This Week in Gaming – 17th January 20215 minute read

This Week in Gaming digs out some further oscurities and facts around the anniveraries of the week. From Mesal Gear solid (no that it not a typo), to Chicken Boy, This Week in Gaming has you covered for another seven days of video game legacy.

11th January

Super Adventure Island (image credit: Produce!)

Super Adventure Island (高橋名人の大冒険島, Takahashi Meijin no Daibōken Jima, “Master Takahashi’s Great Adventure Island”) is a game developed by Produce! and released 29 years ago this week. A classic in its own right, Super Adventure Island is also one of the video games that features in the manga Cyber Boy which was published by Coro Coro Comic and Shogakukan.

  • 29 Years
    • Super Adventure Island – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 20 Years
    • Mega Man Xtreme – Game Boy Color
  • 18 Years
    • Dynasty Warriors 3: Xtreme Legends
  • 16 Years
    • Resident Evil 4 – GameCube
    • Suikoden IV – PlayStation 2
    • The Getaway: Black Monday – PlayStation 2

12th January

Parasite Eve II (image credit: Square)

Parasite Eve II (パラサイト・イヴ2, Parasaito Ibu Tsū) was released in North America and Europe in 2000. It is a survival horror game where the protagonist from the original becomes involed with another outbreak of Neo-Mitochondrial creature. The soundtrack was composed by Naoshi Mizuta and took 18 months to compose the entire soundtrack.

  • 25 Years
    • Lunar: Sanposuru Gakuen – GameGear (Japan)
  • 21 Years
    • Parasite Eve II – PlayStation
  • 18 Years
    • Panzer Dragoon Orta – Xbox
    • SimCity 4 – PC

13th Janaury

After Burner (image credit: Rutubo Games, Sega)

After Burner was released on Sega 32X 27 years ago this week. I was very excited to see a Sega 32X game on the list as I have yet to discuss them. After Burner has little information available about it, but I did find out it is a version of the arcade flight simulator After Burner II also developed by Sega for the 32X. Pointless, much?

  • 27 Years
    • Art of Fighting – Genesis/Mega Drive
  • 26 Years
    • After Burner – Sega 32X (Japan)
    • Bust-A-Move – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 21 Years
    • Tech Romancer – Dreamcast (Japan)
    • Touge Max G – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 16 Years
    • Mario Party Advance – Game Boy Advance (Japan)

14th January

The Legend of Zelda 2: Link no Bouken (image credit: Nintendo EAD)

Zelda II, The Adventure of Link was originally released for the Famicon Disk System in 1987 in Japan prior to the NES release in Nother America and Europe in 1988. The release was actually less than one year after the Japanese release of The Legend of Zelda and only seven months after the North American and European release of the same, original title.

  • 34 Years
    • The Legend of Zelda 2: Link no Bouken – Famicom Disk System (Japan)
  • 33 Years
    • Wai Wai World – NES (Japan)
  • 22 Years
    • Evil Zone – PlayStation (Japan)
    • Magical Tetris Challenge – Nintendo 64
  • 18 Years
    • The Sims – PlayStation 2
    • War of the Monsters – PlayStation 2
  • 17 Years
    • .hack//Quarantine Part 4 – PlayStation 2
    • Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel – PlayStation 2

15th January

WCW/nWo Thunder (image credit: Inland Productions)

WCW/nWo Thunder took away many hours of my childhood. For some reason I preferred this over the WWF counterparts of the same generation of gaming. Somethign with this game just clicked, and I wouldn’t like to guess how many hours I spent enjoying this title. The game featured the ability to select what stable each wrestler competed for and contained a whopping 60 WCW and NWO Superstars. Inland Productions also added some unlockable characters like Chicken Boy and Star Fish which added some peculiarity to the game.

  • 31 Years
    • The Magic of Scheherazade – NES
  • 24 Years
    • Arkanoid: Dog It Again – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 22 Years
    • WCW/nWo Thunder – PlayStation
  • 18 Years
    • Resident Evil 3: Nemesis

16th January

Resident Evil 2 (image credit: Capcom)

Resident Evil 2 has it’s place amongst the greatest games of all time. Originally released for the PlayStation in 1998 the GameCube saw an unmodified version of the Dual Chock Ver. released 18 years ago. The Dual Shock Ver. was a new version of the game released to support the DualShock functionality of the PlayStation.

  • 28 Years
    • Operation Europe: Path to Victory 1939-45 – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 18 Years
    • Capcom vs. SNK 2 EO – Xbox (Japan)
    • Ikaruga – GameCube (Japan)
    • Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II – Xbox (Japan)
    • Resident Evil 2 – GameCube

17th January

Ape Escape 3 (image credit: Japan Studio)

Ape Escape 3 (サルゲッチュ3, Saru Getchu 3) is a platform game published by Sony Interactive and developed by Japan Studio. A minigame featured in the game is Mesal Gear Solid: Snake Escape, a spoof of Metal Gear Solid (the name is a pun on “metal” (メタル, metaru) and “monkey” (猿, saru).). The game had been rated for a release on PlayStation 4 but as of today has no confirmed date.

  • 24 Years
    • Mega Man 8 – Sega Saturn (Japan)
    • NBA Hangtime – Nintendo 64
  • 16 Years
    • The Punisher – PlayStation 2
  • 15 Years
    • Ape Escape 3 – PlayStation 2
  • 13 Years
    • Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games – Nintendo DS (Japan)