1999 in video gaming
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1999 has seen many sequels and prequels in video games and several new titles such as Mario Party, Pokémon Snap, Super Smash Bros., Pokémon Stadium, Donkey Kong 64, Ape Escape, Mario Golf 64 and Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation.
- British Academy of Film and Television Arts hosts the 2nd annual BAFTA Interactive Entertainment Awards.
- March — Game Over republished as "Game Over: Press Start to Continue".
- March 15 — Game Network hosts the 1st annual Independent Games Festival (IGF) at GDC.
- March 15–19 — Game Developers Conference (formerly Computer Game Developers Conference); moves to San Jose, California where it stays for six consecutive years; hosts the 1st annual Independent Games Festival.
- May — Nintendo has started working on what will eventually be the GameCube, under the codename "Project Dolphin".
- May 13 — Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences hosts 2nd Annual Interactive Achievement Awards (at E3); inducts Sid Meier of Firaxis Games to the AIAS Hall of Fame.
- May 13–15 — 5th annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3); the 2nd annual Game Critics Awards for the Best of E3.
- July 3 — Gamer Billy Mitchell scores a perfect 3,333,360 points on the Pac-Man arcade game.
- Team Fortress 2 is announced for release during the year, but gets delayed until 2007.
|Release||Title||Windows||5th Gen||6th Gen||Handheld||Arcade|
|January 2||Might and Magic VII||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|January 15||WCW/nWo Thunder||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|January 21||Super Smash Bros.||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|January 31||Guardian's Crusade||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|January 31||Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|January 31||Silent Hill||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|January 31||SimCity 3000||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|February 1||WCW Nitro||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|February 8||Mario Party||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|February 11||Final Fantasy VIII||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|February 12||Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|February 24||Street Sk8er||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|February 28||Army Men 3D||N/A||PlayStation||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|February 28||Beetle Adventure Racing||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|February 28||Heroes of Might and Magic III||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|February 28||MLB 2000||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|February 28||Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|March||Need for Speed: High Stakes||June||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|March 1||Gex 3: Deep Cover Gecko||N/A||PS1, N64||N/A||GBC||N/A|
|March 15||The King of Fighters '98||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||1998|
|March 18||UmJammer Lammy||N/A||PlayStation||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|March 19||King of Fighters R-2||N/A||N/A||N/A||NGP||N/A|
|March 21||Pokémon Snap||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|March 31||RollerCoaster Tycoon||Yes||N/A||Xbox (2003)||N/A||N/A|
|April 7||Team Fortress Classic||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|April 10||Warzone 2100||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|April 30||Ehrgeiz: God Bless the Ring||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||1998|
|April 30||Aliens versus Predator||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|April 30||Baldur's Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|April 30||Pokémon Stadium 2 (Pokémon Stadium in North America)||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|April 30||Super Mario Bros. Deluxe||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBC||N/A|
|May 12||Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike||N/A||N/A||DC (2000); PS2, Xbox (2004)||N/A||Yes|
|May 28||Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|May 31||Ape Escape||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|June 19||Counter-Strike (video game)||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|June 17||Descent 3||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|June 18||Heavy Gear II||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|June 24||Persona 2: Innocent Sin||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|June 28||Pokémon Pinball||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBC||N/A|
|June 30||Croc 2||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|June 30||Driver||October 11||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|June 30||Dungeon Keeper 2||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|July 1||Attack of the Saucerman||Yes||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|July 14||Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber (Japan)||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|July 23||Jagged Alliance 2||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|July 26||Mario Golf||N/A||N64||N/A||GBC||N/A|
|July 27||NCAA Football 2000||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|July 31||Biomotor Unitron||N/A||N/A||N/A||NGP||N/A|
