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1992 has seen many sequels and prequels in video games and several new titles such as Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, Art of Fighting, Super Mario Kart, and Mortal Kombat.

Financial performance[edit]

Highest-selling console and handheld titles according to Babbage's[edit]

Babbage's, an American video game retailer, released an Electronic Gaming Monthly-exclusive monthly list of the chain's highest-selling console and handheld titles.[1][2][3][4][5]

Highest-selling NES titles of 1992
Title Publisher Genre(s) # of charting months Peak position
Tecmo Super Bowl Tecmo Sports (American football) 5 #1
Super Mario Bros. 3 Nintendo Platform 5 #3
Tetris Nintendo Puzzle 5 #4
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project Konami Beat 'em up 5 #3
Super Mario Bros. 2 Nintendo Platform 4 #4
Yoshi Nintendo Puzzle 3 #1
Dragon Quest III Enix Role-playing 3 #3
Monopoly Parker Brothers Strategy 3 #4
Dragon Quest IV Enix Role-playing 2 #2
Tecmo NBA Basketball Tecmo Sports (basketball) 1 #2
Highest-selling SNES titles of 1992
Title Publisher Genre(s) # of charting months Peak position
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior Capcom Fighting 5 #1
Mario Paint Nintendo Art tool 4 #2
Super Mario Kart Nintendo Kart racing 3 #2
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Nintendo Action-adventure 3 #2
John Madden Football '93 Electronic Arts Sports (American football) 2 #1
Super Play Action Football Nintendo Sports (American football) 2 #3
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time Konami Beat 'em up 2 #1
NCAA Basketball Nintendo Sports (basketball) 1 #4
Contra III: The Alien Wars Konami Run and gun 2 #4
Soul Blazer Enix Action role-playing 2 #5
Highest-selling Sega Genesis titles of 1992
Title Publisher Genre(s) # of charting months Peak position
Evander Holyfield's Real Deal Boxing Sega Sports (boxing) 5 #1
Taz-Mania Sega Platform 5 #3
NFL Sports Talk Football '93 Sega Sports (American football) 3 #2
NHLPA Hockey '93 Electronic Arts Sports (ice hockey) 3 #1
Bulls vs Lakers and the NBA Playoffs Electronic Arts Sports (basketball) 3 #3
Dungeons & Dragons: Warriors of the Eternal Sun Sega Role-playing 3 #4
John Madden Football '92 Electronic Arts Sports (American football) 3 #6
John Madden Football '93 Electronic Arts Sports (American football) 2 #1
Sports Talk Baseball Sega Sports (baseball) 2 #2
PGA Tour Golf Electronic Arts Sports (golf) 2 #5
Highest-selling TurboDuo titles of 1992
Title Publisher Genre(s) # of charting months Peak position
Dungeons & Dragons: Order of the Griffon Turbo Technologies Tactical role-playing 3 #2
Cosmic Fantasy 2 Nippon Telenet Role-playing 3 #1
Vigilante Irem Beat 'em up 3 #4
Falcon Turbo Technologies Combat flight simulator 3 #4
Air Zonk Hudson Soft Shoot 'em up 2 #1
Exile Telenet Japan Action role-playing 2 #2
Hit the Ice Taito Sports (ice hockey) 1 #2
New Adventure Island Hudson Soft Platform 1 #3
Chase H.Q. Taito Racing 1 #3
Neutopia Hudson Soft Action-adventure 1 #5
Highest-selling Game Boy titles of 1992
Title Publisher Genre(s) # of charting months Peak position
Super Mario Land Nintendo Platform 5 #1
Yoshi Nintendo Puzzle 5 #2
Kirby's Dream Land Nintendo Platform 4 #1
Dr. Mario Nintendo Puzzle 3 #5
NBA All-Star Challenge LJN Sports (basketball) 3 #3
Bart Simpson's Escape from Camp Deadly Acclaim Entertainment Platform 3 #4
The Simpsons: Bart vs. The Juggernauts Acclaim Entertainment Platform 3 #5
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins Nintendo Platform 2 #1
Play Action Football Nintendo Sports (American football) 2 #6
Tennis Nintendo Sports (tennis) 2 #6
Highest-selling Atari Lynx titles of 1992
Title Publisher Genre(s) # of charting months Peak position
Batman Returns Atari Corporation Action 5 #1
Gauntlet: The Third Encounter Atari Corporation Dungeon crawler 4 #4
Rampart Atari Corporation Strategy 4 #2
NFL Football Atari Corporation Sports (American football) 3 #1
Baseball Heroes Atari Corporation Sports (baseball) 3 #2
Hockey Atari Corporation Sports (ice hockey) 3 #3
Shadow of the Beast Atari Corporation Platform 3 #3
Steel Talons Atari Corporation Action 3 #5
Warbirds Atari Corporation Combat flight simulator 3 #8
World Class Fussball/Soccer Atari Corporation Sports (soccer) 2 #2

