This Week in Gaming – 13th December 20207 minute read

Godzilla, Turtles, Zelda, more Turtles and Doom. This Week in Gaming is full to the brim of big releases and some massive anniversaries. Japan seems to have got most of the good ones this week but there are definitely some gems that have reached milestones over the last seven days. Read on to see who is celebrating their birthdays.

7th December

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game (image credit: Konami)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game was literally the first game I actually played in an Arcade. It would be some years later before I got the chance to play it on the NES but it was equally as hard as the coin-guzzling arcade variant. The game was a port of the arcade game Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but the Japanese version of the port for the same console was still called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as the first game that was released for the franchise on the NES locally was released under a different title. Well that’s not confusing at all. The game allows the player to select one of the four turtles to battle the enemies on screen in a gameplay similar to Streets of Rage. It was as brutal as can be imagined, which is in true Turtles gaming fashion.

  • 37 Years
    • Baseball – NES (Japan)
  • 30 Years
    • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game – NES (Japan)
  • 20 Years
    • Blue Submarine No. 6: Saigetsu Fumahito – Time and Tide – Dreamcast (Japan)
    • Mario Party 3 – Nintendo 64 (Japan)
    • Project Justice – Dreamcast (Japan)

8th December

Yakuza (image credit: Sega)

Following the story of Kazuma Kiryu, a yakuza member who has just completed 10 years in prison (for a crime he did not commit), the player must move through amazing combat, role-play elements and Heat Actions in order to find 10 billion yen that has been stolen from a rival clan. The game received generally positive reviews among Western critics but received critical acclaim in Japan. The great reception was believed to be because very few games directly portrayed Japanese culture.

  • 26 Years
    • Beyond Oasis – Genesis/Mega Drive
    • The Lion King – Genesis/Mega Drive
  • 25 Years
    • Mickey to Donald Magical Adventure 3 – Super NES (Japan)
  • 15 Years
    • Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku I & II – GameBoy Advance
    • Harvest Moon DS Cute – DS (Japan)
    • Rogue Galaxy – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Yakuza – PlayStation 2 (Japan)

9th December

Godzilla: Monster of Monsters! (image credit: Compile)

Godzilla: Monster of Monsters! (ゴジラ) was released in 1988 by ToHo Co. Ltd in Japan. The game follows a story about the mysterious Planet X when Pluto and Neptune switch positions in the solar system. The inhabitants soon attempt to conquer Earth. The King of Monsters, Godzilla, joins forces with Mothra and the other forces of Earth to stop this terrible invasion force.

  • 32 Years
    • Godzilla: Monster of Monsters! – NES (Japan)
    • Ninja Gaiden – NES (Japan)
  • 26 Years
    • Godzilla: Kaijuu Daikessen – Super NES (Japan)
    • Romand of the Three kingdoms IV: Wall of Fire – Super NES (Japan)
  • 25 Years
    • Dragon Quest VI: Maboroshi no Daichi – Super NES (Japan)
    • Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness – PC
  • 21 years
    • Cyber Troopers Virtual On: Oratorio Tangram – Dreamcast (Japan)

10th December

Doom (image credit: id Software)

There is not too much to mention about id Software’s Doom release in 1993. It is only one of the most significant games in video game history, the game that helped define the First Person Shooter genre, the pioneer of online distribution and technologies such as 3D graphics, the pioneer of networked multiplayer, the pioneer for customer modifications to game and to top of that long list it was one of the top video game controversies in history. I will leave it there.

  • 27 Years
    • Doom – PC
    • Romancing SaGa 2 – Super NES (Japan)
  • 22 Years
    • Turok 2: Seems of Evil – Nintendo 64
  • 19 Years
    • Hoshigami: Ruining Blue Earth – PlayStation
  • 18 Years
    • Lunar Legend – Game Boy Advance

11th December

The Art of Fighting (image credit: SNK)

The Art of Fighting (Japanese: 龍虎の拳, Hepburn: Ryūko no Ken, lit. “Fist of Dragon and Tiger”), was the first of a fighting game trilogy for the Neo Geo. The game has two playable characters in the single player mode and eight of the games ten characters are playable in two-player versus mode. Mr. Big and Mr. Karate can be played in the MVS version of the game by reaching their relative stages and having a second player join in the fun. The game was very popular amongst critics and has seen a re-release for the Nintendo Switch in 2017.

  • 35 Years
    • 1942 – NES (Japan)
  • 28 Years
    • Art of Fighting – Neo Geo
    • Bomberman ’93 – TurboGrafx-16
    • Mega Man III – Game boy (Japan)
    • Shinobi II: The Silent Fury – GameGear (Japan)
  • 27 Years
    • Eternal Champions – Genesis/Mega Drive
  • 23 Years
    • Elemental Gearbolt – PlayStation (Japan)
    • Klonoa: Door to Phantomile – PlayStation (Japan)
    • Shining Force III – Sega Saturn (Japan)
  • 22 Years
    • Sonic R – PC (Japan
  • 21 Years
    • Nintendo 64DD (Japan)
  • 19 Years
    • Shadow Hearts – PlayStation 2
  • 17 Years
    • Resident Evil Outbreak – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 14 Years
    • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess – GameCube

12th December

Hey You, Pikachu! (image credit: Ambrella)

Who wouldn’t want their own pet Pikachu? Well you can with Hey You, Pikachu! which was released for the Nintendo 64 in Japan 23 years ago. The game was released so that the player could assist Professor Oak by communicating with Pikachu by voice. By voice! Yes that’s correct, the game was the only game that was ever released in the United States that uses a piece of hardware called the Voice Recognition Unit (VRU). The hardware was able to comprehend and analyse the human voice to commands could be passed to the game. Amazing!

  • 29 Years
    • Sega CD (Japan)
  • 23 Years
    • Snowboard Kids – Nintendo 64 (Japan)
  • 22 Years
    • Hey You, Pikachu! – Nintendo 64 (Japan)
    • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX – Game boy Color (Japan)
  • 19 Years
    • Mortal Kombat Advance – Game Boy Advance
  • 16 Years
    • PlayStation Portable (Japan)

13th December

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project (image credit:)

In keeping with the Turtles theme, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattam Project is another side-scrolling beat-’em-up that was released 29 years ago today. The game played mechanics similar to the previous title (see above) but was an original NES title and did not have an arcade counterpart. The game itself was based on the 1987 animated series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The game recevied the award Best NES Game of 1992 by electronic Gaming Monthly.

  • 29 Years
    • Final Fantasy Legend III – Game Boy (Japan)
    • Lagoon – Super NES (Japan)
    • Super Soccer – Super NES (Japan)
    • Tecmo Super Bowl – NES (Japan)
    • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattam Project – NES (Japan)
  • 25 Years
    • Gex – PlayStation
  • 19 Years
    • Beyblade: Let if Rip! – PlayStation (Japan)
    • Breath of Fire – Game Boy Advance
    • Fatal Frame – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 20 Years
    • American McGee’s Alice – PC
  • 18 Years
    • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker – GameCube (Japan)