1993 in video gaming
Events[edit | edit source]
- March — In Sweden, the Swedish video game magazine Super PLAY (SP) starts. The original name is Super Power.
- Midway Games embroiled in controversy for its game Mortal Kombat from 1992 when the game is launched for video game consoles in 1993.
- The first use of motion control photography in video games, used by Stormfront Studios in Eagle Eye Mysteries, produced by Scott Orr and published by Electronic Arts
Notable releases[edit | edit source]
- Microprose releases the Strategy Game of the Year Master of Orion.
- Namco releases Super World Stadium '93, Emeraldia, Nettou! Gekitou! Quiztou!!, Numan Athletics, Ridge Racer, Great Sluggers '93, Final Lap R, Cyber Sled and Tinkle Pit.
- June: Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle is released by Lucasarts as a sequel to Maniac Mansion and is notable for being one of the acclaimed early titles by designer Tim Schafer.
- July: Domark release Championship Manager 93 the second of the series.
- August — Nintendo releases The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Game Boy), which becomes the best-selling handheld game in the series.
- August: Infocom and Activision release Return to Zork.
- September 24 — Broderbund releases the Myst computer game, which goes on to become one of the bestselling games of all time.
- December 10 — id Software releases Doom, a seminal first-person shooter that advanced 3D graphics for computer games.
- Nintendo releases the game Star Fox for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, the first game to use the Super FX Chip.
- Sega releases the Virtua Fighter (by AM2) arcade game, which is later displayed at the Smithsonian Institution.
- Stellar Crisis is released, making it the first free multi-player wargame that is entirely browser based.
- Squaresoft releases Secret of Mana for the SNES, the second in a series of role-playing games (the first technically being Final Fantasy Adventure for the Game Boy in 1991).
- Nintendo releases Kirby's Adventure, the second Kirby game and the only one for the NES.
- Nintendo releases the game Super Mario All-Stars for the Super NES. It features the first 3 Super Mario Bros. games together on one. Also, it's the first time the Japanese version of Super Mario Bros. 2 is playable in North America.
- March 15 — Sunsoft releases Blaster Master 2 for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis.
- Maxis releases SimCity 2000, sequel to the tremendously popular SimCity.
- December 17 — Sierra On-Line releases Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers. It is the first game in the Gabriel Knight series and features the voices of Tim Curry, Mark Hamill, Michael Dorn, and Leah Remini.
- December 31 - Microprose releases X-Com: Enemy Unknown.
Hardware[edit | edit source]
- Atari Corp. releases the Jaguar home console, calling it the first 64-bit video game system
- Commodore Business Machines releases the Amiga CD32 multimedia home console
- Goldstar, Panasonic, and Sanyo release their versions of the 3DO, the first 32-bit home console
- Intel releases the first Pentium chip for the PC, creating a new generation of personal computers.
- Nintendo releases a smaller redesigned NES, which allows cartridges to now be inserted at the top of the console, instead of the front.
- Pioneer releases the LaserActive multimedia home console
- Sega's Mega CD released in Europe and Australia.
- Tandy releases the Video Information System (VIS) multimedia home console
Business[edit | edit source]
- Magnavox is acquired by the Carlyle Group
- Microprose Inc. is acquired by Spectrum Holobyte
- New companies: nVidia Corporation, Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., Croteam Ltd.
Video game releases[edit | edit source]
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Hardware releases[edit | edit source]
|3DO Interactive Multiplayer||1993||Home Console||International|
|Amiga CD32||September 16, 1993||Home Console, Personal Computer||Europe|
|Atari Jaguar||November 18, 1993||Home Console||North America|
|LaserActive||1993||Home Console||North America|