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1992 saw many sequels and prequels in video games, such as Dragon Quest V, Final Fantasy V, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Street Fighter II: Champion Edition, Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, and Super Mario Kart, along with new titles such as Art of Fighting, Lethal Enforcers, Mortal Kombat and Virtua Racing.

The year's highest-grossing video game worldwide was Capcom's arcade fighting game Street Fighter II for the second year in a row, while also being the year's highest-grossing entertainment product. The year's best-selling home system was the Game Boy for the third year in a row, while the year's best-selling home video games were Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis and the Super NES port of Street Fighter II, which were both also the year's highest-grossing home entertainment products.

Top-rated games[edit]

Game of the Year awards[edit]

The following titles won Game of the Year awards for 1992.

Awards Game of the Year Publisher Genre Platform Ref
Chicago Tribune Street Fighter II Capcom Fighting Super NES [1]
Electronic Gaming Awards [2]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) [3]
European Computer Trade Show (ECTS) [4]
GameFan Golden Megawards [5]
Game Informer [6]
Golden Joystick Awards [7][8]
Gamest Awards Street Fighter II Dash (Champion Edition) Capcom Fighting Arcade (CP System) [9]
Chicago Tribune The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Nintendo Action-adventure Super NES [1]
GameFan Golden Megawards Cybernator (Assault Suits Valken) Masaya Games Run-and-gun shooter Super NES [5]
Streets of Rage 2 Sega Beat 'em up Sega Genesis [5]
Wonderdog JVC Musical Industries Platformer Sega CD [5]
PC Engine Fan Far East of Eden II: Manji Maru Hudson Soft Role-playing PC Engine CD-ROM² [10]

Famitsu Platinum Hall of Fame[edit]

The following video game releases in 1992 entered Famitsu magazine's "Platinum Hall of Fame" for receiving Famitsu scores of at least 35 out of 40.[11]

Title Developer Publisher Score (out of 40) Platform Genre
Dragon Quest V: Tenkū no Hanayome Chunsoft Enix 36 Role-playing Super Famicom
Shin Megami Tensei Atlus Atlus 36
I Love Mickey & Donald: Fushigi na Magic Box (World of Illusion) Sega AM7 Sega 36 Platformer Sega Mega CD
Street Fighter II Capcom Capcom 35 Fighting Super Famicom
Mario Paint Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo 35 Art

Financial performance[edit]

Highest-grossing arcade games[edit]

The year's highest-grossing game worldwide was Street Fighter II, which alone accounted for an estimated 60% of the global arcade game market, according to Coinslot magazine.[12][13] The following table lists the year's top-grossing arcade games in Japan, the United Kingdom, United States, and worldwide.

Market Title Coin drop revenue Inflation Manufacturer Genre Ref
Japan Street Fighter II: The World Warrior Un­known Un­known Capcom Fighting [14][15][16]
United Kingdom Street Fighter II: The World Warrior $456 million $841 million Capcom Fighting [12]
United States Street Fighter II / Champion Edition Un­known Un­known Capcom Fighting [17][18]
Worldwide Street Fighter II: The World Warrior Capcom Fighting [12]

Japan[edit]

The following titles were the top ten highest-grossing arcade games of 1992 in Japan, according to Gamest, Game Machine and Famicom Tsūshin (Famitsu) magazines.

Rank Gamest[14] Game Machine[15] Famicom Tsūshin (Famitsu)[16]
Title Type Points
1 Street Fighter II: The World Warrior Street Fighter II / Dash Software kit 7795 Street Fighter II: The World Warrior
2 Street Fighter II Dash (Champion Edition) Final Lap 2 Standard/deluxe 3821 Final Lap 2
3 Captain Commando F1 Exhaust Note Dedicated 3464 Street Fighter II Dash
4 Garō Densetsu: Shukumei no Tatakai (Fatal Fury) Tetris (Sega) Software kit 3402 F1 Exhaust Note
5 Final Lap 2 Columns Software kit 3218 Final Lap
6 Knights of the Round Super Volley '91 (Power Spikes) Software kit 3140 Coca-Cola Suzuka 8 Hours
7 Sonic Wings (Aero Fighters) Terminator 2: Judgment Day Dedicated 2937 Super Monaco GP
8 F-1 Grand Prix Clutch Hitter Software kit 2748 Driver's Eyes
9 WWF WrestleFest Garō Densetsu: Shukumei no Tatakai Software kit 2401 Tetris (Sega)
10 Hacha Mecha Fighter Super Monaco GP Standard/deluxe 2347 Virtua Racing

United States[edit]

In the United States, the following titles were the highest-grossing arcade video games of 1992.

