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On This Day in Nintendo History: Balloon Fight; Climber; Super Mario Bros.; Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak; Koro Koro Puzzle Happy Panechu!


On this day (March 8) in Nintendo history…

  • Balloon Fight was released in 1988 for the Game & Watch New Wide Screen in Japan. In this action game, developed by Nintendo R&D1, Balloon Man, a member of Sky Patrol, has been pursuing the pirate Oiram Repus. Balloon Man must navigate the deadly Trip-Sky and collect the balloons, each carrying parts of the torn map to Oiram's secret lair. You move from right-to-left collecting balloons and dodging sparks. Use the Eject Button to keep Balloon Man afloat. Collect twenty-five balloons to move on to the next phase.

  • Climber was released in 1988 for the Game & Watch New Wide Screen in Japan. In this action game, developed by Nintendo R&D1, a brave boy named Climber sets off to Block Mountain to become a warrior. Equipped with jumping boots, armour and a head band, he must find a magical sword and defeat Dragalo. On the mountain, Climber must avoid thorny walls, Blockman and his pet bird Eyerom as he punches his way up the mountain. At the summit you can either grab Hentori the Bonus Bird, or face the dreaded dragon, Dragalo.

  • Super Mario Bros. was released in 1988 for the Game & Watch New Wide Screen in Japan. In this action game, developed by Nintendo R&D1, Bowser and his Koopas have invaded the Mushroom Kingdom and kidnapped Peach. Mario must move through eight side-scrolling stages, dodging Lakitus and Bullet Bills. Mario can jump around on platforms, gain extra lives by finding 1-Up Mushrooms and become invincible with the Starman. In World 4, Mario will be swimming under the water.

  • Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak was released in 2002 for the Game Boy Advance in Japan. In this adventure game, developed by Pax Softnica, the average hamster can expect no bigger adventure then maybe finding an unopened sunflower seed in a corner of its cage, or running so fast on its wheel that the momentum spins it around in a single, sudden 360° loop. But Hamtaro is no average hamster – and Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak, a massive quest to restore the love to the Ham-Ham's world, is the proof.

  • Koro Koro Puzzle Happy Panechu! was released in 2002 for the Game Boy Advance in Japan. In this puzzle game, developed by Mobile21 with Nintendo R&D2, tilt the Game Boy Advance to slide the coloured Panechu around the play area. Match three or more same-coloured Panechu and they kiss and disappear with a cry of "Happy!". Bombs appear to hinder the movement of the Panechu, but match bombs to combine them and make them larger, allowing you to trigger explosions to clear many Panechu at once.

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What are you favourite memories of these games? How do you think they hold up today? Hash it out in the comments.

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