2001 in video gaming
2001 has seen many sequels and prequels in video games. New intellectual properties include Animal Crossing, Burnout, Devil May Cry, Halo: Combat Evolved, Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, Max Payne, Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis, Pikmin, Red Faction, Serious Sam, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon and Tropico
- Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences hosts the 4th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards; inducts John Carmack of id Software to the AIAS Hall of Fame.
- British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) hosts the 4th annual BAFTA Interactive Entertainment Awards for multimedia technologies; 15 of 21 awards go to video games.
- March 21 – The Game Boy Advance handheld is released by Nintendo.
- May 17–19 – 7th annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3); the 4th annual Game Critics Awards For The Best Of E3
- June 23 - Sonic the Hedgehog celebrates its 10th anniversary.
- July – IEMA (Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association) hosts 2nd annual Executive Summit.
- Gama Network hosts the 3rd annual Independent Games Festival (IGF).
- Game Developers Conference hosts the 1st annual Game Developers Choice Awards.
- Spring – Reuters reports that the Dreamcast console has an estimated 800,000 online users playing its various online games already by midyear.
- Sony cooperates with AOL to incorporate Internet features with the PlayStation 2 console; which include a browser, email, and instant messaging capabilities.
- August – 2nd annual Dreamcast Championships (featuring the Crazy Taxi 2 video game)
- Nikkei News reports that the video game Phantasy Star Online (for Dreamcast) has had 300,000 worldwide users login already by midyear.
- September 14 – Nintendo releases the GameCube.
- November 15 – The Microsoft Xbox is introduced.
- November 23 – Game Park releases the GP32 wireless-multiplayer multimedia handheld console in South Korea.
- December 31 – Jez San is awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours, becoming the first person awarded specifically for services to video games.
- December – Panasonic releases the Game Cube-based Q multimedia console.
- Defunct companies: Indrema, Dynamix, Sanctuary Woods, SNK.
- After Dynamix (1984–2001) is closed as part of Sierra's restructuring under Vivendi Universal, several veterans of the studio found GarageGames.
- Sega announces that it will no longer develop home consoles, to focus on game development. The Dreamcast is discontinued in May, but games including Sonic the Hedgehog will continue to be released.
- Zylom founded in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
- Activision acquires Treyarch Invention LLC.
- PCCW (Pacific Century CyberWorks Japan Co., Ltd.) acquires VR1 Entertainment.
- Long-time arcade developer Midway Games announces that it will no longer manufacture arcade games.
- August – Loki Software declares Chapter 11 Bankruptcy over internal financial troubles, before going defunct next January. In response Michael Simms of the Tux Games retailer and former Loki game tester founds Linux Game Publishing alongside ex-Loki employee Mike Philips on October 15 to keep games coming to Linux.
- October - Infogrames announces to revive Atari as a sub-brand of Infogrames. Infogrames, MX Rider and TransWorld Surf were the first 3 games to receive this treatment.
- Sega of America Inc. v. Kmart Corporation; Sega sues Kmart over an unpaid debt of over US$2 million
- Uri Geller v. Nintendo; Geller sues Nintendo over his resemblance to a Pokémon character. The suit is dismissed.
