This Week in Gaming – 15th November 20206 minute read

We have hardware releases, gaming reboots, ports, Final Fantasy titles and much more in this weeks issue of This Week in Gaming. Continue reading below to see some of the amazing anniversaries that have been achieved over the last seven days.

9th November

Sonic 3D Blast (image credit: Traveller’s Tales, Sonic Team)

Sonic Blast 3D was known in Europe Sonic 3D: Flickies’ Island. Released in 1996 on the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive it retained much of the game mechanics from the previous Sonic games. The difference with this games was that the 3D models were converted into sprites for an isometric perspective of gameplay. The game was actually created alongside Sonic X-treme for the Sega Saturn. However, when Sonic X-treme was unfortunately cancelled a port of Sonic 3D Blast was ordered for the Sega Saturn to make use of its improved hardware.

  • 24 Years
    • Sonic 3D Blast – Sega Genesis (Mega Drive)
  • 20 Years
    • Capcom vs. SNK – Dreamcast
  • 16 Years
    • Halo 2 – Xbox
    • Jak 3 – PlayStation 2
    • Rumble Roses – PlayStation 2

10th November

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (image credit: Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft Pune (remake))

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time was deployed across multiple platforms in 2003 after the March 2003 reveal from Ubisoft. The game is a reboot of the Prince of Persia series which was created by Jordan Mechner. Concempt work was initiated in 2001 after the acquisition of the Prince of Persia catalogue by Ubisoft and Mechner being brought on board. The original script drew inspiration from Shahnameh (The Book of Kings), a long epic poem written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi around c. 977 – 1010 CE.

  • 17 Years
    • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time – PlayStation 2
  • 15 Years
    • Harvest Moon: Magical Melody – GameCube (Japan)
  • 12 Years
    • Call of Duty: World at War – PC, PlayStation, Wii, Xbox 360

11th November

Golden Sun (image credit: Golden Sun)

The concept of Golden Sun was derived by the Takashi brothers as a way to compete against the Sony PlayStation as they were dominating the role-playing game market. Hiroyuki and Shugo Takahashi desired the game to be much larger than a Game Boy Advance cartridge could hold, meaning the original premise of a single game became two successive games. The methodology was that of the Takahashi brothers’ previous creation Shining Force III where they both worked as designers.

  • 25 Years
    • Romancing SaGa – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 21 Years
    • Resident Evil 3: Nemesis – PlayStation
  • 19 Years
    • Golden Sun – Game Boy Advance
  • 14 Years
    • PlayStation 3 (Japan)

12th November

Resident Evil 0 (image credit: Capcom)

In 2002 Capcom released the fifth instalment into the Resident Evil franchise. Resident Evil 0 was released for the GameCube and contained a unique ‘partner zapping’ system whereby the player controlled both Rebecca and Billy at the same time, switching between them in order to solve the games puzzle elements. The concept of Resident Evil 0 was brought about after the announcement of the 64DD peripheral for the Nintendo 64. After the commercial failure of the 64DD it was decided to create the game for the Nintendo 64. Due to the limitations of the storage of an N64 cartridge production soon shifted to the GameCube.

  • 19 Years
    • Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
  • 18 Years
    • Resident Evil 0 – GameCube
  • 13 Years
    • Super Mario Galaxy – Wii
    • Ultimate Mortal Kombat – DS

13th November

Final Fantasy IX (image credit: Square)

The ninth game in the Final Fantasy main series was launched in 2000. The game was developed alongside Final Fantasy VIII. It was unique in the way that is was set in a medieval setting, which was unlike Final Fantasy VI, VII and VIII. This meant it was heavily influenced by the original game in the series which was released in 1987. The game sold more than 5.5 million units and has the highest rating of any game within the Final Fantasy series.

  • 23 Years
    • Azure Dreams – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 20 Years
    • Final Fantasy IX – PlayStation
    • Skies of Arcadia – Dreamcast
  • 13 Years
    • Assassin’s Creed – PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
    • The King of Fighters XI – PlayStation 2

14th November

Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter

Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter was know as Breath of Fire V: Dragon Quarter (Japanese: ブレス オブ ファイアV ドラゴンクォーター, Hepburn: Buresu obu Faia Faibu Doragon Kwōtā) in Japan. Originally released in 2002 it was the fifth instalment into the Breath of Fire series. The game was the first of the series to appear on the PlayStation 2 and was directed by Makoto Ikehara. He drew inspiration from Gofungo no Sekai (五分後の世界, lit. The World Five Minutes From Now) by Ryū Murakami.

  • 18 Years
    • Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 15 Years
    • Mario Kart DS – DS

15th November

The Xbox Family (image credit: Microsoft)

The Xbox was the initial instalment of video game consoles from Microsoft. It endered the market in North American on 15th November 2001 where Japan, Australia & Europe would see the console in February 22nd and March 14th of the following year respectively. This was the first major console created by an American company since the commercial failure of the Atari Jaguar. The popularity of the console was heavily driven by titles such as Halo 2 and the fact that the Xbox Live support was included within the original console design, unlike that of Sega and Son’s online services. Even though the console went on to sell 24 million units, Microsoft struggled to make a profit as they were selling the hardware at a loss compared to its production price. It competed well against the Dreamcast and the GameCube but was vastly outsold by the PlayStation 2 which sold more than 100 million units before it was discontinued.

  • 19 Years
    • Xbox
    • Halo: Combat Evolved – Xbox
  • 16 Years
    • Need for Speed Underground 2 – PlayStation 2
  • 15 Years
    • Need for Speed: Most Wanted – PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360
  • 11 Years
    • New Super Mario Bros. Wii – Wii