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This Day in Video Game History – October 12th, 2013 – Pokémon X and Y Released

The first handheld Pokémon role-playing adventure set in a 3D world was released four years ago today.

Pokémon X and Y, developed by Game Freak and published by The Pokémon Company and Nintendo, was released across the world exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS on October 12th, 2013.

pokemon x and y video games

Courtesy: Nintendo / The Pokemon Company

The game was the first of the “mainline” Pokémon adventures to feature 3D graphics, both for the world and the creatures themselves. While the general gameplay follows the formula of previous RPGs in the series, it does feature some notable new features.

Some of those features include 70 all-new creatures, an all-new setting in Kalos, “mega” evolutions for particular Pokémon, and as previously mentioned, fully 3D graphics.

As in previous installments in the series, both titles can be played separate of each other, but if a player wants to “catch ’em all,” they’ll have to use both Pokémon X and Y.

The game was a big hit, selling over 16 million copies around the world.

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This Day in Video Game History – September 14th, 1994 – Super Punch-Out!! Released

A sequel to a hit boxing game was released on this day in video game history.

Super Punch-Out!!, developed and published by Nintendo, was released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in North America on September 14th, 1994.

super punch out

Courtesy: Nintendo

The game was a sequel to Punch-Out!! released on the Nintendo, which itself was inspired by a Nintendo arcade game from 1983.

Like other games in the series, the boxing action in the game focuses on patterns and finding the right time for the player, controlling the character Little Mac, to strike his opponents for damage and knock-outs.

The game featured an array of colorful characters for Little Mac to fight against. Although it wasn’t as widely-successful as the original home title in the series, Super Punch-Out!! did receive generally positive reviews. It was later released for the Wii and WiiU virtual consoles as a digital download.

The next true sequel in the Punch-Out!! series wouldn’t come until 2009 for the Nintendo Wii.

This Day in Video Game History – September 9th, 1999 – Sega Sports NFL2K Released

Sega’s latest football series, which would become a beloved sports franchise, had its first release on this day in history.

Developed by Visual Concepts and published by Sega, NFL2K was released for the Sega Dreamcast alongside the console’s launch on September 9th, 1999.

nfl2k video game

Courtesy: SEGA / NFL

The game was the only football game on the Dreamcast, since the system did not get supported by Electronic Arts.

It received extremely positive reviews from critics for its graphics, gameplay, and commentary. That commentary, uniquely, was provided by voice actors Terry McGovern, Jay Styne and Marcia Perry.

The series would continue on the Dreamcast through NFL2K2, and move to other consoles following the end of Sega’s hardware era.

The series continued until NFL2K5, when Electronic Arts made an exclusive deal with the NFL and NFLPA for video game rights.

NFL2K5 is still considered by some to be one of the best football video games of all time.

This Day in Video Game History – September 9th, 1999 – Sonic Adventure Released

The first fully-3D adventure in the popular Sonic the Hedgehog franchise was released on this day in history.

Sonic Adventure, developed by Sonic Team and released by Sega, was released as a launch title for Sega’s new Dreamcast console in North America on September 9th, 1999.

sonic adventure

Sonic Adventure, developed by Sonic Team and released by Sega, was released as a launch title for Sega’s new Dreamcast console in North America on September 9th, 1999. (Courtesy: Sega)

The game allows the player to play as one of six different characters in a storyline that crosses over and combines. Sonic and Tails feature traditional platforming across 3D stages, while other characters such as Amy Rose, Big the Cat and Knuckles feature other styles of gameplay.

In the game, the characters face Eggman, who has released a new monster named Chaos, who becomes stronger with each Chaos Emerald found.

There is also a virtual pet sub-game where the character raises unique creatures named Chao.

Sonic Adventure was the first fully 3D game in the Sonic franchise, after the limited levels included in the Saturn release, Sonic Jam. The game also featured a full voice cast for the first time, led by Ryan Drummond and also featuring Corey Bringas, Jennifer Douillard, and Michael McGaharn.

The game was a hit and received a good amount praise from fans and critics. Once the Dreamcast was discontinued, Sonic Adventure was enhanced and released for systems like the GameCube. It was later available for download on systems like Xbox 360.

This Day in Video Game History – September 1st, 1998 – Bomberman Hero Released

A Bomberman game of a different kind was released on this day in history.

Bomberman Hero, developed by Hudson Soft and published by Nintendo, was released on the Nintendo 64 in North America on September 1st, 1998.

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Courtesy: HudsonSoft / Nintendo

Unlike other games in the series known for their arena-based multiplayer, Bomberman Hero is a single-player 3D platformer. In the game, Bomberman must set out to rescue a princess who has been captured—a princess with stolen data from an evil empire.

The player directs Bomberman through a variety of 3D worlds, defeating enemies and avoiding obstacles along the way. Mini-games can be unlocked through stellar performance in the stages.

The game was later released for the Wii’s Virtual Console service.

This Day in Video Game History – August 31st, 2000 – Sydney 2000 Released for Dreamcast

A video game based on the Olympics was released on this day in history.

sydney 2000 dreamcast video game

Courtesy: IOC / Sega / Eidos Interactive

Developed by Attention to Detail and published by Eidos, Sydney 2000 was released for the Sega Dreamcast on August 30th, 2000. The game was also released for the original Playstation and Windows Personal Computers.

The game, set at the 2000 Olympics hosted by Sydney, Australia allows a player to take part in a variety of Olympic events. In the Olympic mode, a player must attempt to qualify for the events, as well as do training mini-games to enhance their performance.

Some of the events include the 100m Sprint, Javelin Throw, Triple Jump, 10m Platform Diving, Skeet Shooting, and 100m Freestyle Swimming among others. Dwight Stones and Marty Liquori provide full TV-style play-by-play commentary for the events.

This Day in Video Game History – August 12th, 2002 – Beach Spikers Released for Nintendo GameCube

A beach volleyball video game from Sega was released fifteen years ago today.

Beach Spikers, developed by AM2 and published by Sega, was released exclusively for the Nintendo GameCube in North America on August 12th, 2002. It was based on an arcade game released the previous year.

beach spikers gamecube game

Courtesy: SEGA

The game is a beach volleyball game, where players control a team of two female beach volleyball athletes against their opponents. The game features an arcade mode as well as a career-minded World Tour mode, somewhat similar to Virtua Tennis, another Sega arcade-minded sports franchise.