This Week in Gaming once again highlights some of the biggest games anniversaries. The GameCube was especially blessed in this week with some big title launches. Below are some of the highlights.
Who would have thought that Luigi’s Mansion is about to reach two decades of life? After Luigi’s Hammer Toss, this game was the second to highlight Luigi as the main protagonist. The game was criticised for its short gameplay, however it sold 2.5 million copies. It remains the fifth best selling GameCube game of all time.
- 19 Years
- GameCube (Japan)
- Luigi’s Mansion – GameCube (Japan)
- 15 Years
- Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children – PSP (Japan)
Animal Crossing was originally released in Japan for the Nintendo 64. It was subsequently enhanced and re-released on the GameCube in the same year. The game was a localized version of Dōbutsu no Mori (Animal Forest).
- 18 Years
- Animal Crossing – GameCube
Kingdom Hearts captured the hearts of many gamers. It is a collaboration between Square Enix and Walt Disney. Using characters from the Walt Disney franchises and the Final Fantasy franchise an amazing series of games were born. The game reached critical acclaim and won several awards.
- 18 Years
- Kingdom Hearts – Playstation 2
- 17 Years
- The Simpsons: Hit & Run – Playstation 2, GameCube
Eternal Sonata, or トラスティベル 〜ショパンの夢〜, Torasuti Beru ~Shopan no Yume~, Trusty Bell: Chopin’s Dream, landed on Xbox 360 13 years ago. Based on Chopin (the Polish pianist) it is an RPG based on a dream Chopin has in his last hours of life. It was a very random setting for a game but a very popular game amongst RPG players. The Xbox 360 did not have as many RPG’s as PS3. This was down to it being an American console as opposed to the Japanese rival. However this game was a certain hit.
- 13 Years
- Eternal Sonata – Xbox 360
A Mudakon slave at a meat processing factory discovers he and his fellow Mudakons are to be slaughtered. 23 years ago today Abe stole our hearts as we helped him liberate his people on the Playstation. A fantastic series with a huge fan-base and popularity.
- 23 Years
- Oddworld: Abe’s Oddyssey – Playstation
- 10 Years
- Pokemon Black Version – DS (Japan)
- Pokemon White Version – DS (Japan)
20 years ago today we helped Duke Nukem fight Silverback as he attempted to exterminate all men and enslave all women. The game was far easier to play that the previous title and received favourable reviews. It wasn’t the best in the franchise, but it was Duke Nukem!
- 20 Years
- Duke Nukem: Land of the Babes – Playstation
As a subseries of the Megami Tensei series and the first of the Persona franchise, Revelations: Persona was a hit. After playing a fortune-telling game a group of students are confronted by a series of supernatural events. This RPG was critically acclaimed and started a franchise that is ever popular today.
- 24 Years
- Revelations: Persona – Playstation (Japan)
- 20 Years
- Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 – Playstation