1994 in video games

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List of years in video games

1994 has seen many sequels and prequels in video games and several new titles such as Super Metroid, Donkey Kong Country and Sonic & Knuckles.

Events[edit]

Notable releases[edit]

Hardware[edit]

PlayStation video game console, first released in Japan

Business[edit]

  • New companies: Neversoft
  • Defunct: Commodore, Tradewest
  • September 14 - Video gaming magazine Nintendomagasinet is cancelled after four years. Number 9 of 1994 would have been released on this day, but instead the magazine joins Super Power.
  • Apogee establishes the 3D Realms Entertainment division.
  • Blizzard Entertainment is renamed from Silicon & Synapse.
  • SSI sold to Mindscape
  • Alpex Computer Corp. v. Nintendo lawsuit: Alpex sues Nintendo over patent infringements related to the NES. Nintendo loses the case. (In 1996 this ruling was reversed by an appeals court, which determined that no patents had been infringed upon.)[3]

Sales[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.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15]

Highest-selling 3DO titles of 1994
Title Publisher Genre(s) # of charting months Peak position
John Madden Football EA Sports Sports (American football) 7 #1
Total Eclipse Crystal Dynamics Space flight simulation 7 #1
Shock Wave Electronic Arts Combat flight simulation 6 #1
The Horde Crystal Dynamics Strategy 6 #2
Super Wing Commander Electronic Arts Space flight simulation 5 #2
Escape from Monster Manor Electronic Arts First-person shooter 5 #2
Road Rash Electronic Arts Racing 4 #1
Another World Interplay Entertainment Platform 4 #3
Way of the Warrior Universal Interactive Studios Fighting 4 #2
Jurassic Park Interactive Universal Interactive Studios Action 3 #1
Highest-selling SNES titles of 1994
Title Publisher Genre(s) # of charting months Peak position
Lufia & the Fortress of Doom Taito Role-playing 8 #1
Secret of Mana Squaresoft Action role-playing 8 #4
NBA Jam Acclaim Entertainment Sports (basketball) 6 #1
Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball Nintendo Sports (baseball) 5 #2
Super Metroid Nintendo Action-adventure 4 #1
Mortal Kombat II Acclaim Entertainment Fighting 4 #1
Mortal Kombat Acclaim Entertainment Fighting 4 #1
FIFA International Soccer EA Sports Sports (association football) 3 #1
Super Street Fighter II Capcom Fighting 3 #1
Breath of Fire Capcom Role-playing 3 #2
Highest-selling Sega Genesis titles of 1994
Title Publisher Genre(s) # of charting months Peak position
NHL '94 EA Sports Sports (ice hockey) 8 #4
FIFA International Soccer EA Sports Sports (association football) 7 #3
World Series Baseball Sega Sports (baseball) 6 #1
Ms. Pac-Man Tengen Maze 6 #3
NBA Jam Acclaim Entertainment Sports (basketball) 5 #1
NBA Showdown EA Sports Sports (basketball) 5 #3
Mortal Kombat II Acclaim Entertainment Fighting 4 #1
Bill Walsh College Football '95 EA Sports Sports (American football) 4 #2
Madden NFL '94 EA Sports Sports (American football) 4 #3
PGA Tour Golf II EA Sports Sports (golf) 4 #8
Highest-selling Sega CD titles of 1994
Title Publisher Genre(s) # of charting months Peak position
Tomcat Alley Sega Interactive movie 7 #1
Dragon's Lair ReadySoft Incorporated Interactive movie 7 #1
Star Wars: Rebel Assault LucasArts Rail shooter 6 #1
Ground Zero: Texas Sony Imagesoft Interactive movie 6 #1
Lunar: The Silver Star Game Arts Role-playing 6 #2
Rise of the Dragon Sierra Entertainment Graphic adventure 6 #4
Lethal Enforcers Konami Shooter 5 #4
Vay SIMS Co., Ltd. Role-playing 4 #2
Dark Wizard Sega Role-playing 4 #2
The Third World War Micronet co., Ltd. Strategy 4 #3
Highest-selling Game Gear titles of 1994
Title Publisher Genre(s) # of charting months Peak position
NBA Jam Acclaim Entertainment Sports (basketball) 9 #1
X-Men Sega Action 9 #1
Sonic Chaos Sega Platform 9 #1
Disney's Aladdin Sega Action 8 #1
Mortal Kombat Acclaim Entertainment Fighting 8 #2
Ecco the Dolphin Sega Action-adventure 8 #7
Road Rash U.S. Gold Racing 6 #6
Winter Olympics U.S. Gold Sports (Olympics) 5 #3
Poker Face Paul's Solitare Sega Card game 5 #6
Mortal Kombat II Acclaim Entertainment Fighting 4 #1

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.[16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27]

