1997 in video gaming

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Events[edit]

  • October 4 — Gunpei Yokoi (1941–1997) dies after a double car accident.
  • November – Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association (IEMA) launched.
  • 3rd annual E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo)
  • TSR, Inc., the owner of the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop role-playing game, was acquired by Wizards of the Coast.
  • 3D Realms begins production of the infamous Duke Nukem Forever, winner of numerous vaporware awards.
  • A scene from the Pokémon anime show (based upon the highly successful games) from December 16, 1997 causes 685 Japanese children to have seizures, causing Nintendo to make a statement proclaiming the safety of the Pokémon games from fear that the games would cause a similar effect, the episode to be permanently removed from circulation, and the featured Pokémon in the episode (Porygon) hasn't made an appearance the Pokémon anime since.

Notable releases[edit]

Video game platforms
Mac Mac OS / OS X
N64 Nintendo 64
PS1 PlayStation
Sat Sega Saturn
Win Microsoft Windows
SNES Super NES / Super Famicom
Notable releases of the year 1997
Release Title Windows 5th Gen 6th Gen Handheld Arcade
January 31 Final Fantasy VII 1998 PS1 N/A N/A
February 10 Mario Kart 64 N/A N64 N/A N/A
February 28 Turok: Dinosaur Hunter November 30 N64 N/A N/A
February 28 Blast Corps N/A N64 N/A N/A
March 20 Castlevania: Symphony of the Night N/A PS1, SAT (June 25) N/A N/A
March 20 Tekken 3 N/A PS1 (1998) N/A N/A Arcade
March 26 Vandal Hearts N/A PS1 N/A N/A
March 30 The Last Express Yes N/A N/A N/A
April 27 Dungeon Keeper Yes N/A N/A N/A
April 30 Star Wars: X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter Yes N/A N/A N/A
May 31 MDK Yes PS1 (1998) N/A N/A
June 20 Final Fantasy Tactics (Japan) N/A PS1 N/A N/A
July 1 Star Fox 64 N/A N64 N/A N/A
July 30 Carmageddon Yes PS1 (1999); N64 (2000) N/A N/A
August 25 GoldenEye 007 N/A N64 N/A N/A
August 31 Hexen II Yes N/A N/A N/A
September 19 Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee Yes PS1 N/A N/A
September 24 Ultima Online Yes N/A N/A N/A
September 29 Croc: Legend of the Gobbos N/A PS1 N/A N/A
September 30 Fallout Yes N/A N/A N/A
September 30 Total Annihilation Yes N/A N/A N/A
September 30 Poy Poy N/A PS1 N/A N/A
October Grand Theft Auto Yes N/A N/A N/A
October 9 Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II Yes N/A N/A N/A
October 15 Age of Empires Yes N/A N/A N/A
October 15 Mortal Kombat 4 1998 N64, PS1 (1998) DC (1999) N/A Arcade
October 28 Shipwreckers Yes PS1 N/A N/A N/A
October 29 Riven Yes PS1 (November 30); SAT N/A N/A
October 31 Colony Wars N/A PS1 N/A N/A
October 31 The Curse of Monkey Island Yes N/A N/A N/A
October 31 Zork: Grand Inquisitor Yes N/A N/A N/A
October 31 PaRappa the Rapper N/A PS1 N/A N/A
November 1 Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back N/A PS1 N/A N/A
November 18 Tomb Raider II Yes PS1 N/A N/A
November 24 Diddy Kong Racing N/A N64 N/A N/A
November 25 Myth: The Fallen Lords Yes N/A N/A N/A
November 30 Wing Commander: Prophecy Yes N/A N/A N/A
November 30 One N/A PS1 N/A N/A
December 6 Quake II Yes PS1, N64 (1999) N/A N/A
December 18 Mega Man Legends (Japan) 2001 PS1; N64 (2000) N/A PSP (2005)
December 23 Gran Turismo N/A PS1 N/A N/A
December 31 Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero N/A N64 N/A N/A

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