This Week in Gaming – 8th August 20218 minute read

This Week in Gaming‘s has the first God game, undercover police officers, the return of Doom, baby Mario and a change in the Final Fantasy franchise. Read about all the gaming milestone anniversaries achieved over the last seven days below.

2nd August

Streets of Rage (image credit: Sega)

Streets of Rage was developed by Sega and released on the Genesis console in 1991. The game is a side-scrolling beat ’em up which was later ported for the Game Gear, Sega CD and Master System platforms. The game allows the player to control one of three police officers who attempt to fight on the streets against Mr. X’s evil crime syndicate.

  • 30 Years
    • Streets of Rage – Mega Drive/Genesis (Japan)
  • 25 Years
    • Mortal Kombat II – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 19 Years
    • Super Robot Taisen R – Game boy Advance (Japan)
  • 17 Years
    • Peasant’s Quest – Flash
  • 16 Years
    • BloodRayne 2 – PC
    • Shaman King: Master of Spirits 2 – Game Boy Advance
  • 15 Years
    • Street Fighter II’ Hyper Fighting – Xbox 360
  • 14 Years
    • Drone Tactics – Nintendo DS (Japan)
    • Endless Ocean – Nintendo Wii (Japan)
  • 10 Years
    • Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimensions – PlayStation 3

3rd August

DOOM 3 (image credit: id Software)

Doom 3 was the last instalment of the Doom franchise to be made by id Software before the company was purchased by Bethesda Softworks. The game continues the first-person shooter model but with added survival horror elements. The game is set on Mars in the year 2145 whereby a team of scientists are conducting experiments which accidentally opens a portal to Hell. You play as a space marine who has the task of closing the portal and stopping the invasion force that is being planned for Earth, much like the 2005 film adaptation of the franchise starring Dwayne Johnson and Karl Urban.

  • 33 Years
    • Tombs & Treasure – NES (Japan)
  • 32 Years
    • Ghouls ‘n Ghosts – Mega Drive/Genesis (Japan)
  • 31 Years
    • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan – Game Boy (Japan)
    • The Bugs Bunny Birthday Blowout – NES (Japan)
  • 21 Years
    • Armored Core 2 – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Dynasty Warriors 2 – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Grandia II – Dreamcast (Japan)
    • Orphen: Scion of Sorcery – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • SD Gundam G Generation-F – PlayStation (Japan)
    • Submarine Titans – PC
    • X-Squad – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 17 Years
    • DOOM 3 – PC
  • 15 Years
    • Every Extend Extra – PSP (Japan)
    • Growlanser: Heritage of War – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Rhythm Tengoku – Game Boy Advance (Japan)
    • SD Gundam G Generation Portable – PSP (Japan)
    • Star Fox Command – Nintendo DS (Japan)
  • 12 Years
    • Fallout 3: Mothership Zeta – Xbox 360
  • 11 Years
    • Monster Rancher DS – Nintendo DS
  • 10 Years
    • Bleach: Soul Resurreccion – PlayStation 3

4th August

Castlevania: Harmony of Despair (image credit: Konami)

The platform game Castlevania: Harmony of Despair was developed and published by Konami for the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. The Xbox variant was released first on this day in 2010. The game was different on both platforms with the Xbox version only allowing online cooperative play, whilst the PlayStation allows for local multiplayer. The game had a mixed reception upon release.

  • 27 Years
    • Dynamite Headdy – Mega Drive/Genesis
  • 26 Years
    • Chou-Mahou Tairiku Wozz – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 16 Years
    • Armored Core: Last Raven – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Bleach: Erabareshi Tamashii – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Bomberman Land 3 – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Grandia III – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Mega Man Legends – PSP (Japan)
    • Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness – GameCube (Japan)
    • World Soccer Winning Eleven 9 – PC, PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 15 Years
    • Forbidden Siren 2 – PlayStation 2
    • Trickster Online – PC
  • 13 Years
    • B-Boy – PlayStation 2
    • Beijing 2008: The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games – PC
  • 11 Years
    • Castlevania: Harmony of Despair – Xbox 360
  • 10 Years
    • All Kamen Rider: Rider Generation – Nintendo DS (Japan)
    • Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions – iOS
    • Fishing Resort – Nintendo Wii (Japan)
    • Kirby Mass Attack – Nintendo DS (Japan)

5th August

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island (image credit: Nintendo)

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island (known as Yoshi’s Island) was released in 1995 for the Super Nintendo. The game was developed by Nintendo EAD and directed by Takashi Tezuka, Toshihiko Nakago, Shigefumi Hino and Hideki Konno. The effects in the game were much different to the games that had previously been released and were powered by the new Super FX2 microchip. The game has been ported to several consoles since the original launch including the Game Boy Advance, Wii U virtual Console and the Super NES Classic Collection which is available on the Nintendo Switch online services.

