This Day in Video Game History – June 11th, 2001 – Nintendo Game Boy Advance Released

The Game Boy went 32-bit to advance to a new level on this day in history.

Nintendo’s Game Boy Advance system was released in North America on June 11th, 2001, following a March release in Japan.

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Courtesy: Nintendo

The system was a full upgrade from the Game Boy and Game Boy Color, featuring a wider screen, a horizontal layout, more advanced graphics, and an increased number of buttons. The initial model, however, had no backlight and a reflective screen like previous Game Boys.

The system was fully compatible with all original Game Boy and Game Boy color games. It was also released in a variety of different colors.

The Game Boy Advance saw a large library of games released for it, from Nintendo as well as third-parties.

A later model, the Advance SP, added a folding case, rechargeable battery and an internal light. The final revision was the Game Boy Micro, which was much smaller, but not backwards compatible.

The Game Boy Advance line would be the final in Nintendo’s enduring Game Boy family, dating back to 1989. The success of Nintendo’s DS line made it the dominant handheld for the video game giant.

This Day in Video Game History – June 9th, 2013 – Animal Crossing: New Leaf Released

A video game where the player is the mayor of a small, stylized village was released four years ago today.

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Courtesy: Nintendo

Animal Crossing: New Leaf, developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 3DS handheld was released in North America on June 9th, 2013, following a late November 2012 release in Japan.

The latest in a series of stylized life-simulator games, New Leaf has the player mistaken for the mayor of a village of a world stylized, mostly anthropomorphic characters. The player must take their villager through activities like shopping, interacting with others, bug catching and more.

Customization is a staple of the series, as players can change the way their character, their home, and in New Leaf, their town looks.

New Leaf scored mostly positive reviews from critics and was a success in sales. Characters and settings from Animal Crossing have appeared in other Nintendo titles recently, such as Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. for WiiU and 3DS.

This Day in Movie History – June 9th, 2006 – Disney/Pixar’s Cars Released in Theaters

An animated movie set in a universe of sentient cars was released in this day in history.

Cars, directed by John Lassetter, was released in theaters across the United States on June 9th, 2006. The screenplay was penned by Dan Fogelman, John Lassetter, Joe Ranft, Keil Murray, Phil Lorin, and Jorgen Klubein.

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Courtesy: Disney / Pixar

In the movie, set in a world where cars are the main form of life, a brash racing champion named Lightning McQueen finds himself marooned in a laid-back town called Radiator Springs. First, he’s sentenced to fix a road there, but may find that there’s more there than he expects.

The voice cast for Cars includes Owen Wilson, Paul Newman, Larry the Cable Guy, Jenifer Lewis, and John Ratzenberger, among others. The film was a success at the box office, making over $450 million at the box office. Merchandise based on the film was even more successful, which helped lead to the production of sequels–including one coming later this year.

Several video games based on the franchise has been released since the film’s release as well.

This Day in Movie History – June 9th, 1989 – Star Trek V: The Final Frontier Released

The fifth live-action Star Trek feature film was released on this day in movie history.

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier was released in theaters across the US on June 9th, 1989. Written by David Loughery (with story by Loughery, William Shatner and Harve Bennett) and directed by Shatner (who plays Captain Kirk), it also starred Shatner along with Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley and the rest of the original Star Trek’s main cast.

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Courtesy: Paramount Pictures

In the film, hostages are taken by a Vulcan and his followers on a failed planet and only a glitchy USS Enterprise-A led by Kirk and crew can rescue them. Eventually, they too find themselves prisoner as part of that Vulcan’s quest to find the promised land.

The film is often considered by critics and Star Trek fans as one of the weakest in the franchise. Special effects were done by a company less experienced than the usual Industrial Light and Magic, for example.

It made an estimated $63 million at the box office, starting at number one its first week, but falling quickly against competition.

The original Star Trek cast would completely reunite one last time in the next Trek feature, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

Classic Original Nintendo Games of June – 1989: The Adventures of Bayou Billy

Throughout the month of June, we’re looking back at classic Nintendo Entertainment System games released in that month in the US during the system’s life time.

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Courtesy: Konami

The Adventures of Bayou Billy, developed and published by Konami, was released in June of 1989 in the United States for the NES.

The player controls the titular character in his quest to rescue his girlfriend Annabelle from the grasp of the crooked Godfather Gordon. The game features a variety of gameplay styles: side-scrolling beat-’em-up stages, driving combat stages, and shooting stages.

The Adventures of Bayou Billy was originally released as Mad City in Japan. The North American version is actually more difficult than the original Japanese released.

This Day in TV History – May 26th, 2004 – Star Trek: Enterprise’s “Zero Hour” Airs

It’s the final battle for Earth between humanity and its allies and the Xindi in an episode of Enterprise that aired on this day in television history.

“Zero Hour” is the final episode of the third season of Star Trek: Enterprise. Written by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga, it first aired on UPN on May 26th, 2004.

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The Xindi superweapon approaches its target: Earth. Courtesy: Paramount / Viacom / CBS

The episode continues the event of the storyline of the entire third season, as the crew of Enterprise work to stop a weapon made by the Xindi that could destroy Earth. This episode features the final battle for humanity’s survival.

The episode ends with a twist cliffhanger that would lead into the show’s fourth and final season.

This Day in TV History – May 26th, 1999 – Star Trek: Voyager’s “Equinox, Part I” Airs

Voyager encounters another Federation starship in an episode that aired on this day in television history.

“Equinox, Part I” is the 5th season finale of Star Trek: Voyager. Written by Brannon Braga and Joe Menosky (with story by Braga, Menosky and Rick Berman), it first aired on UPN on May 26th, 1999.

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Voyager and the Nova-class Equinox side-by-side! Courtesy: Paramount / Viacom / CBS

In the episode, the crew of Voyager are surprised to hear a distress signal from another Federation starship, the small scout ship, Equinox. They find the ship battered and under attack by strange lifeforms, but manage to save it in time. The crews are glad to see each other at first, but Equinox is holding a dark secret.

“Equinox” ended in a cliffhanger that would resolved when the sixth season of Star Trek: Voyager debuted later that year in September.