This Week in Gaming – 25th April 20218 minute read

This Week in Gaming goes from a 39 year old arcade game, all the way to a movie. Wait, a movie? Read more to find out more.

19th April

Dig Dug (image credit: Namco)

Dig Dug was released in 1982 by Namco as a “strategic digging game.” Controlling the titular character the player must defeat Pookas by either inflating them until they explode or by crushing them with rocks. Many of the creation team was colleagues of Shigeru Yokoyama who was the creator of Galaga. The game contained the ability for players to make their own mazes, adding to the playability and addictive qualities of the game. The game saw several ports, from the Atari 2600 onwards and has been included in many Namco compilations since its release 39 years ago.

  • 39 Years
    • Dig Dug – Arcade (Japan)
  • 25 Years
    • Horai Gakuen no Bouken! – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 21 Years
    • Tachyon: The Fringe – PC
  • 20 Years
    • Spider-Man – Dreamcast
  • 16 Years
    • Psychonauts – PC
  • 14 Years
    • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 10 Years
    • Arcana Heart 3 – PlayStation 3
    • Conduit 2 – Nintendo Wii
    • Mortal Kombat – PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
    • Pocket Academy – iOS (Japan)
    • Portal 2 – PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
    • Prince of Persia Classic Trilogy HD – PlayStation 3
    • SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs – PlayStation 3

20th April

Knuckles’ Chaotix (image credit: Sega)

Knuckles the Echidna had his own spin-off title in 1995 with the Sega 32X release of Kucnkles’ Chaotix. The game revolved around the titular character, as well as four others known as Chaotix (also titular), as they try to stop Metal Sonic and Doctor Robotnik from obtaining six magical rings. Even though the game was part of one of the largest known franchises in video game history it was a commercial failure, possibly due to the fact that the 32X platform also failed miserably in sales and reception.

  • 31 Years
    • Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon: the Blade of Light – NES (Japan)
  • 26 Years
    • Knuckles’ Chaotix – Sega 32X
  • 21 Years
    • Mega Man Legends 2 – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 17 Years
    • Hitman: Contracts – PC, PlayStation 2
    • Shining Soul II – Game Boy Advance
    • Siren – PlayStation 2
  • 16 Years
    • Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance – GameCube (Japan)
    • Psychonauts – Xbox
  • 15 Years
    • Monster Puzzle – Nintendo DS (Japan)
    • Mother 3 – Game Boy Advance (Japan)
    • Nintety-Nint Nights – Xbox 360 (Japan)
    • Okami – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • The King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 13 Years
    • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness – Nintendo DS
    • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time – Nintendo DS
  • 12 Years
    • Dr. Mario Express – Nintendo DS
    • Excitebots: Trick Racing – Nintendo Wii
  • 11 Years
    • Monster Hunter Tri – Nintendo Wii
    • Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – iOS

21st April

Super Mario Land (image credit: Nintendo R&D1)

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
    • Alleyway – Game Boy (Japan)
    • Game Boy (Japan)
    • Super Mario Land – Game Boy (Japan)
  • 31 Years
    • Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom – Sega Mega Drive/Genesis (Japan)
  • 29 Years
    • Musya – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 26 Years
    • Fatal Fury 3: Road to the Final Victory – Neo Geo
  • 20 Years
    • Hamtaro: Ham-Hams Unite! – Game Boy Color (Japan)
  • 16 Years
    • Haunting Ground – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Mega Man Zero 4 – Game Boy Advance (Japan)
    • Nintendogs: Chihuahua & Friends – Nintendo DS (Japan)
    • Nintendogs: Dachsund & Friends – Nintendo DS (Japan)
    • Nintendogs: Lab & Friends – Nintendo DS (Japan)
    • Romancing SaGa – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Street Supremacy – PSP (Japan)
  • 15 Years
    • RapeLay – PC (Japan)
  • 12 Years
    • Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2 – PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • 10 Years
    • Learn with Pokemon: Typing Adventure – Nintendo DS (Japan)

22nd April

Galactic Wrestling: Featuring Ultimate Muscle (image credit: )

Galactic Wrestling: Featuring Ultimate Muscle, known in Japan as Kinnikuman Generations (キン肉マン ジェネレーションズ), is a PlayStation 2 game that was released in 2004. The game was developed by AKI Corporation and released under the Bandai label. The game itself is actually an expansion of the GameCube game Ultimate Muscle: Legends vs. New Generation and in itself also has an expansion called Kinnikuman Muscle Generations (キン肉マン マッスルジェネレーションズ) which was released on the PSP.

