This Week in Gaming – 7th February 20217 minute read

From mass genocide to egg-laying mammals – This Week in Gaming once again looks at the release-date anniversaries perceived over the last seven days.

1st February

Game & Watch Gallery (image credit: Nintendo)

Game & Watch Gallery was released in 1997 for the Nintendo Game boy. It is known as Game Boy Gallery (ゲームボーイギャラリー, Gēmu Bōi Gyararii) in Japan as well as Game Boy Gallery 2 in Australia. The game itself was the only game in the series to have its own soundtrack. The game featured four games, Manhole, Oil Panic, Octupus and Fire. The game is incredibly similar to the 1995 release Game Boy Gallery – 5 Games in 1. A sequel was released the same year for the Game Boy.

  • 30 Years
    • Super Volleyball – Sega Mega Drive/Genesis (Japan)
  • 24 Years
    • Game & Watch Gallery – Game Boy (Japan)
  • 22 Years
    • WCW Nitro – Nintendo 64
  • 21 Years
    • Road Rash: Jailbreak – PlayStation
    • Vigilante 8: 2nd Offense – Nintendo 64
  • 20 Years
    • Mega Man X5 – PlayStation
  • 19 Years
    • Largo Winch .//Commando Sar – Playstation

2nd February

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (image Credit: Sega)

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 is the sequel to Sonic the Hedghehog 2. It follows the story of a mysterious floating island that Doctor Robotnik’s spacestation has landed on. After seeing the Death Egg land, Sonic and Tails set out to retrieve the Chaos Emeralds to stop it from relaunching. The game is known for introducing Knuckles the Echinda to the franchise.

  • 31 Years
    • Super C – NES (Japan)
  • 28 Years
    • The Adventures of Willy Beamish – Sega CD
  • 27 Years
    • Sonic the Hedgehog 3 – Sega Mega Drive/Genesis
  • 15 Years
    • Eyeshield 21: Max Devil Power – Nintendo DS (Japan)
    • Nobunaga’s Ambition: Iron Triangle – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 12 Years
    • Sonic the Hedgehog Chaos – Sega Master System
  • 11 Years
    • Star Trek Online – PC

3rd February

Radical Dreamers – Super Nintendo (image credit: Square)

Forming part of the Chrono series of games, Radical Dreamer is a text-based game that was released in 1996. It is a side-story to the 1995 Chrono Trigger. The game is scenario-based which is presented as narration to the player. Choosing from a list of actions it mimics early text-adventure games from prior generations. The game was initial to be marketed as a survival horrore but the release of Resident Evil made them add more comedic alements to brighten the darker story line. It was developed in only three months, making Masato Kato label it as unfinished in several interviews thereafter.

  • 27 Years
    • Art of Fighting 2 – Arcade (Japan)
  • 25 Years
    • Radical Dreamers – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 21 Years
    • Resident Evil Code: Veronica – Dreamcast (Japan)
    • Super Magnetic Neo – Dreamcast (Japan)
  • 19 Years
    • Sonic Advance – Game Boy Advance
  • 18 Years
    • Guilty Gear X2 – PlayStation 2
    • P.T.P. IV: Pacific Theater of Operations – PlayStation 2
    • Unreal II: The Awakening – PC
  • 17 Years
    • R-Type Final – PlayStation 2
  • 16 Years
    • Disciples II: Gold Edition – PC
    • Super Robot Taisen: original Generation 2 – Game Boy Advance (Japan)

4th February

Summoner: A goddess Reborn (image credit: Violation)

Set 20 years after the original game, Summoner: A Goddess Reborn is the GameCube variant of the 2002 game Summoner 2. The player takes the role of Maia, Queen of Halassar who is the reborn variant of the goddess Laharah. You are able to transform Maia into a range of different creatures along the path to restoring the Tree of Eleh which has been shattered by Tempest – an evil storm.

  • 28 Years
    • Romance of the Three Kingdoms III – Sega Mega Drive/Genesis
  • 22 Years
    • Armored Core: Master of Arena – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 19 Years
    • Serious Sam: The Second Encounter – PC
  • 18 Years
    • Summoner: A Goddess Reborn – GameCube
  • 14 Years
    • Geneforge 4: Rebellion – PC
  • 13 Years
    • Sins of a Solar Empire – PC
    • Zoo Tycoon 2 DS – Nintendo DS
  • 11 Years
    • God Eater – PSP (Japan)

5th February

The Guardian Legend – NES (image credit: Compile)

1988 saw the release of the Guardian Legend – a game that was the sequel to the 1986 MSX game Guardic. The game released between 1988 in Japan to 1990 in Europe. Multiple gameplay elements were added from franchises such as 1942, Metroid and The Legend of Zelda. You play as The Guardian as you attempt to destroy an alien-infested world named Naju. Surely if they are the inhabitants of that planet it cannot be called an infestation? Who knows? The planet is on it’s way to Earth so you have to find ten self-destruct devices that are scattered throughout the game to commit mass genocide and win the day. Even though the game was criticised for certain parts of the game, it has been considered one of the most classic examples of a multi-genre game, setting standards for games such as Sigma Star Saga.

  • 33 Years
    • The Guardian Legend – NES (Japan)
  • 22 Years
    • Harvest Moon 64 – Nintendo 64 (Japan)
  • 20 Years
    • ATV Offroad Fury – PlayStation 2
    • Paper Mario – Nintendo 64
  • 17 Years
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Tournament 2004 – Game Boy Advance (Japan)
  • 14 Years
    • Diddy Kong Racing DS – Nintendo DS
    • Final Fantasy VI Advance – Game Boy Advance

6th February

Ar tonelico: Melody of Elemia – (image credit: Gust Co. Ltd.)

Ar tonelico: Melody of Elemia, was released in Japan as Ar tonelico: The Girl Who Keeps Singing at the End of the World. The release of the game was localised with the Japan version seeing Banpresto taking the help and Europe had 505 Games‘ variant. The game was released in limited numberes across Europe which means that there are very few PAL copies in existance. A sequel titled Ar tonelico II: Sekai ni Hibiku Shōjo-tachi no Metafalica which was released in Japan in 2007.

  • 17 Years
    • Freestyle Street Soccer – PC
  • 15 Years
    • Chibi-Robo! – GameCube
    • Drill Dozer – Game Boy Advance
  • 14 Years
    • Ar tonelico: Melody of Elemia – PlayStation 2
    • Lunar Knights – Nintendo DS
    • MVP 07 NCAA Baseball – PlayStation 2
    • Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI – PlayStation 2
    • The Sims: Life Stories – PC

7th February

Way of the Samurai (image credit: Acquire)

The Way of the Samurai, known in Japan as just Samurai (侍), was first released in 2002 in all regions for the PlayStation 2. The player takes the role of a wandering rōnin who becomes involved in a conflict between rival clans. For a game of its age it was commendable for having a branching story mechanism. This meant that the decisions that the player makes throughout the game can greatly alter the course of the story. An updated version of the game titled Samurai Kanzenban (侍〜完全版〜, “Samurai Complete Edition”) was released in Japan in 2003 also for the Playstation 2.

  • 19 Years
    • Way of the Samurai – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 16 Years
    • Champions: Return to Arms – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 15 Years
    • Command & Conquer: The First Decade – PC
    • Resident Evil: Deadly Silence – Nintendo DS
    • Street Fighter Alpha 3 MAX – PSP
    • Tales of Legendia – PlayStation 2
    • World Soccer Winning Eleven 9 – PSP
  • 10 Years
    • Mario Sports Mix – Nintendo Wii