The Major 2017 Game Anniversaries

By Az Elias 02.12.2016

It has been an exciting time for gaming anniversaries in 2016, with the Cubed3 team celebrating the birthdays of a wide range of famous franchises and consoles throughout the course of the year, presenting reviews, retrospectives, interviews and lists of our favourite games, soundtracks, bosses and more.

2017 is looking to one-up that, though, with some key franchises and systems that might make some of you realise just how old you are! With the ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64 turning 35, those retro memories are sure to come flooding back—and that goes extra for fans of the Magnavox Odyssey, which turns a whopping 45, along with classic title Pong!

Some of the older folks among us may have a fond recollection of the likes of Contra, Metal Gear, Double Dragon, After Burner, Street Fighter, R-Type, Mega Man and Phantasy Star, which all celebrate 30th milestones, but perhaps one of the most popular ones on the list is Final Fantasy, also turning 30 in December (stay tuned for Cubed3's anniversary features for this one throughout 2017). Looking into the 20-year mark, the latter series' Final Fantasy VII hits the big two-oh in January, as Fallout, Grand Theft Auto, GoldenEye 007, Star Fox 64, Age of Empires and Gran Turismo follow in its footsteps.

Some of the big 15-year-old names include Metroid Prime, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, Kingdom Hearts, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, TimeSplitters 2 and Ratchet & Clank, whilst the decade-old franchises consist of the likes of Mass Effect, BioShock, The Witcher, Professor Layton, Etrian Odyssey, Odin Sphere, The World Ends with You, Super Mario Galaxy, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Uncharted.

Feeling old yet? Get the lowdown on the highlights of 2017's upcoming gaming anniversaries below, and be sure to look forward to Cubed3's coverage of certain franchises next year, including Final Fantasy, Mega Man and plenty of retro classics.

January

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11 January - Super Adventure Island is 25
14 January - Super Fantasy Zone is 25
14 January - Zelda II: The Adventure of Link is 30
18 January - Etrian Odyssey is 10
18 January - Wario: Master of Disguise is 10
22 January - Hotel Dusk: Room 215 is 10
26 January - Resident Evil: Revelations is 5
31 January - Final Fantasy VII is 20

February

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7 February - Way of the Samurai is 15
9 February - Gravity Rush is 5
8 February - Luminous Arc is 10
15 February - Professor Layton and the Curious Village is 10
16 February - Binary Domain is 5
16 February - Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward is 5
20 February - Contra is 30
20 February - Crackdown is 10
20 February - Puzzle & Dragons is 5
28 February - Contra III: The Alien Wars is 25
February - Super Scope is 25

March

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4 March - Turok: Dinosaur Hunter is 20
6 March - Mass Effect 3 is 5
8 March - Heroes of Mana is 10
13 March - God of War II is 10
13 March - Journey is 5
14 March - Wild Arms 3 is 15
20 March - Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is 20
20 March - Tekken 3 is 20
21 March - Warriors Orochi is 10
22 March - Kid Icarus: Uprising is 5
22 March - Resident Evil (GameCube) is 15
28 March - Kingdom Hearts is 15

April

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9 April - Super Paper Mario is 10
11 April - Alundra is 20
12 April - Candy Crush Saga is 5
19 April - Dig Dug is 35
19 April - Fire Emblem Awakening is 5
20 April - Pitfall! Is 35
23 April - ZX Spectrum is 35
24 April - The Walking Dead: Season One is 5
26 April - Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings is 10
26 April - Mega Man Zero is 15
27 April - Kirby's Dream Land is 25
27 April - Star Fox 64/Lylatwars is 20

May

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1 May - The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind is 15
5 May - Wolfenstein 3D is 25
16 May - Final Fantasy XI is 15
17 May - Odin Sphere is 10
22 May - Dragon's Dogma is 5
25 May - Mario Strikers Charged Football is 10

June

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1 June - Color TV-Game 6 is 40
1 June - Tomb Raider: Anniversary is 10
14 June - Eternal Sonata is 10
18 June - Neverwinter Nights is 15
20 June - Final Fantasy Tactics is 20
23 June - Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem is 15
23 June - Pokémon Black 2 & White 2 is 5
23 June - The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass is 10
30 June - X-COM: Apocalypse is 20
June - Moon Patrol is 35