Rank RePlay[17] Play Meter Amusement & Music Operators Association (AMOA)[19][20][21] AMAA[22]
Dedicated arcade cabinet Arcade conversion kit
1 Street Fighter II / Champion Edition Street Fighter II[18] Street Fighter II: Champion Edition WWF WrestleFest Street Fighter II: Champion Edition,
Mortal Kombat,
Neo Geo MVS,
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
2 World Heroes,
Art of Fighting,
X-Men,
Lethal Enforcers,
Mortal Kombat,
Steel Talons,
Space Lords,
Final Lap 2 / Final Lap 3,
Coca-Cola Suzuka 8 Hours,
Virtua Racing
Un­known Street Fighter II: The World Warrior,
Terminator 2: Judgment Day,
Race Drivin',
X-Men
Captain America and The Avengers,
Road Riot 4WD,
Sunset Riders,
Super High Impact
3
4
5 Suzuka 8 Hours
6 Un­known N/A N/A
7
8
9
10

Australia[edit]

On Australia's Timezone monthly arcade charts published in the June 1992 issue of Leisure Line magazine, Capcom's Street Fighter II: Champion Edition was the top-grossing arcade conversion kit and Konami's X-Men was the top-grossing dedicated arcade cabinet.[23]

Best-selling home systems[edit]

Rank System(s) Manufacturer Type Generation Sales
Japan USA Europe Korea Worldwide
1 Game Boy Nintendo Handheld 8-bit 1,910,000[24] 4,000,000[25] 6,000,000[26] Un­known 11,910,000+
2 Super NES / Super Famicom Nintendo Console 16-bit 3,580,000[24] 5,600,000[27] 2,030,000[28] 20,000[29] 11,230,000+
3 Sega Mega Drive / Genesis Sega Console 16-bit 400,000[24] 5,100,000[27] 2,660,000[28] 76,000[29] 8,236,000+
4 Nintendo Entertainment System Nintendo Console 8-bit 820,000[24] 2,700,000[25] 3,030,000[28] 110,000[29] 6,660,000+
5 IBM PC IBM Computer N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 3,400,000[30]
6 Apple Macintosh (Apple Mac) Apple Inc. Computer N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 2,500,000[31]
7 Sega Master System Sega Console 8-bit N/A < 50,000[32] 2,235,000[28] 180,000[29] 2,415,000+
8 Compaq Computer (PC) Compaq Computer N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 1,500,000[30]
9 Game Gear Sega Handheld 8-bit 250,000[24] 800,000[32] 320,000+ (UK)[33] Un­known 1,370,000+
10 NEC PC-88 / PC-98 NEC Computer N/A 1,120,000[34][35] Un­known Un­known Un­known 1,120,000+

Best-selling home video games[edit]

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Street Fighter II each sold 5 million units worldwide in 1992,[36][37] making them the year's highest-grossing entertainment products.[38] The following home video games sold more than 1 million units worldwide in 1992.

Rank Title Platform Sales Revenue
Japan United States Europe Worldwide Nominal Inflation
1 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Mega Drive/Genesis Un­known 2,000,000[39] 1,750,000+[40][41] 5,000,000[36] $450 million[38] $830 million
Street Fighter II Super NES 2,000,000+[42][43] 2,000,000[44] 200,000+[45] 5,000,000[37] Un­known Un­known
3 Dragon Quest V: Tenkū no Hanayome Super Famicom 2,800,000[46][47] N/A N/A 2,800,000+[48] $200 million+[49] $370 million+
4 Super Mario Kart Super NES 2,000,000+ < 1,000,000[39] N/A 2,000,000+ Un­known
Final Fantasy V Super Famicom 2,000,000+ N/A N/A 2,000,000+
6 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Super NES Un­known 1,000,000[39] Un­known 1,000,000+

The following table lists the year's top-selling home video game releases in several markets, including Europe, Japan, South Korea, and the United States.