|Release||Title||Windows||5th Gen||6th Gen||Handheld|
|January 10||Mega Man 64||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A|
|January 16||Mario Tennis||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBC|
|January 29||Phantasy Star Online||N/A||N/A||DC||N/A|
|January 30||Rayman 2: The Great Escape||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|January 31||Mega Man X5||PC (2002)||PS1||N/A||N/A|
|February 5||Paper Mario||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A|
|February 6||Action Man: Search for Base X||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBC|
|February 6||Metal Walker||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBC|
|February 7||Clive Barker's Undying||PC||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|February 7||Spider-Man: Mysterio's Menace||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|February 16||Final Fantasy IX||N/A||PS1 (EU)||N/A||N/A|
|February 20||Scooby-Doo! Classic Creep Capers||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBC|
|February 27||The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBC|
|March 1||Lego Island 2 The Brickster's Revenge||Win'98||PS1||N/A||GBC, GBA|
|March 5||Conker's Bad Fur Day||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A|
|March 6||The Bouncer||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|March 9||Sonic Shuffle||N/A||N/A||DC||N/A|
|March 12||Star Wars: Episode I: Battle for Naboo||Windows (US)||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|March 13||Onimusha: Warlords||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|March 13||Unreal Tournament||N/A||N/A||DC||N/A|
|March 14||Aidyn Chronicles: The First Mage||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A|
|March 15||SpongeBob SquarePants: Legend of the Lost Spatula||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBC|
|March 21||Daytona USA||N/A||N/A||DC||N/A|
|March 21||Tribes 2||PC||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|March 21||Serious Sam: The First Encounter||PC||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|March 22||Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|March 23||Star Wars: Episode I: Battle for Naboo||Windows (EU)||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|March 23||Hostile Waters: Antaeus Rising||Win||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|March 25||Black & White||PC||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|March 26||The Simpsons: Night of the Living Treehouse of Horror||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBC|
|March 26||Zone of the Enders||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|March 27||Rocket Power: Gettin' Air||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBC|
|March 27||Strikers 1945 II||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A|
|March 30||Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBC|
|March 30||Star Wars: Episode I: Battle for Naboo||N/A||N64 (EU)||N/A||N/A|
|April 6||Snoopy Tennis||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBC|
|April 8||Dr. Mario 64||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A|
|April 11||Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBC|
|April 12||The Simpsons Wrestling||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A|
|April 16||Batman: Chaos in Gotham||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBC|
|April 23||Silpheed: The Lost Planet||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|April 30||The Adventures of Cookie & Cream||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|April 30||Mars Matrix: Hyper Solid Shooting||N/A||N/A||DC||N/A|
|May 7||Mario Party 3||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A|
|May 14||Crazy Taxi||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|May 16||Giga Wing 2||N/A||N/A||DC||N/A|
|May 16||Project Justice||N/A||N/A||DC||N/A|
|May 18||Atlantis The Lost Empire: Trial by Fire||Win||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|May 21||Cool Boarders||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|May 22||Red Faction||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|May 28||Crazy Taxi 2||N/A||N/A||DC||N/A|
|May 29||Shrek: Fairy Tale Freakdown||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBC|
|May 30||Spider-Man 2: The Sinister Six||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBC|
|June 8||Castlevania: Circle of the Moon||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|June 10||Super Mario Advance||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|June 11||ChuChu Rocket!||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|June 11||Earthworm Jim||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|June 11||F-Zero: Maximum Velocity||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|June 11||Konami Krazy Racers||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|June 11||Rayman Advance||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|June 11||Super Mario Advance||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|June 14||Atlantis: The Lost Empire||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A|
|June 18||Twisted Metal: Black||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|June 19||Sonic Adventure 2||N/A||N/A||DC||N/A|
|June 20||Time Crisis: Project Titan||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A|
|June 21||Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal||PC||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|June 22||Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis||PC||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|June 29||Bomberman Tournament||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|June 29||Final Fantasy Chronicles||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A|
|July 1||Tomb Raider: Curse of the Sword||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBC|
|July 8||Dark Angel: Vampire Apocalypse||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|July 10||Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|July 16||Jurassic Park III: The DNA Factor||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|July 14||Mega Man Legends||PC||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|July 17||City Crisis||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|July 19||Final Fantasy X||N/A||N/A||PS2 (JAP)||N/A|
|July 23||Max Payne||PC||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|July 28||Rune: Viking Warlord||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|July 29||Pokémon Crystal||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBC|
|July 30||Tweety and the Magic Gems||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|August 7||WWF Betrayal||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|August 8||Shogun: Total War: Mongol Invasion||PC||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|August 19||Madden NFL 2002||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|August 20||Armored Core 2: Another Age||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|August 21||Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura||PC||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|August 27||Mario Kart: Super Circuit||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|August 27||Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|August 28||ESPN Final Round Golf 2002||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|September 9||Advance Wars||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|September 10||Jurassic Park III: Park Builder||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|September 10||Portal Runner||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|September 11||The World Is Not Enough||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBC|
|September 13||Heavy Metal: Geomatrix||N/A||N/A||DC||N/A|
|September 13||Ooga Booga||N/A||N/A||DC||N/A|
|September 15||Power Rangers Time Force||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|September 15||Klonoa: Empire of Dreams||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|September 17||Arctic Thunder||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|September 21||SpongeBob SquarePants: SuperSponge||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A|
