This Week in Gaming – 6th December 20206 minute read

There is a phrase that I would like to use this week to give a sense of this edition of This Week in Gaming. “Bottom of the barrel”. The last seven days have seen many releases in the past but it has been a difficult ride to pull together some huge titles for this article. Other than it appearing to be Mega Man week in Japan I have managed to scrape the dregs from the bottomless pit of obscurity and find some titles to discuss.

30th November

Snatcher (image credit: Konami)

Snatcher was released in 1994 for the Sega CD after it’s initial release in 1988 for the PC-8801 and MSX2 in Japan. The game is a cyberpunk graphic adventure which was written and designed by Hideo Kojima, the name behind the Metal Gear Solid series. The game was designed to have a cinematic feel and thus the game became heavily influenced by films such as Blade Runner, The Terminator and Akira. Although the game released to very popular reviews it still had poor sales but was able to create a cult following.

  • 26 Years
    • Snatcher – Sega CD
  • 24 Years
    • Dragon Force – Saturn
  • 23 Years
    • Bomberman 64 – Nintendo 64
    • Monster Rancher – PlayStation
    • Quake II – PC
  • 22 Years
    • Populous: The Beginning – PC
    • Starcraft: Brood War

1st December

Pool of Radiance (image credit: Strategic Simulations)

Strategic Simulations developed and published Pool of Radiance for release in 1988. This was the original adaptation of the Dungeon’s & Dragons role-playing game for use on a home computer. Just like the original game the player has to create a party of up to six characters, building the sex, race and class. The party then adventures to rid a city from marauders who have taken over the surrounding areas.

  • 32 Years
    • Pool of Radiance – PC
  • 25 Years
    • Mega Man X3 – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 20 Years
    • Tsukihime – PC (Japan)

2nd December

The Revenge of Shinobi (image credit: Sega)

The Revenge of Shinobi was released in Japan as The Super Shinobi (ザ・スーパー忍, Za Sūpā Shinobi). The game was developed and published by Sega for release in 1989. The game, which is a sequel to Shinobi, features an original score by Yuzo Koshiro. Although the game received 5/5 star ratings from several critics the final boss fight was criticised for being too difficult! Do you have the skills to beat the game?

  • 31 Years
    • The Revenge of Shinobi – MegaDrive/Genesis (Japan)
  • 26 Years
    • Breath of Fire II – Super Nintendo
    • Samurai Shodown II – Neo Geo
  • 22 Years
    • Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 3D – PC
  • 21 Years
    • Eternal Eyes – PlayStation (Japan)
    • Quake III Arena – PC
    • The Legend of Dragoon – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 19 Years
    • Pikmin – GameCube
  • 14 Years
    • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess – GameCube (Japan)

3rd December

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters (image credit: Konami)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters is the title of not one, but three different games based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters. The Super Nintendo, NES and Genesis each had a different game under the same title, all produced by Konami. Even each game had regional differences, with the Japanese version of the SNES version being called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Warriors. The Japanese regional release also had several differences, including the Turtles voices, the music, character skins, character portraits as well as environmental damage.

  • 29 Years
    • Super Castlevania IV – Super Nintendo
  • 27 Years
    • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 26 Years
    • PlayStation (Japan)
  • 19 Years
    • Super Smash Bros. Melee – GameCube
  • 18 Years
    • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past/Four Swords – Game Boy Advance

4th December

Lufia & the Fortress of Doom (image credit: Neverland)

Lufia & the Fortress of Doom, known as Estpolis Denki (エストポリス伝記, officially translated Biography of Estpolis) in Japan is a game developed by Neverland and published by Taito in 1993. It is the first title in the Lufia series of games and the only game from the series released under the Taito label in North America. Upon release the game received scores as high as 93%.

  • 28 Years
    • Mega Man 5 – NES (Japan)
  • 27 Years
    • Lufia & the Fortress of Doom – Super Nintendo
  • 19 Years
    • Mega Man X6 – PlayStation

5th December

Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean (image credit: Monolith Soft, tri-Crescendo)

Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean was developed by Monolith Soft and tri-Crescendo for the Nintendo GameCube. The player assumes the role of the Guardian Spirit, whom is completely unseen and guides the protagonist Kalos on an adventure across a floating kingdom. The game was introduced to the Nintendo library due to the low amount of JRPG’s on the GameCube. Although it received a good reception it had lukewarm sales.

  • 18 Years
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Falsebound Kingdom – GameCube (Japan)
  • 17 Years
    • Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean – GameCube (Japan)
  • 15 Years
    • Animal Crossing: Wild World – DS
    • Mario Tennis: Power Tour – Game Boy Advance
    • Super Mario Strikers – GameCube

6th December

American McGee’s Alice (image credit: Rogue Entertainment)

American McGee’s Alice was developed by Rogue Entertainment under the direction of James McGee (American McGee). The game’s premise is based on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland the 1865 novel by Lewis Carroll and the 1871 sequel Through the Looking-Glass. The protagonist, Alice, spends several years in a psychiatric clinic after here parents are killed in a house fire. After several years of emotional trauma she makes her way to Wonderland which has been disfigured by her psyche.

  • 29 Years
    • Mega Man 4 – NES (Japan)
  • 28 Years
    • Final Fantasy V – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 24 Years
    • Dragon Quest III: Soshite Densetse e… – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 20 Years
    • American McGee’s Alice – PC
  • 19 Years
    • Max Payne – PlayStation 2