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Notable releases of the year 1996
||Duke Nukem 3D
||3D Realms/GT Interactive
||a genre-redefining title for first person shooters
||Pokémon Red and Green
||launching a wildly popular game series
||acclaimed sequel to the highly influential 1991 turn-based strategy game
||11th game in the Zork series, employing 360-degree views of environment
||Super Mario RPG
||beginning a long-running series of Mario RPGs
||It is considered to have invented the term "survival horror"
||the first in the Metal Slug series that has proved extremely popular in the arcades.
||the final part of the original Doom series.
||advanced 3D graphics technology and started a franchise that has sold more than 4 million games
||Super Mario 64
||the first 3D Mario platformer, as the flagship for their new system.
||NiGHTS into Dreams...
||The advertising campaign features the rebirth of the Sega Saturn; August 21 (US)
||the first of seven games in the Star Ocean series.
||Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh
||a controversial sequel to the controversial original.
||The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
||a notable evolution of the sandbox RPG started with The Elder Scrolls: Arena
||Crash is used as the mascot for the PlayStation console.
||Die Hard Trilogy
||PC, PlayStation, Saturn
||Probe Entertainment/Fox Interactive
||3 original games in 1 disk, all of them based off the movies.
||Virtua Fighter 3
||A fighting game considered to have the most technically impressive graphics at the time.
||one of the first MMORPGs.
||a poster child of the PlayStation for pop culture infusions and sleek extreme action
||Command & Conquer: Red Alert
||the second major title in the Command & Conquer universe, and one of the most popular
||Master of Orion II
||the sequel to the revolutionary original.
||The Neverhood Inc./DreamWorks Interactive
||The game is done almost entirely in claymation and has gained a sequel.
||Considered one of the worst video games of all time.
||PC, PS1, Saturn
||It spawns a series of sequels as well as a series of movies.
||Donkey Kong Country 3
||the third installment to the popular Donkey Kong Country franchise
||PlayStation, PC, Saturn
||Mesa Logic/Atari Games
||Ported versions of the classic arcade shooter.
||the first chapter in the enormously popular series.
||The Sacred Mirror of Kofun
||the first game to include actual underwater footage, co-produced by Jean-Michel Cousteau
- 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