Hanabi Festival

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The Hanabi Festival is a festival where Nintendo released games for the Wii Virtual Console in Europe that have not been released in Europe before. The Hanabi Festival is named after the Japanese holiday season that is famous for its firework displays. The Hanabi Festival would take place over the course of a month, and often had a certain theme for each week. On the Wii Shop Channel, any title released as a part of the Hanabi Festival had a sun-like icon displayed next to it.

The first Hanabi Festival took place in September 2007. The first week was Mario week, the second was Ninja Week and the third was Sci-Fi Week.[1]

In May 2008, the Hanabi Festival returned to Europe, with the main focus being on Turbografx and Sega Mega Drive games.

The third Hanabi Festival took place on August 22, 2008. Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, a game that was made available for a limited time during the first festival, became available for download again.

The fourth Hanabi Festival took place during July 2009.[2]

The fifth and final Hanabi Festival occurred during March 2010, and the last release was Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber.[3]

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  1. ^ Fletcher, JC (September 15, 2007). "Wii Warm Up: Hanabi Festival". Yahoo! News (archive.is backup). Retrieved July 8, 2022.
  2. ^ van Duyn, Marcel (July 2, 2009). "Nintendo Download: Hanabi Festival 4, Gradius Rebirth, Bit Boy!!, Brain Challenge and Mario Apps (EU)". Nintendo Life. Retrieved July 8, 2022.
  3. ^ van Duyn, Marcel (March 25, 2010). "Nintendo Download: 26th March 2010 (Europe)". Nintendo Life. Retrieved July 8, 2022.

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