1995 in video gaming

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List of years in video gaming

1995 has seen many sequels and prequels in video games and several new titles such as Mario's Picross, Chrono Trigger, Mega Man 7, Rayman, Twisted Metal, Star Wars: Dark Forces, Destruction Derby and Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.

Events[edit]

  • 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
DOS MS-DOS
GB Game Boy
Neo Neo Geo
NeoCD Neo-Geo CD
PS1 PlayStation
Sat Sega Saturn
SMD Sega Genesis / Mega Drive
SCD Sega Mega-CD
S32X Sega 32X
SNES Super Nintendo Entertainment System / Super Famicom
Win Microsoft Windows
3DO 3DO
Lynx Atari Lynx
Jag Atari Jaguar
Mac Classic Mac OS / macOS
Notable releases of the year 1995
Release Title System Developer/Publisher Notes
January 1 Battle Arena Toshinden PS1 Tamsoft/SCEA one of the first fully 3D fighting games
January 13 Bust-a-Move SNES Taito
February 15 Star Wars: Dark Forces DOS LucasArts The first in a successful series of Star Wars-based first-person shooters.
February 16 Ristar SMD Sonic Team/Sega a platform game
February 24 Front Mission SNES G-Craft\Squaresoft
March 10 Panzer Dragoon Sat Team Andromeda\Sega
Scooby-Doo in Arabian Nights Racer  || Hanna-Barbera || Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
March 11 Chrono Trigger SNES Square
March 14 Mario's Picross GB Jupiter\Nintendo the first installment in a series of Mario-themed Picross titles released in the mid-1990s.
March 17 Descent DOS Parallax Software Portal rendering with texture-mapped polygons, polygonal enemies, and six degrees of freedom.
March 21 Kirby's Dream Land 2 GB HAL Laboratory\Nintendo an installment in the Kirby series.
March 24 Mega Man 7 SNES Capcom
April 15 Mortal Kombat 3 Arcade
April 27 Jumping Flash! PS1 Exact/SCEA
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 DOS, Win, Mac LucasArts graphical adventure
May 25 Light Crusader SMD Treasure\Sega
May King Arthur & the Knights of Justice SNES Enix
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 DOS, Win95 Looking Glass Studios
July 21 Castlevania: Dracula X SNES Konami Port of Castlevania: Rondo of Blood.
July 24 MechWarrior 2 DOS Activision
July 25 The King of Fighters '95 Arcade SNK second installment in the King of Fighters series.
July 31 Phantasmagoria Sierra Online a controversial point-and-click adventure game
August 5 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island SNES Nintendo A critically acclaimed platformer.
August 31 Command & Conquer DOS, Mac Westwood Studios One of the first popular real-time strategy games, it spawned a franchise.
August 31 Heroes of Might and Magic: A Strategic Quest DOS New World Computing the first game in the popular turn-based strategy game franchise
August Comix Zone SMD Sega A beat 'em up game heavily inspired by comic books.
August Tekken 2 Arcade Namco
September 1 Rayman PS1, Sat, Jag Ubisoft The first game in the popular series.
October 6 Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together SNES Quest Corporation
October 20 Terranigma SNES Quintet
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 PS1 Reflections Interactive\Psygnosis
October 31 I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream DOS, Mac Cyberdreams an adaptation of writer Harlan Ellison's short story, won Computer Gaming World's award for "Best Graphic Adventure Game" of the year.
October 31 Star Wars: TIE Fighter (Collector's CD-ROM) Win, Mac LucasArts
October Time Crisis Arcade Namco
November 5 Twisted Metal PS1 SingleTrac/Sony Computer Entertainment Started longest running PlayStation franchise, popular vehicular combat series.
November 21 Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest SNES Rareware/Nintendo
November 24 Battle Arena Toshinden 2 PS1, Arcade Tamsoft\Capcom
November 24 Marathon 2: Durandal Mac Bungie
November 30 The Dig DOS, Mac LucasArts adventure game.
December Worms Ami Team17 an artillery video game and the first game in the Worms series
December Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium SMD Sega localization of the 1993 Japanese game to North America, December 8 EU.
December Time Crisis Arcade Namco the first game in the popular light-gun series Time Crisis.
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 DOS, Mac Blizzard sequel to their initial real-time strategy title, and a far more popular title.
December 15 Tales of Phantasia SNES Namco the first in the Tales series.
December 15 Suikoden PS1 Konami debut of the Suikoden series
December 15 Brain Dead 13 DOS ReadySoft An "FMV adventure" game.
December 22 Final Fight 3 SNES Capcom
December 31 The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery DOS, Win, Mac Sierra On-Line Adventure game; sequel to Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers.
December 31 King's Field II PS1 From Software first game in the King's Field series to eventually be released outside Japan; renamed simply "King's Field" in NTSC-U/C and PAL regions when released there in 1996.

Hardware[edit]

The original NA Sega Saturn

Business[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Attendance and Stats". IGN. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  2. ^ Semrad, Ed (February 1996). "Ultra 64 Unveiled". Electronic Gaming Monthly. Ziff Davis (79): 6.
  3. ^ Cifaldi, Frank (May 11, 2010). "This Day in History: Sega Announces Surprise Saturn Launch". 1UP.com. IGN. Archived from the original on October 30, 2015. Retrieved October 30, 2015.
  4. ^ Cifaldi, Frank (September 9, 2010). "This Day in History: Sony's PlayStation Launches in the U.S." 1UP.com. IGN. Archived from the original on April 17, 2015. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  5. ^ Roberts, Dave (September 29, 2005). "The day our world changed". Market for Home Computing and Video Games. Intent Media. Archived from the original on April 15, 2015. Retrieved April 15, 2015. The original PlayStation launched on September 29th 1995 priced £299.

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