Normally every anniversary that’s rendered in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate screenshot form by Masahiro Sakurai puts a smile on my face. One of the core appeals of Smash is the massive memory lane paved by its represented games, and seeing Sakurai give attention to popular titles and obscurities alike over the last year has been a treat all its own. Today though, I can’t help but sigh in frustration over the latest of these. Not because I’m unhappy to see it, but because it stands out as one of the Nintendo games desperately in need of even more attention than even this.
Golden Sun – 20th anniversary
— 桜井 政博 / Masahiro Sakurai (@Sora_Sakurai) August 2, 2021
Yes, Isaac may be an Assist Trophy, but Golden Sun is right there with Rhythm Heaven as a series curiously passed over for fighters despite their potential. Going beyond Smash, there also hasn’t been a Golden Sun since the DS days, and while there’s certainly some sort of financial justification for that negligence from Nintendo and Camelot that doesn’t make me crave the return of alchemy and Djinn any less.
Pokémon Stadium – 23rd anniversary
— 桜井 政博 / Masahiro Sakurai (@Sora_Sakurai) August 1, 2021
Pokémon Stadium is a novel game in many ways. For one, it was 3D Pokémon battling, but it was also notable for its connectivity with the Game Boy for transferring your own teams onto the big screen. It should be noted though that this date and image is corresponding with the Japan only proto Pokémon Stadium, which lacked a whole lot of the original 150 and was super light on features and modes.
Mother series – 32nd anniversary
— 桜井 政博 / Masahiro Sakurai (@Sora_Sakurai) July 27, 2020
Take a melody, simple as can be, give it some words and sweet harmony…
So go the Eight Melodies, a song evocative of both the original Mother and the entire trilogy. Even if Shigesato Itoi never returns and Nintendo keeps Mother 3 shelved for overseas audiences, there’s no denying the impact of this quirky RPG oddity. Ninten and his friends are sadly absent in Smash beyond spirits and other light cameos, but the spirit of these games are present and accounted for.
Dr. Mario – 31st anniversary
— 桜井 政博 / Masahiro Sakurai (@Sora_Sakurai) July 27, 2021
Service may be ending for the mobile Dr. Mario World later this year, but virus busting still ranks among Mario’s best spin-offs. Nintendo’s most recurring puzzle game may not have made an impact on phones, but that doesn’t make this genre classic any less enjoyable.
Dragon Quest XI – 4th anniversary
— 桜井 政博 / Masahiro Sakurai (@Sora_Sakurai) July 29, 2021
Ganbare Goemon! – 35th anniversary
— 桜井 政博 / Masahiro Sakurai (@Sora_Sakurai) July 30, 2021
Game & Watch: Fire – 41st anniversary
— 桜井 政博 / Masahiro Sakurai (@Sora_Sakurai) July 31, 2021
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