This Week in Gaming – 16th May 20219 minute read

This Week in Gaming has 3D builders, 2D builders, one of the hardest games of its generation and a failed console release. Let’s not forget to add a television series on a handheld device. Read more below to celebrate the milestone achievements that games and platforms are celebrating this week around the globe.

10th May

Minecraft (image credit: Mojang)

Minecraft was originally created by Markus Persson and was released in 2009 following some earlier test variants. The 2009 release of the game was a paid public alpha and remained as such until it’s official release in 2011. The game has quickly become the best selling game of all time with more than 200 million copies sold. This beats the previous holder of Nintendo’s Wii Sport’s game which was only so high due to being bundled with every Nintendo Wii console sold. Minecraft has often been cited as one of the greatest games of all time and has won numerous awards. Mojang, the company founded by Persson, was purchased by Microsoft in 2014 along with the intellectual property rights of Minecraft. The acquisition of the company and game was for a staggering $2.5 billion.

  • 20 Years
    • The King of Fighters Evolution – Dreamcast
  • 17 Years
    • Custom Robo – GameCube
    • Future Tactics: The Uprising – GameCube, PlayStation 2
  • 16 Years
    • Haunting Ground – PlayStation 2
    • Need for Speed Underground 2 – Nintendo DS
  • 12 Years
    • Minecraft – PC, Online
  • 10 Years
    • Brink – PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
    • Fate: The Cursed King – PC
    • LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game – Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, PSP, Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360
    • Virtua Tennis 4 – Xbox 360
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s World Championship 2011: Over the Nexus

11th May

Sega Saturn Advertisment (image credit: Sega)

The fifth generation of home consoles saw another entry by Sega in 1994 in Japan and 1995 in North America and Europe. Sega tried to build on the traction they had gained in the western market with the Sega Genesis. The console sold well in Japan but the American market did not accept it as easily. Sega pushed the launch schedule ahead of time four months but it failed to gain the market share back from the Nintendo 64. The console had some fantastic titles during its age but due to a complicated hardware design and thus limited third-party support the platform was not as viable as the others that it was competing against. The console was discontinued in 1998 in the western markets and 2000 in Japan where it had sold better.

  • 31 Years
    • Kagerou Densetsu – NES (Japan)
  • 26 Years
    • Sega Saturn
    • Clockwork Knight – Saturn
    • Daytona USA – Saturn
    • Panzer Dragoon – Saturn
    • Virtua Fighter – Saturn
  • 19 Years
    • Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis – Game Boy Advance
  • 17 Years
    • Transformers – PlayStation 2
  • 16 Years
    • Cold Winter – PlayStation 2
  • 12 Years
    • Magician’s Quest: Mysterious Times – Nintendo DS
    • Sacred 2: Fallen Angel – PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • 11 Years
    • 3D Dot Game Heroes – PlayStation 3
    • Lost Planet 2 – PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
    • Monster Racers – Nintendo DS
    • NIER: The World of Recycled Vessel – PlayStation 3
    • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 – PSP
    • Shepherd’s Crossing – PSP
    • Skate 3 – PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

12th May

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (image credit: Konami)

One of the most infamous games of it’s time, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the Nintendo Entertainment System will always go down as one of the hardest games of it’s time. Not necessarily wholly by intent this game has had people in hysterics, tears and rage for years. The game was one of the first games that was based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series and was released in 1989 after the shows second season. when the game launched in Japan, a few months prior to North America, it was released under the title Geki Kame Ninja Den (Japanese: 激亀忍者伝, “Legend of the Radical Ninja Turtles”). The most strange regional difference however is that in Japan the story was changed so that April O’Neil was in fact Splinter’s daughter. I don’t want to imagine how that was possible.

  • 34 Years
    • Kung-Fu Master – Atari 2600
  • 32 Years
    • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – NES (Japan)
  • 18 Years
    • Blitzkrieg (2003) – PC
    • Disney/Pixar Finding Nemo – GameCube, PlayStation 2
    • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City – PC
    • Puzznic – PlayStation
  • 17 Years
    • Jewel Knights – Crusaders – PC
  • 13 Years
    • Drone Tactics – Nintendo DS
    • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King – Nintendo Wii
  • 12 Years
    • Battlestations: Pacific – Xbox 360
    • Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus – Nintendo Wii
    • Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon – PlayStation 2

13th May

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (image credit: Square, Nintendo)

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars is a Mario title that was developed by Square and published by Nintendo for the SNES. Even though the team behind the game were Square developers it was still produced by the crreator of Mario Shigeru Miyamoto and also scored by Yoko Shimomura. The story focuses on defeating Smithy who has crash landed on Mario’s world and stolen the Seven Stars of Star Road. It was the first game in the Mario franchise to be a role-playing game and drew from major elements of other Square games such as Final Fantasy.

