2022 marks the 35th anniversary of several massive video game franchises, including Final Fantasy, Solid metal gearand street fighter. 1987 was a huge year for the industry, as many legendary franchises debuted on the NES, and arcades were home to titles that innovated video game support while drawing massive crowds.
The bulk of the major video game franchises turning 35 in 2022 come from Japanese developers. It was still the time when the NES was still helping the industry to rebuild itself, after the crash of 1983. The NES was already born dragon quest, Castlevania, metroidand The Legend of Zelda the previous year, helping to establish the console as the new face of the industry. The Sega Genesis was still a few years away, but the Master System was available, helping Sega gain a foothold in the console market.
2021 has been a big year for gaming birthdays, and 2022 will be no different. The coming year will mark huge anniversaries for the industry. And that will hopefully inspire developers and publishers to celebrate these gaming icons. Here are the video game franchises celebrating a 35th anniversary in 2022.
Contra’s 35th anniversary is February 20, 2022
The first entry in Konami Contra series launched in arcades in 1987, although it would take another year for the NES port to come out, which is the version most people are familiar with. the Contra The series is made up of racing and shooting games, where the objective is to get to the end of the stage while shooting as many enemies as possible. Unlike many military conflict-based shooters that were available at the time, Contra was about action heroes fighting hordes of invading aliens. Contra was the epitome of Nintendo Hard, with the player only able to take one hit before dying, but this level of challenge was what kept players coming back for more. The most recent release in the series was an international localization of the Against: back mobile game, but it is possible that a new main entry in the franchise will be announced.
Double Dragon turns 35 on April 22, 2022
Dual Dragon may not have invented the beat ’em up genre, but it certainly popularized it, to the point that it’s often considered the genre’s most iconic game. Dual Dragon stars martial artists, Billy and Jimmy Lee, as they take on the Black Dragon gang, in order to rescue Billy’s captured girlfriend. The two-player cooperative gameplay is what really made it a hit in arcades and home consoles, as players battled back-to-back against hordes of goons. The most recent entry in the series was Double Dragon IVwhich released in 2017, and the original games are available on modern systems, so there are plenty of ways to enjoy the series on consoles and PC in 2022.
The R-Type celebrates its 35th anniversary on May 15, 2022
Space shooters have been a part of video gaming since the beginning, and the horizontal space shooter genre was a staple of early arcades. the R-Type is considered one of the icons of the genre, which has found an audience due to its stunning visuals, fast-paced gameplay, and a range of upgrades that have changed how the player’s ship functions in combat. The most recent game in the series was R-Type Final 2which should receive a free update in 2022, transforming it into R-Type Final 3.
Shin Megami Tensei turns 35 in July 2022
the Shin Megami Tensei was originally based on a series of novels by Aya Nishitani, the first being Digital Devil Saga: Megami Tensei. This novel was loosely adapted into a video game of the same name in 1987. The game combined the first-person perspective of dungeon crawlers like the Witchcraft series, with the turn-based RPG battles of games like the dragon quest series.
The series will eventually evolve into the Shin Megami Tensei series, where players bind creatures from mythology to their will and release them in battle. The most recent entries in the series were Shin Megami Tensei V and Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne HD Remasterboth of which were huge releases, so it’s unclear if Atlus has any big plans in store for the 35th anniversary.
Metal Gear turns 35 on July 13, 2022
the original metal gear launched on the MSX2 in Japan in 1987, but it was only Solid metal gear launched on the PlayStation in 98 that the series would become a major name in the industry. the metal gear The series involves stealth/action gameplay, with lone soldiers sneaking into well-armed facilities, armed with nothing but their wits and a few gadgets, in order to complete their mission. It seemed like the Solid metal gear the series ended with Phantom pain, when series creator Hideo Kojima left Konami to start his own production company. Hideo Kojima may have parted ways with Konami, but there are rumors about it Solid metal gear ongoing remakes, as well as the Solid metal gear movie in development, starring Oscar Isaac as Solid Snake, so 2022 could be a huge year for the franchise.
Street Fighter’s 35th anniversary is August 12, 2022
the original street fighter is something that is hardly celebrated or referenced by Capcom. It’s because it was the shell from which the series was born, because it was the sequel, Street Fighter II, which redefined the fighting game genre and created a global franchise that is still beloved to this day. Ryu’s first adventure isn’t as well regarded, as it has clunky controls, poor visuals, and only has Ryu and Ken as playable characters. The Capcom leak confirmed that a sixth street fighter is in development, and the series’ 35th anniversary in 2022 would be the perfect time to reveal it.
Mega Man celebrates its 35th anniversary on December 17, 2022
street fighter wasn’t the only iconic Capcom franchise to debut in 1987, as the original mega man launched at the end of the year. mega man follows the titular robot, as he battles the evil Robot Masters and takes their upgrades, so he can defeat the evil Dr. Wily.
the mega man series has produced a number of games over the years, and the failure of the Mighty #9 spiritual successor seems to have spurred Capcom to keep the franchise alive. Mega Man 11 was the most recent entry in the franchise (not counting remasters), and the time may be right for a new mainline entry in the series.
Final Fantasy’s 35th anniversary in 2022 will be on December 18
Square Enix Legendary Final Fantasy The series debuted on the NES in late 1987. The series became an international hit in 1997 when FF7 launched on the original PlayStation. 2022 will actually have two anniversaries, as it is the 25th anniversary of FF7. Square Enix already has things planned for 2022, like news about FF16 comes in the spring, Stranger from Heaven: Final Fantasy Origin (the action-oriented remake of FF1) is expected to launch in March, and CU of chocobos is coming to Switch in May. There is a good chance that news regarding the FF7 remake the sequel will also be revealed in 2022.
Phantasy Star turns 35 on December 20, 2022
by Sega phantom star The RPG series debuted on the Master System in 1987. It spawned several mainline entries, before transitioning into the MMO genre, with Star Fantasy Online. The current entry in the series is Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis, which is a major update to the game, making it easier for new players to get familiar with the gameplay and significantly improving the quality of the graphics. It is likely that New Genesis will host a number of special events to celebrate the franchise’s anniversary.
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