This Week in Gaming – 4th October 20205 minute read

This week in gaming spans Europe, North America and Japan with some iconic releases over the last seven days. The PC has a couple of big names with Doom II and Fallout 2 and one day in particular proved difficult to report on. Read more below to visit the anniversaries being celebrating on This Week In Gaming.

28th September

Mega Man 3 (image credit: Capcom)

Mega Man 3 was released in 1990 in Japan and later the same year in North America. It follows the events of Mega Man 2 where the titular character helps Dr Light, his creator, and his former enemy Dr. Wily. It has been released on several platforms since its initial release that saw a 1.17 million volume sale.

  • 30 Years
    • Mega Man 3 – NES (Japan)
  • 22 Years
    • Pokemon Blue – Game Boy
    • Pokemon Red – Game Boy

29th September

The Nintendo 64 (image credit: Nintendo)

Nintendo 64 was named after its 64-bit internal processing capabilities and was released in September 1996 in North America. Japan saw the release earlier in the year in June whilst March 1997 would be when it landed in Europe. Codenamed Project Reality it was named machine of the year in 1996 by Time Magazine.

  • 27 Years
    • Final Fantasy Legend III – Game Boy
  • 24 Years
    • Nintendo 64
    • Pilotwings 64 – Nintendo 64
  • 20 Years
    • Dino Crisis 2 – PlayStation

30th September

Doom II (image credit: id Software)

Doom II: Hell on Earth was the first Doom game to be sold via retail stores. The original Doom title was only available through shareware and mail order. The initial shipment from id Software was 600,000 units which was expected to last three months in retail stores. It sold out all of these copies within one month and gained heavy popularity.

  • 26 Years
    • Doom II – PC
  • 22 Years
    • Fallout 2 – PC

1st October

Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels (image credit: Nintendo)

Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels is a 1986 sequel to the original Super Mario Bros. The game is often dubbed one of the most difficult games that Nintendo has ever produced. The difficulty also led to Nintendo of America stating it was too difficult for their market. Due to this a retrofitted variant of the Japanese game Doki Doki Panic was released as the regionalised version named Super Mario Bros. 2.

  • 22 Years
    • MediEvil – PlayStation
  • 13 Years
    • Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels – Nintendo Wii Virtual Console

2nd October

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (image credit: Konami)

Togu Hagihara was the director of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night which released in 1997. It is the direct sequel to Castlevania: Rondo of Blood which released on the PC Engine. The initial release was mediocre in terms of sales, but after a fantastic critic reception the sales increased dramatically.

  • 23 Years
    • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night – PlayStation

3rd October

Chulip (image credit: Victor Interactive Software)

Finding a worthy title to discuss on each day of the year is sometimes difficult. The 3rd October is one of those days. At one point FIFA was the only game I could source. Then Chulip popped up. Chulip is an adventure simulation game where the player takes control of a young man who has moved next door to the girl of his dreams. After his love letter is stolen he has to travel the town collecting all the segments of said letter. To access different areas he must impress and then kiss all the residents of the town. Go figure.

  • 18 Years
    • Chulip – PlayStation 2 (Japan)

4th October

Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts (image credit: Capcom)

Takin control of the knight Arthur the player must once again rescue the Princess from the demons in the third instalment in this game franchise. This ever-popular title sold just over one million units for Capcom, but still it is only ranked the 75th best selling game for the company.

  • 29 Years
    • Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 25 Years
    • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island – Super Nintendo