This Week in Gaming – 29th November 20206 minute read

This Week in Gaming once again showcases some of the games that have hit their anniversaries over the last seven days. It would appear that this is the week in which to release Donkey Kong games, with many of the titular protagonists titles hitting milestones. Other than Donkey Kong there are plenty of other games to mention with some of the personally selected ones below.

23rd November

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (image credit: Nintendo)

Developed by Nintendo EAD and led by a whopping five directors The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time released in Japan and North America in November 1998. PAL regions saw the launch the following month, getting their opportunity to enjoy the fifth game in The Legend of Zelda series. This was the first game from The Legend of Zelda to showcase 3D graphics, allowing the players to control Link in a new fantastical 3D environment. Ocarina of Time received widespread approval and won several awards and accolades for visuals, gameplay, the soundtrack and more. In the United States it received more than three-times more pre-orders than any other video game to date. Metacritic shows it as the highest rated game of all time, and GameRankings shows it as the second highest after Super Mario Galaxy.

  • 29 Years
    • Final Fantasy II – Super Nintendo
  • 24Years
    • Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 22 Years
    • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time – Nintendo 64
  • 19 Years
    • Shenmue II – Dreamcast
  • 16 Years
    • World of Warcraft – PC

24th November

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (image credit: Sega)

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was released on this day 28 years ago! This is not to be confused with the game Sonic the Hedgehog 2 which was an 8-bit game developed by Aspect for the Master System and Game Gear. The game saw the introduction of Mile “Tails” Prower who was controllable by a second player. Working together Sonic and Tails must try to stop the evil antagonist Dr. Ivo Robotnik from stealing the Chaos Emeralds to power his Death Egg. Over six million cartridges were sold making it the second best-selling Genesis/Mega Drive game behind the original Sonic the Hedgehog.

  • 28 Years
    • Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – Mega Drive/Genesis
  • 23 Years
    • Diddy Kong Racing – Nintendo 64
  • 21 Years
    • Donkey Kong 64 – Nintendo 64
  • 19 Years
    • The Simpsons: Road Rage – PlayStation 2

25th November

Donkey Kong Country (image credit: Rare)

Rare developed Donkey Kong Country as a reboot of Nintendo’s Donkey Kong franchise. It follows the story of Donkey Kong and his nephew, Diddy Kong, as they try to recover their stolen banana’s from King K. Rool and the Kremlings. The game consisted of 40 levels where players can play together cooperatively or in a race. It was one of the first games to feature pre-rendered graphics, allowing the team to convert 3D models into 2D sprites.

  • 31 Years
    • Mystic Defender – MegaDrive/Genesis (Japan)
  • 26 Years
    • Donkey Kong Country – Super Nintendo
  • 24 Years
    • Killer Instinct Gold – Nintendo 64

26th November

Disney’s Aladdin (image credit: Capcom)

Disney’s Aladdin released on 26th November 1993. It was developed by Capcom and launched on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. In the same month Virgin Games and Sega also released a game for the Sega Genesis called none other than Disney’s Aladdin. Aladdin originally received average reviews, but the version released by Sega went on to become more popular and has seen various ports on various consoles even up to the eighth generation of video game consoles.

  • 34 Years
    • Ikari Warriors – NES (Japan)
  • 27 Years
    • Disney’s Aladdin – Super Nintendo (Japan)
    • Fatal Fury 2 – Super Nintendo (Japan)
    • Tecmo Super Bowl – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 23 Years
    • Cros: Legend of the Gobbos – PC
  • 13 Years
    • Tekken 6 – Arcade (Japan)

27th November

Set in Ancient Greece, whereby the player controls a character that has been resurrected by Zeus, Altered Beast follows the story of rescuing Athena from Neff, ruler of the underworld. Neff took different forms in each level in attempts to defeat the player. Praised for its graphics Altered Beast had above average reviews and has seen various ports since it’s original release 32 years ago.

  • 32 Years
    • Altered Beast – Genesis/Mega Drive (Japan)
  • 27 Years
    • Illusion of Gaia – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 23 Years
    • Kirby’s Dream Land 3 – Super Nintendo
    • Vandal Hearts: Ushinawareta Kodai Bunmei – Sega Saturn (Japan)
  • 22 Years
    • Dreamcast (Japan)

28th November

Breath of Fire IV (image credit: Capcom)

The fourth game in the Breath of Fire series was originally released for the PlayStation in November 2000 in Japan and North America, while Europe saw the game released in 2001. It once again follows the adventures of Ryu who has the power to transform himself into powerful dragons. Ryu must team up with other warriors to combat an immortal emperor before he ascends to godhood and destroys the world of man!

  • 20 Years
    • Breath of Fire IV – PlayStation
  • 19 Years
    • Monster Rancher Advance – Game Boy Advance
  • 18 Years
    • 007: NightFire – PC
    • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time/Master Quest – GameCube (Japan)
  • 15 Years
    • Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time – DS

29th November

BMX XXX (image credit: Z-Axis)

Acclaim Entertainment, under the AKA Acclaim label, published the Z-Axis development BMX XXX on GameCube 18 years ago. Whilst a sports game it became more notorious for it’s nudity, foul language and adult humour. The game allows players to create female characters that are fully topless, and also allows the ability to view live action clips of real strippers, also topless.

Cold shower break

Initially in America and Australia the game was initially denied classification. Now the game is available on GameCube, Xbox and PlayStation 2. GameCube and Xbox have the uncensored versions while Sony made sure that all naked breasts were covered on their platform.

  • 19 Years
    • Guilty Gear X Plus – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Mega Man X6 – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 18 Years
    • BMX XXX – GameCube
  • 16 Years
    • Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls – Game Boy Advance