This Week in Gaming – 25th October 20205 minute read

From The Legend of Zelda, the release of the Sega Master System console and controversy around Grand Theft Auto III. This Week in Gaming takes another look at the last seven days of anniversaries.

19th October

Shining Force II (image credit: Sonic! Software Planning)

シャイニング・フォースII 古えの封印, Shainingu Fōsu Tsū: Inishie no Fūin, lit. “Shining Force II: The Ancient Seal” celebrates 26 years of existence this week. The plot was not directly linked the the original Shining Force, but a later Game Gear title Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict linked the two plots.

  • 26 Years
    • Shining Force II – Genesis
  • 21 Years
    • Crash Team Racing – PlayStation
  • 15 Years
    • Crash Tag Team Racing – PlayStation 2

20th October

The Sega Master System (image credit: Sega)

Originally a remodelled version of the Sega Mark III, the third iteration of the SG-1000 series of consoles, the Sega Master System had enhanced capabilities over its predecessors. The Master System is a third-generation 8-bit console which even had its own dedicated port for 3D glasses. The system utilised both cartridges and Sega Cards to play games, and had accessories such as light guns and the aforementioned 3D glasses. Five years would pass before the Sega Master System II was released as a cheaper alternative, making the 3D glasses and Sega Cards redundant.

  • 35 Years
    • SEGA Master System
  • 26 Years
    • Final Fantasy III – Super Nintendo
  • 25 Years
    • Terranigma – Super Nintendo (Japan)

21st October

Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (image credit: Nintendo)

The sequel to the much loved Super Mario Land was released 28 years ago in Japan and North America, with Europe seeing it a year later. The player is able to control Mario (duh) to reclaim his personal island Mario Land from the clutches of Wario. This was the first game to introduce Wario who soon became a prominent character in the Super Mario franchise.

  • 28 Years
    • Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins – Game Boy (Japan)
  • 22 Years
    • Game Boy Color (Japan)
    • Metal Gear Solid – PlayStation
  • 20 Years
    • Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 – PC
  • 18 Years
    • Mario Party 4 – GameCube
  • 17 Years
    • Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 – Game Boy Advance

22nd October

Grand Theft Auto III (image credit: Rockstar)

Grand Theft Auto III was the sequel to the 1999 title Grand Theft Auto 2. It was the first of the franchise to have a 3D third-person perspective. The game received heavy criticism for its violent and sexual content and generated heavy controversy. Thankfully this media tar-and-feathering didn’t stop the franchise from becoming one of the largest in the media.

  • 28 Years
    • Gemfire – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 22 Years
    • Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter – Sega Saturn (Japan)
  • 19 Years
    • Grand Theft Auto III – PlayStation 2
  • 13 Years
    • Golden Axe III – Genesis

23rd October

Super Mario Bros. 3 (image credit: Nintendo)

Super Mario Bros. 3 is simply one of the greatest Mario games of all time. This is not just my personal opinion but also that of many avid gamers. Developed by a team led by Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka it spurred the sales of 17,000,000 copies and even an animated television series The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3. It has had several remakes such as Super Mario All-Stars for the SNES, Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 for the Game Boy Advance as well as Virtual Console releases and online play for the Nintendo Switch. Claimed to be one of the greatest gams of all time, and the third best-selling NES game it sure packs a well deserved punch in This Week in Gaming.

  • 32 Years
    • Super Mario Bros. 3 – NES (Japan)

24th October

Spyro: Year of the Dragon (image credit: Insomniac Games, Sony Computer Entertainment)

One interesting fact about Spyro: Year of the Dragon is that, although it is the third instalment in Spyro series, it was not given a Japanese launch like the previous two titles. The game sold 2 million copies in North America alone and received critical acclaim.

  • 20 Years
    • Mega Man Legends 2 – PlayStation
    • Spyro: Year of the Dragon – PlayStation
    • Summoner – PlayStation 2

25th October

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (image credit: Nintendo)

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask is the sixth title in The Legend of Zelda series, following on from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The game was completed in less than two years by utilising some of the character models and components from its predecessor. It was in the ten best selling games of 2000 and has received critical acclaim as well as a cult following.

  • 20 Years
    • The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask – Nintendo 64
  • 15 Years
    • Resident Evil 4 – PlayStation 2
    • Sid Meier’s Civilization IV – PC
    • SoulCalibur III – PlayStation 2