List of video game console launch games

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This is an incomplete list of launch games for various video game consoles. Although most launch titles were released synchronously with the system they were released for, some games were released prior to the actual system release: for example, Dragon Quest Monsters was released on the Game Boy Color on September 25, 1998; however, the Game Boy Color itself was not released until October 1998, and although the Wii officially launched on November 19, 2006, games were released as early as November 13, 2006.

Home game consoles[edit]

Second generation[edit]

Atari 2600[edit]

U.S. launch: September 11, 1977

Bally Astrocade[edit]

U.S. launch: 1977

Intellivision[edit]

U.S. launch: 1980

ColecoVision[edit]

U.S. launch: August 1982

Atari 5200[edit]

U.S. launch: November 1982

Third generation[edit]

Famicom/Nintendo Entertainment System[edit]

Japanese launch: July 15, 1983

U.S. launch: October 18, 1985

European launch: September 1, 1986

Famicom Disk System[edit]

Japanese launch: February 21, 1986

Sega Mark III/Sega Master System[edit]

[1] Japanese launch: October 20, 1985

U.S. launch: June 1986

U.K. launch: late 1986

Atari 7800[edit]

Second[2] U.S. launch: January 1986[3]

Fourth generation[edit]

NEC PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16/TurboGrafx[edit]

Japanese launch: October 30, 1987

U.S. launch: August 19, 1989

NEC PC-Engine Super CD-ROM² / TurboGrafx-CD[edit]

Japanese launch: December 4, 1988

U.S. launch: August 1, 1990

Sega Mega Drive/Genesis[edit]

Japanese launch: October 29, 1988

U.S. launch: August 14, 1989

European launch: November 30, 1990

Sega Mega-CD[edit]

Japanese launch: December 12, 1991

U.S. launch: October 15, 1992

European launch: April 19, 1993

Sega 32X[edit]

European launch: November 14, 1994

U.S. launch: November 21, 1994

Japanese launch: December 3, 1994

Super Famicom/SNES[edit]

Japanese launch: November 21, 1990

U.S. launch: August 23, 1991

European launch: April 11, 1992

Philips CD-i[edit]

International release: December 3, 1991

Fifth generation[edit]

3DO Interactive Multiplayer[edit]

U.S. launch: October 4, 1993[4][5]

Sega Saturn[edit]

Japanese launch: November 22, 1994

U.S. launch: May 11, 1995

European launch: July 8, 1995

Sony PlayStation[edit]

Japanese launch: December 3, 1994

U.S. launch: September 9, 1995 [6]

European launch: September 29, 1995

Nintendo 64[edit]

Japanese launch: June 23, 1996

U.S. launch: September 29, 1996

European launch: March 1, 1997

Nintendo 64DD[edit]

Japanese launch: December 11, 1999

Atari Jaguar[edit]

U.S. launch: November 15, 1993

European launch: 1994

Japanese launch: November 21, 1994

Atari Jaguar CD[edit]

U.S. launch: September 21, 1995

Sixth generation[edit]

Sega Dreamcast[edit]

[7] [8] Japanese launch: November 27, 1998

U.S. launch: September 9, 1999

European launch: October 14, 1999

Sony PlayStation 2[edit]

Japanese launch: March 4, 2000

U.S. launch: October 26, 2000

European launch: November 24, 2000

Nintendo GameCube[edit]

Japanese launch: September 14, 2001

U.S. launch: November 18, 2001

European launch: May 3, 2002

Microsoft Xbox[edit]

U.S. launch: November 15, 2001

Japanese launch: February 22, 2002

European launch: March 14, 2002

Seventh generation[edit]

Xbox 360[edit]

U.S. launch: November 22, 2005

European launch: December 2, 2005

Japanese & Asian launch: December 10, 2005

Xbox Live Arcade[edit]

PlayStation 3[edit]