|July 31||The New Tetris||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|July 31||Seven Kingdoms II||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|August 11||System Shock 2||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|August 12||Syphon Filter||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|August 16||Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver||Yes||PS1||DC (2000)||N/A||N/A|
|August 27||Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|August 31||All Star Tennis '99||N/A||N64, PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|August 31||Gauntlet Legends||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|August 31||Jet Moto 3||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|August 31||Madden NFL 2000||Yes||PS1, N64||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|August 31||Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear||Yes||PS1 (2001)||DC (2000)||GBA (2002)||N/A|
|August 31||Tony Hawk's Pro Skater||N/A||PS1, N64 (2000)||DC (2000)||N/A||N/A|
|September 1||Tiny Tank: Up Your Arsenal||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|September 9||Sonic Adventure||2004||N/A||DC; GC (2003)||N/A||N/A|
|September 17||Flight Unlimited III||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|September 22||Resident Evil 3: Nemesis||2000||PS1||DC (2000); GC (2003)||N/A||N/A|
|September 30||Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|September 30||Crash Team Racing||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|September 30||Final Fantasy VI||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|September 30||Freespace 2||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|September 30||Grand Theft Auto 2||Yes||PS1||DC (2000)||GBC (2000)||N/A|
|September 30||Pac-Man World||N/A||PS1||N/A||GBA (2004)||N/A|
|October 4||Disciples: Sacred Lands||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|October 11||Jet Force Gemini||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|October 14||Sonic Adventure||N/A||N/A||DC (PAL & Europe)||N/A||N/A|
|October 19||Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition (North America)||N/A||N/A||N/A||GB; GBC||N/A|
|October 29||Rayman 2: The Great Escape||October 31||PS1 (2000); N64||DC, PS2 (2000)||N/A||N/A|
|October 31||Age of Wonders||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|October 31||Ballistic||N/A||PS1||N/A||GBC, iOS (2008)||1998|
|October 31||Septerra Core||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|October 31||South Park: Chef's Luv Shack||November 30||N64, PS1||DC||N/A||N/A|
|October 31||Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 2||Asheron's Call||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 10||Half-Life: Opposing Force||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 10||Rippin' Riders Snowboarding||N/A||N/A||DC||N/A||N/A|
|November 11||Medal of Honor||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 16||Tomorrow Never Dies||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 18||Chrono Cross (Japan)||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 19||Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 19||The Longest Journey||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 21||Pokémon Gold and Silver (Japan)||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBC||N/A|
|November 22||Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation||Yes||PS1||DC (2000)||N/A||N/A|
|November 23||Dark Arms: Beast Busters||N/A||N/A||N/A||NGP||N/A|
|November 23||SWAT 3: Close Quarters Battle||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 24||Donkey Kong 64||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 24||Ultima IX: Ascension||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 26||Garou: Mark of the Wolves||N/A||N/A||DC (2001); PS2 (2005), Xbox (2009)||N/A||Yes|
|November 30||South Park Rally||December 31||PS1, N64 (2000)||DC (2000)||N/A||N/A|
|November 30||Unreal Tournament||Yes||N/A||DC, PS2 (2000)||N/A||N/A|
|December||Battlezone II: Combat Commander||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|December 2||The Legend of Dragoon (Japan)||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|December 2||Quake III Arena||Yes||N/A||DC, PS2 (2000)||N/A||N/A|
|December 11||Gran Turismo 2||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|December 12||Planescape: Torment||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|December 17||Mario Party 2 (Japan)||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|December 20||Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure||N/A||N/A||N/A||NGP||N/A|
|December 22||Harvest Moon 64||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|December 29||Shenmue (Japan)||N/A||N/A||DC||N/A||N/A|
|December 31||Zombie Revenge||N/A||N/A||DC||N/A||N/A|
- September 9 — The Dreamcast is launched in North America with 19 launch titles.
- Nintendo's Game Boy Light (GBL) handheld console released in Japan only
- SNK's Neo Geo Pocket Color handheld released.
- Tiger Electronics Game.com Pocket Pro handheld released.
- Sony PlayStation 2 is announced.
- February 22 — Sierra reorganizes to cut costs in what is widely referred to as the "Chainsaw Monday" Layoffs, closing several studios and their iconic former headquarters in Oakhurst, California. Some employees were given the option to relocate to their new headquarters in Bellevue, Washington.