  • 36 Years
    • Yie Ar Kung Fu – NES (Japan)
  • 22 Years
    • Billiards – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 21 Years
    • Expendable – PlayStation
  • 20 Years
    • The King of Fighters ’99 – PlayStation
  • 18 Years
    • Ninja Five-0 – Game Boy Advance
  • 17 Years
    • Crimson Tears – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Galactic Wrestling: Featuring Ultimate Muscle – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Mario Golf: Advance Tour – Game Boy Advance (Japan)
  • 14 Years
    • Pokemon Diamond Version – Nintendo DS
    • Pokemon Pearl Version – Nintendo DS
  • 13 Years
    • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES – PlayStation 2
    • The World Ends with You – Nintendo DS
  • 12 Years
    • Myst – iOS
  • 11 Years
    • Knights in the Nightmare – PSP (Japan)
    • NIER – Xbxo 360 (Japan)
    • Naruto Shippuden: Shinobi Rumble – Nintendo DS (Japan)
    • NieR Replicant – PlayStation 3 (Japan)
    • Ys: The Oath in Felghana – PSP (Japan)
  • 10 Years
    • Kamidori Alchemy Master – PC (Japan)

23rd April

Kunio-Kun no Nekketsu Soccer League (image credit: Technōs Japan Corp.)

Kunio-kun’s Nekketsu Soccer League[4] (くにおくんの熱血サッカーリーグ Kunio-kun no Nekketsu Soccer League) is a soccer video game for the NES. It was a direct sequal to the game Nekketsu Kōkō Dodgeball Bu: Soccer Hen (released as Nintendo World Cup in North America and Europe).

  • 29 Years
    • Alisa Dragoon – Sega Mega Drive/Genesis
  • 28 Years
    • Disney’s Ducktales 2 – NES (Japan)
    • Kunio-Kun no Nekketsu Soccer League – NES (Japan)
    • Operation Logic Bomb: The Ultimate Search & Destroy – Super Nintendo (Japan)
    • The 7th Saga – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 23 Years
    • Super Robot Taisen F: Kanketsuhen – Saturn (Japan)
  • 20 Years
    • Rumble Racing – PlayStation 2
  • 17 Years
    • Mega Man Zero 3 – Game Boy Advance (Japan)

24th April

Metal Gear Solid (image credit: Konami Computer Entertainment Japan)

Yes, it is Metal Gear Solid, but not as you know it. Metal Gear Solid released on the Game Boy Advance in 2000 across all regions. The game was an adaptation of the PlayStation title by the same name, although the story does differ. The game was not also set in the same timeline and instead take place in an alternative continuity that takes place seven years after the events of the PlayStation title. Even though the game was far limited compared to the PlayStation counterpart it received average scores of more than 95%.

  • 23 Years
    • RockMan & Forte – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 21 Years
    • Metal Gear Solid – Game Boy Color
  • 14 Years
    • The Fast and the Furious – PSP
  • 13 Years
    • Valkyrie Chronicles – PlayStation 3 (Japan)

25th April

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (image credit: Visual Works, Square Enix Holdings)

Okay, it is somewhat a push tpo include a movie within This Week in Gaming but what the hell? Final Fantasy: Advent Children was released on UMD format for the PSP on September 14, 2005. It is part of the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII series of media and is based on the continuity of the Final Fantasy VII game for the PlayStation. The plot was criticised as incomprehensible to people who had not played the Final Fantasy VII title on the PlayStation, but this sounds like an easily rectifiable issue. The film received the Maria Award at the Sitges Film Festival in 2005 and the Best Anime Award in 2007 at the American Anime Awards.

  • 35 Years
    • Gradius – NES (Japan)
  • 32 Years
    • River City Ransom – NES (Japan)
  • 30 Years
    • Warsong – Sega Mega Drive/Genesis (Japan)
  • 24 Years
    • Tobal 2 – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 19 Years
    • Disaster Report – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 18 Years
    • Fire Emblem – Game Boy Advance (Japan)
    • Summon Night: Swordcraft Story – Game Boy Advance (Japan)
  • 15 Years
    • Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War – PlayStation 2
    • Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny – PlayStation 2
    • Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children – PSP
    • Metal Saga – PlayStation 2
    • OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast – PSP
  • 13 Years
    • Chaos;Head – PC (Japan)

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