Asian launch: November 11, 2006

U.S. launch: November 17, 2006

European and Australian launch: March 23, 2007

PlayStation Network[edit]

U.S. launch: November 17, 2006

European and Australian launch: March 23, 2007

Wii[edit]

U.S. launch: November 19, 2006

Japanese launch: December 2, 2006

European launch: December 8, 2006

Wii Virtual Console[edit]

U.S. launch: November 19, 2006

European launch: December 8, 2006

Japanese launch: December 2, 2006

Eighth generation[edit]

Wii U[edit]

U.S. launch: November 18, 2012

European launch: November 30, 2012

Japanese launch: December 8, 2012

PlayStation 4[edit]

U.S. launch: November 15, 2013 [1]

European launch: November 29, 2013 [2]

Japanese launch: February 22, 2014 [3]

Xbox One[edit]

U.S. launch: November 22, 2013 [4]

European launch: November 22, 2013 [5]

Japanese launch: September 4, 2014 [6]

Handheld game consoles[edit]

Fourth generation[edit]

Atari Lynx[edit]

U.S. launch: October 1989

Game Boy[edit]

Japanese launch: April 21, 1989

U.S. launch: July 31, 1989

European launch: September 28, 1990

Sega Game Gear[edit]

Japanese launch: October 6, 1990

European launch: April 26, 1991

U.S. launch: April 26, 1991

Fifth generation[edit]

Virtual Boy[edit]

Japanese launch: July 21, 1995

U.S. launch: August 14, 1995

Game Boy Color[edit]

Japanese launch: October 21, 1998

U.S. launch: November 18, 1998

European launch: November 23, 1998

Neo Geo Pocket Color[edit]

Japanese launch: March 16, 1999

U.S. launch: August 6, 1999

European launch: October 1, 1999

Sixth generation[edit]

Game Boy Advance[edit]

Japanese launch: March 21, 2001

U.S. launch: June 11, 2001

European launch: June 22, 2001

N-Gage[edit]

European launch: October 7, 2003

U.S. launch: October 7, 2003

Seventh generation[edit]

Nintendo DS[edit]

U.S. launch: November 21, 2004

Japanese launch: December 2, 2004

European launch: March 11, 2005

PlayStation Portable[edit]

Japanese launch: December 12, 2004

U.S./Canada launch: March 24, 2005

European launch: September 1, 2005

Eighth generation[edit]

Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Japanese launch: February 26, 2011.[11]

European launch: March 25, 2011

U.S. launch: March 27, 2011

3DS Virtual Console[edit]

U.S. launch: June 6, 2011

PlayStation Vita[edit]

Japanese launch: December 17, 2011

European launch: February 22, 2012

U.S. launch: February 22, 2012

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Computer and Video Games magazine, December 1986
  2. ^ The console was test marketed in 1984
  3. ^ Kato, Matthew (30 October 2013). "Which Game Console Had The Best Launch Lineup?". http://www.gameinformer.com. Gameinformer. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Matthews, Will (December 2013). "Ahead of its Time: A 3DO Retrospective". Retro Gamer (122) (Imagine Publishing). pp. 18–29. 
  5. ^ "The Best -- and Worst -- Console Launches". Yahoo! Games. November 8, 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  6. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20050207085514/http://www.vidgames.com/ps/misc/oldnews.html
  7. ^ http://sega.jp/cgi-bin/csALL.cgi?rpp=20&sr=640&tt=&sy=&gr=&hw=10&fw=&sort=2
  8. ^ http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/ドリームキャストのゲームタイトル一覧
  9. ^ "Aerowings: Release Data". GameFaqs. Retrieved April 30, 2012. 
  10. ^ "AirForce Delta: Release Data". Giant Bomb. Retrieved April 30, 2012. 
  11. ^ Tom Bramwell (October 1, 2011). "Nintendo 3DS Japanese launch line-up 3DS News - Page 1". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2011-01-10. 

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