THIS WEEK IN GAMING HISTORY: MICROSOFT’S X10 EVENT; ‘LEMMINGS’ TURNS 30
This Week in Gaming History looks back at the biggest events and releases from throughout the years.
On Feb. 11, 2010, Microsoft held their Xbox-focused X10 showcase in San Francisco, highlighting upcoming Xbox 360 games and putting out release dates for Dead Rising 2, Alan Wake and the Halo Reach multiplayer beta. What a time! A demo of Fable III, played by Lionhead co-founder Peter Molyneux, revealed a launch date for holiday of the same year — a rare game release date promise that actually held true.
Despite the fanfare of X10, the Xbox-exclusive event wouldn’t see a resurgence until X018 in 2018.
The Game Boy Advance SP officially launched on Feb. 14, 2003 in Japan, marking the first time the popular handheld system was revised. Unlike the flat design of the original Game Boy Advance, this slick upgrade bended at the middle, allowing players to close their systems at any given time. The screen got a significant bump in brightness, too, addressing a common complaint of the original model. The SP served as a nice lead-up to the similarly-designed Nintendo DS in 2004.
Just last year, on Feb. 14, the world was graced with the Sonic the Hedgehog movie. As one of the last films to run in theaters before the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt on the film industry, the Sonic film earned $319.7 million at the box office and impressed enough to earn a sequel, currently planned for 2022.
Noteworthy Releases and Anniversaries
It was an exciting week in 2010 when both Dante’s Inferno and BioShock 2 released on Feb. 9. While one was the sequel to the critically acclaimed BioShock, the other was a brand new IP from developer Visceral Games, but, alas, Dante’s Inferno never got a sequel before the studio shut down in 2017.
The medieval open-world game Kingdom Come: Deliverance released on Feb. 13, 2018. Exactly one year later, developer Warhorse Studios was acquired by Koch Media under the Deep Silver label.
On the retro side of things, both Super Mario Bros. 3 and Lemmings celebrate noteworthy anniversaries this week. The Mario release on Feb. 12, 1990 marks 31 years while Lemmings, the 1991 puzzler that tasked you with creating a chain of little creatures to force them to their ultimate goal (..death…), is observing its 30th anniversary. Lots of love to both games!
The birth of several ongoing series also took place this week. The Mario Party series kicked off in 1999 on Feb. 8 along with the Feb. 10, 2010 release of Professor Layton and the Curious Village. Making its debut on the Vita on Feb. 11, 2014, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc introduced us to the high school killing game that would go on to have two more entries.
The final entry in the Twisted Metal series launched on Feb. 13 in 2012 for the PS3 after a four year hiatus for the franchise. A digital version of Twisted Metal: Black from the PlayStation 2, released on the same day.
Take a look at some of the biggest releases during the current week from throughout the years below (take note, this list focuses on releases in North America only).
1999 | Mario Party (22 years)
2005 | Chibi Robo! (15 years)
2004 | Metroid: Zero Mission (17 years)
2010 | BioShock 2 (11 years)
2010 | Dante’s Inferno (11 years)
1997 | Mario Kart 64 (24 years)
2007 | Professor Layton and the Curious Village (13 years)
2009 | F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin (12 years)
2014 | Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (7 years)
1990 | Super Mario Bros. 3 (31 years)
2007 | Wii Play (14 years)
2013 | Aliens: Colonial Marines (8 years)
2015 | Majora’s Mask 3D (6 years)
2015 | Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (6 years)
2018 | Kingdom Come: Deliverance (3 years)
1991 | Lemmings (30 years)
2005 | Star Fox: Assault (16 years)
2005 | WarioWare: Touched! (16 years)
2012 | Twisted Metal (9 years)
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