This Week in Gaming – 1st August 20218 minute read

This Week in Gaming

This Week in Gaming‘s first premiere on Apple News once again showcases the milestone anniversaries of the gaming industry over the last seven days. We have sea-mammals, horror games, a pinball game featuring some of our favourite animal captives and Mother. Read more below to see the games that a celebrating this week.

26th July

Catherine (image credit: Atlus)

Catherine is a game that was developed by Atlus for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 for release in 2011. The game is a puzzle game that follows Vincent Brooks and his supernatural nightmares. The game emphasises his torn feelings for his girlfriend and Catherine. The game is dynamic and responds to the choices made throughout, meaning that different story elements are revealed depending on the decisions that you make. The game was developed by the same team who worked on the Persona series of video games.

  • 33 Years
    • Super Dodge Ball – NES (Japan)
  • 30 Years
    • Downtown Special: Kunio-kun no Jidaigeki Dayo Zenin Shuugou! – NES (Japan)
    • Mega Man: Dr. Wily’s Revenge – Game Boy (Japan)
    • U.N. Squadron – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 21 Years
    • The King of Fighters 2000 – Arcade (Japan)
  • 16 Years
    • Harvest Moon: Another Wonderful Life – GameCube
    • Harvest Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town – Game Boy Advance
    • Makai Kingdom: Chronicles of the Sacred Tome – PlayStation 2
  • 15 Years
    • Battle B-Daman – Game Boy Advance
    • Summon Night: Swordcraft Story – Game Boy Advance
  • 14 Years
    • Guilty Gear XX Accent Core – Nintendo Wii (Japan)
  • 12 Years
    • Wii Sports Resort – Nintendo Wii
  • 10 Years
    • Catherine – PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

27th July

Earthbound Beginnings (image credit: Ape)

Earthbound Beginning, known as Mother in Japan, is a role-playing game which was developed by Ape for the NES platform. The gameplay was modeled on the Dragon Quest games and it became the first game in the Mother series. The game originally launched in Japan on July 27, 1989 in Japan with a later Japanese release on the Game Boy Advance in June 2003. The game was the sixth bestselling game in 1989 in Japan and sold more than 400,000 copies, achieving a Silver Hall of Fame score from Famitsu magazine.

  • 32 Years
    • Earthbound Beginnings – NES (Japan)
  • 31 Years
    • Dai Makai-Mura – TurboGrafx-16 (Japan)
    • Dr. Mario – NES (Japan)
    • STED: Iseki Wakusei no Yabou – NES (Japan)
  • 22 Years
    • Jade Cocoon: Story of the Tamamayu – PlayStation
  • 21 Years
    • Digimon World 2 – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 17 Years
    • Echo Night Beyond – PlayStation 2
    • Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Games – Game Boy Advance
    • The King of Fighters NeoWave – Arcade (Japan)
  • 15 Years
    • Import Tuner Challenge – Xbox 360 (Japan)
    • Mario Hoops: 3 on 3 – Nintendo DS (Japan)
    • Sengoku Basara 2 – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 14 Years
    • Harem Island – PC (Japan)
    • Little Busters! – PC (Japan)
    • Melty Blood Act Cadenza Ver.B – PC (Japan)
    • The World Ends with You – Nintendo DS (Japan)
  • 11 Years
    • Arc Rise Fantasia – Nintendo Wii
    • BlazBlue: Continuum Shift – PlayStation 3
    • Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty – PC
  • 10 Years
    • From Dust – Xbox 360

28th July

Fatal Frame III: The Tormented (image credit: Tecmo)

Tecmo developed and published Fatal Frame III for release in 2005. It is a Japanese survival horror game and the third installment of the Fatal Frame series. Following Rei Kurosawa the story allows the player to explore a manor in the main characters dreams after she sees an apparition of her fiance that she lost in a car crash.

  • 34 Years
    • NetHack – PC
  • 26 Years
    • Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Battle 22 – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 24 Years
    • The King of Fighters ’97 – Arcade (Japan)
  • 18 Years
    • Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour – GameCube
  • 16 Years
    • Dai-3-Ji Super Robot Taisen Alpha: Shuuen no Ginga e – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Fatal Frame III: The Tormented – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan – Nintendo DS (Japan)
    • Shadow Hearts: From the New World – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Shin Bokura no Taiyou: Gyakushuu no Sabata – Game Boy Advance (Japan)
    • Tokyo Xtreme Racer DRIFT 2 – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 11 Years
    • The Guild 2: Renaissance – PC
  • 10 Years
    • Queen’s Gate: spiral Chaos – PSP (Japan)
    • Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 – Nintendo DS (Japan)

29th July

Ecco the Dolphin (image credit: Novotrade International)

Ecco the Dolphin is one of those all-time classics that launched on the Mega Drive in December 1992. The player gets to control a dolphin that has the ability to travel through time to fight extraterrestrials that have taken up point in Earth’s oceans. The games inspiration drew from the book Sounding by Hank Searls which explains how these magnificent creatures use echolocation.

