Here’s All The Classic Nintendo Games That Have Been Released On November 21st

November 21st is generally a big deal for Nintendo as they have released a number of classic video games on this specific date in the past. Here’s some of the games that Nintendo has released on November 21st and you can see why it’s such a special day.

  • F-Zero launched in Japan on this day in 1990 as the racing series’ debut.
  • Super Mario World came out alongside it in Japan, also in 1990.
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past arrived in Japan the following year, in 1991.
  • Yoshi’s Cookie launched on both NES and Game Boy (again, in Japan) in 1992.
  • Donkey Kong Country made it to North America on this day in 1994.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was Nintendo’s big Japanese release on Nov. 21, 1998.
  • Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver launched for Japanese fans in 1999.
  • Sin and Punishment came to Nintendo 64 this day in 2000 as a Japanese exclusive. It wouldn’t make it overseas until its Wii Shop Channel release in September 2007.
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee launched in Japan on Nov. 21, 2001.
  • Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire launched in Japan in 2002, exactly three years after the series’ previous entries.
  • Pokémon Colosseum followed in Japan in 2003.
  • The Nintendo DS changed Nintendo’s handheld line dramatically when it launched in North America in 2004.
  • Metroid Prime Hunters: First Hunt, a demo for the Nintendo DS game, launched in 2004.
  • Super Mario 64 DS was another system launch title in 2004.
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns revitalized the Nov. 21 tradition for North America in 2010.
  • Super Mario 3D World launched on Wii U in Japan on Nov. 21, 2013. (It came out in the U.S. the next day.)
  • Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire arrived worldwide in 2014, exactly 15 years after their predecessors.
  • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U launched in North America alone on the same day in 2014.
  • Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival was Wii U’s most notable release in both Japan and Australia in this day in 2015.
  • Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp brought the life sim series’ mobile debut worldwide on this day in 2017, a day earlier than expected.



    1. Most notable for being one of the worst/disappointing/pointless games to ever come out.

      The developers themselves even came out and admitted that the game’s sole purpose for existing was to have an excuse to make Animal Crossing Amiibo. Which is also the reason Happy Home Designer exists as well.
      “AK: Initially when the Amiibo was announced, there was nothing really said about Animal Crossing Amiibos or any plans for that matter. But as the Animal Crossing team, we were confident that if there was one, it would be really cute… honestly, we just wanted Animal Crossing Amiibo. We wanted the company to make Animal Crossing Amiibo, so that’s why we made a game that works with them.”

  1. Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival so does not deserve to be on the same fucking list as Super Mario World, LoZ: LttP, Donkey Kong Country, LoZ: OoT, Pokemon Gold/Silver, Super Smash Bros Melee, Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire, Nintendo DS, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire, or even Super Mario 3D World and Super Smash Bros U. Must wipe the fact this game released on such an awesome day from my memory banks. Just thinking about this game releasing on such a day gives me a headache.

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