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2023 Game Anniversaries To Keep Note Of

2023 Game Anniversaries To Keep Note Of

2023 Game Anniversaries

It’s that time of the year when we reflect on past years and look to the future. There are many 2023 game anniversaries to be aware of, including Mario Kart: Double Dash, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, The World Ends With You, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire. Here’s what we can celebrate in 2023 with every major anniversary on Nintendo systems and beyond.

January for 2023 Game Anniversaries

Super Smash Bros Brawl Wii
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January is usually a quiet month for games, but there are some highlights throughout the years. The 2023 game anniversaries in January include the magical Ni no Kuni, the controversial Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and the M-rated No More Heroes.

  • Rune Factory 2: A Fantasy Harvest Moon – January 3 (15th)
  • Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity – January 8 (15th)
  • Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games – January 17 (15th)
  • Advance Wars: Days of Ruin – January 21 (15th)
  • Burnout Paradise (first released on PS3 and 360) – January 22 (15th)
  • No More Heroes – January 22 (15th)
  • The Cave – January 22 (10th)
  • Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (first released on PS3) – January 22 (10th)
  • Devil May Cry 2 (first released on PS2) – January 25 (20th)
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Japan) – January 31 (15th)

February

Fire Emblem Awakening 10th Anniversary
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There’s not much to see in February in terms of 2023 game anniversaries, but Fire Emblem: Awakening is undoubtedly a standout.

  • Fire Emblem: Awakening – February 4 (10th)
  • Assassin’s Creed: Altair’s Chronicles – February 5 (15th)
  • Brain Age: Concentration Training – February 10 (10th)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Dungeon Dice Masters – February 12 (20th)
  • Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors – February 19 (15th)
  • Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed – February 25 (15th)
  • Runner 2 on Wii U – February 26 (20th)

March

2023 Game Anniversaries The Legend of Zelda The Wind Waker
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Nintendo does like to release tentpole games in March. For the 2023 game anniversaries, this includes Star Fox, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker among others.

  • Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer – March 4 (15th)
  • Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc – March 9 (20th)
  • Sonic Advance 2 – March 9 (20th)
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl (North America) – March 9 (15th)
  • Wario Land II – March 9 (25th)
  • Mega Man & Bass – March 11 (20th)
  • Lego City Undercover – March 18 (10th)
  • Sega Superstars Tennis – March 18 (15th)
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate – March 19 (10th)
  • Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire (North America) – March 19 (20th)
  • Bloody Roar 3 – March 19 (20th)
  • Pokemon Ranger: Shadows of Almia (Japan) – March 20 (15th)
  • Kirby’s Adventure (Japan) – March 23 (30th)
  • Star Fox – March 23 (30th)
  • Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon – March 24 (10th)
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker – March 24 (North America) (20th)
  • Opoona – March 25 (15th)
  • BioShock Infinite – March 26 on PS3, PC and 360 (10th)
  • Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword – March 28 (15th)

April

The World Ends With You 2023 Game Anniversaries
Image via Square Enix

April is home to the cult classic The World Ends With You on the DS and the super popular Mario Kart Wii. There are a lot of notable 2023 game anniversaries this month.

  • Baroque – April 8 (15th)
  • Mario Kart Wii – April 10 (15th)
  • Golden Sun: The Lost Age – April 14 (20th)
  • Ikaruga – April 15 (20th)
  • Okami on Wii – April 15 (15th)
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us – April 16 (10th)
  • Pandora’s Tower – April 16 (10th)
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers – April 16 (10th)
  • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness – April 20 (15th)
  • Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins – April 21 (10th)
  • Persona 3 FES on PS2 – April 22 (15th)
  • The World Ends With You – April 22 (15th)
  • Bomberman Hero – April 30 (25th)

May

Wii Fit 2023 Game Anniversaries
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This is the most measly month of them all, in terms of 2023 game anniversaries. The highlight is Wii Fit, which got casual and core gamers off their seat and exercise.

  • Kung Fu Rabbit – May 2 (10th)
  • Crosswords DS – May 5 (15th)
  • Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow – May 6 (20th)
  • Boom Blox – May 6 (15th)
  • Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move – May 9 (10th)
  • LostWinds – May 12 (15th)
  • Wii Fit – May 21 (15th)
  • Dr. Mario Online RX – May 26 (15th)

June

Banjo Kazooie 2023 Game Anniversaries
Image via Microsoft

Guh huh! Banjo-Kazooie made history 25 years ago with its release on the Nintendo 64. This is likely one of the most celebrated 2023 game anniversaries. We also celebrate Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Sonic Adventure DX: Director’s Cut.

  • Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures – June 3 (15th)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Japan) – June 6 (30th)
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf – June 9 (10th)
  • My Pokemon Ranch – June 9 (15th)
  • Mutant Mudds Deluxe – June 13 (10th)
  • Sonic Adventure DX: Director’s Cut – June 18 (20th)
  • Mario Super Sluggers – June 19 (15th)
  • New Super Luigi U – June 20 (10th)
  • Guitar Hero: On Tour – June 22 (15th)
  • Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising – June 23 (20th)
  • Game & Wario – June 23 (10th)
  • Mega Man: Battle Network 3 – June 24 (20th)
  • Mega Man Star Force 2 – June 24 (15th)
  • Wario World – June 24 (20th)
  • Project X Zone – June 25 (10th)
  • Disgaea DS: Prince of the Demon World and the Red Moon – June 26 (15th)
  • Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World – June 26 (15th)
  • Banjo-Kazooie – June 29 (25th)
  • Guitar Hero: Aerosmith – June 29 (15th)

July

Persona 4
Image via Atlus

July is a quieter month than most others in the 2023 game anniversaries list, but we saw the release of Persona 4 on the PS2 (the Golden version is/will be on Switch) and Super Mario All-Stars on the SNES.

  • Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2 – July 1 (15th)
  • Persona 4 on PS2 – July 10 (15th)
  • F-Zero X – July 14 (25th)
  • Super Mario All-Stars – July 14 (30th)
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV – July 16 (10th)
  • Attack of the Friday Monsters! – July 18 (10th)
  • Wario Land: Shake It! – July 24 (15th)
  • Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour – July 28 (20th)
  • Rhythm Heaven – July 31 (15th)

August

Disney Infinity
Image via Disney

There are some notable releases in August for the 2023 game anniversaries list. This includes the nostalgic Pokemon Stadium, Pikmin 3, and the last official F-Zero game to be published by Nintendo. The Japanese company seriously needs to return to that franchise soon…

  • Pokemon Stadium – August 1 (25th)
  • Pikmin 3 – August 4 (10th)
  • Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon – August 7 (15th)
  • Tales of Vesperia (originally released on Xbox 360) – August 7 (15th)
  • SteamWorld Dig – August 8 (10th)
  • Mario & Luigi: Dream Team – August 11 (10th)
  • DuckTales: Remastered – August 13 (10th)
  • Disney Infinity – August 18 (10th)
  • Saints Row IV (originally released on PS3, PC, and 360) – August 20 (10th)
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist – August 20 (10th)
  • F-Zero GX – August 25 (20th)
  • Digimon World Championship – August 26 (15th)
  • Soul Calibur II – August 27 (20th)
  • Captain Rainbow (Japan only) – August 28 (15th)

September

Rayman Legends 2023 Game Anniversaries
Image via Ubisoft

The fall season starts to buzz in the 2023 game anniversaries list, and the video games begin to arrive in September. This includes Pokemon Yellow, The Wonderful 101, and the underrated Rayman Legends in our 2023 game anniversaries list.

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  • Rayman Legends – September 3 (10th)
  • Blue Dragon Plus – September 4 (15th)
  • Spore – September 5 (15th)
  • Final Fantasy Tactics Advance – September 8 (20th)
  • Lock’s Quest – September 8 (15th)
  • Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty’s Revenge – September 10 (20th)
  • Pokemon Yellow – September 12 (25th)
  • Pokemon Platinum (Japan) – September 13 (15th)
  • The Wonderful 101 – September 15 (10th)
  • The Simpsons: Hit & Run – September 16 (20th)
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed – September 16 (15th)
  • Dragon Ball: Origins – September 18 (15th)
  • De Blob – September 19 (15th)
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (10th)
  • Kirby Super Star Ultra – September 22 (15th)
  • Lego Batman: The Video Game – September 23 (15th)
  • Sonic CD (originally on Sega CD) – September 23 (30th)
  • Time Hollow – September 23 (15th)
  • Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure – September 24 (10th)
  • Disaster: Day of Crisis – September 25 (15th)
  • Dance Dance Revolution (originally on Arcade) – September 26 (25th)
  • Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood – September 30 (15th)

October

Batman Arkham Origins
Image via WB Games

October is a mighty month in our 2023 game anniversaries list. Pokemon X & Y made their debut, Wii Music had players pretending to play instruments, and we took down thugs as the Caped Crusader in Batman: Arkham Origins.

