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Nostalgia time! Game Anniversaries of 2018

Grim Fandango 20th anniversary

As years go on, the industry carries on with new releases and new IPs, but meanwhile the classics that remain in our minds are forever the same. Here’s the full listing of the major game anniversaries of 2018, just enough to make you feel old 🙂

As you’d expect, some have aged better than others, and not simply graphics wise, but It is always humble to look back at the origins and still find some of the original tropes that games like Super Contra introduced way back 30 years ago!

Let’s take a look back in time, and who knows.. maybe some of these are soon due a re-release ?
Let the nostalgia begin!

January

30th Anniversary

JAN 8th 1988 – Super Contra is turning 30 years old! Released and developed by Konami.

20th Anniversary

JAN 21 1998 – Resident Evil 2 is released by Capcom.
JAN 28, 1998 – Final Fantasy Tactics is released by Square (NA release).
JAN 29 1998 – Panzer Dragoon Saga is released by Sega.

Resident Evil 2 screenshot
Resident Evil 2, despite having had several re-release still stands out as a great Survival Horror

15th anniversary

JAN 25 2003 – Devil May Cry 2 is released by Capcom.

10th Anniversary

JAN 22 2008 – No More Heroes is released by Nintendo. Worth pointing out that the series is about to make a comeback on the Switch ! Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes is due in 2018.
JAN 31 2008 – Super Smash Bros. Brawl is released by Nintendo.
JAN 31 2008 –Devil May Cry 4 is released by Nintendo.

February

30th Anniversary

FEB 10th 1988 –Dragon Quest III is released by Enix.

25th Anniversary

FEB 1st 1993 – Star Wars: X-Wing is released by LucasArts.
FEB 21, 1993 – Star Fox is released by Nintendo

Star Wars X-wing screenshot
25 Years later, X-wing is fondly remembered as one of the best Star Wars space simulator.

20th Anniversary

FEB 11 1998 – Xenogears is released by Squaresoft.
FEB 24, 1993 – Gex: Enter the Gecko is released by Midway (NA release)
FEB 28, 1993 – Star Wars: Rebellion is released by LucasArts

15th anniversary

FEB 14, 2003 – Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is released by Square.
FEB 15, 2003 – Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner is released by Konami.
FEB 24, 2003 – Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb is released by LucasArts.

10th Anniversary

FEB 4, 2008 – Sins of a Solar Empire is released by Stardock.
FEB 12, 2008 – Lost Odyssey is released by Microsoft. This is a game that did and always will divide fans and critics ! At the time Microsoft was trying to get into the Japanese market with more JRPG exclusive to the Xbox 360.

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March

25th Anniversary

MAR 26, 1993 – Kirby’s Adventure is released by Nintendo.

20th Anniversary

MAR 10, 1998 – Yoshi’s Story is released by Nintendo (NA and EU release).
MAR 29, 1998 – Parasite Eve is released by Square.
MAR 31, 1998 – StarCraft is released by Blizzard. In 2017 Blizzard re-released a remastered version of the game, to much praise from the fans !

15th Anniversary

MAR 13, 2003 – Final Fantasy X-2 is released by Square Enix.
MAR 19, 2003 – Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire are released by Nintendo (NA release).
MAR 24, 2003 – The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is released by Nintendo.

10th Anniversary

MAR 24, 2008 – Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII is released by Square Enix. In a twist of (marketing) fate, Crisis Core released almost 10 years after Final Fantasy VII.

Starcraft screenshot
the release of Starcraft marked a defining moment for both RTS, and what would then become competitive gaming and esports.

April

25th Anniversary

APR 1, 1993 – The 7th Guest is released by Virgin Interactive Entertainment. (PC release)
APR 1993 – Mortal Kombat II is released by Midway. (Arcade)

10th Anniversary

APR 27, 2008 – Mario Kart Wii is released by Nintendo. (NA release)
APR 29, 2008 – Grand Theft Auto IV is released by Rockstar Games.

May

20th Anniversary

MAY 12, 1998 – Gran Turismo is released by Sony. (NA release)
MAY 22, 1998 – Unreal is released by GT Interactive.

15th Anniversary

MAY 2, 2003 – Mega Man Zero 2 is released by Capcom.
MAY 6, 2003 – Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow is released by Konami.
MAY 23, 2003 – Silent Hill 3 is released by Konami.

gta4 screenshot
Upon release GT4 truly showcased what the new generation of HD gaming could do.

June

40th Anniversary

JUN 1978 – Space Invaders is released by Taito.

35th Anniversary

JUN 1, 1983 – Mario Bros. is released by Nintendo.
JUN 23, 1983 – Dragon’s Lair is released by Cinematronics.

30th Anniversary

JUN 1 1988 – Metal Gear  comes out on for the NES (NA release).
JUN 1988 – John Madden Football is released by Electronic Arts.

25th Anniversary

JUN 6, 1993 – The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is released by Nintendo.
JUN 25, 1993 – Day of the Tentacle is released by LucasArts.

20th Anniversary

JUN 29, 1998 – Banjo-Kazooie is released by Nintendo.

15th Anniversary

JUN 26, 2003 – Star Wars Galaxies is released by LucasArts.
JUN 26, 2003 – Viewtiful Joe is released by Capcom.

10th Anniversary

JUN 12, 2008 – Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is released by Konami.


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July

35th Anniversary

JUL 1983 – Bomberman is released by Hudson Soft.

