1993 in video gaming

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List of years in video gaming

1993 has seen many sequels and prequels in video games and several new titles such as Star Fox, Virtua Fighter and Ridge Racer.


  • March – In Sweden, the Swedish video game magazine Super PLAY (SP) starts. The original name is Super Power.
  • Nintendo and Silicon Graphics collaborate and begin work on "Project Reality". The project is officially announced in October.[1]


Notable Releases[edit]

Date Dev. / Pub. Game Title Notes
April Midway Mortal Kombat II "Mortal Kombat II proved to be an enormous commercial success and even a cultural phenomenon. WMS Industries, owner of Midway at the time, reported its 1993 sales in the quarter ending December 31 rose to $101 million from $86 million and said much of its revenue gain was related to the sale of the arcade version of MKII [2]"
July SNK Samurai Shodown '93 Game Of The Year voted on by Electronic Gaming Monthly[3]
August Sega Daytona USA Becomes one of the world's most impactful racing games of all time, and "won't go away[4]"
October Namco Ridge Racer -
November Sega Virtua Fighter "Is often cited as being the first fully 3D fighting game released to the general public, and is a basis for almost all subsequent games in the genre[5] "
December Midway NBA Jam Being one of the first sports games with official licensed teams and players, it became a cult classic. It was also the highest-earning arcade game of all time.[6]
Date Dev. / Pub. Game Title Console Notes
February LucasArts X-Wing PC -
February Nintendo Star Fox SNES The first game to use the new Super FX chip
March Nintendo Kirby's Adventure NES Introduced Kirby's ability to take on the powers of enemies he has eaten, which would go on to become a staple of the franchise. First appearance of Meta Knight.
April Virgin Interactive The 7th Guest PC Sold over two million copies and was widely regarded as one of three "killer apps" that accelerated the sales of CD-ROM drives (other two being Myst & Doom[7] [page 129]). Bill Gates also called The 7th Guest "the new standard in interactive entertainment"
June LucasArts Maniac Mansion II: Day of the Tentacle PC -
June Nintendo The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Game Boy The best-selling handheld game in the series
June Electronic Arts Syndicate PC -
July Nintendo Super Mario All-Stars SNES Featured upgraded 16-bit versions of the first four Super Mario games. Also Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels makes its debut

in the Western region.

August Square Secret of Mana SNES Second "Action Role-Playing Game" after Final Fantasy Adventure
August Activision Return to Zork PC -
September MicroProse Master of Orion PC -
September Sega Sonic CD Sega CD First appearance of Amy Rose and Metal Sonic to the Sonic the Hedgehog series.
September Broderbund Myst PC One of '93's key games, with lots of interesting facts[8] including that (until The Sims took the top spot with 6.3 million games sold in 2002) Myst was the best-selling PC title on record, with 6 million units sold since its launch. To date, the franchise has sold over 12 million units.
November LucasArts Sam & Max Hit the Road PC -
November Capcom Mega Man 6 NES -
November Virgin Disney's Aladdin Genesis Crowned "Genesis Game of The Year" at the Electronic Gaming Awards (aka the Arcade Awards aka the Arkies) voted on by the public[3]
November Nintendo ClayFighter SNES Thought of as a parody of Street Fighter & Mortal Kombat, but actually wasn't, and was re-released to the Wii.
November Sega Sonic The Hedgehog Spinball Genesis -
December Sierra Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers PC -
December Id Software Doom PC Widely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential games of all time, especially in the first-person-shooter genre.
December Capcom Mega Man X SNES -



  1. ^ O'Leary, Jay (October 1, 1993). "Learning to fly". AllBusiness.com. Retrieved January 27, 2010.
  2. ^ "WMS Industries Inc.'s fiscal second-quarter profit rose 6..." tribunedigital-chicagotribune. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  3. ^ a b List of Game of the Year awards
  4. ^ Freeman, Will (October 6, 2017). "Daytona USA: why the best arcade racing game ever just won't go away". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  5. ^ "Virtua Fighter". Sega Retro. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  6. ^ "NBA Jam". GamePro (56). IDG. March 1994. p. 188.
  7. ^ Wolf, Mark J. P. (2008). The Video Game Explosion: A History from PONG to Playstation and Beyond. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 9780313338687.
  8. ^ "15 Things You Might Not Know About Myst". April 23, 2015. Retrieved January 2, 2018.