Today, we’re going to talk about some of the greatest games the Nintendo Entertainment System and the Super Nintendo Entertainment System have to offer, because we love games and we love fun facts. We’ll start with Gomoku Narabe Renju, a game that was never released outside of Japan, before moving on to Mahjong, a game that was later released outside of Japan as Super Mario Kart. We’ll also take a look at Super Mario World, EarthBound, Wario World, and Mario Paint, before closing with the N64 versions of Super Mario 64 and Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
It’s that time of year again: time to look back and think about what we should be celebrating about the Nintendo we know and love. This week we’re celebrating On This Day in Nintendo History: Gomoku Narabe Renju; Mahjong; Super Mario Kart; Mario & Wario; EarthBound.
On this day in Nintendo history (August 27),…
In 1983, Gomoku Narabe Renju was launched in Japan for the Family Computer. Three pieces are put on the board in this tabletop game created by Nintendo (two black and one white). The objective is to make a five-piece line in your color that runs horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. Stop your opponent from drawing a line while staying focused on your own. When one player is certain to win, the game ends. There are three degrees of difficulty.
In 1983, Mahjong was launched in Japan on the Family Computer. There are many families of tiles as well as unique tiles in this Nintendo Mahjong game (the winds, the dragons, etc.). To build a winning hand, or “yaku,” drop the tiles you don’t need and grab tiles you need from other players. The winner is determined by who has collected the most points after eight hands.
In Japan, Super Mario Kart was published for the Super Famicom in 1992. Start your engines in this kart racing game from Nintendo EAD. Choose from eight Mushroom Kingdom characters, including Mario and Bowser, as well as Donkey Kong Jr., who is making his first racing appearance. Classic courses such as Mario Circuit, Bowser Castle, Koopa Beach, and the iconic Rainbow Road await you! Solo races, multiplayer battles, and the two-player favorite Battle Mode are all available!
Mario & Wario was released in 1993 for the Super Famicom in Japan. In this puzzle game, developed by Game Freak, Wario has dropped buckets on the heads of Mario, Peach and Yoshi. Blinded, they stumble around. You play as a fairy named Wanda, controlled using the SNES Mouse, to guide the blinded heroes to Luigi. Wanda can use her magic wand to make blocks appear and to make Mario and friends change direction. As you progress through the stages, different kinds of blocks appear, such as Timer Blocks that vanish after a short while.
EarthBound was a Super Famicom game published in Japan in 1994. When a meteorite strikes the Earth near Ness’ home in this role-playing game, the courageous young man goes out to investigate, but little does he realize that he’s about to embark on an epic journey that will alter his life… oh, and he may just rescue the universe in the process! After encountering a mysterious extraterrestrial, Ness will have to journey across the globe to stop Giygas, the Universal Cosmic Destroyer, from annihilating everything and everyone.
Mono ya Okane no Shikumi DS was a Nintendo DS game published in Japan in 2009. This financial management reference program was created by Nintendo.
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