1993 in video gaming
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- March – In Sweden, the Swedish video game magazine Super PLAY (SP) starts. The original name is Super Power.
- Midway Games embroiled in controversy for its game Mortal Kombat from 1992 when the game is launched for video game consoles in 1993.
- Nintendo and Silicon Graphics collaborate and begin work on "Project Reality". The project is officially announced to the public in October of this year.
- The first use of motion control photography in video games, used by Stormfront Studios in Eagle Eye Mysteries, produced by Scott Orr and published by Electronic Arts.
- February 21, Nintendo releases Star Fox for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. the first game to use the Super FX chip. Star Fox introduced the characters Fox McCloud, Falco Lombardi, Peppy Hare and Slippy Toad.
- February – LucasArts releases X-Wing for the PC.
- Bullfrog releases Syndicate.
- 26 March – Nintendo releases Kirby's Adventure, the second Kirby game and the only one for the NES. This game introduced Meta Knight to the Kirby series.
- June – Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle is released by Lucasarts as a sequel to Maniac Mansion and is notable for being one of the acclaimed early titles by designer Tim Schafer.
- 6 June – Nintendo releases The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Game Boy), which becomes the best-selling handheld game in the series.
- 25 June - Mortal Kombat II is released to arcades.
- 7 July - SNK released Samurai Shodown for arcades.
- 14 July – Nintendo releases the game Super Mario All-Stars for the Super NES. It features the first 3 Super Mario Bros. games together on one. Also, it's the first time the Japanese version of Super Mario Bros. 2 is playable in North America and Europe.
- 6 August – Square releases Secret of Mana for the SNES, the second in a series of action role-playing games (the first technically being Final Fantasy Adventure for the Game Boy in 1991).
- 20 August – Activision releases Return to Zork.
- October 7 - Namco releases Ridge Racer for the arcades, starting the popular Ridge Racer series.
- 6 September – MicroProse releases Master of Orion.
- 23 September – Sega releases Sonic CD, which features the first appearance of Amy Rose and Metal Sonic.
- 24 September – Broderbund releases the Myst computer game, which goes on to become one of the bestselling computer games of all time .
- November - Lucasarts releases Sam and Max Hit The Road, heralded as one of the funniest point-and-click adventure games of all time .
- December – Sega releases Virtua Fighter for arcades, laying the foundations for 3D fighting games and popularizing 3D polygon graphics among a wider audience.
- 10 December – id Software releases Doom, a seminal first-person shooter that advances pseudo-3D graphics technology for computer games.
- 17 December – Sierra On-Line releases Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers. It is the first game in the Gabriel Knight series and features the voices of Tim Curry, Mark Hamill, Michael Dorn, and Leah Remini.
- Sega releases Daytona USA for the arcades, popularizing 3D texture filtering and becoming one of the most popular arcade racers.
- Maxis releases SimCity 2000, sequel to the tremendously popular SimCity.
- Virgin Games publishes The 7th Guest, which becomes a best seller.
- Sega releases the Model 2, an arcade system board that introduces 3D texture filtering. It becomes their most popular arcade system board.
- Fujitsu releases the FM Towns Marty in Japan, as the first 32-bit home console, starting the fifth console generation.
- Panasonic, GoldStar and Sanyo release the first versions of the 3DO, an early 32-bit home console
- Atari Corp. releases the Jaguar home console, calling it the first 64-bit video game system
- Commodore Business Machines releases the Amiga CD32 multimedia home console
- Nintendo releases a smaller redesigned NES, which allows cartridges to now be inserted at the top of the console, instead of the front.
- Pioneer releases the LaserActive multimedia home console
- Sega's Mega-CD released in Europe and Australia.
- Tandy releases the Video Information System (VIS) multimedia home console
- Magnavox is acquired by the Carlyle Group
- MicroProse Inc. is acquired by Spectrum HoloByte
- New companies: nVidia Corporation, Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., Croteam Ltd.