|September 24||Monster Rancher 3||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|September 24||Phantasy Star Online Version 2||N/A||N/A||DC||N/A|
|September 24||Silent Hill 2||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|September 24||SpongeBob SquarePants: Operation Krabby Patty||PC||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|September 25||X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|September 26||Bass Strike||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|September 26||Dexter's Laboratory: Deesaster Strikes!||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|September 26||Final Fight One||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|September 26||Kessen II||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|October 1||Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|October 1||Time Crisis II||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|October 1||Yanya Caballista: City Skater||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|October 2||Lego Island 2: The Brickster's Revenge||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|October 4||Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A|
|October 5||The Wild Thornberrys: Chimp Chase||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|October 8||Castlevania Chronicles||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A|
|October 10||Dark Age of Camelot||PC||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|October 12||Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|October 15||Lady Sia||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|October 17||Devil May Cry||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|October 18||E.T.: Digital Companion||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBC|
|October 22||Grand Theft Auto III||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|October 28||Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3||N/A||N/A||PS2, GC||N/A|
|October 29||Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex||N/A||N/A||PS2, Xbox, GC||N/A|
|October 29||Spyro: Season of Ice||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|October 30||Aliens versus Predator 2||PC||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|October 30||Boxing Fever||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|October 30||Civilization III||PC||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|October 30||Mega Man Xtreme 2||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBC|
|October 30||Super Street Fighter II Turbo Revival||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|October 31||Soul Reaver 2||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|October 31||Mega Man Battle Network||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|November 1||Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|November 1||Dragon Warrior VII||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A|
|November 1||FIFA Football 2002||N/A||PS1||PS2||N/A|
|November 3||Rocket Power: Dream Scheme||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|November 5||SpongeBob SquarePants: SuperSponge||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|November 5||SSX Tricky||N/A||N/A||PS2, GC, Xbox||N/A|
|November 7||Jackie Chan Adventures: Legend of the Dark Hand||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|November 9||Project Gotham Racing||N/A||N/A||Xbox||N/A|
|November 11||Golden Sun||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|November 12||Empire Earth||PC||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 12||Gradius Advance||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|November 13||007: Agent Under Fire||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|November 13||Cubix: Robots for Everyone - Race 'n Robots||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBC|
|November 14||Harvest Moon 3 GBC||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBC|
|November 14||Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|November 15||Dead or Alive 3||N/A||N/A||Xbox||N/A|
|November 15||Halo: Combat Evolved||N/A||N/A||Xbox||N/A|
|November 15||Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee||N/A||N/A||Xbox||N/A|
|November 15||Cel Damage||N/A||N/A||Xbox, PS2, GC||N/A|
|November 17||NHL Hitz 2002||N/A||N/A||GCN||N/A|
|November 17||Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader||N/A||N/A||GC||N/A|
|November 18||Crazy Taxi||N/A||N/A||GC||N/A|
|November 18||Super Monkey Ball||N/A||N/A||GC||N/A|
|November 18||IL-2 Sturmovik||PC||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 18||WWF Road to Wrestlemania||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|November 19||Wario Land 4||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|November 19||WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|November 20||Return to Castle Wolfenstein||PC||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 20||Frogger: The Great Quest||N/A||PS2||N/A||N/A|
|November 21||Ecks vs. Sever||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|November 21||Star Wars Episode I: Jedi Power Battles||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|November 21||Super Smash Bros. Melee||N/A||N/A||GCN (NTSC-J)||N/A|
|November 22||Mr. Driller G||N/A||PS1 (NTSC-J)||N/A||N/A|
|November 24||Frogger's Adventures: Temple of the Frog||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|November 25||Azurik: Rise of Perathia||N/A||N/A||Xbox||N/A|
|November 26||Jurassic Park III: Island Attack||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|November 26||Star Wars: Starfighter||N/A||N/A||Xbox||N/A|
|November 26||Twisted Metal: Small Brawl||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A|
|November 27||Extreme-G 3||N/A||N/A||GCN||N/A|
|November 27||Lego Racers 2||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|November 28||Cruis'n Velocity||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|November 29||Rampage Puzzle Attack||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|November 30||Dokapon: Monster Hunter||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|December 1||Breath of Fire||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|December 1||M&M's Blast!||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|December 3||Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|December 3||Super Smash Bros. Melee||N/A||N/A||GC (NTSC-U)||N/A|
|December 3||Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|December 4||Mega Man X6||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A|
|December 5||American Bass Challenge||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|December 7||Cel Damage||N/A||N/A||GCN||N/A|
|December 7||Evil Twin: Cyprien's Chronicles||N/A||N/A||PS2 (PAL & EU)||N/A|
|December 9||The Flintstones: Big Trouble in Bedrock||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|December 12||Mortal Kombat Advance||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|December 12||Shadow Hearts||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|December 17||Luigi's Mansion||N/A||N/A||GC||N/A|
|December 17||Dark Rift (North America)||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A|
|December 18||Universal Studios Theme Parks Adventure||N/A||N/A||GCN||N/A|
|December 19||Wizardry: Tale of the Forsaken Land||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|December 20||Final Fantasy X||N/A||N/A||PS2 (US)||N/A|
|December 20||Giants: Citizen Kabuto||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|December 21||Silent Hill 2: Director's Cut||N/A||N/A||Xbox||N/A|
|December 21||Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
Video game consoles
The dominant video game consoles in 2001 were:
Additionally, Nintendo released the Nintendo GameCube on September 14 in Japan (U.S. on November 18 and in Europe on May 3, 2002). Microsoft released the Xbox video game console in the U.S. on November 15 (in Europe on March 14, 2002).
