This Week in Gaming – 2nd May 202110 minute read

This Week in Gaming has a 1970’s porn parody (sort of), a risk that played off with Nintendo adopting a game that would become a large franchise of theirs and the rarest Nintendo 64 game of all time. Read more to find out more in this weeks Sunday wind-down.

26th April

Super Smash Bros. (image credit: HAL Laboratory, Nintendo)

1999 saw the release of Super Smash Bros., the first in the fighting and crossover series published on Nintendo consoles. The initial release occurred in Japan in January 1999 and North America saw their release three months later. It is the first in the series and includes characters and locations from franchises such as Kirby, The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Mario and more. The game took fighting games to a new level with a twist ont he standard format perceived in titles previously. The premise of the game is to knock your opponent off the stage as opposed to other games whereby a life or health bar needs to be depleted. There are no hidden moves as each characters move are triggered by the same button layout.

Development of the game was originally for a title names  Kakutō Gēmu Ryūō (格闘ゲーム竜王, Dragon King: The Fighting Game). After some initial development the premise of using existing Nintendo characters was built upon. Masahiro Sakurai developed the game but did not believe he would get permission to use Nintendo characters in his title. Regardless of this he placed Mario, Donkey Kong, Samus and Fox and presented a prototype of the game. It was later approved by Nintendo and became a commercial success, selling more than 5 million copies.

  • 30 Years
    • SimCity – Super Nintendo (Japan)
    • The Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle 2 – Game Boy (Japan)
  • 25 Years
    • Disney’s Toy Story – Sega Mega Drive/Genesis
    • Super Bomberman 4 – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 22 Years
    • Super Smash Bros. – Nintendo 64
  • 19 Years
    • Mega Man Zero – Game Boy Advance (Japan)
  • 16 Years
    • Empire Earth II – PC
    • Guild Wars – PC
    • Resident Evil Outbreak File #2 – PlayStation 2
    • Stella Deus: The Gate of Eternity – PlayStation 2
  • 15 Years
    • Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth – PC
  • 14 Years
    • Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings – Nintendo DS (Japan)
    • One Piece: Unlimited Adventure – Nintendo Wii (Japan)
    • The Dog Island – Nintendo Wii (Japan)
  • 11 Years
    • Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley – PSP
    • Record of Agarest War – Xbox 360

27th April

Final Fantasy III (image credit: Square)

The third installment of the critically acclaimed Final Fantasy franchise was released in April 1990. Revolving around four orphans drawn to the crystal of light the player sets out on a mission to explore the world and bring back a balance of power to its inhabitants. The game was originally released for the Famicon and sold 1.4 million copies in Japan. The first time the rest of the world saw a release was 16 years later when Matrix Software remade the game for the Nintendo DS in 2006. There were in fact previous plans to release the game for the WonderSwan Color but due to delays it was cancelled after the cancellation of the platform, even though the first, second and fourth installments had been released on it.

  • 33 Years
    • Famicon Tantei Club: Kieta Koukeisha – Zenpen – Famicom Disk System (Japan)
  • 31 Years
    • Final Fantasy III – NES (Japan)
  • 29 Years
    • Kirby’s Dream Land – Game Boy (Japan)
  • 24 Years
    • Star Fox 64 – Nintendo 64 (Japan)
  • 21 Years
    • Breath of Fire IV – PlayStation (Japan)
    • Evergrace – PlayStaton 2 (Japan)
    • Power Stone 2 – Dreamcast (Japan)
    • The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask – Nintendo 64 (Japan)
  • 17 Years
    • City of Heroes – PC
    • Onimusha 3: Demon Siege – PlayStation 2
  • 15 Years
    • The King of Fighters 2006 – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007 – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 13 Years
    • Mario Kart Wii – Nintendo Wii
  • 12 Years
    • Lemonade Tycoon – iOS
  • 11 Years
    • 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa – PlayStation 3
    • NIER – PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
    • Record of Agarest War – PlayStation 3
    • Super Street Fighter IV – PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
    • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction – PC

28th April

Super Bomberman (image credit: Produce)

Super Bomberman is part of the much-loved franchise and was released in 1993 on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Once again the gameplay takes place on a single, non-scrolling screen whereby the player must use bombs to destroy walls and defeat enemies. The game consists of two modes – normal and battle. Normal mode takes the player through six worlds comprising of eight stages each, with a boss fight finale in each world. Battle more is able to be played by up to four players and contains some multiplayer madness across an additional twelve stages.

The game was well received and scored up to 9/10 in some reviews and was ranked 90th best game ever by Game Informer in 2001.

  • 33 Years
    • Tecmo Cup Soccer Game – NES (Japan)
  • 28 Years
    • Super Bomberman – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 27 Years
    • Super Bomberman 2 – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 26 Years
    • Super Bomberman 3 – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 22 Years
    • Soul of the Samurai – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 20 Years
    • Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 18 Years
    • NBA Street Vol. 2 – PlayStation 2
  • 17 Years
    • Clannad – PC (Japan)
  • 16 Years
    • School Days HQ – PC (Japan)
  • 12 Years
    • Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce – PSP
  • 11 Years
    • Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 – Nintendo DS (Japan)
  • 10 Years
    • El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron – PlayStation 3 (Japan)

29th April

Galactic Wrestling: Featuring Ultimate Muscle (image credit: Namco)

Tekken 3 (鉄拳3) smashed onto the Sony PlayStation one year after the original 1997 release in arcades. It is the third installment in the franchise and was succeeded by Tekken Tag Tournament in 1999. The game saw six returning characters as well as a staggering 18 new characters to its roster. The game was the first game to be released in the arcades on Namco System 12 hardware and also contained animations for the charaters which was captured using motion capture technology.

