This Week in Gaming – 13th June 20217 minute read

This Week in Gaming highlights frog catapulting, dodgy sex mods, goblins, ghosts, frogs and an old Snake. What a strange lineup it is as we delve into the gaming milestones achieved over the last seven days!

7th June

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (image credit: Rockstar)

San Andreas is the seventh game in the hit series by Rockstar. The game is based on several real-life events that took place in Los Angeles in the 1990’s and even includes references to the crack epidemic of the 1980’s and 1990’s. The game was originally released with a 26 minute short film created with the in-game-engine that San Andreas uses. The film, called The Introduction, contained many events and locations and focuses on the story that leads up to the start of the games events. Met with an average review score of 95/100 the games was a commercial success and reached critical acclaim. The game was not without its controversies however, with some people seeing the game as one that contains racial stereotypes. There was further controversy when a mod named “Hot Coffee” was released that allowed the player to partake in a crude sexual mini-game. ESRB changed the rating of the game in June 2005 from M (18+) to AO (Adults Only). Rockstar stopped production of the previous version of the game and released a new version which removed the scene in which Hot Coffee tweaked.

  • 31 Years
    • Thunder Force III – Mega Drive/Genesis
  • 21 Years
    • Legend of Mana – PlayStation
    • Vampire: The Masquerade – Redemption
  • 20 Years
    • Phantasy Star Online Ver. 2 – Dreamcast (Japan)
  • 17 Years
    • Sonic Advance 3 – Game Boy Advance
    • The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures – GameCube
  • 16 Years
    • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas – PC, Xbox
    • Samurai Western – PlayStation 2
  • 14 Years
    • Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility – Nintendo Wii (Japan)
    • Nancy Drew: The White Wolf of Icicle Creek – PC
  • 10 Years
    • Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition – PlayStation 3
    • inFamous 2 – PlayStation 3

8th June

Ribbit King (image credit: Infinity)

Ribbit King is a sport game that was released on the GameCube in 2003 in Japan and then other regions in 2004. The game is based on a fictional sport named Frolf (ケロフ) which is basically golf with frogs. The frogs sit on a catapult that the player hits with a hammer to send the frog flying into the air. The whacky game is a successor to Kero Kero King which was released only in Japan for the PlayStation.

  • 22 Years
    • Conker’s Pocket Tales – Game Boy Color
  • 17 Years
    • Ribbit King – GameCube
    • Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon – Game Boy Advance
  • 12 Years
    • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 – Nintendo Wii
  • 11 Years
    • Disgaea Infinite – PSP
    • Mega Man Zero Collection – Nintendo DS
    • Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker – PSP
    • Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands – PC
  • 10 Years
    • Grand Prix Story – Android
    • White Knight Chronicles: Origins – PSP

9th June

NeoGeo Battle Coliseum (image credit: SNK Playmore)

NeoGeo Battle Coliseum (Japanese: ネオジオバトルコロシアム, Hepburn: Neojio Batoru Koroshiamu) is a 2 vs 2 fighting game that was developed and published by SNK Playmore. The game originally released in arcades in summer 2005 before being ported to the PlayStation 2 later that year. Xbox Arcade had their version released in 2010, five years earlier than PlayStation Network. The game contains 40 characters from several franchises including Fatal Fury, The King of Fighters and Metal Slug.

  • 16 Years
    • Killer7 – GameCube (Japan)
    • Metal Saga – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 12 Years
    • Class of Heroes – PSP
    • Prototype – PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • 11 Years
    • NeoGeo Battle Coliseum – Xbox 360
  • 10 Years
    • Yakuza: Dead Souls – PlayStation 3 (Japan)

10th June

Street Fighter II (image credit: Capcom)

Street Fighter II hit the Super Nintendo platform on this day in 1992 – one year after it was released in arcades. It is a direct sequel to Street Fighter as well as being the second installment in the franchise. The game was the best selling game since the golden age of arcade gaming and by 1994 it had been played by more than 25 million people in the United States alone. The game is accredited for popularising the fighting game genre.

  • 29 Years
    • Street Fighter II – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 20 Years
    • Castlevania: Circle of the Moon – Game Boy Advance
    • Super Mario Advance – Game Boy Advance
  • 13 Years
    • Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit – PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • 12 Years
    • Prototype – PC
  • 11 Years
    • Xenoblade Chronicles – Nintendo Wii (Japan)

11th June

Mario Golf (image credit: Camelot Software Planning, Nintendo)

Mario Golf is the second in the series of Mario golf games following NES Open Tournament Golf which was released in 1987. The game is quite simply golf with all your favorite Mario characters and soon reached universal acclaim with reviewers and gamers alike.

  • 28 Years
    • Mighty Final Fight – NES (Japan)
  • 23 Years
    • Pocket Fighter – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 22 Years
    • Mario Golf – Nintendo 64 (Japan)
  • 20 Years
    • Game Boy Advance
    • Half-Life: Blue Shift – PC
    • Rayman Advance – Game Boy Advance
  • 12 Years
    • Infinite Space – Nintendo DS (Japan)

12th June

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (image credit: Kojima Productions)

Kojima Productions developed and published Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots for a release 13 years ago. The game is set five years after the events of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and centers around an aged Snake. The game was a universal success and gained many Game of the Year Awards at the time. The title is also considered one of the best games released in the seventh generation’s console era and boosted the sales of the PlayStation 3 where it sold more than 6 million copies worldwide.

  • 21 Years
    • StarCraft 64 – Nintendo 64
  • 20 Years
    • F-Zero: Maximum Velocity – Game Boy Advance
  • 14 Years
    • Call of Juarez – PC
    • Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2 – PlayStation 2
    • Scarface: The World is Yours – Nintendo Wii
    • Tenchu Z – Xbox 360
  • 13 Years
    • Metal Gear Online – PlayStation 3
    • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots – PlayStation 3

13th June

Ghosts ‘n Goblins (image credit: Capcom)

Ghosts ‘n Goblins (Japanese: 魔界村, Hepburn: Makaimura, lit. Demon World Village) is a game that was created by Tokuro Fujiwara and developed by Capcom. The game is a run-and-gun platform game which has gone down in history as one of the hardest games of its generation. The game was so popular that it has since seen many spin-off games and ports to other consoles and platforms. The game revolves around Arthur’s quest to save the princess Prin-Prin from a demon named Astaroth. Selling more than 4.2 million copies it is the 13th best selling game developed and published under Capcom.

  • 35 Years
    • Ghosts ‘n Goblins – NES (Japan)
    • Star Soldier – NES (Japan)
  • 21 Years
    • Shogun: total War – PC
    • The Legends of Dragoon – PlayStation
  • 16 Years
    • Juiced – PlayStation 2
    • Kirby: Canvas Curse – Nintendo DS
  • 15 Years
    • Armored Core: Last Raven – PlayStation 2
    • Mega Man Battle Network 6: Cybeast Falzar – Game Boy Advance
    • Mega Man Battle Network 6: Cybeast Gregar – Game Boy Advance
    • Street Fighter Alpha Anthology – PlayStation 2
    • Urban Chaos: Riot Response – PlayStation 2
  • 13 Years
    • Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard
  • 10 Years
    • Duke Nukem Forever – PC
    • Wii Play: Motion – Nintendo Wii

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