1995 in video gaming

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  • May 11 – Introduction of trade magazine GameWeek (then called Video Game Advisor)
  • May 11–13 — The 1st annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is held in Los Angeles, California.[1]
  • November 5 — GameFAQs debuts on the web, as an archive of video game FAQs
  • November 24 — Nintendo unveils a playable version of the Nintendo Ultra 64, later renamed the Nintendo 64, at the 7th Annual Nintendo Space World Software Exhibition in Japan. Thirteen games were demonstrated but only two were in playable form, Kirby Ball 64 and Super Mario 64.[2]

Notable releases[edit]

Video game platforms
Ami Commodore Amiga
GB Game Boy
Neo Neo Geo
PS1 PlayStation
Sat Sega Saturn
SMD Sega Genesis / Mega Drive
SNES Super Nintendo Entertainment System / Super Famicom
Win Microsoft Windows
Notable releases of the year 1995
Release Title System Developer/Publisher Notes
January 1 Battle Arena Toshinden PlayStation Tamsoft\SCEA one of the first fully-3D fighting games
January 13 Bust-a-Move SNES Taito
February 15 Star Wars: Dark Forces MS-DOS LucasArts is the first in a successful series of Star Wars-based first-person shooters.
February 16 Ristar Genesis Sonic Team/Sega a platform game.
February 24 Front Mission SNES G-Craft\Squaresoft
March 10 Panzer Dragoon Sega Saturn Team Andromeda\Sega
March 11 Chrono Trigger SNES Square was their largest game for the system at 32 megabits, included multiple ways to finish the game.
March 14 Mario's Picross Game Boy Jupiter\Nintendo the first installment in a series of Mario-themed Picross titles released in the mid-90s.
March 17 Descent MS-DOS Parallax Software popularized the use of portal rendering technology and provided six full degrees of freedom.
March 21 Kirby's Dream Land 2 Game Boy HAL Laboratory\Nintendo second installment in the main Kirby series.
March 24 Mega Man 7 SNES Capcom
April 15 Mortal Kombat 3 Arcade
April 27 Jumping Flash! PlayStation Exact/SCEA The first PlayStation game to be released in America.
April 28 Super Bomberman 3 SNES Hudson Soft first game in the Super Bomberman series to not get an American release; final game in the series released outside Japan.
April 30 Full Throttle LucasArts adventure game.
May 25 Light Crusader Genesis Treasure\Sega
May 25 Shadow Squadron Sega 32X Sega
June 5 EarthBound SNES Ape, Inc./Nintendo is localized for US audiences, garnering a cult following in the US.
June 5 Street Fighter Alpha Arcade Capcom
June 7 Flight Unlimited MS-DOS, Win95 Looking Glass Studios possibly the first home flight simulator to use fluid dynamic physics.
June 29 Aquanaut's Holiday PlayStation Artdink, SCEA A launch title for the PlayStation.
July The Legend of Sword and Fairy Softstar
July 21 Castlevania: Dracula X SNES Konami SNES port of Castlevania: Rondo of Blood.
July 25 The King of Fighters '95 Arcade SNK second installment in the King of Fighters series.
July 28 Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Battle 22 PlayStation Bandai\Infogrames would not be released in America until 2003, 8 years after its original release. It received overwhelmingly negative reviews.
July 31 Phantasmagoria Sierra Online a controversial game that strays from Sierra's typically family-oriented adventures.
August 5 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island SNES One of the last popular platformers for the SNES.
August 10 Bomberman GB 2 Game Boy Hudson Soft\Nintendo would not see release outside Japan until 1998; renamed simply "Bomberman GB" in America & Europe, due to the first installment being released outside Japan as Wario Blast: Featuring Bomberman!
August 31 Command & Conquer Westwood Studios one of the first popular real-time strategy games and spawns a franchise.
August 31 Heroes of Might and Magic: A Strategic Quest New World Computing the first game in the popular turn-based strategy game franchise
August 31 Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom Origin ambitious computer game of the time, with a $12 million USD budget for its interactive-movie/space simulation content.
August Comix Zone Sega Genesis Sega A Beat 'em up game heavy inspired by comic books.
August Tekken 2 Arcade, PS1 Namco sold over 3,000,000 copies worldwide.
September 1 Rayman PlayStation, Saturn Ubisoft The first game in the popular series.
October 6 Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together SNES Quest Corporation
October 20 Terranigma SNES Quintet One of the last Action RPG on SNES.
October 27 Panel de Pon SNES Intelligent Systems\Nintendo released in America under the name "Tetris Attack", featuring a Yoshi's Island theme.
October 31 Destruction Derby PlayStation Reflections Interactive\Psygnosis
October 31 I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream Cyberdreams an adaptation of writer Harlan Ellison's short story that won Computer Gaming World's award for "Best Graphic Adventure Game" of the year.
October 31 Star Wars TIE Fighter: Collector's CD-ROM PC LucasArts
October Time Crisis Arcade Namco
November 5 Twisted Metal PlayStation SingleTrac/Sony Computer Entertainment Longest running PlayStation franchise, popular vehicular combat series.
November 21 Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest SNES Rareware/Nintendo the sequel to the hugely popular Donkey Kong Country
November 24 Battle Arena Toshinden 2 Arcade Tamsoft\Capcom the only game in the Battle Arena Toshinden series to be released in arcades.
November 24 Marathon 2: Durandal Bungie
November 30 The Dig LucasArts adventure game.
December Worms Amiga Team 17 it is an artillery video game and the first game in the Worms series
December Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium Genesis Sega localizes the 1993 Japanese game US, December 8 EU; marking the end of the original series.
December 1 Mega Man X3 SNES Capcom
December 9 Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation SNES Heartbeat\Enix
December 9 Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness Blizzard sequel to their initial real-time strategy title, and a far more refined and popular title.
December 15 Tales of Phantasia Namco the first in the Tales series.
December 15 Suikoden Konami debut of the Suikoden series
December 15 Brain Dead 13 MS-DOS ReadySoft An "FMV adventure" game from the creators of Dragon's Lair.
December 22 Final Fight 3 SNES Capcom
December 29 Ys V: Lost Kefin, Kingdom of Sand SNES Nihon Falcom
December 31 The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery Sierra On-Line Adventure game; sequel to Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers.
December 31 King's Field II PlayStation From Software\ASCII Corporation\SCEE first game in the King's Field series to be released outside Japan; renamed simply "King's Field" in NTSC and PAL regions.




  • Nintendo v. Samsung Electronics; Nintendo sues Samsung for promoting software piracy. The suit is settled.
  • Nintendo of America, Inc. v. NTDEC


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  5. ^ Roberts, Dave (2005-09-29). "The day our world changed". Market for Home Computing and Video Games. Intent Media. Archived from the original on 2015-04-15. Retrieved 2015-04-15. The original PlayStation launched on September 29th 1995 priced £299. 

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