1995 in video gaming

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  • May 11 – Introduction of trade magazine GameWeek (then called Video Game Advisor)
  • May 11–16 — The 1st annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is held in Los Angeles, California
  • November 5 — GameFAQs debuts on the web, as an archive of video game FAQs
  • November 24 — Nintendo unveils a playable version of the Nintendo Ultra 64, now renamed the Nintendo 64, at the 7th Annual Nintendo Space World Software Exhibition in Japan.

Notable releases[edit]

Video game platforms
Ami Commodore Amiga
GB Game Boy
Neo Neo Geo
PS1 PlayStation
Sat Sega Saturn
SMD Sega Mega Drive / Genesis
SNES Super NES / Super Famicom
Win Microsoft Windows
Notable releases of the year 1995
Release Title System Developer/Publisher Notes
February 15 Star Wars: Dark Forces MS-DOS LucasArts is the first in a successful series of Star Wars-based first-person shooters.
February 16 Ristar Genesis Sonic Team/Sega a platform game.
March 11 Chrono Trigger SNES Square was their largest game for the system at 32 megabits, included multiple ways to finish the game.
March 17 Descent MS-DOS Parallax Software popularized the use of portal rendering technology and provided six full degrees of freedom.
April 15 Mortal Kombat 3 Arcade
April 27 Jumping Flash! PlayStation Exact/SCEA The first PlayStation game to be released in America.
April 30 Full Throttle LucasArts adventure game.
June 5 EarthBound SNES Ape, Inc./Nintendo is localized for US audiences, garnering a cult following in the US.
June 7 Flight Unlimited MS-DOS, Win95 Looking Glass Studios possibly the first home flight simulator to use fluid dynamic physics.
June 29 Aquanaut's Holiday PlayStation Artdink, SCEA A launch title for the PlayStation.
July The Legend of Sword and Fairy Softstar
July 31 Phantasmagoria Sierra Online a controversial game that strays from Sierra's typically family-oriented adventures.
August 5 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island One of the last popular platformers for the SNES.
August 31 Command & Conquer Westwood Studios one of the first popular real-time strategy games and spawns a franchise.
August 31 Heroes of Might and Magic: A Strategic Quest New World Computing the first game in the popular turn-based strategy game franchise
August 31 Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom Origin ambitious computer game of the time, with a $12 million USD budget for its interactive-movie/space simulation content.
August Comix Zone Sega Genesis Sega A Beat 'em up game heavy inspired by comic books.
August Tekken 2 Arcade, PS1 Namco sold over 3,000,000 copies worldwide.
September 1 Rayman PlayStation, Saturn Ubisoft The first game in the popular series.
October 20 Terranigma SNES Quintet One of the last Action RPG on SNES.
October 31 Destruction Derby
October 31 I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream Cyberdreams an adaptation of writer Harlan Ellison's short story that won Computer Gaming World's award for "Best Graphic Adventure Game" of the year.
October Time Crisis Arcade Namco
November 5 Twisted Metal PlayStation SingleTrac/Sony Computer Entertainment Longest running PlayStation franchise, popular vehicular combat series.
November 21 Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest SNES Rareware/Nintendo the sequel to the hugely popular Donkey Kong Country
November 24 Marathon 2: Durandal Bungie
November 30 The Dig LucasArts adventure game.
December Worms Amiga Team 17 it is an artillery video game and the first game in the Worms series
December Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium Genesis Sega localizes the 1993 Japanese game US, December 8 EU; marking the end of the original series.
December 9 Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness Blizzard sequel to their initial real-time strategy title, and a far more refined and popular title.
December 15 Tales of Phantasia Namco the first in the Tales series.
December 15 Suikoden Konami debut of the Suikoden series
December 15 Brain Dead 13 MS-DOS ReadySoft An "FMV adventure" game from the creators of Dragon's Lair.
December 31 The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery Sierra On-Line Adventure game; sequel to Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers.




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