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 Shigeru Miyamoto's game Star Fox for the Super Famicom/Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It was the first game to use the Super FX chip.
- Namco releases Ridge Racer.
- February – LucasArts releases X-Wing for the PC.
- Bullfrog releases Syndicate.
- Mortal Kombat II is released to arcades.
- 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.
- 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.