This Week in Gaming – 30th August 20204 minute read

This Week in Gaming digs out some of the more obscure titles and classic games from back in the day. Whether it is light gun technology, 2D platformers or real-time strategy, this week has an amazing arrangement of titles.

24th August

Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker (image credit: SEGA)

One of the classic games of it’s generation, Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker was a unique platformer. Busting out dance moves to beat hoards of enemies was a fantastic mechanic. With a difficulty level expected of the console generation it was sure to make you want to Beat It.

  • 30 Years
    • Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker – Mega Drive/Genesis
  • 10 Years
    • Mafia II – Xbox 360, Playstation 3

25th August

Tekken 2 (image credit: Namco)

Before the pinnacle Tekken 3 there was…Tekken 2. Not quite as pinnacle for some, this title opened up the fighting genre further and expanded on Namco’s unique style of gamplay.

  • 24 Years
    • Tekken 2 – Playstation
  • 11 Years
    • Batman: Arkham Asylum – Xbox 360, Playstation 3

26th August

Jurassic Park (image credit: Universal, BlueSky & SEGA)

Published way back in 1993 Jurassic Park was developed as a tie-in game for the film of the same name. It included elements from the original novel by Michael Crichton too. Celebrating it’s anniversary today is also Mario Kart: Super Circuit for the Game Boy Advance – the first handheld game from the franchise.

  • 27 Years
    • Jurassic Park – Mega Drive/Genesis
  • 19 Years
    • Mario Kart: Super Circuit – Game Boy Advance

27th August

Super Mario Kart (image credit: Nintendo)

Released in 1992 in Japan and North America, Super Mario Kart ended it’s life after selling 8.7 million copies! It was the fourth best selling game on the Super Nintendo console, and for good reason!

  • 28 Years
    • Super Mario Kart – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 26 Years
    • Earthbound – Super Nintendo (Japan)

28th August

Command & Conquer: Red Alert – Retaliation (image credit: Westwood Studios)

Across all of the Command & Conquer series, Red Alert was my favourite spin off game. Red Alert 2 was the height of this but many an hour did I enjoy playing Retaliation also. The fantastical nature of the real-time strategy game is something lost in the current generation of consoles, and something I personally hope they bring back.

  • 22 Years
    • Command & Conquer: Red Alert – Retaliation
  • 20 Years
    • Mario Tennis – Nintendo 64

29th August

Saints Row (image credit: Deep Silver)

It is difficult to believe that Saints Row is now a five-game franchise. Based on the sandbox conceptualisation of Grand Theft Auto, and offering an open-world chaotic dynamic, Saints Row stormed consoles back in 2006.

  • 14 Years
    • Saints Row – Xbox 360

30th August

Resident Evil: Survivor (image credit: Capcom)

Resident Evil‘s ugly nephew, Survivor, was the first of the Gun Survivor series of games. It was compatible with the GunCon and G-Con 45 light guns, and switched the norm of Resident Evil from third-person to first-person. not the most highly praised of the Resident Evil games, but an interesting opening for Namco’s light gun technology.

  • 20 Years
    • Resident Evil: Survivor – Playstation
  • 16 Years
    • Pikmin 2 – GameCube