15th Anniversary

JUL 1, 2003 – Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne is released by Blizzard.
JUL 15, 2003 – Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is released by LucasArts.
JUL 17, 2003 – Mega Man X7 is released by Capcom.

August

30th Anniversary

AUG 1988 – Altered Beast is released by Sega.

25th Anniversary

AUG 1993 – Daytona USA is released by Sega (Japanese Arcade release).
AUG 6, 1993 – Secret of Mana is released by Square.

20th Anniversary

AUG 21, 1998 – Tom Clancy’s Rainbox Six is released by Red Storm Entertainment.
AUG 31, 1998 – Mega Man Legends is released by Capcom.

10th Anniversary

AUG 6, 2008 – Braid is released by Number None.

altered Beast screenshotSeptember

25th Anniversary

SEP 6, 1993 – Master of Orion is released by MicroProse.
SEP 23, 1993 – Sonic CD is released by Sega.
SEP 24, 1993 – Myst is released by Broderbund.

20th Anniversary

SEP 1998 – Dance Dance Revolution is released by Konami.
SEP 9, 1998 – Spyro the Dragon is released by Sony.
SEP 28, 1998 – Pokemon Red and Blue are released in North America by Nintendo.
SEP 30, 1998 – Fallout 2 is released by Interplay.

15th Anniversary

SEP 17, 2003 – Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy is released by LucasArts.

10th Anniversary

SEP 16, 2008 – Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is released by LucasArts.
SEP 22, 2008 – Mega Man 9 is released by Capcom.

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October

30th Anniversary

OCT 1988 – Ninja Gaiden is released by Tecmo.
OCT 23, 1988 – Super Mario Bros. 3 is released in Japan by Nintendo.

25th Anniversary

OCT  1993 – Virtua Fighter is released by Sega.
OCT 7, 1993 – Ridge Racer is released by Namco.

25th Anniversary

OCT  20, 1998 – Metal Gear Solid is released by Konami.
OCT  21, 1998 – Turok 2: Seeds of Evil is released by Acclaim Entertainment.
OCT  30, 1998 – Grim Fandango is released by LucasArts.

15th Anniversary

OCT  14, 2003 – Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne is released by Rockstar Games.
OCT  21, 2003 – Castlevania: Lament of Innocence is released by Konami.
OCT  21, 2003 – Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge is released by Microsoft.
OCT  28, 2003 – Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is released by Ubisoft.
OCT  29, 2003 – Call of Duty is released by Activision.

10th Anniversary

OCT  13, 2008 – Dead Space is released by Electronic Arts.
OCT  21, 2008 – Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia is released by Konami.
OCT  21, 2008 – Far Cry 2 is released by Ubisoft.
OCT  21, 2008 – Fable II is released by Microsoft.
OCT  27, 2008 – LittleBigPlanet is released by Sony.
OCT  28, 2008 – Fallout 3 is released by Bethesda.

Call of Duty screenshot
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November

30th Anniversary

NOV 1988 – Splatterhouse is released by Namco.

25th Anniversary

NOV 1993 – Sam & Max Hit the Road is released by LucasArts.
NOV 5, 1993 – Mega Man 6 is released by Capcom.
NOV 11, 1993 – Disney’s Aladdin is released by Virgin Interactive Entertainment.
NOV 15, 1993 – ClayFighter is released by Interplay Productions.

20th Anniversary

NOV 19, 1998 – Half-Life is released by Valve.
NOV 20, 1998 – Tomb Raider III is released by Eidos Interactive.
NOV 21, 1998 – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is released by Nintendo.
NOV 30, 1998 – Thief: The Dark Project is released by Eidos Interactive.

15th Anniversary

NOV 7, 2003 – Mario Kart: Double Dash is released by Nintendo.
NOV 11, 2003 – Beyond Good & Evil is released by Ubisoft.
NOV 11, 2003 – Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando is released by Sony.
NOV 17, 2003 – Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga is released by Nintendo.
NOV 27, 2003 – Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly is released by Tecmo. Which still very much holds up as a horror classic today. In fact, Kotaku even recently named it one of the scariest games you can play.

10th Anniversary

NOV 10, 2008 – Gears of War 2 is released by Microsoft.
NOV 17, 2008 – Left 4 Dead is released by Valve.

Half Life screenshot
To this day, Half Life is still talked about on how it re-invented FPS and storytelling in action games,

December

30th Anniversary

DEC 1, 1988 – Zelda II: The Adventure of Link is released by Nintendo (NA).
DEC 17, 1988 – Final Fantasy II is released by Square.
DEC 24, 1988 – Mega Man 2 is released by Capcom.

25th Anniversary

DEC 10 – Doom is released by id Software.
DEC 17 – Mega Man X is released by Capcom.

20th Anniversary

DEC 3, 1998 – Star Wars: Rogue Squadron is released by LucasArts.
DEC 21, 1998 – Baldur’s Gate is released by Interplay.
DEC 23, 1998 – Sonic Adventure is released by Sega.

15th Anniversary

DEC 2, 2003 – Deus Ex: Invisible War is released by Eidos Interactive.

10th Anniversary

DEC 18, 2008 – Dissidia Final Fantasy is released by Square Enix.

and.. that’s all for 2018 at least ! But we’ll be keeping an eye on those cult releases this year, let’s hope for some treats. Who knows, maybe some remasters or re-releases ?
Let us know in the comments if you’d like any of those franchise rebooted !

 

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