Market Title Platform Sales Ref
Europe Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Sega Mega Drive 1,750,000+[40][41] [50]
Japan Dragon Quest V: Tenkū no Hanayome Super Famicom 2,800,000[46][47] [51][52]
South Korea Street Fighter II Super Comboy Un­known [50]
United States Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Sega Genesis 2,000,000 [39]
Street Fighter II Super NES 2,000,000 [44]

Asia[edit]

In Japan and South Korea, according to Famicom Tsūshin (Famitsu) magazine, the following titles were the top ten best-selling home video game releases of 1992.

Rank Japan[51] South Korea[50]
Title Platform Sales Title Platform
1 Dragon Quest V: Tenkū no Hanayome[52] Super Famicom 2,800,000[46][47] Street Fighter II Super Comboy
2 Final Fantasy V Super Famicom 2,000,000+[43][53] Final Fantasy V
3 Super Mario Kart Super Famicom 2,000,000+[43] Dragon Quest V
4 Street Fighter II Super Famicom 2,000,000+[42][43] Arang Jeonseol (Fatal Fury)
5 Romancing SaGa Super Famicom < 1,170,000[54] Ranma ½: Hard Battle
6 Super Mario Land 2: 6-tsu no Kinka Game Boy Un­known N/A
7 Mario Paint Super Famicom
8 Dragon Ball Z: Chō Saiya Densetsu Super Famicom < 730,000[55]
9 Hoshi no Kirby (Kirby's Dream Land) Game Boy Un­known
10 Super Famista (Super Batter Up) Super Famicom

Europe[edit]

The following titles were the top three best-selling home video game releases of 1992 in Europe and the United Kingdom.

Rank Europe[50] United Kingdom[45]
Title Platform Sales Title Platform Sales
1 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Mega Drive 1,750,000+[40][41] Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Mega Drive 1,000,000+[40][56]
2 Road Rash II Mega Drive Un­known Street Fighter II Super NES 200,000
3 Mario Paint Super NES Un­known Amiga Un­known

In the United Kingdom, the following titles were the top-selling home video games of each month in 1992.

Month Game consoles Home computers Ref
Mega Drive Super NES Master System NES Game Boy Amiga Spectrum
January WWF WrestleMania (home computers) [57]
February Robocod N/A Sonic the Hedgehog Super Mario Bros. 3 Super Mario Land Grand Prix 1 Un­known [58][59]
March QuackShot N/A Asterix 1st Division Manager Un­known [60][61][62]
April Desert Strike Un­known Project-X Un­known [63][61][64]
May Un­known Super Kick Off John Madden[65] Un­known [66]
June Un­known Champions of Europe Rescue Rangers Sensible Soccer Italia '90 [67][68][69]
July Taz-Mania Un­known Wimbledon [70][71][72]
August Olympic Gold[61] Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Rainbow Islands [73][74]
September Alien 3[61] WWF Super WrestleMania Un­known Un­known Un­known [75][76][77]
October Street Fighter II (Super NES) [45][78]
November Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Mega Drive) [45][61][79]
December [80][81][82]

United States[edit]

In the United States, the following titles were the top three best-selling home video games of 1992.

Rank Title Publisher Genre Sales Platform Ref
1 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Sega Platformer 2,000,000 Sega Genesis [39]
Street Fighter II Capcom Fighting 2,000,000 Super NES [44]
3 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Nintendo Action-adventure 1,000,000 Super NES [39]

The following titles were the best-selling home video games of each month for video game consoles (home consoles and handheld consoles) in 1992.