  • Freedom Fighters – October 1 (20th)
  • Rune Factory 4 – October 1 (10th)
  • Crash: Mind Over Mutant – October 7 (15th)
  • Spectrobes: Beyond the Portals – October 7 (15th)
  • Viewtiful Joe – October 7 (20th)
  • The Legend of Kage 2 – October 8 (15th)
  • Pokemon X and Y – October 12 (10th)
  • Kirby Air Ride – October 13 (20th)
  • Skylanders: Swap Force – October 13 (10th)
  • World of Goo – October 13 (15th)
  • Mega Man Zero 2 – October 14 (20th)
  • Tak and the Power of Juju – October 15 (20th)
  • Wii Music – October 16 (15th)
  • Mighty Switch Force! 2 – October 17 (10th)
  • Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia – October 21 (15th)
  • SSX 3 – October 21 (20th)
  • Spider-Man: Web of Shadows – October 21 (15th)
  • The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon – October 21 (15th)
  • Turok 2: Seeds of Evil – October 21 (25th)
  • Hometown Story – October 22 (10th)
  • Lego Marvel Super Heroes – October 22 (10th)
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies – October 24 (10th)
  • Batman: Arkham Origins and Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – October 25 (10th)
  • Wii Party U – October 25 (10th)
  • Guitar Hero World Tour – October 26 (15th)
  • Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 – October 26 (20th)
  • MySims Kingdom – October 27 (15th)
  • Spyro: Attack of the Rhynocs – October 27 (20th)
  • Tony Hawk’s Underground – October 27 (20th)
  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – October 29 (10th)
  • Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventure – October 29 (10th)
  • Sonic Lost World – October 29 (10th)
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – October 29 (20th)
  • Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume – October 30 (15th)
  • Glover – October 31 (25th)

November

Mario Kart Double Dash
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November is when the party truly begins. On this 2023 game anniversaries list, we see Beyond Good & Evil fly into store shelves, Mario Kart: Double Dash drift onto our GameCubes, and Super Mario 3D World take the main series into co-op territory.

  • Call of Duty: Ghosts – November 1 (10th)
  • Wii Fit U – November 1 (10th)
  • Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade – November 3 (20th)
  • True Crime: Streets of LA – November 3 (20th)
  • Pokemon Ranger: Shadows of Almia (North America) – November 10 (15th)
  • Mario Party 5 – November 10 (20th)
  • Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy – November 10 (20th)
  • Beyond Good & Evil – November 11 (20th) for PS2 and December 11 for GameCube
  • Call of Duty: World At War – November 11 (15th)
  • Medal of Honor: Rising Sun – November 11 (20th)
  • Crash Nitro Kart – November 15 (20th)
  • Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games – November 15 (10th)
  • Warframe (originally on PS4) – November 15 (10th)
  • Animal Crossing: City Folk – November 16 (15th)
  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga – November 17 (20th)
  • Mario Kart: Double Dash – November 17 (20th)
  • Castlevania Judgment – November 18 (15th)
  • Final Fantasy X-2 (originally on PS2) – November 18 (20th)
  • Need for Speed: Undercover – November 18 (15th)
  • Rayman Raving Rabbids: TV Party – November 18 (15th)
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time – November 18 (20th)
  • Sonic Unleashed – November 18 (15th)
  • Tomb Raider: Underworld – November 18 (15th)
  • XIII – November 18 (20th)
  • Mario Party: Island Tour – November 22 (10th)
  • Super Mario 3D World – November 22 (10th)
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds – November 22 (10th)
  • Rune Factory Frontier – November 27 (15th)

December

Dr. Luigi Wii U
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Finally, December is when we celebrate the 2023 game anniversaries of Gotcha Force, Sonic Heroes, and the iconic FPS Doom.

  • Gotcha Force – December 3 (20th)
  • Star Wars: Rogue Squadron – December 7 (25th)
  • Doom (originally on PC) – December 10 (30th)
  • Elebits: The Adventures of Kai and Zero – December 11 (15th)
  • Hey You, Pikachu! – December 12 (25th)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX – December 12 (25th)
  • Medabots Infinity – December 14 (20th)
  • Mega Man X – December 17 (30th)
  • Mario Party – December 18 (25th)
  • Pokemon Trading Card Game on Game Boy Color – December 18 (25th)
  • Sonic Heroes – December 30 (Japan) (20th)
  • Dr. Luigi – December 31 (10th)

Thank you for stopping by Nintendo Link! What do you think of this list of game anniversaries in 2023? Do you think we may see some remakes? Re-releases? Sequels? Let us know in the comments!

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