  • 28 Years
    • Ecco the Dolphin – Mega Drive/Genesis
  • 22 Years
    • Seaman – Dreamcast (Japan)
  • 20 Years
    • Pokemon Crystal Version – Game Boy Color
  • 17 Years
    • Digimon Rumble Arena 2 – GameCube, PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls – Game Boy Advance (Japan)
    • Guilty Gear Isuka – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Mega Man X: Command Mission – GameCube, PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monster Coliseum – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 13 Years
    • MLB Power Pros 2008 – Nintendo Wii
    • SoulCalibur IV – PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • 13 Years
    • Marvel vs. Capcom 2 – Xbox 360
  • 11 Years
    • Hatsune Miku: Project Diva 2nd – PSP (Japan)
    • Metal Max 3 – Nintendo DS (Japan)
    • Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes – PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii (Japan)
  • 10 Years
    • E.Y.E: Divine Cybermancy – PC

30th July

Rocky Rodent (image credit: Irem)

Rocky Rodent, known as Nitropunks: Mightheads (ニトロパンクス マイトヘッズ, Nitoropankusu Maitohezzu) in Japan, was developed and published by Irem for the Super Nintendo. After the titular character accidentally eats Balboa’s protection money at his restaurant, Balboa’s daughter is kidnapped. Rocky starts out on an adventure to save the day in promise of an All-You-Can-Eat buffet!

  • 35 Years
    • Solomon’s Key – NES (Japan)
  • 28 Years
    • Aero Fighters – Super Nintendo (Japan)
    • Rocky Rodent – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 23 Years
    • Bakusou Kyoudai Let’s & Go!! Eternal Wings – PlayStation (Japan)
    • Rival Schools – PlayStation (Japan)
    • Star Ocean: The Second Story – PlayStation (Japan)
    • Vanguard Bandits – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 22 Years
    • Densha de Go! 64 – Nintendo 64 (Japan)
  • 14 Years
    • Mario Strikers Charged – Nintendo Wii
    • Picross DS – Nintendo DS
  • 12 Years
    • Armored Core 3 Portable – PSP (Japan)
    • Bookworm Adventures: Volume 2 – PS

31st July

Super Mario Land (image credit: Nintendo)

Super Mario Land was released in 1989 as a side-scrolling platform game on the Game Boy. Launched alongside the Japanese release of the console it ended up selling more than 18 million copies, which is more than the critically acclaimed Super Mario Bros. 3. Traveling to Sarasaland, Mario must once again save Princess Peach in this new take on the Mario model of games. The game does not allow left scrolling like other Mario games, and also see’s some forced scrolling levels whilst Mario takes control of a submarine and an airplane.

  • 32 Years
    • Super Mario Land – Game boy
    • Tetris – Game Boy
  • 24 Years
    • Ace Combat 2 – PlayStation
    • Albert Odyssey: Legend of Eldean – Saturn
    • Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout – PlayStation
    • Herc’s Adventures – PlayStation
    • Langrisser I & II – PlayStation (Japan)
    • Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen – PlayStation
  • 23 Years
    • Flying Dragon – Nintendo 64
    • Mortal Kombat 4 – PC
  • 22 Years
    • Chocobo Racing – PlayStation
  • 21 Years
    • Monster Rancher Battle Card: Episode II – PlayStation
  • 18 Years
    • Guilty Gear XX #Reload – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 14 Years
    • Brave Story: New Traveler – PSP
    • Harvest Moon: Boy & Girl – PSP
  • 13 Years
    • Dakapon Kingdom – Nintendo Wii (Japan)
    • Phantasy Star Portable – PSP (Japan)
    • Rhythm Heaven – Nintendo DS (Japan)
    • Zero: Tsukihami no Kamen – Nintendo Wii (Japan)

1st August

Pokemon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire (image credit: Jupiter Corporation)

Pokemon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire, known as ポケモンピンボール ルビー&サファイア Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire in Japan is a spin-off title that was developed by Jupiter Corporation. The title launched on the Game Boy Advance in 2003 in Japan and North America. The game is a hybrid pinball game, with a clipper action that allows you to catch your favourite Pokemon whilst enjoying some speedy pinball action.

  • 24 Years
    • Last Bronx – Saturn (Japan)
    • Mega Man X4 – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 23 Years
    • Gex 64: Enter the Gecko – Nintendo 64
  • 20 Years
    • Capcom vs. SNK 2 – Arcade (Japan)
    • Golden Sun – Game Boy Advance (Japan)
  • 18 Years
    • Pokemon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire – Game Boy Advance (Japan)
    • Tales of Phantasia – Game Boy Advance (Japan)
  • 15 Years
    • Barnyard – GameCube, PlayStation 2
    • FlatOut 2 – PC, PlayStation 2
    • Super Monkey Ball Adventuire – GameCube
  • 14 Years
    • Ride! Carnival Tycoon – PC
  • 13 Years
    • International Athletics – PSP
  • 12 Years
    • Monster Hunter Tri – Nintendo Wii (Japan)
  • 10 Years
    • Goshujin da Isuki – PC

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