This Week in Gaming – 1st November 20206 minute read

From the best selling console of all time to Alex Kidd in Miracle World, this Week in Gaming once again highlights some of the gaming anniversaries from the last seven days.

26th October

The PlayStation 2 (image credit: Sony)

The PlayStation 2 was released in March 2000 in Japan but it was October 26th that saw the release in North America. Europe would have to wait until November 24th 2000 to get their hands on the console. The PlayStation 2 was launched with backwards compatibility with PS1 games and DualShock controllers. It is the best-selling console of all time, with 155 million units sold and 3,800 games within its catalogue selling a whopping 1.5 billions copies.

  • 20 Years
    • PlayStation 2
  • 16 Years
    • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas – PlayStation 2
  • 10 Years
    • Fable III – Xbox 360

27th October

LittleBigPlanet (image credit: Media Molecule)

LittleBigPlanet was developed under the code-name The Next Big Thing by Media Molecule. Released in 2008 it received critical acclaim. The game allows the user to create user-generated content following from their tagline Play, Create, Share.

  • 12 Years
    • LittleBigPlanet – PlayStation 3
  • 11 Years
    • Tekken 6 – PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

28th October

Fallout 3 (image credit: Bethesda Softworks)

Fallout 3 follows the adventure within a post-apocalyptic world and was the first game of the series to be created by Bethesda since the franchise was purchased from Interplay Entertainment. The previous titles used a 2D isometric system whereas Fallout 3 utilised 3D graphics to bring the franchise into the current generation of games. Set in the year 2277 the player gets to take control of an inhabitant of Vault 101. The vaults were created to save 1000 humans from the Great War between China and the United States over resources and untapped uranium and crude oil. Fallout 3 sold 610,000 copies in it’s initial month of sales, outselling even The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

  • 26 Years
    • Shin Megami Tensei if… – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 12 Years
    • Fallout 3 – PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

29th October

The Sega Mega Drive (image credit: Sega)

The Sega Mega Drive reaches 32 years of existence today. It entered the Japanese market on 29th October 1988 as a fourth-generation console comprising of 16-bit technology. The console had regionalised naming conventions and adopted names such as Mega Drive, Genesis and Super Gam*Boy. It also became distributed by various companies, with the Super Gam*Boy being marketed as a Samsung product in South Korea. The unit comprises of a Motorola 68000 processor, a Zilog Z80 sound controller and an adaption of Sega’s very own System 16 arcade board. In Japan the console performed badly against the Nintendo Super Famicon and the NEC PC Engine. The hardware allowed for backwards compatibility to play Master System games (via a peripheral). Even though it fared poorly it still sold near 31 million units and is now dubbed one of the most iconic consoles in gaming history.

  • 32 Years
    • SEGA Mega Drive (Japan)
  • 29 Years
    • Final Fantasy II – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 18 Years
    • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City – PlayStation 2
  • 11 Years
    • Bayonetta – PlayStation 3 (Japan), Xbox 360 (Japan)

30th October

The Witcher (image credit: CD Projekt Red)

Wiedźmin (Warlock in Polish), or The Witcher as it is more widely known, is an action role-playing game developed by CD Projekt Red. The Witcher was based on the novel series by Andrzej Sapkowski and takes place after the events of his saga. The game was praised for its moral choices and time-delayed consequences. It spurred critical acclaim which has since led to a further two sequels and a peak in popularity for the novels.

  • 28 Years
    • Landstalker – Mega Drive (Japan)
    • Shin Megami Tensei – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 13 Years
    • The Witcher – PC

31st October

Mortal Kombat Trilogy (image credit: Midway)

Mortal Kombat Trilogy was originally going to be Ultimate MK3. However Ed Boon realised that with the PlayStation release they could start to fit more content on the media. It was decided to put Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat 2 on the same media and name it The Mortal Kombat Trilogy. Before the initial release Actors Ho Sung Pak, Philip Ahn, Elizabeth Malecki, Katalin Zamiar and Dan Pesina had all left Midway due to issues with royalty disputes. This meant the roles were to be played by new actors. The Nitnendo 64 is a port of the PlayStation and PC versions of Mortal Kombat 3 as well as the Sega Saturns Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3. It included a 3-on-3 simultaneous battle-mode as an exclusive to the platform.

  • 29 Years
    • Super Castlevania IV – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 24 Years
    • Command & Conquer: Red Alert – PC
    • Mortal Kombat Trilogy – Nintendo 64
    • Twisted Metal 2 – PlayStation
  • 17 Years
    • The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind – Game of the Year Edition – PC, Xbox

1st November

Alex Kidd in Miracle World (image credit: Sega)

Alex Kidd in Miracle World was initially a cartridge based release for the Master System. Later is was built into the Master System and Master System II consoles which boosted its popularity and fanbase. Alex Kidd in Miracle World is a platformer game with 17 stages to complete, with several of the stages ending in jan-ken-pon (rock-paper-scissors). The game was announced to have a remake in production titled Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX in June 2020. The game will be available on several platforms and will contain new content as well as the option of switching between new and retro graphics.

  • 34 Years
    • Alex Kidd in Miracle World – Sega Master System (Japan)
  • 13 Years
    • Super Mario Galaxy – Wii (Japan)