This Week in Gaming – 27th December 20206 minute read

From the origins of Yoshi to table-arcade units, This Week in Gaming once again brings you the anniversaries that have been perceived over the last seven days.

21st December

Gameplay: Yoshi's Story (Nintendo 64) - YouTube
Yoshi’s Story (image credit: Nintendo)

Yoshi’s Story was developed and published by Nintendo for release in 1997. It was the forst Yoshi platformer to not be directed of produced by Shigeru Miyamoto. The music was composed by Kazumi Totaka who also voiced Yoshi in the game.

  • 31 Years
    • Ys Book I & II – Turbo CD (Japan)
  • 30 Years
    • Final Fight – Super Nintendo (Japan)
    • Gradius III – Super Nintendo (Japan)
    • Pilotwings – Super Nintendo (Japan)
    • The Bard’s Tale – NES (Japan)
  • 28 Years
    • E.V.O.: Search for Eden – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 23 Years
    • Yoshi’s Story – Nintendo 64 (Japan)

22nd December

Arcade Archives DOUBLE DRAGON II The Revenge | Nintendo Switch download  software | Games | Nintendo
Double Dragon II: The Revenge (image credit: Technōs Japan)

Double Dragon II: The Revenge (also known as Sō Setsu Ryū II: The Revenge in Japan) was the first sequel to Double Dragon which was released in 1987. The game was originally released as an arcade title with the NES seeing their version being released in January 1990. Originally the game was intended to be an upgrade kit to the original Double Dragon but it soon evolved into a stand-alone title with the developers reusing assets for both titles.

  • 33 Years
    • Metal Gear – NES (Japan)
    • Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord – NES (Japan)
  • 31 Years
    • Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse – NES (Japan)
    • Double Dragon II: The Revenge – Arcade
    • Golden Axe – Genesis/Mega Drive (Japan)
  • 28 Years
    • Brawl Brothers – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 27 Years
    • Ganbare Goemon 2: Kiteretsu Shougun McGuinness – Super Nintendo (Japan)
    • Yuu Yuu Hakusho – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 15 Years
    • Kingdom Hearts II – PlayStation 2 (Japan)

23rd December

Gran Turismo (PS1) - GT World Cup with GTO LM - YouTube
Gran Turismo (image credit: Polys Entertainment)

Published by Sony Computer Entertainment in 1997, Gran Turismo would become the start of one of the leading franchises for sim racing games across the world. The game took five years to develop but became the most well-sold title on the PlayStation and scored an average of 95% across all reviews.

  • 28 Years
    • Nekketsu Kakutou – NES (Japan)
  • 26 Years
    • Umihara Kawase – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 23 Years
    • Chocobo no Fushigi na Dungeon – PlayStation (Japan)
    • Gran Turismo – PlayStation (Japan)
    • Momotarou Dentetsu 7 – PlayStation (Japan)
    • Tales of Destiny – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 22 years
    • Chocobo’s Dungeon 2 – PlayStation (Japan)
    • Civilization II – PlayStation (Japan)
    • Sonic Adventure – Dreamcast (Japan)
    • Street Fighter Alpha 3 – PlayStation (Japan)

24th December

Akira (image credit: TOSE)

Akira (アキラ) is a video game that was published solely in Japan in 1988. The game is based ont he 1988 animated film of the same name, which was based on Katsuhiro Otomo’s manga title. The game was released only five months after the release of the film, coinciding with the popularity of the Akira series.

  • 32 Years
    • Akira – NES (Japan)
    • Mega Man 2 – NES (Japan)
  • 27 Years
    • Little Magic – Super Nintendo (Japan)
    • Monster Maker III – Super Nintendo (Japan)
    • Tetris Battle Gaiden – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 22 Years
    • Bomberman Quest – Game Boy Color (Japan)
  • 21 Years
    • Metal Walker – Game Boy Color (Japan)
    • Monster Rancher Battle Card GB – Game Boy Color (Japan)
    • Robopon 64: Robot Ponkottsu 64 – Nintendo 64 (Japan)
    • Street Fighter EX2 Plus – PlayStation (Japan)

25th December

Wacky Races – NintendoLegend
Wacky Races (image credit: Atlus)

Wacky Races or my much preferred title チキチキマシン猛レース-, Chiki Chiki Machine Mou Race, was developed and published by Atlus. The game is fully based on the cartoon of the same name by Hanna-Barbera. The game features a rendition of the theme song from the Japanese version of the TV series on the title screen.

  • 29 Years
    • Wacky Races – NES (Japan)
  • 28 Years
    • Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible – Game Boy (Japan)
    • Ranma 1/2: Hard Battle – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 25 Years
    • Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner – Sega Saturn (Japan)
  • 23 Years
    • Soukyuugurentai: Oubushutsugeki – PlayStation (Japan)
    • Tomba! – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 22 Years
    • Samurai Shodown! – Neo Geo Pocket (Japan)

26th December

New Ghostbusters II (NES - PAL) | Playthrough - YouTube
New Ghostbusters II (image credit: HAL Laboratory)

New Ghostbusters II  (ゴーストバスターズ2, Gōsutobasutāzu 2) is a game developer and published by HAL Laboratory for the NES. It is often believed that the Game Boy version was a port of the NES version or vice versa, but this was not the case. The NES version in fact features new music, different level layouts and alternate cut scenes between levels.

  • 34 Years
    • Arkanoid – NES (Japan)
    • Toki no Tabibito: Time Stranger – NES (Japan)
  • 33 Years
    • Haunted Castle – Arcade
  • 32 Years
    • Dragon Spirit – TurboGrafx-16 (Japan)
    • Guerrila War – NES (Japan)
  • 30 Years
    • Adventures of Lolo 3 – NES (Japan)
    • Gaiares – Genesis/Mega Drive (Japan)
    • New Ghostbusters II – NES (Japan)
  • 29 Years
    • Golden Axe II – Genesis/Mega Drive

27th December

Volfied ~ PC Engine / TurboGrafx-16 - YouTube
Volfied (image credit: Taito)

Taito developed Volfied (ヴォルフィード, Vorufīdo) for release in 1989. It was a direct sucessor to Qix and contained new features and a science fiction theme throughout. The gameplay was identical to Qix but with graphical differences throughout. Several ports have been created by various companies and for different platforms, with the last one, a Java-based version, being released in 2007 for mobile platforms. In 1989 it was considered the ninth most-successful table arcade unit of the year.

  • 31 Years
    • Boomer’s Adventuire in Asmik World – Game Boy (Japan)
    • Volfied – TurboGrafx-16 (Japan)
  • 29 Years
    • Spanky’s Quest – Super Nintendo (Japan)
    • The Blue Marlin – NES (Japan)
    • Valis – Genesis/Mega Drive (Japan)