  • 29 Years
    • Uncharted Waters – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 28 Years
    • Rocket Knight Adventures – Mega Drive/Genesis
  • 26 Years
    • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 23 Years
    • Resident Evil 2: Dual Shock Edition- PlayStation
  • 22 Years
    • Azure Dreams – Game Boy Color (Japan)
    • Echo Night #2: Nemuri no Shihaisha – PlayStation (Japan)
    • Hybrid Heaven – Nintendo 64 (Japan)
    • RockMan – PlayStation (Japan)
    • SoulCalibur – Dreamcast (Japan)
    • WWF Attitude – PlayStation
  • 20 Years
    • Death Crimson OX – Dreamcast
  • 18 Years
    • Silent Hill 3 – PlayStation 2
  • 17 Years
    • Battle B-Daman – Game Boy Advance
    • Michigan – PlayStation 2
    • RockMan: Power Battle Fighters – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Under the Skin – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • World Soccer Winning Eleven 8 International – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 16 Years
    • Battle B-Daman: fire Spirits! – Game Boy Advance (Japan)
  • 12 Years
    • Bubble Bobble Neo! – Xbox 360 (Japan)
    • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: turtles in Time Re-Shelled – Xbox 360
  • 11 Years
    • Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X – PSP (Japan)

6th August

Secret of Mana (image credit: Square)

Secret of Mana was developed and published by Square in 1993. In Japan it is known as Seiken Densetsu 2 and became the critically acclaimed sequel to the 1991 game Seiken Densetsu which was released in America as Final Fantasy Adventure and Europe as Mystic Quest. It was the first game of the series that was marketed as a Mana game rather than a Final Fantasy game.

  • 28 Years
    • Secret of Mana – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 23 Years
    • Bust-A-Move 4 – PlayStation (Japan)
    • Dragonseeds – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 22 Years
    • Harvest Moon 2 GBC – Game Boy Color (Japan)
    • Street Fighter Alpha 3 – Saturn (Japan)
  • 21 Years
    • Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K. 2 – PC
  • 18 Years
    • Chaos Legion – PlayStation 2
  • 17 Years
    • RockMan EXE 4 Double Pack – Game Boy Advance (Japan)
    • RockMan EXE 4.5 Real Operation – Game Boy Advance (Japan)
  • 13 Years
    • Braid – Xbox 360
  • 12 Years
    • Irodzuki Tincle no Koi no Balloon Trip – Nintendo DS (Japan)
    • Kamen Rider: Climax Heroes – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Magna Carta 2 – Xbox 360 (Japan)
    • SD Gundam G Generation Wars – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Tales of VS. – PSP (Japan)

7th August

Tales of Vesperia (image credit: Namco Tales Studio)

Tales of Vesperia was released as the tenth game in the Tales series of video games. Developed by Namco Tales Studios and published by Namco Bandai Games it launched in August 2008 in Japan for the Xbox 360 console. The game was released in European territories by Atari in 2009 and the PlayStation 3 released an expanded port in 2009. Vesperia is set in the world of Terca Lumireis which uses an energy source known as blastia. The story focuses around Yuri Lowell who forms a guild and travels the world whilst being challenged by various factions.

  • 34 Years
    • Rad Racer – NES (Japan)
    • Robo Warriors – NES (Japan)
  • 24 Years
    • Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon – Nintendo 64 (Japan)
  • 21 Years
    • Tenchu 2: birth of the Stealth Assassins – PlayStation
  • 18 Years
    • Gregory Horror Show – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Resident Evil Code: Veronica X – GameCube (Japan)
  • 14 Years
    • Mega Man Star Force: Dragon – Nintendo DS
    • Mega Man Star Force: Leo – Nintendo DS
    • Mega Man Star Force: Pegasus – Nintendo DS
  • 13 Years
    • Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon – Nintendo DS (Japan)
    • Lost in Blue: Shipwrecked – Nintendo Wii (Japan)
    • Monster Rancher DS – Nintendo DS (Japan)
    • Tales of Vesperia – Xbox 360 (Japan)

8th August

Populous (image credit: Bullfrog Productions)

Populous released on the Genesis 30 years ago today. It was originally developed Bullfrog Productions for the Amiga platform was was released in 1989. The game is often cited as the first God game whereby the player assumes the role of a deity who must lead their followers. The game sold more than 4 million copies and is still in the top 30 list for the best-selling PC games of all time.

  • 31 Years
    • Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight – NES (Japan)
  • 30 Years
    • Populous – Mega Drive/Genesis
  • 24 Years
    • Marvel Super Heroes – Saturn (Japan)
    • Mrtal Kombat Trilogy – Saturn
    • Power League 64 – Nintendo 64 (Japan)
  • 19 Years
    • The King of Fighters 2000 – Dreamcast (Japan)
  • 18 Years
    • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles – GameCube (Japan)
    • Mega Man: Battle Chip Challenge – Game Boy Advance (Japan)
    • Super Robot Taisen D – Game boy Advance (Japan)
  • 16 Years
    • Jump Superstars – Nintendo DS (Japan)
    • Madden NFL 06 – GameCube
  • 15 Years
    • Dead Rising – Xbox 360
    • Dwarf Fortress – PC
    • Super Robot Taisen: Original Generation – Game Boy Advance

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