Month NES Super NES Sega Genesis TurboDuo Game Boy Atari Lynx Ref
June Un­known Final Fantasy II Un­known N/A Un­known Un­known [83]
August Yoshi Street Fighter II Evander Holyfield's Real Deal Boxing N/A Super Mario Land Batman Returns [84]
September Turtles in Time N/A [85]
October Tecmo Super Bowl Street Fighter II NHLPA Hockey '93 Cosmic Fantasy 2 Kirby's Dream Land NFL Football [78][86]
November John Madden Football '93 Air Zonk Super Mario Land 2 [87][88]
December Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Batman Returns [89]

The following titles were the top-selling personal computer games on the monthly PC Research charts in 1992, as reported by Electronic Games magazine.

Month MS-DOS games MS-DOS educational games Amiga Macintosh CD-ROM Ref
May Hardball III N/A N/A N/A N/A [90]
June Aces of the Pacific Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? N/A N/A N/A [91]
July N/A N/A N/A [92]
August Links N/A N/A N/A [93]
September Falcon 3.0: Operation Fighting Tiger N/A N/A N/A [94]
October King's Quest VI Civilization Prince of Persia Battle Chess [95]

Top game rentals in the United States[edit]

Blockbuster Video, an American chain of video rental shops, released a monthly list of the chain's highest-renting console titles. The following titles topped the monthly charts, as reported by GamePro magazine.

Month Nintendo Entertainment System Sega Genesis Super NES Ref
January The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants N/A N/A [96]
February N/A N/A [97]
March Tecmo Super Bowl N/A N/A [98]
April Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III John Madden Football '92 N/A [99]
May The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past [100]
June David Robinson's Supreme Court Contra III: The Alien Wars [101]
July Yoshi Bulls vs Lakers and the NBA Playoffs The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past [102]
August Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III Street Fighter II [103]
September Yoshi Taz-Mania [104]
October WWF WrestleMania: Steel Cage Challenge Team USA Basketball [105]
November Adventure Island 3 NFL Sports Talk Football '93 [106]
December Tecmo NBA Basketball Sonic the Hedgehog 2 NCAA Basketball [107]

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 [112][113]
N/A The Addams Family NES Action [113][114]
N/A Art Alive! SMD Edutainment [113]
N/A Back to the Future Part III SMD Adventure [113]
N/A Beetlejuice GB Action [112]
N/A Big Nose the Caveman NES Action [113]
N/A Bucky O'Hare NES Action [114]
N/A Cowboy Kid NES Action [113][114]
N/A Darkwing Duck PCE Action [113]
N/A Die Hard NES Action [113][114]
N/A Dirty Larry: Renegade Cop Lynx Action [113]
N/A Heavy Nova SMD Action [113]
N/A Hydra Lynx Action [113]
N/A Lynx Casino Lynx Simulation [113]
N/A Mario Lemieux Hockey SMD Sports [113]
N/A Monster in My Pocket NES Action [114]
N/A Nightshade NES Action [114]
N/A Pinball Jam Lynx Simulation [113]
N/A Pit-Fighter Lynx Action [113]
N/A Prince of Persia GB Action [112]
N/A Rampart NES Adventure [113][114]
N/A Rings of Power SMD Role-playing [113]
N/A Sword Master NES Action-adventure [113][114]
N/A Trouble Shooter SMD Action [113]
N/A Wheel of Fortune Featuring Vanna White NES Game show [113][114]
N/A Winter Challenge SMD Sports [113]
11 Super Adventure Island SNES Action [115]
14 Super Fantasy Zone SMD Shoot 'em up [116]
25 Dragon Ball Z: Legend of the Super Saiyan SNES Role-playing [117]
28 Romancing SaGa SNES Role-playing [118]
31 Football Frenzy Arcade Sports [119]
Soul Blazer SNES Role-playing [120]
F
E
B
R
U
A
R
Y
N/A Adventure Island GB Action [112][121]
N/A Alisia Dragoon SMD Action [122]
N/A Asteroids GB Action [112]
N/A Boggle Plus GB Puzzle [112][121]
N/A California Games SMD Sports [121]
N/A F-15 Strike Eagle NES Simulation [114][121]
N/A Godzilla 2: War of the Monsters NES Action [114][121]
N/A Hudson Hawk NES Action [114]
N/A InfoGenius Productivity Pak: Berlitz German Translator GB Educational [121]
N/A M.C. Kids NES Action [114][121]
N/A Paperboy SMD Action [121]
N/A Q*bert GB Puzzle [112]
N/A Sesame Street: Countdown NES Edutainment [114]
N/A Super Smash TV SNES Action [121]
N/A Star Trek: 25th Anniversary NES Action [114]
N/A Star Trek: 25th Anniversary GB Action [112]
N/A Super Spy Hunter NES Action [114][121]
N/A Tiny Toon Adventures: Babs' Big Break GB Action [112]
N/A Xenon 2: Megablast SMD Shoot 'em up [123]
14 Soccer Brawl Arcade Sports [119]
21 Football Frenzy Neo Sports [119]
28 Contra III: The Alien Wars SNES Action [124]
M
A
R
C
H
N/A The Addams Family SNES Action [125]
N/A Baseball Heroes Lynx Sports [125]
N/A Desert Strike SMD Action [125]
N/A Fisher-Price: Firehouse Rescue NES Edutainment [114][125]
N/A G.I. Joe: The Atlantis Factor NES Action [114][125]
N/A Ghoul School NES Action [114][125]
N/A InfoGenius Productivity Pak: Berlitz German & Japanese Translator GB Educational [125]
N/A Kid Chameleon SMD Action [125]
N/A Missile Command GB Action [112][125]
N/A PGA Tour Golf SNES Sports [125]
N/A Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back NES Action [114]
N/A The Terminator SMD Action [125]
N/A Toki Lynx Action [125]
N/A Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss DOS Role-playing [126]
N/A Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego? SMD Educational [125]
N/A Wizards & Warriors III: Kuros: Visions of Power NES Action [114]
13 Soccer Brawl Neo Sports [119]
16 Mutation Nation Arcade Action [119]
20 Shining Force SMD Role-playing [127]
23 Last Resort Arcade Shoot 'em up [119]
27 Arcana SNES Role-playing [128]
Rival Turf! SNES Action [129]

