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On This Day in Nintendo History: Famicom Tantei Club: Kieta Kōkeisha (Disk 1); Kirby’s Dream Land; Game Boy Gallery; Star Fox 64; The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask and more!


On this day (April 27) in Nintendo history…

  • Famicom Tantei Club: Kieta Kōkeisha (Disk 1) was released in 1988 for the Family Computer Disk System in Japan. In this adventure game, developed by Nintendo, you are discovered unconscious at the foot of a cliff by a man named Amachi with no memory of who you are or how you got there. After recovering you meet a girl named Ayumi who explains that you are an assistant investigator for Utsugi's Detective Agency, investigating the suspicious death of Kiku Ayashiro, head of the Ayashiro corporation and owner of a vast estate.

  • Kirby's Dream Land was released in 1992 for the Game Boy in Japan. In this action/platformer game, developed by HAL Laboratory, someone has stolen from the inhabitants of Dream Land. It's Kirby to the rescue. Dream Land is in peril. An evil king has stolen the magical Twinkle Stars. If they're not recovered, the people of Dream Land will starve. Join Kirby, our cute and roly-poly little hero, as he runs, jumps, floats and swims in search of the treasured Twinkle Stars. He'll puff his way through castles, caves, dungeons and forests.

  • Game Boy Gallery was released in 1995 for the Game Boy in PAL territories. In this video game compilation/mini-game compilation, developed by Nintendo R&D1 with Tose, five updated versions of classic Game & Watch games are contained. Each game comes with the option to play Game A or the more difficult Game B, and to change the music from the new Game Boy tunes to the original Game & Watch sound effects. Available games are Ball; Vermin; Flagman; Manhole and Mario's Cement Factory.

  • Star Fox 64 (known as Lylat Wars in PAL regions) was released in 1997 for the Nintendo 64 in Japan. In this rail/scrolling shooter, developed by Nintendo EAD, Andross has launched an all-out attack on the Lylat System, and only Fox McCloud and the Star Fox team stand in his way. Jump into your Arwing fighter, Landmaster tank or Blue Marine sub, and blast Andross' forces into atoms! Battle through 15 varied levels of air, space, land and undersea combat.

  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask was released in 2000 for the Nintendo 64 in Japan. In this action-adventure game, developed by Nintendo EAD, if Ocarina of Time is an epic, then Majora's Mask can only be described as an epic epic. This time Link, the Hyrulian Hero, struggles against time to unravel the unsettling mystery of Majora's Mask. This mind-bending follow-up to Ocarina of Time sparkles with an artistic flair and presents a premise that shatters the foundation upon which most games are built.

  • Tabi no Yubisashi Kaiwachou DS: DS Series 4 America was released in 2006 for the Nintendo DS in Japan. This reference software, developed by Tose, is an America language reference guide for Japanese travellers. Released to coincide with the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. As well as a basic phrasebook split into categories, there is also a text-entry tool where you can get translations of certain words. A "freeform" tool allows you to draw images of what you're trying to ask, or use it for drawing maps.

  • Tabi no Yubisashi Kaiwachou DS: DS Series 4 Deutsch was released in 2006 for the Nintendo DS in Japan. This reference software, developed by Tose, is a Germany language reference guide for Japanese travellers. Released to coincide with the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. As well as a basic phrasebook split into categories, there is also a text-entry tool where you can get translations of certain words. A "freeform" tool allows you to draw images of what you're trying to ask, or use it for drawing maps.

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