Well, we’re back on a Monday, and just like the news for the last week there’s not much going on in the world of history. We’ve only got three things to talk about and the biggest one is a Kirby release for the Game Boy.
The super tough pink puff returned on December 12th, 1994 in Kirby’s Dream Land 2. In this sequel to Kirby’s Dreamland and Kirby’s Adventure has Kirby taking on an evil being known as Dark Matter. He’s possessed King Dedede and stolen the rainbows that connect the islands of Dreamland together and it’s up to Kirby to get them back. This time he has three animal friends who will help him during his adventure. Kirby’s Dreamland 2 has all the same features of the previous titles such as the ability to inhale enemies, but this time it’s compatible with the Super GameBoy giving the game a bit of a graphical upgrade if you have that device. Kirby’s Dreamland 2 was very successful, selling over a million units worldwide.
The crew from Final Fantasy IV is back, this time in Final Fantasy IV Advance, which hit stores on December 12th, 2005. This was a remake of the original Super Nintendo title, but featured graphical enhancements and some improvements to the game’s localization. This new release featured two new dungeons that were not seen in the previous version as well as changes to the spell names to remove the number from the spells and giving them new names.
Our last release of the week was one of the more unique titles from the early Wii library. Elebits was released by Konami on December 12th, 2006. This game was what many called a first person shooter for kids. In the game you, as a child named Kai, must find all the creatures known as Elebits hiding in various locations around your house. In order to do this you used the Wii Remote as a Capture Gun that can moves objects in your house and collect the creatures by pointing at them. Many of the levels were simply completed by trashing your house and finding all the creatures, but some gave you special conditions like not breaking more than a certain number of objects or keeping the noise level down below a certain point. Many people compared the game to Katamari or Pikmin and it received fairly positive reviews. There was a sequel to the game released on the DS.
That’s it for this week. Not a lot happening, but it’s getting close to the holidays. What games are you going to be playing over the Christmas break? I’m hoping to get into Epic Mickey. Before we leave for this week we have to take a look at the games that released outside of North America, and there are a lot of Donkey Kong games. If you know of anything that we forgot, or that you would like to see included in a future edition of the article please let us know and we’ll make sure to get it in there as well.
1983 – Donkey Kong Jr. Math (FAM, Japan)
2003 – Donkey Konga (GCN, Japan)
Donkey Kong Country (GBA, Japan)
1989 – Mega Man (NES, Europe)
2007 – Wii Zapper released (Australia)
1991 – Yoshi (FAM, Japan)
1995 – Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest (SNES, Europe)
2000 – Pokemon Crystal (GBA, Japan)
2001 – Panasonic Q released (Japan)
2006 – Pokemon Battle Revolution (Wii, Japan)
1987 – Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! (NES, Europe)
1992 – Kirby’s Dream Land 2 (GB, Europe)
2004 – Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (GCN, Japan)
1987 – Mega Man (FAM, Japan)
2009 – Nintendo Presents: Crossword Collection (DS, Australia)
1987 – Final Fantasy (FAM, Japan)
1998 – Mario Party (N64, Japan)
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64, Australia)
2003 – Astro Boy: Omega Factor (GBA, Japan)
2009 – Nintendo Presents: Crossword Collection (DS, Europe)