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Saturday, July 2, 2011

2011: The Year of Important Anniversaries

Hey people! You know, this year has been fortunate of having really important anniversaries for great series. In Latin America, at least in Honduras, the Nintendo Power magazine isn’t sold, but we have another great magazine, CLUB NINTENDO. This is an official Nintendo magazine, so it is a really good reference for us readers when we want to buy a game, especially since the three guys that review the games (Master, Crow and Panteón) are sincere whenever a game sucks. I’ve been a loyal reader since 2005. My goal for this year is to have bought their entire monthly magazine, and until the moment I’ve got all of them. Going back to the point, in the six issues that have been released this year (one for every month), they have made special reports of some anniversaries that this year has had. So I’m gonna talk about these anniversaries.

Mario’s 25th Anniversary

 In January’s issue, the cover was dedicated to Mario’s anniversary. Nintendo celebrated it big time. They released a red version of the Nintendo Wii with New Super Mario Bros., a red Nintendo DSi XL with details of the figures of the Mushroom Kingdom plus Super Mario Kart DS. Nintendo also released Super Mario All-Stars. This game includes a soundtrack with the best songs of Mario and an art book with the design of Mario (a really important collection item). The game itself has four games (the remastered versions for the SNES, not the original versions for the NES) in it, Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels.

Animal Crossing’s 10th Anniversary

 Animal Crossing is like one of the most original games that Nintendo has. It appeared for the first time on America in 2001 for the Nintendo GameCube. Originally, it was intended for the Nintendo 64, but Nintendo decided to bring it as a GameCube game for America (unlike Japan that has it as a N64 game known as Animal Forest). Since then, the game has become a huge phenomena in the world (it even has a movie!). In 2005, Animal Crossing: Wild World was released for the Nintendo DS. It has the same essence as the original one, but this one had two great advantages. First of all, the gameplay was better thanks to the touch-screen, and second, it had online gaming, so anyone could appear in your world and say hi. :) In 2008, Nintendo released Animal Crossing: City Folk for the Wii, which is considered the best version of the game. The most important feature of this version is that you can go to a city and do lots of things! Nintendo announced a game for the 3DS. :D

The Legend of Zelda’s 25th Anniversary

I can’t believe it! Link’s 25th anniversary. I bet Shigeru Miyamoto never thought that this series would become a huge thing when the first game was released. The series started with The Legend of Zelda for the NES in 1986. A year later, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link appeared for the NES. In 1991, A Link to The Past was released for the SNES. Two years later, in 1993, Link’s Awakening saw the light for the first time on a portable console, it was in the Game Boy (which later had a version for the Game Boy Color). Five years had to pass for perhaps the best version of the series and in 1998, TLOZ: Ocarina of Time appeared for the N64. Two years later, in the Y2K (:P), TLOZ: Majora’s Mask appeared for the N64, which is my second favorite game of the series. A year later, TLOZ: Oracle of Ages and TLOZ: Oracle of Seasons were both released for the GBC (they worked like the Pokémon games where between the two versions you could get things that you couldn’t get in the version that you had). Two years later (2003), my favorite Z-game appeared, TLOZ: The Wind Waker appeared for the NGC. A year later, in 2004, TLOZ: Four Swords Adventures saw the light in the NGC.  In 2005, TLOZ: The Minish Cap appeared for the GBA (I’m currently playing it). In 2006, TLOZ: Twilight Princess appeared for both the NGC and the Wii, which is a true masterpiece in the videogame industry. In 2007, TLOZ: Phantom Hourglass appeared for the NDS. Two years later, 2009, TLOZ: Spirit Tracks appeared for the NDS. Now we are waiting for the release of the latest game, TLOZ: Skyward Sword, which promises not to be a good game, but promises to be a more than excellent game.

Sonic’s 20th Anniversary

Here comes the fastest creature on Earth! Well, what can I say? Sonic is one of my favorite characters from all times. I prefer him a thousand times more than Mario (sorry, but it’s true). Even though every new game is practically the same thing as the last. It appears like Sonic’s magical formula (getting to the end of the stage, collecting rings, and fighting against monsters) still works because I still enjoy its games! Sonic was created by the SEGA’s Sonic Team to rival Nintendo’s Mario. Sonic is fifteen years old, measures one meter and weighs around eighty pounds. For me, Sonic has won the battle against Mario. I won’t talk much about him, because I want to make a post about him (Danny, Judini, I’ll kill you if any of you makes a post about Sonic!!!).

Resident Evil’s 15th Anniversary

Resident Evil was created for Capcom by Shinji Mikami (he is also the creator of WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBT?). For the 10th anniversary, Capcom released for the NDS Resident Evil: Deadly Silence. Now for the 15th anniversary, we are waiting two, yes TWO, games for the N3DS (what a great way for celebrating 15 years filled with horror and zombies!), RE: Revelations and RE: The Mercenaries. The two most iconic characters of this franchise definitely are Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield, who have not only appeared in the games, but also in the animated movie Resident Evil Degenerations. The basic story of RE is that the Umbrella company created a virus that brought back to life the dead. This virus infected Raccoon City and the local police was not able to control it. So, the Bravo division from the STARS (Special Tactics and Rescue Service) was needed. They disappeared, so the Alpha Team was needed. In RE 0 (which is exclusive to Nintendo :P), we learn what happened to the Bravo Team. In conclusion, RE is one of the franchises that have given us one of the best stories that you can get in the industry, it has caught us for 15 years with its adventures and it will surely do it for many more years.

Well people, this is my post of the most important anniversaries of this first half of the year. By December-January I’ll have the “part 2” of this post. Until next time! GAME ON!
My next post: My Favorite Samurai X Character!

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