part of the Goemon series of video games and released in 1990 in Japan. Even though it was the third Goemon game to be released on a Nintendo system it is the first Goemon role-playing game.

  • 31 Years
    • Ganbare Goemon Gaiden: Kieta Ougon Kiseru – NES (Japan)
  • 30 Years
    • Wai Wai World 2: SOS!! Paseri Jou – NES (Japan)
  • 21 Years
    • South Park Rally – PlayStation
  • 17 Years
    • Sonic Battle – Game Boy Advance
    • Sonic Heroes – GameCube

6th Janaury

Space Harrier (image credit: Sega)

Space Harrier (Japanese: スペースハリアー, Hepburn: Supēsu Hariāis a third-person rail shooter developed by Sega Enterprises and originally released in December 1985 on arcade. It was originally thought ot be a realistic military-themed game featuring a player-controlled fighter jet. Due to technical limitations it was changed to be a propelled human characters in a fantasy setting. The game was originally advertised as a taiken game (body sensation game).

  • 33 Years
    • Family Circuit – NES (Japan)
  • 32 Years
    • Casino Kid – NES (Japan)
    • Space Harrier – NES (Japan)
  • 31 Years
    • Adventures of Lolo 2 – NES (Japan)
  • 26 Years
    • Blade Warrior (1995) – PC (Japan)
  • 23 Years
    • Robotron 64 – Nintendo 64
  • 21 Years
    • Hanagumi Taisen Columns 2 – Dreamcast (Japan)
    • Robin Lloyd no Bouken – PlayStation (Japan)
    • Summon Night – PlayStation (Japan)
    • Super Robot Taisen EX – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 17 Years
    • Conflict: Desert Storm II – Back to Baghdad – GameCube
  • 16 years
    • Digimon World 4 – GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox (Japan)
    • Tales of the World: Narikiri Dungeon 3 – Game Boy Advance (Japan)

7th January

Dragon Buster (image credit: Namco)

Dragon Buster was another game that was originally released as an arcade game before being ported to home console systems. It ran on Namco Pac-Land hardware which was modified to support vertical scrolling. The game is a dungeon crawler and is the earliest game to feature a double-jump mechanic as well as one of the first games to use a visual health meter.

  • 34 Years
    • Dragon Buster – NES (Japan)
  • 29 Years
    • Pizza Pop! – NES (Japan)
  • 27 Years
    • Pop’n TwinBee: Rainbow Bell Adventures – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 22 Years
    • Initial D – PlayStation (Japan)
    • The Next Tetris – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 19 Years
    • Cel Damage – GameCube
    • Rez – PlayStation 2
  • 18 Years
    • Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced – Game Boy Advance
    • Dragon’s Lair 3D: Return to the Lair – GameCube
  • 15 Years
    • London Taxi: Rush Hour – PlayStation 2

8th January

Alien vs Predator (image credit: Activision)

Alien vs Predator is a beat ’em up game that was developed for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. This title differs from the previous titles I have discussed as the arcade game variant was actually released eight months later by Capcom, and not the home console game publisher IGS (Japan) / Activision (North America and Europe). The game allows players to control a Predator and battle various Aliens in different stages. It was also responsible for the movie franchise Alien vs Predator.

  • 33 Years
    • Super Contra – Arcade (Japan)
  • 30 Years
    • Operation C – Game Boy (Japan)
  • 28 Years
    • Alien vs. Predator – Super Nintendo (Japan)
    • Dirty Racing – Game Boy (Japan)
  • 27 Years
    • Super Pinball: Behind the Mask – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 23 Years
    • Alundra – PlayStation
    • Denki Groove Jigoku V – PlayStation (Japan)
    • No One Can Stop Mr. Domino – PlayStation (Japan)
    • Real Robots Final Attack – PlayStation (Japan)

9th January

Fushigi no Kuni no Alice (image credit: Global A)

Fushigi no Kuni no Alice (ふしぎの国のアリス, Fushigi no Kuni no Arisu) is an anime adaptation of the 1865 novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and ran on the TV Tokyo network from March 1983 to October 1984. The game variant came out 18 years later on the Game Boy Advance.

  • 20 Years
    • Aqua Aqua – PlayStation 2
  • 19 Years
    • MegaRace 3 – PC
    • NFL 2K2 – Xbox
  • 18 Years
    • Fushigi no Kuni no Alice – Game Boy Advance (Japan)
    • Space Raiders – GameCube (Japan)
    • Triangle Again – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 17 Years
    • Underworld: The Eternal War – PlayStation 2
  • 15 Years
    • Electroplankton – Nintendo DS

10th January

Mega Man 64 (image credit: Capcom)

Mega Man Legends is an action-adventure shooter released by Capcom. It was the first game of the Mega Man Legends sub-series of video games and the second 3D polygonal game in the franchise. The Nintendo 64 version is a port released under the same name in 2000. However it was renamed Mega Man 64 for the English release in 2001.

  • 24 Years
    • RayStorm – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 23 Years
    • Nagano Winter Olympics ’98 – Nintendo 64
  • 20 Years
    • Mega Man 64 – Nintendo 64
  • 19 Years
    • Road Trip – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 16 Years
    • The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap – Game Boy Advance
  • 15 Years
    • Mega Man X Collection – GameCube, PlayStation 2
    • Wild Arms 4 – PlayStation 2
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: Duel Academy – Game Boy Advance