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THIS WEEK IN GAMING HISTORY: NINTENDO TEASES EARLY SWITCH PLANS VIA “NX” CODENAME, SONY TOUTS PROJECT MORPHEUS VR

This Week in Gaming History looks back at the biggest events and releases from throughout the years.

While Nintendo’s current console offering wouldn’t be officially revealed as the Nintendo Switch until October 2016, the first rumblings of the Wii U’s successor came on March 17, 2015 when the company revealed the codename “NX” for the new console. Beyond describing the new hardware as a “brand-new concept,” Nintendo did not discuss any additional details.

The mild announcement came paired with news of a partnership between Nintendo and a leader in the Japanese mobile game market, DeNA. The deal was quite the revelation as Nintendo had been adamant about staying solely focused on their own game consoles prior to the new outlook. The struggling Wii U system may have changed minds. “Now that smart devices have grown to become the window for so many people to personally connect with society, it would be a waste not to use these devices,” said the late Saturo Iwata, then-president of Nintendo, at the time.

Nintendo would later go on to release Miitomo, Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes and several other mobile games based on Nintendo properties.

In other news anniversaries, Sony announced Project Morpheus on March 18, 2014. Shown off for the first time as a prototype for PlayStation’s jump into the VR world, the reveal gave us a first look at the headset as well as features like a 1080p resolution, integration with the PlayStation Camera, 3d audio technology and 90-degree field of view. Project Morpheus would later be renamed to PlayStation VR and officially launched in October 2016.

Google shed light on their cloud-based service for the first time during a GDC press conference on March 19, 2019. A November release date was announced alongside over 40 games coming to the video game streaming service.

Noteworthy Releases, Anniversaries

Take a look at some of the biggest releases during the current week from throughout the years below (this list focuses on releases in North America only).

March 15:

2011 | Ōkamiden (10 years)
2011 | Yakuza 4 (10 years)
2011 | Total War: Shogun 2 (10 years)
2016 | Salt and Sanctuary (5 years)

March 16:

1999 | EverQuest (22 years)
2004 | Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life (17 years)
2004 | Unreal Tournament 2004 (17 years)
2010 | Metro 2033 (11 years)
2010 | God of War III (11 years)
2010 | Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening (11 years)
2018 | Kirby Star Allies (3 years)

March 17:

1994 | Streets of Rage 3 (27 years)
2009 | Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (12 years)
2015 | Battlefield Hardline (6 years)

March 18:

2008 | Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 (13 years)
2013 | Lego City Undercover (8 years)
2014 | Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (7 years)
2016 | Pokken Tournament (5 years)

March 19:

2003 | Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire (18 years)
2007 | Custom Robo Arena (14 years)
2013 | Gears of War: Judgment (8 years)

March 20:

2006 | The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (15 years)
2007 | S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl (14 years)
2018 | Sea of Thieves (3 years)
2020 | Animal Crossing: New Horizons (1 year)
2020 | DOOM Eternal (1 year)

March 21:

2001 | Serious Sam: The First Encounter (20 years)
2005 | TimeSplitters: Future Perfect (16 years)
2014 | Infamous Second Son (7 years)
2017 | Mass Effect: Andromeda (4 years)

Photo courtesy of Sony Interactive Entertainment

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