April–June[edit]

Month Day Title Platform(s) Genre(s) Source(s)
A
P
R
I
L
N/A Crystal Mines II Lynx Action [130]
N/A Devilish: The Next Possession SMD Action [130]
N/A Double Dragon SMD Beat 'em up [130]
N/A Earnest Evans SMD Action [130]
N/A George Foreman's KO Boxing GG Sports [130]
N/A Hatris NES Puzzle [114][130]
N/A Hook NES Action [114][130]
N/A The Mutant Virus: Crisis in a Computer World NES Action [114]
N/A Paperboy 2 NES Action [114][130]
N/A Paperboy 2 GB Action [112][130]
N/A Square Deal GB Simulation [112]
N/A Super Skweek Lynx Action [130]
N/A Toxic Crusaders NES Action [114][130]
N/A Wizardry II: The Knight of Diamonds NES Role-playing [114]
5 Aerobiz SNES Simulation
15 Baseball Stars 2 Arcade Sports [119]
17 Mutation Nation Neo Action [119]
24 Last Resort Neo Shoot 'em up [119]
27 Kirby's Dream Land GB Action [131]
28 Baseball Stars 2 Neo Sports [119]
30 Ninja Commando Arcade Shoot 'em up [119]
M
A
Y
N/A Ballistix PCE Sports [132]
N/A NBA All-Star Challenge 2 GB Sports [112][132]
N/A Night Creatures PCE Action [132]
N/A Rampart Lynx Action [132]
N/A Roundball: 2 on 2 Challenge NES Sports [114]
N/A Super Battletank SNES Simulation [132]
N/A Turn and Burn: The F-14 Dogfight Simulator GB Action [112]
5 Wolfenstein 3D DOS First-person shooter [133]
25 King of the Monsters 2 Arcade Fighting [119]
29 Ninja Commando Neo Shoot 'em up [119]
J
U
N
E
N/A Ferrari Grand Prix Challenge NES Sports [114]
N/A High Stakes Gambling GB Simulation [112]
N/A Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis DOS Graphic adventure [134]
15 Andro Dunos Arcade Shoot 'em up [119]
19 King of the Monsters 2 Neo Fighting [119]

July–September[edit]

October–December[edit]

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