The game was considered the most successful arcade game of the year it launched, but it also ranked number 2 on the PlayStation greatest games ranking. It scored incredibly high scores in reviews, some perfects tens, and managed to sell over 8 million copies.

  • 23 Years
    • Tekken 3 – PlayStation
  • 21 Years
    • Vanguard Bandits – PlayStation
  • 17 Years
    • Naruto: Ninja Council 2 – Game Boy Advance (Japan)
    • Pikmin 2 – GameCube (Japan)
  • 16 Years
    • Spy vs. Spy – PlayStation 2
  • 13 Years
    • Grand Theft Auto IV – PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • 12 Years
    • Banjo-Tooie – Xbox 360
    • Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans – Nintendo DS (Japan)
    • Naruto Shippuden: Shinobi Retsuden 3 – Nintendo DS (Japan)
    • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona – PSP (Japan)
    • Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier – Nintendo DS
    • WarioWare D.I.Y. – Nintendo DS (Japan)
  • 11 Years
    • Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker – PSP (Japan)

30th April

The Ultimate DOOM (image credit: Bethesda)

The Ultimate Doom is an updated variant of the original Doom game. The game was released April 30, 1995 and contains a new fourth nine-level episode. The Flesh Consumed, as the new episode was named, contains eight new regular maps and a secret map. The updated version was an incentive program to shift more copies through retailers, but people who had already purchased and still owned a copy of Doom were treated to a free patch to upgrade their game.

  • 26 Years
    • The Ultimate DOOM – PC
  • 25 Years
    • Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal – PC
  • 24 Years
    • Wild Arms – PlayStation
  • 23 Years
    • Breath of Fire III – PlayStation
    • Gran Turismo – PlayStation
    • Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven – PC
    • Panzer Dragoon Saga – Saturn
  • 22 Years
    • Aliens Versus Predator – PC
    • Bloody Roar II – PlayStation
    • Pokemon Stadium – Nintendo 64 (Japan)
    • Street Fighter Alpha 3 – PlayStation
    • Super Mario Bros. Deluxe – Game Boy Color
  • 21 Years
    • MediEvil II – PlayStation
    • The Misadventures of Tron Bonne – PlayStation
    • Wild ARMs 2 – PlayStation
  • 19 Years
    • Resident Evil – GameCube
  • 16 Years
    • Pokemon Emerald Version

1st May

ClayFighter: The Sculptor’s Cut (image credit: Interplay Productions)

I don’t think I would have gotten away with not mentioning the release of the rarest Nintendo 64 game in existence. ClayFighter 63⅓ is where this story began back in 1997. The games was released and developed by Interplay Productions with a parody title that slightly mocks the “64” suffix on many Nintendo 64 games. Like it’s predecessors it uses stop-motion animations of clay models ot produce a very unique effect. In 1998 ClayFighter: The Sculptor’s edition was released, but why is it such a rare game? The reason is that it was only released to Blockbuster Video rental stores and never as a commercial release. Blockbuster did run a contest to win a copy of the game but it still meant that the availability of this game is incredibly slim.

  • 37 Years
    • Golf – NES (Japan)
  • 26 Years
    • Kirby’s Dream Land 2 – Game Boy
  • 23 Years
    • ClayFighter: The Sculptor’s Cut – Nintendo 64
    • Tactics Ogre – PlayStation
  • 22 Years
    • R4: Ridge Racer Type 4 – PlayStation
  • 20 Years
    • Gauntlet: Dark LEgacy – PlayStation 2
  • 19 Years
    • The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind – PC
  • 18 Years
    • Naruto: Ninja Council – Game Boy Advance (Japan)
  • 12 Years
    • X-Men Origins: Wolverine – PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, Xbox 360

2nd May

Gundam 0079: The War For Earth (image credit: Presto Studios)

The reason I chose this game above all others in the list for 2nd May was not because of nostalgia, nor the excitement to write about it. The only reason I chose this game was because the image I found looked more like a 1970’s porn parody of Star Wars rather than a clip fro a video game. We all know the Gundam series of stories and games, but as you can see, this one doesn’t look overly tempting to play. So I will just leave you with a quote from a Next Generation review of it’s time – “Gundam 0079 is certainly not for the action gamer, nor for the adventurer.”

  • 31 Years
    • Gargoyle’s Quest – Game Boy (Japan)
  • 26 Years
    • Crossed Swords II – Neo Geo CD (Japan)
  • 24 Years
    • Gundam 0079: The War For Earth – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 21 Years
    • Colony Wars III: Red Sun – PlayStation
  • 20 Years
    • Off-Road Redneck Racing – PC
  • 19 Years
    • Myst III: Exile – Xbox (Japan)
  • 18 Years
    • An American Tail: Fievel’s Gold Rush – Game Boy Advance
    • Mega Man Zero 2 – Game Boy Advance (Japan)
  • 15 Years
    • Gallop Racer 2006 – PlayStation 2
  • 13 Years
    • Iron Man – PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP

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