Seems it was a busy day in Videogame land today!
I really couldn’t have predicted some of these headlines, they’re just so random! You know how this goes by now. On this day in:
1983 – Bally Manufacturing agrees to acquire the American coin-operated assets of Sega Enterprises. Sega had decided to focus most of it’s energy on the home console market, which turned out to be a wise move. Bally dropping out of the coin-op business themselves 2 years later.
1999 – At the Sumida Triphony Hall in Tokyo, Japan, Capcom stages a Biohazard concert with the New Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. Yes, an orchestra assembles to play music from a videogame. I couldn’t find a live version but check out THIS track. It’s so tense and creepy!
2003 – Nintendo releases the F-Zero GX racing game for the GameCube in the US. The game is blisteringly fast and tough as nails! But man, it’s a fun ride. Still one of my favourites on the Gamecube.
2003 – Nintendo releases the Pokémon Pinball Ruby & Sapphire video game for the Game Boy Advance in the US. While the objective is the same as a regular pinball game – keep the ball in play and go for high scores – players can use the ball to catch Pokemon hidden around the tables. It’s great fun!
2006 – The film Dead or Alive is released to theaters in the US, based on the video game series. It features equal measures of scantily clad ladies, awful acting and cheesy one-liners. What’s not to love?
2009 – Nintendo releases the Metroid Prime Trilogy for the Nintendo Wii in the USA. The pack includes Metroid Prime, Metroid Prime 2 Echoes, and Metroid Prime 3 Corruption. All 3 games feature improved control schemes and sharper graphics.
2009 – Eidos releases the Batman: Arkham Asylum video game for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in the USA. A mix of stealth, combat and puzzle solving, It’s very well recieved and goes on to spawn 2 sequels and a prequel!
2009 – Square Enix releases the Dissidia: Final Fantasy video game for the PlayStation Portable in the USA. The game features characters from different Final Fantasy games and centers on a great conflict between Cosmos, goddess of harmony, and Chaos, the god of discord. Never played this myself but I may have to give it a spin soon!
Well, I enjoyed that little glimpse into the past. It’s just a shame I couldn’t go a whole post without mentioning POKEMON!
Hit the buttons. Until next time!