1996 in video gaming
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|List of years in video gaming (table)|
|... 1986 . 1987 . 1988 . 1989 . 1990 . 1991 . 1992 ...
1993 1994 1995 -1996- 1997 1998 1999
... 2000 . 2001 . 2002 . 2003 . 2004 . 2005 . 2006 ...
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|January 29||Duke Nukem 3D||PC||3D Realms/GT Interactive||a genre-redefining title for first person shooters|
|February 27||Pokémon Red and Green||GB (Jap)||Nintendo||launching a wildly popular game series|
|February 29||Civilization II||PC||MicroProse||acclaimed sequel to the highly influential 1991 turn-based strategy game|
|March 9||Super Mario RPG||SNES (Jap)||Nintendo||beginning a long-running series of Mario RPGs|
|March 22||Resident Evil||PS1||Capcom||It is considered to have invented the term "survival horror"|
|May 24||Metal Slug||Neo-Geo||SNK||the first in the Metal Slug series that has proved extremely popular in the arcades.|
|May 31||Final Doom||MS-DOS||id Software||the final part of the original Doom series.|
|June 22||Quake||MS-DOS||id Software||advanced 3D graphics technology and started a franchise that has sold more than 4 million games|
|June 23||Super Mario 64||N64 (Jap)||Nintendo||the first 3D Mario platformer, as the flagship for their new system.|
|July 5||NiGHTS into Dreams...||Saturn (Jap)||Sega||The advertising campaign features the rebirth of the Sega Saturn; August 21 (US)|
|July 19||Star Ocean||SNES (Jap)||tri-ace/Enix||the first of seven games in the Star Ocean series.|
|July 31||Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh||PC||Sierra On-Line||a controversial sequel to the controversial original.|
|August 31||The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall||PC||Bethesda Softworks||a notable evolution of the sandbox RPG started with The Elder Scrolls: Arena|
|August 31||Crash Bandicoot||PS1||Naughty Dog/Universal/Sony||Crash is used as the mascot for the PlayStation console.|
|September 27||Meridian 59||Windows||3DO||one of the first MMORPGs.|
|October 31||Command & Conquer: Red Alert||MS-DOS||Westwood Studios||the second major title in the Command & Conquer universe, and one of the most popular|
|October 31||Master of Orion II||MS-DOS||Simtex/MicroProse||the sequel to the revolutionary original.|
|November 15||Tomb Raider||PC, PS1, Saturn||Core Design/Eidos||It spawns a series of sequels as well as a series of movies.|
|November 22||Donkey Kong Country 3||SNES||Rare/Nintendo||the third installment to the popular Donkey Kong Country franchise|
|November 30||Diablo||PC||Blizzard Entertainment||the first chapter in the enormously popular series.|
|December 13||The Sacred Mirror of Kofun||PC||Enteractive/Future Concepts||the first game to include actual underwater footage, co-produced by Jean-Michel Cousteau|
- Bandai's Tamagotchi virtual pet handheld
- Nintendo's Nintendo 64 64-bit home console
- Nintendo's Game Boy Pocket (GBP) handheld console (30% smaller version of the previous Game Boy handheld console)
- Sega's Net Link modem for the Sega Saturn home console
- SNK's Neo Geo CDZ (Japan only)
- Namco's Alpine Racer arcade game, including a new type of user interface
- February — Blizzard Entertainment acquires a development group known as Condor, renaming it Blizzard North
- February 13 — Atari Corporation announces a plan to merge with JTS Corp.
- April — Eidos Interactive acquires CentreGold plc, which holds Core Design (creator of the Lara Croft character) and U.S. Gold
- May 1 — GameSpot and GameFAQs are launched
- June — Firaxis Games is formed By Jeff Briggs with Sid Meier and Brian Reynolds
- July — GT Interactive purchases Humongous Entertainment
- July 24 — CUC International, Inc purchases Sierra On-Line, Blizzard Entertainment and Davidson & Associates for about $3 billion in a stock swap.
- August 24 — Valve Corporation is founded.
- November 13 — Tom Clancy and Virtus Corp. found Red Storm Entertainment, headed by Doug Littlejohns
- Infogrames Entertainment SA acquires Ocean Software Ltd.
- Midway Games, Inc. (subsidiary of WMS Industries, formerly known as Williams Electronics) acquires Atari Games Corp. from Warner Communications Inc. (AOL Time Warner in 2000)
- Technos Japan Corporation, originator of the Nekketsu Kouha Kunio Kun series and Double Dragon series, goes out of business (assets acquired by Atlus Corporation)
- Black Isle Studios forms as a division by Interplay; doesn't use Black Isle name until 1998
- Game Park Inc. founded in South Korea
- The company formed by Microprose and Spectrum Holobyte in 1993 starts branding using only the Microprose name
- Overworks, Ltd. formed
- Zed Two Limited formed
- Nintendo of America, Inc. v. Computer & Entertainment, Inc.
- The 3DO Company purchases New World Computing