- New companies: 3d6 Games, 7 Studios, BAM!, Liquid Entertainment, Bohemia Interactive, 7FX
- Activision acquires Elsinore Multimedia, Expert Software, and Neversoft Entertainment
- Infogrames Entertainment, SA acquires Accolade (Renamed Infogrames North America), Gremlin Interactive (renamed Infogrames Sheffield House), GT Interactive Software (GTIS), and Ozisoft
- Take-Two Interactive acquires TalonSoft
- ZeniMax Media acquires Bethesda Softworks
- Nintendo v. Bung Enterprises Ltd.; Nintendo sues Bung over patent infringement
- Sony Corporation v. Bleem LLC
Critically praised games according to Metacritic
|Game||Developer||Release Date||Platform(s)||Average score||# of reviews|
|Soulcalibur||Namco||September 8, 1999||Dreamcast||98/100||24 reviews|
|Gran Turismo 2||Polyphony Digital||November 30, 1999||PlayStation||93/100||23 reviews|
|Homeworld||Relic Entertainment||August 31, 1999||Microsoft Windows||93/100||20 reviews|
|Street Fighter Alpha 3||Capcom||April 30, 1999||PlayStation||93/100||12 reviews|
|Age of Empires II||Ensemble Studios||September 30, 1999||Microsoft Windows||92/100||21 reviews|
|Unreal Tournament||Epic Games||November 30, 1999||Microsoft Windows||92/100||21 reviews|
|System Shock 2||Looking Glass Studios||August 11, 1999||Microsoft Windows||92/100||20 reviews|
|Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri||Firaxis Games||February 12, 1999||Microsoft Windows||92/100||19 reviews|
|Tony Hawk's Pro Skater||Neversoft||August 31, 1999||PlayStation||92/100||18 reviews|
|Medal of Honor||DreamWorks Interactive||October 31, 1999||PlayStation||92/100||17 reviews|
|Planescape: Torment||Black Isle Studios||December 14, 1999||Microsoft Windows||91/100||22 reviews|
|Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver||Crystal Dynamics||August 16, 1999||PlayStation||91/100||17 reviews|
|FreeSpace 2||Volition||September 30, 1999||Microsoft Windows||91/100||16 reviews|
|Mario Golf||Camelot Software Planning||June 30, 1999||Nintendo 64||91/100||14 reviews|
|Final Fantasy VIII||Square||September 7, 1999||PlayStation||90/100||24 reviews|
|Ape Escape||SCE Japan Studio||May 31, 1999||PlayStation||90/100||19 reviews|
|Syphon Filter||Eidetic||January 31, 1999||PlayStation||90/100||19 reviews|
|Donkey Kong 64||Rare||October 31, 1999||Nintendo 64||90/100||14 reviews|
|Beetle Adventure Racing||Paradigm Entertainment||February 28, 1999||Nintendo 64||90/100||14 reviews|
|Rayman 2: The Great Escape||Ubi Pictures||October 31, 1999||Nintendo 64||90/100||12 reviews|
|Wipeout 3||Psygnosis||August 31, 1999||PlayStation||89/100||14 reviews|
|Grandia||Game Arts||September 30, 1999||PlayStation||89/100||14 reviews|
|Resident Evil 2||Capcom||October 31, 1999||Nintendo 64||89/100||12 reviews|
|Crash Team Racing||Naughty Dog||September 30, 1999||PlayStation||88/100||20 reviews|
|R4: Ridge Racer Type 4||Namco||May 1, 1999||PlayStation||88/100||18 reviews|
- IGN Staff (May 4, 1999). "Say Hello to Project Dolphin". IGN. Retrieved October 13, 2013.
- "1999 Winners". 1999 Winners. Retrieved October 13, 2013.
- Kahney, Leander (July 3, 2013). "July 3, 1999: Gobbling Up a Pac-Man Record". Wired. Retrieved October 13, 2013.
- "Dreamcast beats Playstation record". BBC News. November 24, 1999. Retrieved October 13, 2013.
- "Best Video Games for 1999". Metacritic. Retrieved February 23, 2019.