Retro Wrap-Up: Early Nintendo Edition

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

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It was a busy week for gaming as Japan’s 2013 Tokyo Game Show was front and center. And intertwined with that came a number of interesting pieces of news, including the death of Hiroshi Yamauchi, Nintendo’s third president, who served during the company’s transition from a card game-making company to an entertainment company. To honor his legacy, the Substitute oprainfall Commercial Research Team (in other words, me) will be featuring a number of commercials from Nintendo’s early days as an electronic gaming company, focusing on consoles up to the Super Nintendo.

First up, the Nintendo Color TV Game series.

Next, we have the Game & Watch series.

Up next, the Famicom/NES.

Then, there’s the Game Boy.

And we finish with the Super Famicom/Super Nintendo.

Thanks for the memories, Yamauchi-san.

As for the news from this week…

Nigoro has revealed La-Mulana2, the sequel to one of our favorite WiiWare games.

Another trademark for Namco Bandai’s Tales series. This time, it’s in the United States with Tales of Zestiria. In other Tales-related news, we get a look at the first English trailer for Tales of Xillia 2. Also, make sure to check out our own Phil Schipper’s fifth playthrough of Tales of Symphonia.

More Bravely Default news. First, a look at the updated For The Sequel. Next, the potential sequels that it will be funding.

A number of games have been announced for localization: One Piece: Romance Dawn, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle, Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky, and Soul Calibur: Lost Swords.

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years will be getting the 3D remastering treatment for mobile devices. In addition, there is hope within Square Enix that Final Fantasy Agito and Type-0 will release in the West.

In the Crowdfunding Spotlight, we look at the sci-fi RPG Ambrov X. In other crowdfunding news, Mighty No. 9 has reached $2.2 million and will be coming to consoles. Also, Inti Creates, developers of Mega Man 9 and Mega Man 10, will be working with WayForward on Shantae: Half-Genie Hero.

Charlotte Buckingham releases the twelfth chapter of her Xenoblade Chronicles novelization.

In this week’s Anime of the Past, Justin Graham looks at Tenchi Muyo: The Daughter of Darkness.

Reviews for the week—Steve Baltimore reviews Dragon Fantasy: Book II, I review Mighty Switch Force! 2, Tyler Lubben reviews Skullgirls, Jonathan Higgins reviews Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX, and Crystal Baltimore looks at Blue Dragon in this week’s Games of the Past Review. In addition, Josh Speer reviews the artbook Takehito Harada Art Works I.

Finally, after going through an auction for the past couple of months, Index Holdings has been purchased by Sega Sammy Holdings. The company will become part of the new Sega Dream division. Atlus has come out and said that it will continue business as usual as the process completes this November.

About Jeff Neuenschwander

Jeff has been a supporter of the website and campaign since the beginning. Joining in for E3 2012, he worked his way up the ranks quickly, making it to the Editing Manager post at the beginning of 2013. Jeff has a wide variety of tastes when it comes to gaming and pretty much likes anything that is quirky, although his favorite genres are Action, Platforming, and RPG. Outside of gaming, Jeff is a musician, being trained as a trombonist for Jazz and Classical music, and holds a degree in Sound Recording.