It may not seem all that special now, but…no, scratch that. A video game where you can harness the sun to play it is awesome no matter what decade you’re in and Boktai: The Sun is in Your Hands did just that ten years ago today. Produced by Hideo Kojima, Boktai was released July 16 2003 in Japan for the Game Boy Advance and had players take the role of a vampire hunter named Django (the ‘D’ is silent) as he fired sun bolts at enemies. The cartridges came with a photometric light sensor that measured the amount of sunlight exposed to it and charged the weapon accordingly.
Boktai was followed by two GBA sequels, Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django and Shin Bokura no Taiyō: Gyakushū no Sabata (released only in Japan), before debuting on the DS as Lunar Knights in 2007. Unfortunately, the series has been dormant since then and it seems unlikely we’ll get another entry in the series anytime soon.
So happy birthday, Boktai! You did something that few games have ever attempted — made us go outside.