Highest-renting console titles according to Blockbuster Video[edit]

Blockbuster Video, an American chain of video rental shops, released a GamePro-exclusive monthly list of the chain's highest-renting console titles.[6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17]

Highest-renting NES titles of 1992
Title Publisher Genre(s) # of charting months Peak position
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project Konami Beat 'em up 8 #1
Tecmo Super Bowl Tecmo Sports (American football) 7 #1
Tiny Toon Adventures Konami Platform 6 #3
Yoshi Nintendo Puzzle 5 #1
Darkwing Duck Capcom Platform 5 #3
Mega Man 4 Capcom Platform 4 #4
Terminator 2: Judgment Day LJN Action-adventure 4 #3
F-1 Hero MD Coconuts Japan Racing 4 #4
Capcom's Gold Medal Challenge '92 Capcom Sports (Olympics) 4 #7
Contra Force Konami Run and gun 3 #2
Highest-renting Sega Genesis titles of 1992
Title Publisher Genre(s) # of charting months Peak position
Bulls vs Lakers and the NBA Playoffs Electronic Arts Sports (basketball) 5 #1
Sports Talk Baseball Sega Sports (baseball) 5 #3
John Madden Football '92 Electronic Arts Sports (American football) 4 #1
Evander Holyfield's Real Deal Boxing Sega Sports (boxing) 4 #2
The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants Acclaim Entertainment Platform 4 #2
Double Dragon Accolade Beat 'em up 4 #3
Splatterhouse 2 Namco Beat 'em up 4 #4
NFL Sports Talk Football '93 Sega Sports (American football) 4 #2
David Robinson's Supreme Court Sega Sports (basketball) 3 #1
Team USA Basketball Electronic Arts Sports (basketball) 3 #1
Highest-renting SNES titles of 1992
Title Publisher Genre(s) # of charting months Peak position
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior Capcom Fighting 5 #1
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Nintendo Action-adventure 5 #1
Super Adventure Island Hudson Soft Platform 5 #3
Contra III: The Alien Wars Konami Run and gun 4 #1
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time Konami Beat 'em up 4 #2
Krusty's Super Fun House Acclaim Entertainment Puzzle 4 #4
The Simpsons: Bart's Nightmare Acclaim Entertainment Platform 4 #6
NCAA Basketball Nintendo Sports (basketball) 3 #1
Super Play Action Football Nintendo Sports (American football) 3 #2
WWF Super WrestleMania Acclaim Entertainment Fighting 3 #4

Events[edit]

Hardware releases[edit]

Game releases[edit]

Video game platforms
DOS MS-DOS
GB Game Boy
GG Game Gear
Lynx Atari Lynx
Neo Neo Geo
NES Nintendo Entertainment System / Famicom
PCE TurboGrafx-16 / PC Engine
SMD Sega Genesis / Mega Drive
SMS Sega Master System
SNES Super Nintendo Entertainment System / Super Famicom
  
  

January–March[edit]