Handheld game systems
The dominant handheld systems in 2001 were:
The Game Boy Advance
Video game sales
According to the NPD Group, Grand Theft Auto III was the top selling console video game in 2001 in the United States with just under two million sold; the top 10 selling console video games in 2001 in the United States ranked by units sold were:
|1||Grand Theft Auto III||PS2||Rockstar Games|
|2||Madden NFL 2002||PS2||Electronic Arts|
|4||Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty||PS2||Konami|
|5||Super Mario Advance||GBA||Nintendo|
|6||Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec||PS2||Sony|
|7||Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3||PS2||Activision|
|8||Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2||PS1||Activision|
Personal computer game sales
|1||The Sims||Electronic Arts|
|3||Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone||Electronic Arts|
|4||Diablo II: Lord of Destruction||Vivendi Universal|
|5||The Sims: House Party||Electronic Arts|
|6||The Sims: Livin' Large||Electronic Arts|
|7||The Sims: Hot Date||Electronic Arts|
|8||Diablo II||Vivendi Universal|
|9||Sim Theme Park||Electronic Arts|
|10||Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings||Microsoft|
Highest critically reviewed games (Metacritic)
|Number||Video Game||Publisher||Platform||Release Date||Average score||Number of reviews||Refs|
|1||Halo: Combat Evolved||Microsoft Game Studios||Xbox||November 14||97||68 reviews|||
|2||Grand Theft Auto III||Rockstar Games||PlayStation 2||October 22||97||56 reviews|||
|3||Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3||Activision||PlayStation 2||October 28||97||34 reviews|||
|4||Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty||Konami||PlayStation 2||November 12||96||42 reviews|||
|5||Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec||Sony Computer Entertainment||PlayStation 2||July 9||95||55 reviews|||
|6||Devil May Cry||Capcom||PlayStation 2||October 16||94||37 reviews|||
|7||Madden NFL 2002||EA Sports||PlayStation 2||August 19||94||23 reviews|||
|8||Mario Kart Super Circuit||Nintendo||Game Boy Advance||August 26||93||24 reviews|||
|9||Paper Mario||Nintendo||Nintendo 64||February 5||93||15 reviews|||
|10||NBA 2K2||Sega||Dreamcast||October 24||93||12 reviews|||
- "Attendance and Stats". IGN. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
- "NPD REPORTS ANNUAL 2001 U.S. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT SALES SHATTER INDUSTRY RECORD" (Press release). Port Washington, New York: NPD Group. February 7, 2002. Archived from the original on August 14, 2004. Retrieved January 27, 2015.
- "Reviews for Halo: Combat Evolved". Metacritic. Retrieved January 13, 2015.
- "Reviews for Grand Theft Auto III". Metacritic. Retrieved January 13, 2015.
- "Reviews for Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3". Metacritic. Retrieved January 13, 2015.
- "Reviews for Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty". Metacritic. Retrieved January 13, 2015.
- "Reviews Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec". Metacritic. Retrieved January 13, 2015.
- "Reviews for Devil May Cry". Metacritic. Retrieved January 13, 2015.
- "Reviews for Madden NFL 2002". Metacritic. Retrieved January 13, 2015.
- "Reviews for Mario Kart Super Circuit". Metacritic. Retrieved January 13, 2015.
- "Reviews for Paper Mario". Metacritic. Retrieved January 13, 2015.
- "Reviews for NBA 2K2". Metacritic. Retrieved January 13, 2015.