1994 in video games

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List of years in video games

1994 saw many sequels and prequels in video games, such as Super Metroid, Donkey Kong Country, Final Fantasy VI, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, and Virtua Fighter 2, as well as several new titles.

Financial performance[edit]

Highest-grossing arcade games in Japan[edit]

The following titles were the top ten highest-grossing arcade games of 1994 in Japan, according to the annual Gamest charts.[1]

Rank Title Developer Manufacturer Genre
1 Super Street Fighter II X Capcom Capcom Fighting
2 Virtua Fighter Sega AM2 Sega
3 Fatal Fury Special SNK SNK
4 Vampire: The Night Warriors Capcom Capcom
5 The King of Fighters '94 SNK SNK
6 Super Street Fighter II Capcom Capcom
7 Gokujo Parodius Konami Konami Scrolling shooter
8 Ridge Racer Namco Namco Racing
9 Daytona USA Sega AM2 Sega
10 Puyo Puyo Compile Sega Puzzle

Home video games in the United States[edit]

Top-selling titles according to Babbage's[edit]

Babbage's, an American video game retailer, released a monthly list of the chain's highest-selling console and handheld titles. The following titles topped the monthly charts, as reported by Electronic Gaming Monthly.

Month NES Super NES Sega Genesis Sega CD 3DO Game Boy Game Gear Ref
January Tetris 2 Mortal Kombat Mortal Kombat Ground Zero: Texas N/A Tetris 2 Sonic Chaos [2]
February N/A Lufia & the Fortress of Doom Sonic the Hedgehog 3 NHL '94 Total Eclipse X-Men [3]
March N/A NBA Jam NBA Jam Dragon's Lair John Madden Football Wario Land NBA Jam [4]
April N/A Star Trek: The Next Generation Tomcat Alley Sewer Shark [5]
May N/A Super Metroid World Series Baseball Jurassic Park Interactive N/A [6]
June N/A FIFA International Soccer Mortal Kombat N/A Disney's Aladdin [7]
July N/A Super Street Fighter II Super Street Fighter II Star Wars: Rebel Assault Shock Wave N/A [8]
August N/A Alone in the Dark N/A [9]
September N/A Mortal Kombat II Mortal Kombat II Road Rash N/A Mortal Kombat II [10]
October N/A Final Fantasy III (Final Fantasy VI) NHL 95 Heart of the Alien Waialae Country Club N/A [11]
November N/A Donkey Kong Country Madden NFL '95 ESPN National Hockey Night FIFA International Soccer N/A Power Rangers [12]
December N/A Power Rangers The Need for Speed N/A The Lion King [13]

Top rentals according to Blockbuster Video[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.

Month NES Super NES Sega Genesis Sega CD Ref
January Tecmo Super Bowl Disney's Aladdin Eternal Champions Sonic CD [14]
February Mortal Kombat Sonic Spinball [15]
March Kirby's Adventure NBA Jam Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Mad Dog McCree [16]
April Mega Man 6 NBA Jam Mortal Kombat [17]
May [18]
June [19]
July Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters [20]
August The Jungle Book Super Street Fighter II Super Street Fighter II Star Wars: Rebel Assault [21]
September Mario's Time Machine Mortal Kombat II Mortal Kombat II [22]
October The Jungle Book [23]
November Donkey Kong Country Sonic & Knuckles Lethal Enforcers 2 [24]
December Wario's Woods [25]

Events[edit]

Hardware releases[edit]

PlayStation video game console, first released in Japan

Game releases[edit]

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.)[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "第8回 ゲーメスト大賞" [8th Gamest Awards]. Gamest (in Japanese). Vol. 136 (January 1995). December 27, 1994. pp. 40–59. Lay summary.
  2. ^ "EGM Hot Top Tens" (PDF). Electronic Gaming Monthly. March 1994. p. 48.
  3. ^ "EGM Hot Top Tens" (PDF). Electronic Gaming Monthly. April 1994. p. 52.
  4. ^ "EGM's Hot Top Tens" (PDF). Electronic Gaming Monthly. May 1994. p. 46.
  5. ^ "EGM's Hot Top Tens" (PDF). Electronic Gaming Monthly. June 1994. p. 48.
  6. ^ "EGM's Hot Top Tens" (PDF). Electronic Gaming Monthly. July 1994. p. 48.
  7. ^ "EGM's Hot Top Tens" (PDF). Electronic Gaming Monthly. August 1994. p. 42.
  8. ^ "EGM's Hot Top Tens" (PDF). Electronic Gaming Monthly. September 1994. p. 44.
  9. ^ "EGM's Hot Top Tens" (PDF). Electronic Gaming Monthly. October 1994. p. 48.
  10. ^ "EGM's Hot Top Tens" (PDF). Electronic Gaming Monthly. November 1994. p. 52.
  11. ^ "EGM's Hot Top Tens" (PDF). Electronic Gaming Monthly. December 1994. p. 52.
  12. ^ "EGM's Hot Top Tens" (PDF). Electronic Gaming Monthly. January 1995. p. 52.
  13. ^ "EGM's Hot Top Tens" (PDF). Electronic Gaming Monthly. February 1995. p. 42.
  14. ^ "Blockbuster Video Top 10 Video Game Rentals" (PDF). GamePro. February 1994. p. 188.
  15. ^ "Blockbuster Video Top 10 Video Game Rentals" (PDF). GamePro. March 1994. p. 188.
  16. ^ "Blockbuster Video Top 10 Video Game Rentals" (PDF). GamePro. April 1994. p. 178.
  17. ^ "Blockbuster Video Top 10 Video Game Rentals" (PDF). GamePro. May 1994. p. 170.
  18. ^ "Blockbuster Video Top 10 Video Game Rentals" (PDF). GamePro. June 1994. p. 188.
  19. ^ "Blockbuster Video Top 10 Video Game Rentals" (PDF). GamePro. July 1994. p. 170.
  20. ^ "Blockbuster Video August Hot Sheet!" (PDF). GamePro. August 1994. p. 156.
  21. ^ "Blockbuster Video September Hot Sheet!" (PDF). GamePro. September 1994. p. 162.
  22. ^ "Blockbuster Video October Hot Sheet!" (PDF). GamePro. October 1994. p. 179.
  23. ^ "Blockbuster Video November Hot Sheet!" (PDF). GamePro. November 1994. p. 275.
  24. ^ "Blockbuster Video December Hot Sheet!" (PDF). GamePro. December 1994. p. 286.
  25. ^ "Blockbuster Video January Hot Sheet!" (PDF). GamePro. January 1995. p. 212.
  26. ^ "Showtime at the Nintendo Booth for the Winter Consumer Electronics Show". Free Library. January 5, 1994. Retrieved February 10, 2014.
  27. ^ Peter Brown (May 21, 2014). "Gaming Highlights from 1994". Gamespot. Retrieved July 4, 2020.
  28. ^ "Sonic & Knuckles Release Information for Genesis". GameFAQs. October 17, 1994. Archived from the original on October 31, 2012. Retrieved November 5, 2012.
  29. ^ "Tidbits...". Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 90. Ziff Davis. January 1997. p. 28.