July

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1 July - R-Type is 30
3 July - Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos is 15
5 July - Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards is 30
7 July - Bloody Roar is 20
10 July - Armored Core is 20
13 July - Metal Gear is 30
14 July - Mario Paint is 25
16 July - Joust is 35
19 July - Super Mario Sunshine is 15
27 July - The Worlds Ends with You is 10
31 July - Ecco the Dolphin is 25
July - Double Dragon is 30
July - After Burner is 30
July - Wave Race is 25

August

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1 August - Donkey Kong Jr. is 35
2 August - Dragon Quest X is 5
14 August - Sleeping Dogs is 5
21 August - BioShock is 10
24 August - Ultima II: The Revenge of the Enchantress is 35
25 August - GoldenEye 007 is 20
27 August - Metroid Prime 3: Corruption is 10
27 August - Super Mario Kart is 25
27 August - SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs is 15
28 August - Guild Wars 2 is 5
30 August - Street Fighter is 30
August - ColecoVision is 35
August - Commodore 64 is 35

September

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6 September - Densetsu no Stafy is 15
10 September - Battlefield 1942 is 15
11 September - Atari 2600 is 40
11 September - Breath of Fire III is 20
13 September - Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII is 10
19 September - Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee is 20
23 September - Sly Raccoon is 15
23 September - Star Fox Adventures is 15
24 September - Ultima Online is 20
25 September - Dead or Alive 5 is 5
25 September - Halo 3 is 10
30 September - Fallout is 20
September - Magnavox Odyssey is 45

October

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2 October - Resident Evil 6 is 5
5 October - Final Fantasy Mystic Quest/Mystic Quest Legend is 25
5 October - Maniac Mansion is 30
8 October - Mortal Kombat is 25
9 October - TimeSplitters 2 is 15
10 October - Half-Life 2: Episode Two is 10
10 October - The Orange Box is 10
11 October - Bravely Default is 5
15 October - Night Trap is 25
15 October - Age of Empires is 20
21 October - Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins is 25
23 October - Hotline Miami is 5
25 October - Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift is 10
26 October - The Witcher is 10
27 October - Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is 15
30 October - PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16 is 30
30 October - Shin Megami Tensei is 25
31 October - Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back is 20
31 October - The Curse of Monkey Island is 20
31 October - Riven is 20
October - Grand Theft Auto is 20
October - Commodore PET is 40
October - Mr. Do! Is 35

November

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1 November - Super Mario Galaxy is 10
1 November - Super Star Wars is 25
4 November - Ratchet & Clank is 15
5 November - Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is 10
6 November - Halo 4 is 5
8 November - Animal Crossing: New Leaf is 5
12 November - Resident Evil Zero is 15
13 November - Assassin's Creed is 10
13 November - Contra 4 is 10
13 November - Crysis is 10
14 November - Diddy Kong Racing is 20
16 November - Mass Effect is 10
17 November - Metroid Prime is 15
17 November - Metroid Fusion is 15
17 November - Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell is 15
18 November - Wii U is 5
19 November - Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is 10
20 November - Trauma Center: New Blood is 10
21 November - Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire is 15
21 November - Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is 25
29 November - Pong is 45
November - Atari 5200 is 35
November - Vectrex is 35

December

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1 December - Wii Fit is 10
2 December - The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past & Four Swords is 15
6 December - Final Fantasy V is 25
6 December - No More Heroes is 10
9 December - Quake II is 20
13 December - The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is 15
17 December - Mega Man is 30
18 December - Final Fantasy is 30
20 December - Final Fantasy IV (DS) is 10
20 December - Phantasy Star is 30
20 December - Streets of Rage 2 is 25
21 December - Yoshi's Story is 20
23 December - Tales of Destiny is 20
23 December - Gran Turismo is 20
25 December - Tomba! Is 20
December - E.T. is 35
December - Xevious is 35

2017

Dungeon Master is 30
Sid Meier's Pirates! is 30
 

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