Highest-renting NES titles of 1994
Title Publisher Genre(s) # of charting months Peak position
Kirby's Adventure Nintendo Platform 12 #1
Tetris 2 Nintendo Puzzle 12 #2
The Ren & Stimpy Show: Buckeroo$ THQ Action 11 #3
Mega Man 6 Capcom Platform 9 #1
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters Konami Fighting 9 #2
Jurassic Park Ocean Software Action-adventure 8 #4
Mario is Missing! The Software Toolworks Educational 8 #5
WWF King of the Ring Acclaim Entertainment Fighting 8 #7
Tecmo Super Bowl Tecmo Sports (American football) 7 #1
Mario's Time Machine The Software Toolworks Educational 7 #1
Highest-renting SNES titles of 1994
Title Publisher Genre(s) # of charting months Peak position
NBA Jam Acclaim Entertainment Sports (basketball) 6 #1
Mortal Kombat Acclaim Entertainment Fighting 6 #1
Disney's Aladdin Capcom Platform 5 #1
Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball Nintendo Sports (baseball) 5 #2
Super Metroid Nintendo Action-adventure 5 #2
ClayFighter Visual Concepts Fighting 5 #2
Mega Man X Capcom Platform 5 #5
Mortal Kombat II Acclaim Entertainment Fighting 4 #1
Super Street Fighter II Capcom Fighting 4 #1
MLBPA Baseball EA Sports Sports (baseball) 4 #5
Highest-renting Sega Genesis titles of 1994
Title Publisher Genre(s) # of charting months Peak position
Mortal Kombat Acclaim Entertainment Fighting 7 #2
NBA Jam Acclaim Entertainment Sports (basketball) 6 #1
Eternal Champions Sega Fighting 6 #1
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Sega Platform 5 #1
World Series Baseball Sega Sports (baseball) 5 #2
Disney's Aladdin Virgin Interactive Platform 5 #3
Sonic Spinball Sega Pinball 5 #1
Street Fighter II: Champion Edition Capcom Fighting 5 #3
Mortal Kombat II Acclaim Entertainment Fighting 4 #1
Super Street Fighter II Capcom Fighting 4 #1
Highest-renting Sega CD titles of 1994
Title Publisher Genre(s) # of charting months Peak position
Mortal Kombat Acclaim Entertainment Fighting 7 #1
Star Wars: Rebel Assault LucasArts Rail shooter 7 #1
Jurassic Park Sega Adventure 7 #3
Tomcat Alley Sega Interactive movie 6 #2
Sonic CD Sega Platform 5 #1
Ground Zero: Texas Sony Imagesoft Interactive movie 5 #2
Mad Dog McCree American Laser Games Interactive movie 5 #1
Rise of the Dragon Sierra Entertainment Graphic adventure 5 #4
Dragon's Lair ReadySoft Incorporated Interactive movie 5 #4
NHL '94 EA Sports Sports (ice hockey) 4 #2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Showtime at the Nintendo Booth for the Winter Consumer Electronics Show". Free Library. January 5, 1994. Retrieved February 10, 2014.
  2. ^ "Sonic & Knuckles Release Information for Genesis". GameFAQs. October 17, 1994. Archived from the original on October 31, 2012. Retrieved November 5, 2012.
  3. ^ "Tidbits...". Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 90. Ziff Davis. January 1997. p. 28.
  4. ^ "EGM Hot Top Tens" (PDF). Electronic Gaming Monthly. March 1994. p. 48.
  5. ^ "EGM Hot Top Tens" (PDF). Electronic Gaming Monthly. April 1994. p. 52.
  6. ^ "EGM's Hot Top Tens" (PDF). Electronic Gaming Monthly. May 1994. p. 46.
  7. ^ "EGM's Hot Top Tens" (PDF). Electronic Gaming Monthly. June 1994. p. 48.
  8. ^ "EGM's Hot Top Tens" (PDF). Electronic Gaming Monthly. July 1994. p. 48.
  9. ^ "EGM's Hot Top Tens" (PDF). Electronic Gaming Monthly. August 1994. p. 42.
  10. ^ "EGM's Hot Top Tens" (PDF). Electronic Gaming Monthly. September 1994. p. 44.
  11. ^ "EGM's Hot Top Tens" (PDF). Electronic Gaming Monthly. October 1994. p. 48.
  12. ^ "EGM's Hot Top Tens" (PDF). Electronic Gaming Monthly. November 1994. p. 52.
  13. ^ "EGM's Hot Top Tens" (PDF). Electronic Gaming Monthly. December 1994. p. 52.
  14. ^ "EGM's Hot Top Tens" (PDF). Electronic Gaming Monthly. January 1995. p. 52.
  15. ^ "EGM's Hot Top Tens" (PDF). Electronic Gaming Monthly. February 1995. p. 42.
  16. ^ "Blockbuster Video Top 10 Video Game Rentals" (PDF). GamePro. February 1994. p. 188.
  17. ^ "Blockbuster Video Top 10 Video Game Rentals" (PDF). GamePro. March 1994. p. 188.
  18. ^ "Blockbuster Video Top 10 Video Game Rentals" (PDF). GamePro. April 1994. p. 178.
  19. ^ "Blockbuster Video Top 10 Video Game Rentals" (PDF). GamePro. May 1994. p. 170.
  20. ^ "Blockbuster Video Top 10 Video Game Rentals" (PDF). GamePro. June 1994. p. 188.
  21. ^ "Blockbuster Video Top 10 Video Game Rentals" (PDF). GamePro. July 1994. p. 188.
  22. ^ "Blockbuster Video August Hot Sheet!" (PDF). GamePro. August 1994. p. 188.
  23. ^ "Blockbuster Video September Hot Sheet!" (PDF). GamePro. September 1994. p. 162.
  24. ^ "Blockbuster Video October Hot Sheet!" (PDF). GamePro. October 1994. p. 179.
  25. ^ "Blockbuster Video November Hot Sheet!" (PDF). GamePro. November 1994. p. 275.
  26. ^ "Blockbuster Video December Hot Sheet!" (PDF). GamePro. December 1994. p. 275.
  27. ^ "Blockbuster Video January Hot Sheet!" (PDF). GamePro. January 1995. p. 212.