1990 in video games

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List of years in video games

1990 has seen many sequels and prequels in video games and several new titles such as Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Dr. Mario, and Super Mario World.

Events[edit]

Business[edit]

Notable releases[edit]

Hardware[edit]

  • Camerica releases Codemasters' Game Genie adapter in Canada and the UK (In the US, it was released by Galoob).
  • NEC releases the TurboExpress handheld console.
  • Nintendo releases the Super Famicom 16-bit console in Japan.
  • SNK releases the Neo Geo Advanced Entertainment System (AES) home console.
  • October 6 – Sega's Game Gear color handheld is released in Japan. It is launched in North America in 1991 and Europe and Australia in 1992.
  • November 30 – Sega's Mega Drive released in Europe.
  • Amstrad halts production of the ZX Spectrum, ending that platform's 8-year dominance of the UK home computer market.
  • Amstrad introduces its only console, the Amstrad GX4000, which fails to garner interest and is discontinued the following year.

Critically acclaimed titles[edit]

Notable video game releases in 1990 that have accumulated overall critical acclaim from at least three contemporary English-language sources include:

Title Publisher Platform Genre(s) Source(s)
Railroad Tycoon MicroProse DOS Business simulation [2][3][4][5][6][7]
SimCity Maxis Atari ST City-building [8][9][10][11]
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse Sega Sega Genesis Platform [12][13][14][15][16]
The Secret of Monkey Island Lucasfilm Games DOS Graphic adventure [17][18][19][20][21][22]
John Madden Football Electronic Arts Sega Genesis Sports [23][24][25][26][27][28]
Strider Sega Sega Genesis Platform [29][30][31][32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christophe de Dinechin (November 9, 2007). "Grenouille Bouillie: The dawn of 3D games". Grenouille-bouillie.blogspot.com. Retrieved December 8, 2011.
  2. ^ Lesser, Hartley; Lesser, Patricia; Lesser, Kirk (October 1991). "The Role of Computers". Dragon (174): 57–64.
  3. ^ Brooks, M. Evan (October 1990). "Computer Strategy and Wargames: Pre-20th Century". Computer Gaming World. p. 11. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
  4. ^ Mark Caswell (June 1990). "Reviews: Railroad Tycoon". The Games Machine. pp. 46–47.
  5. ^ Julian Rignall (August 1990). "Review: Railroad Tycoon". Advanced Computer Entertainment. p. 50.
  6. ^ Kati Hamza (June 1990). "Review:Railroad Tycoon". The One. pp. 37–38.
  7. ^ Gordon Houghton (July 1990). "Review: Railroad Tycoon". Computer and Video Games. pp. 38–39.
  8. ^ "Sim City". Atari ST User. September 1990. p. 54.
  9. ^ Mark Higham (July 1990). "Sim City". ST Format. pp. 34–36.
  10. ^ Tony Dillon (August 1990). "Updates: Sim City". Advanced Computer Entertainment. p. 64.
  11. ^ "Reviews: Shorts". The Games Machine. August 1990. p. 52.
  12. ^ Richard Leadbetter (February 1991). "Review: Mickey Mouse". Computer and Video Games. pp. 84–85.
  13. ^ Julian Rignall and Matt Regan (February 1991). "Mega Drive Review: Castle of Illusion" (PDF). Mean Machines. pp. 16–19.
  14. ^ Les Ellis (March 1991). "Stop Press Review: Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse". Raze. pp. 6–7.
  15. ^ "Review Crew: Mickey Mouse" (PDF). Electronic Gaming Monthly. December 1990. p. 20.
  16. ^ The Bohemian (February 1991). "Genesis ProView: Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse" (PDF). GamePro. pp. 66–67.
  17. ^ Lesser, Hartley; Lesser, Patricia; Lesser, Kirk (April 1991). "The Role of Computers". Dragon (168): 49–50.
  18. ^ Glancey, Paul (December 1990). "The Secret of Monkey Island". Computer and Video Games (109): 112–114.
  19. ^ "Review: The Secret of Monkey Island". Raze. January 1991. p. 92.
  20. ^ Cooke, Steve (July 1991). "The Secret of Monkey Island". Advanced Computer Entertainment (46): 76–77.
  21. ^ "The Secret of Monkey Island". The One (26): 129. November 1990.
  22. ^ MacDonald, Duncan (November 1990). "The Secret of Monkey Island". Zero (13): 58.
  23. ^ Matt Regan (January 1991). "Review: John Madden's American Football". Computer and Video Games. pp. 70–72.
  24. ^ Matt Regan and Julian Rignall (December 1990). "Mega Drive Review: John Madden Football" (PDF). Mean Machines. pp. 16–19.
  25. ^ Les Ellis (February 1991). "Reviews: John Madden American Football". Raze. p. 70.
  26. ^ Rik Haynes (February 1991). "Review:John Madden American Football". Advanced Computer Entertainment. p. 67.
  27. ^ "Review Crew: John Madden Football" (PDF). Electronic Gaming Monthly. December 1990. p. 21.
  28. ^ Fantastic Fan (January 1991). "Special Football Feature: John Madden Football" (PDF). GamePro. pp. 56–60.
  29. ^ "Archive - Magazine viewer". World of Spectrum. Retrieved February 28, 2013.
  30. ^ "Out-of-Print Archive Mega Drive/Genesis reviews Strider". Outofprintarchive.com. Retrieved February 28, 2013.
  31. ^ Electronic Gaming Monthly, Strider Review, issue 16, November 1990, page 20
  32. ^ "File:VideoGameGreatestHits US 1991-07.pdf". Sega Retro. July 1991. Retrieved March 11, 2016.