This Week in Gaming – 27th September 20205 minute read

This Week in Gaming explores some of the big, and obscure titles from the last seven days. There are some massive anniversaries here, and we have managed to scoop on some of the more interesting facts from a few of these releases. Whether your interest is isometric golf games, horror franchises or Nintendo’s crazy naming conventions – there is something of interest for you below.

21st September

Kirby’s Dream Course (image credit: Nintendo)

Golf and Kirby. Golf? And Kirby? Who knew that two of the most random games (let’s be honest Golf is obscure) worked so well together? The quote “golf is a good walk ruined” is often incorrectly attributed to Mark Twain. However, the person who truly said it should have had the chance to play Kirby’s Dream Course. The game was an isometric, quirky game which was amazingly satisfying to play.

  • 26 Years
    • Kirby’s Dream course – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 21 Years
    • WCW mayhem – Nintendo 64
  • 16 Years
    • Monster Hunter – PlayStation 2
  • 10 Years
    • Sid Meier’s Civilization V

22nd September

Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (image credit: Capcom)

There is seldom a week that goes by without a Resident Evil anniversary popping up. In fact this week had a few, but I cannot turn this into a post about Capcom games! Resident Evil 3: Nemesis was the third instalment of the Resident Evil series. It contained elements set before and after the evets of Resident Evil 2. Introducing the Nemesis creature was the most terrifying dynamic 21 years ago. Being stalked through the game the player needed to keep their wits about them for sure.

  • 25 Years
    • International Superstar Soccer Deluxe – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 21 Years
    • Resident Evil 3: Nemesis – PlayStation (Japan)

23rd September

Sonic CD (photo credit: SEGA)

In 1993 this week Sonic CD landed on the Sega CD. The game featured time travel, which made it differ from previous Sonic the Hedgehog titles. Travelling through time allowed the player to access different versions of levels, layouts and music.

  • 27 Years
    • Sonic CD – Sega CD (Japan)
  • 18 Years
    • Tekken 4 – PlayStation 2

24th September

Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3 (image credit: Nintendo)

Not to confuse things, but…ok I will. Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3 is the 2002 reissue of the 1995 SNES game Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island. The game primarily highlighted the typical naming conventions of Nintendo. It was a popular title from the Yoshi’s Island series, which has since seen various re-releases on the 3DS and Wii U virtual consoles.

  • 20 Years
    • Metal Gear Solid – PC
  • 19 Years
    • Silent Hill 2 – PlayStation 2
  • 18 Years
    • Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3 – Game Boy Advance

25th September

Mega Man X4 (image credit: Capcom)

Rockman X4 (ロックマンX4) as it was known in Japan was the second game in the series to be release on the SEGA Saturn and PlayStation. Both versions were released on the same day in Japan, but not worldwide. Having the ability to play as X or Zero made Mega Man X4 a hit amongst critics.

  • 23 Years
    • Mega Man X4 – PlayStation
    • Resident Evil: Directors Cut – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 13 Years
    • Halo 3 – Xbox 360

26th September

Super Mario 64 (image credit: Nintendo)

Super Mario 64 was the first Mario game in the franchise to feature 3D gameplay. It is claimed to be one of the greatest video games of all time, achieving high chart success in 1996. To test the physics for the three-dimensional environment a golden rabbit names MIPS was used. The rabbit was named after the consoles MIPS processor. After testing Mario’s interaction with the rabbit it was then included in the final game.

  • 25 Years
    • Command & Conquer – PC
  • 24 Years
    • Super Mario 64 – Nintendo 64
  • 23 Years
    • Bomberman 64 – Nintendo 64 (Japan)

27th September

Dragon Quest V: Tenkuu no Hanayome (image credit: Enix Corporation)

Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride is the second game of the Zenithian Trilogy of Dragon Quest titles. The game was originally developed by Chunsoft and published by Enix Corporation. The game was the first of the series that was not released outside of Japan. The reason was that Enix did not want to pay for the larger ROM’s needed for the English dialogue.

  • 28 Years
    • Dragon Quest V: Tenkuu no Hanayome – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 18 Years
    • Street Fighter Alpha 3 – Game Boy Advance (Japan)
  • 13 Years
    • Record of Agarest War – PlayStation 3 (Japan)