Month Day Title Platform(s) Genre(s) Source(s)
J
A
N
U
A
R
Y
N/A The Addams Family GB Action [18][19]
N/A The Addams Family NES Action [19][20]
N/A Art Alive! SMD Edutainment [19]
N/A Back to the Future Part III SMD Adventure [19]
N/A Beetlejuice GB Action [18]
N/A Big Nose the Caveman NES Action [19]
N/A Bucky O'Hare NES Action [20]
N/A Cowboy Kid NES Action [19][20]
N/A Darkwing Duck PCE Action [19]
N/A Die Hard NES Action [19][20]
N/A Dirty Larry: Renegade Cop Lynx Action [19]
N/A Heavy Nova SMD Action [19]
N/A Hydra Lynx Action [19]
N/A Lynx Casino Lynx Simulation [19]
N/A Mario Lemieux Hockey SMD Sports [19]
N/A Monster in My Pocket NES Action [20]
N/A Nightshade NES Action [20]
N/A Pinball Jam Lynx Simulation [19]
N/A Pit-Fighter Lynx Action [19]
N/A Prince of Persia GB Action [18]
N/A Rampart NES Adventure [19][20]
N/A Rings of Power SMD Role-playing [19]
N/A Sword Master NES Action-adventure [19][20]
N/A Trouble Shooter SMD Action [19]
N/A Wheel of Fortune Featuring Vanna White NES Game show [19][20]
N/A Winter Challenge SMD Sports [19]
11 Super Adventure Island SNES Action [21]
14 Super Fantasy Zone SMD Shoot 'em up [22]
25 Dragon Ball Z: Legend of the Super Saiyan SNES Role-playing [23]
28 Romancing SaGa SNES Role-playing [24]
31 Football Frenzy Arcade Sports [25]
Soul Blazer SNES Role-playing [26]
F
E
B
R
U
A
R
Y
N/A Adventure Island GB Action [18][27]
N/A Alisia Dragoon SMD Action [28]
N/A Asteroids GB Action [18]
N/A Boggle Plus GB Puzzle [18][27]
N/A California Games SMD Sports [27]
N/A F-15 Strike Eagle NES Simulation [20][27]
N/A Godzilla 2: War of the Monsters NES Action [20][27]
N/A Hudson Hawk NES Action [20]
N/A InfoGenius Productivity Pak: Berlitz German Translator GB Educational [27]
N/A M.C. Kids NES Action [20][27]
N/A Paperboy SMD Action [27]
N/A Q*bert GB Puzzle [18]
N/A Sesame Street: Countdown NES Edutainment [20]
N/A Super Smash TV SNES Action [27]
N/A Star Trek: 25th Anniversary NES Action [20]
N/A Star Trek: 25th Anniversary GB Action [18]
N/A Super Spy Hunter NES Action [20][27]
N/A Tiny Toon Adventures: Babs' Big Break GB Action [18]
N/A Xenon 2: Megablast SMD Shoot 'em up [29]
14 Soccer Brawl Arcade Sports [25]
21 Football Frenzy Neo Sports [25]
28 Contra III: The Alien Wars SNES Action [30]
M
A
R
C
H
N/A The Addams Family SNES Action [31]
N/A Baseball Heroes Lynx Sports [31]
N/A Desert Strike SMD Action [31]
N/A Fisher-Price: Firehouse Rescue NES Edutainment [20][31]
N/A G.I. Joe: The Atlantis Factor NES Action [20][31]
N/A Ghoul School NES Action [20][31]
N/A InfoGenius Productivity Pak: Berlitz German & Japanese Translator GB Educational [31]
N/A Kid Chameleon SMD Action [31]
N/A Missile Command GB Action [18][31]
N/A PGA Tour Golf SNES Sports [31]
N/A Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back NES Action [20]
N/A The Terminator SMD Action [31]
N/A Toki Lynx Action [31]
N/A Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss DOS Role-playing [32]
N/A Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego? SMD Educational [31]
N/A Wizards & Warriors III: Kuros: Visions of Power NES Action [20]
13 Soccer Brawl Neo Sports [25]
16 Mutation Nation Arcade Action [25]
20 Shining Force SMD Role-playing [33]
23 Last Resort Arcade Shoot 'em up [25]
27 Arcana SNES Role-playing [34]
Rival Turf! SNES Action [35]

April–June[edit]

Month Day Title Platform(s) Genre(s) Source(s)
A
P
R
I
L
N/A Crystal Mines II Lynx Action [36]
N/A Devilish: The Next Possession SMD Action [36]
N/A Double Dragon SMD Beat 'em up [36]
N/A Earnest Evans SMD Action [36]
N/A George Foreman's KO Boxing GG Sports [36]
N/A Hatris NES Puzzle [20][36]
N/A Hook NES Action [20][36]
N/A The Mutant Virus: Crisis in a Computer World NES Action [20]
N/A Paperboy 2 NES Action [20][36]
N/A Paperboy 2 GB Action [18][36]
N/A Square Deal GB Simulation [18]
N/A Super Skweek Lynx Action [36]
N/A Toxic Crusaders NES Action [20][36]
N/A Wizardry II: The Knight of Diamonds NES Role-playing [20]
5 Aerobiz SNES Simulation
15 Baseball Stars 2 Arcade Sports [25]
17 Mutation Nation Neo Action [25]
24 Last Resort Neo Shoot 'em up [25]
27 Kirby's Dream Land GB Action [37]
28 Baseball Stars 2 Neo Sports [25]
30 Ninja Commando Arcade Shoot 'em up [25]
M
A
Y
N/A Ballistix PCE Sports [38]
N/A NBA All-Star Challenge 2 GB Sports [18][38]
N/A Night Creatures PCE Action [38]
N/A Rampart Lynx Action [38]
N/A Roundball: 2 on 2 Challenge NES Sports [20]
N/A Super Battletank SNES Simulation [38]
N/A Turn and Burn: The F-14 Dogfight Simulator GB Action [18]
5 Wolfenstein 3D DOS First-person shooter [39]
25 King of the Monsters 2 Arcade Fighting [25]
29 Ninja Commando Neo Shoot 'em up [25]
J
U
N
E
N/A Ferrari Grand Prix Challenge NES Sports [20]
N/A High Stakes Gambling GB Simulation [18]
N/A Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis DOS Graphic adventure [40]
15 Andro Dunos Arcade Shoot 'em up [25]
19 King of the Monsters 2 Neo Fighting [25]

July–September[edit]

October–December[edit]

References[edit]

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