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THIS WEEK IN GAMING HISTORY: NINTENDO 3DS CELEBRATES 10 YEARS

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

The Nintendo 3DS celebrates its 10th anniversary this week having been released on March 27, 2011 in North America. Officially announced during Nintendo’s E3 2010 press conference, the Nintendo 3DS continued the dual screen legacy of the Nintendo DS but added a stereoscopic 3D top screen that could be used without glasses. The system launched with a limited launch lineup consisting of Pilotwings Resort, Steel Diver, Nintendogs + Cats and an assortment of third party games. Nintendo released The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D in June, Star Fox 64 3D in July, Super Mario 3D Land in November and Mario Kart 7 in December.

Lackluster sales for the new handheld forced Nintendo to announce a price cut in July, a mere four months after launch. Starting in August 2011, the system would drop the $250 price tag and adopt a more affordable $170 asking price. Those who purchased a 3DS before the price cut were added to the Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Program where ten NES ports and ten GameBoy Advance ports were exclusively made available for download. The Nintendo 3DS would go on to sell over 75 million units by September 2020.

In other handheld news, the Game Boy Color was officially discontinued on March 23, 2003. This announcement came five years after the handheld’s release in 1998. The Game Boy Advance, which recently released its SP variation, was a solid two years into its lifespan at this point.

Noteworthy Releases, Anniversaries

Major milestones for this week include the 15th anniversary for Kingdom Hearts II and the 10th anniversary of Crysis 2. We’re also looking back at the 20th anniversary of the Nintendo 64 classic Pokemon Stadium 2.

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 22:

1999 | RollerCoaster Tycoon (22 years)
2005 | God of War (16 years)
2009 | Pokemon Platinum (12 years)
2011 | Crysis 2 (10 years)
2019 | Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (2 years)

March 23:

2004 | Far Cry (17 years)
2010 | Just Cause 2 (11 years)
2012 | Kid Icarus: Uprising (9 years)
2018 | Detective Pikachu (3 years)
2018 | Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (3 years)

March 24:

2003 | The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (18 years)
2009 | The Last Remnant (12 years)
2013 | Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (8 years)
2013 | Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity (8 years)
2015 | Bloodborne (6 years)

March 25:

2013 | Warframe (8 years)
2014 | Smite (7 years)

March 26:

2001 | Pokemon Stadium 2 (20 years)
2013 | BioShock Infinite (8 years)
2015 | Pillars of Eternity (6 years)

March 27:

2011 | Pilotwings Resort (10 years)
2011 | Nintendogs + Cats (10 years)
2011 | Steel Diver (10 years)
2018 | Far Cry 5 (3 years)

March 28:

2005 | Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory (16 years)
2006 | Kingdom Hearts II (15 years)
2010 | WarioWare D.I.Y. (11 years)

Photo courtesy of 2K Games

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