  • 33 Years
    • Deep Dungeon III: Yuushi e no Tabi – NES (Japan)
  • 27 Years
    • The Masked Rider: Kamen Rider ZO – Sega CD (Japan)
  • 25 Years
    • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars – Super Nintendo
  • 24 Years
    • Shadow Warrior (1997) – PC
  • 22 Years
    • Konami Arcade Classics – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 20 Years
    • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages – Game Boy Color
    • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons – Game Boy Color
  • 19 Years
    • Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter – Xbox
  • 17 Years
    • Black/Matrix 00 – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 13 Years
    • Castle of Shikigami III – Nintendo Wii
    • Myst – Nintendo DS
    • We Ski – Nintendo Wii
  • 10 Years
    • Grand Prix Story – Android (Japan)
    • Zanma Taisei Demonbane – PC

14th May

Game Boy Advance Video: Sonic X (image credit: TMS Entertainment, Fox)

This is the second time I have done the dirty and put a television show or film into this article. However Sonic X was not only an animated series based on a much loved gaming franchise but it also had a release on the Game Boy Advance. Sonic X originally ran from 2003 to 2005 on TV Tokyo with 52 episodes. Western audiences had an additional 26 episodes that were aired from 2005 to 2006. The show had an extensive merchandise campaign and in 2004 two Game Boy Advance cartridges were released with video episodes of Sonic X. Not only is this a quirky addition to a handheld gaming platform (prior to the UMD wave on the Sony PSP) but it is also definitely one that collectors will want to get their hands on for their shelves.

  • 27 Years
    • Animaniacs – Sega Genesis/Mega Drive
  • 25 Years
    • Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 23 Years
    • Guilty Gear – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 21 Years
    • Bomberman Max: Blue Champion – Game Boy Color
  • 20 Years
    • Mat Hoffman’s Pro BMX – PlayStation
  • 19 Years
    • Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku – Game Boy Advance
  • 18 Years
    • Enter the Matrix – GameCube
  • 17 Years
    • Game Boy Advance Video: Sonic X – Volume 1 – Game Boy Advance
  • 14 Years
    • SpellForce 2: Dragon Storm – PC
  • 13 Years
    • Fate: Undiscovered Realms – PC
  • 12 Years
    • Bleach: Heat the Soul 6 – PSP (Japan)
    • Killing Floor – PC

15th May

New Super Mario Bros. (image credit: Nintendo)

I can honestly say that when I first purchased New Super Mario Bros. on the Nintendo DS I was blown away. The game seemed to capture everything that the original NES and SNES titles had going for them and was neatly packaged on this amazing handheld device. The game launched in 2006 across all regions and once again shows Mario fighting his way through different levels and worlds as he takes on Bowser’s minions to save Princess Peach. The game may have been a copy & paste of storylines prior but it was a huge commercial success. The title sold more than 30 million copies which not only made it the best selling game on the Nintendo DS but also one of the best selling games of all time (ranked 17th as of the time of this article).

  • 26 Years
    • Road Rash 3 – Sega Genesis/Mega Drive
  • 21 Years
    • Vagrant Story – PlayStation
  • 15 Years
    • New Super Mario Bros. – Nintendo DS
  • 14 Years
    • Etrian Odyssey – Nintendo DS
    • Innocent Life: A Futuristic Harvest Moon – PSP
    • Resident Evil 4 – PC
  • 13 Years
    • Bleach: Heat the Soul 5 – PSP (Japan)
    • Luminous Arc 2 – Nintendo DS (Japan)

16th May

Terraria (image credit: Re-Logic)

Terraria first released in 2011 on Microsoft Windows. The game boasts a procedurally generated 2D world which alow the player to build, explore, build and fight. Much like a 2D Minecraft it has many similarities to its giant counterpart. The game starts the player in a randomly generated world with a few tools to begin. Each layer of ground is a layer of tiles, which the player can interact with. The game has had several ports to other platforms and sold over 35 million copies worldwide. In 2013 a sequel was announced and development began. Due to the original team being behind schedule fresh blood was brought in to continue the development. In 2018 the game was officially cancelled by Re-Logic as they said they were wholly unsatisfied with the development and did not want to release a non-quality product.

  • 24 Years
    • Groove on Fight: Gouketsuji Ichizoku 3 – Saturn (Japan)
  • 21 Years
    • SimCity 3000 Unlimited – PC
  • 20 Years
    • Giga Wing 2 – Dreamcast
    • Project Justice – Dreamcast
  • 19 Years
    • Final Fantasy XI – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 18 Years
    • Alien Shooter – PC
    • Ever17: Out of Infinity – PC (Japan)
  • 10 Years
    • Terraria – PC
    • Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls – PlayStation 3

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