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This is an incomplete list of launch games for various video game consoles. Although most launch titles were released synchronously with the system they were released for, some games were released prior to the actual system release: for example, Dragon Quest Monsters was released on the Game Boy Color on September 25, 1998; however, the Game Boy Color itself was not released until October 1998, and although the Wii officially launched on November 19, 2006, games were released as early as November 13, 2006.

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Home game consoles[]

Second generation[]

Atari 2600[]

U.S. launch: September 11, 1977

Bally Astrocade[]

U.S. launch: 1977

Intellivision[]

U.S. launch: 1979

ColecoVision[]

U.S. launch: August 1982

Atari 5200[]

U.S. launch: November 1982

Third generation[]

SG-1000[]

Japanese launch: July 15, 1983

  • Borderline

Famicom/Nintendo Entertainment System[]

Japanese launch: July 15, 1983

U.S. launch: October 18, 1985Template:Cref

European launch: September 1, 1986

Famicom Disk System[]

Japanese launch: February 21, 1986

Sega Mark III/Sega Master System[]

[1] Japanese launch: October 20, 1985

U.S. launch: June 1986

U.K. launch: late 1986

Atari 7800[]

Second[2] U.S. launch: January 1986[3]

Fourth generation[]

NEC PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16/TurboGrafx[]

Japanese launch: October 30, 1987

U.S. launch: August 19, 1989

NEC PC-Engine Super CD-ROM² / TurboGrafx-CD[]

Japanese launch: December 4, 1988

  • Fighting Street
  • No-Ri-Ko

U.S. launch: August 1, 1990

Sega Mega Drive/Genesis[]

Japanese launch: October 29, 1988

U.S. launch: August 14, 1989

European launch: November 30, 1990

Sega Mega-CD[]

Japanese launch: December 12, 1991

  • Heavy Nova
  • Sol-Feace

U.S. launch: October 15, 1992

  • Black Hole Assault
  • Chuck Rock
  • Cobra Command
  • INXS: Make My Video
  • Marky Mark: Make My Video
  • Night Trap
  • Sega Classics 4-in-1
  • Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective
  • Sol-Feace
  • Sewer Shark

European launch: April 19, 1993

Sega 32X[]

European launch: November 14, 1994

U.S. launch: November 21, 1994

Japanese launch: December 3, 1994

Super Famicom/SNES[]

Japanese launch: November 21, 1990

U.S. launch: August 23, 1991

European launch: April 11, 1992

Neo Geo AES[]

U.S launch: June 18, 1991

Philips CD-i[]

International release: December 3, 1991

Fifth generation[]

3DO Interactive Multiplayer[]

U.S. launch: October 4, 1993[4][5]

  • Crash 'N Burn

Japanese launch: March 1994[6]

  • Ultraman Powered
  • The Life Stage: Virtual House
  • Wacky Races
  • Fire Ball!! (titled Real Pinball in North America and Europe)
  • Pebble Beach Golf Links
  • Yamamura Misa Suspense: Kyoto Kurama Sansou Satsujin Jiken

Playdia[]

Japanese launch: September 23, 1994

  • Dragon Ball Z - Suupaa Saiyajin Zetsumetsu Keikaku Chikyū Hen
  • Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon S - Quiz Taiketsu! Sailor Power Shūketsu!!
  • SD Gundam Daizukan

Sega Saturn[]

Japanese launch: November 22, 1994[7]

  • Mahjong Goku Tenjiku
  • TAMA
  • Virtua Fighter
  • Wan Chai Connection

U.S. launch: May 11, 1995[8]

  • Bug!
  • Clockwork Knight
  • Daytona USA
  • NHL All-Star Hockey
  • Pebble Beach Golf Links
  • Panzer Dragoon
  • Virtua Fighter
  • Worldwide Soccer: Sega International Victory Goal Edition

European launch: July 8, 1995

  • Clockwork Knight
  • Daytona USA
  • Virtua Fighter

Sony PlayStation[]

Japanese launch: December 3, 1994

  • A. IV Evolution
  • Crime Crackers
  • Gokujō Parodius Da! Deluxe Pack
  • Mahjong Goku Sky: Atsushi
  • Mahjong Station Mazin
  • Nekketsu Oyako
  • Ridge Racer
  • TAMA

U.S. launch: September 9, 1995 [9]

  • Air Combat
  • Battle Arena Toshinden
  • ESPN Extreme Games
  • Kileak: The DNA Imperative
  • NBA Jam Tournament Edition
  • Power Serve 3D Tennis
  • The Raiden Project
  • Rayman
  • Ridge Racer
  • Street Fighter: The Movie
  • Total Eclipse Turbo
  • Zero Divide

European launch: September 29, 1995

Nintendo 64[]

Japanese launch: June 23, 1996

U.S. launch: September 29, 1996

European launch: March 1, 1997

Nintendo 64DD[]

Japanese launch: December 11, 1999

  • Kyojin no Doshin 1
  • Mario Artist: Paint Studio

Atari Jaguar[]

U.S. launch: November 15, 1993

European launch: 1994

  • Alien vs. Predator

Japanese launch: November 21, 1994

Atari Jaguar CD[]

U.S. launch: September 21, 1995

Sixth generation[]

Sega Dreamcast[]

[10] Japanese launch: November 27, 1998

U.S. launch: September 9, 1999[11]

European launch: October 14, 1999

Sony PlayStation 2[]

Japanese launch: March 4, 2000

U.S. launch: October 26, 2000

European launch: November 24, 2000

Nintendo GameCube[]

Japanese launch: September 14, 2001

U.S. launch: November 18, 2001

European launch: May 3, 2002

Microsoft Xbox[]

U.S. launch: November 15, 2001

Japanese launch: February 22, 2002

European launch: March 14, 2002

Seventh generation[]

Xbox 360[]

U.S. launch: November 22, 2005

European launch: December 2, 2005

Japanese & Asian launch: December 10, 2005

Xbox Live Arcade[]

PlayStation 3[]

Japanese launch: November 11, 2006

U.S. launch: November 17, 2006

European and Australian launch: March 23, 2007

PlayStation Network[]

U.S. launch: November 17, 2006

European and Australian launch: March 23, 2007

Wii[]

U.S. launch: November 19, 2006

Japanese launch: December 2, 2006

European launch: December 8, 2006

Wii Virtual Console[]

U.S. launch: November 19, 2006

European launch: December 8, 2006

Japanese launch: December 2, 2006

Eighth generation[]

Wii U[]

U.S. launch: November 18, 2012

European launch: November 30, 2012

Japanese launch: December 8, 2012

PlayStation 4[]

U.S. launch: November 15, 2013 [2]

European launch: November 29, 2013 [3]

Japanese launch: February 22, 2014 [4]

Xbox One[]

U.S. launch: November 22, 2013[12]

European launch: November 22, 2013 [5]

Japanese launch: September 4, 2014 [6]

Ninth generation[]

Xbox Series X and S[]

U.S. and European launch: November 10, 2020

Handheld game consoles[]

Second generation[]

Microvision[]

U.S. Launch: 1979

  • Block Buster
  • Bowling
  • Connect Four
  • Pinball

Fourth generation[]

Atari Lynx[]

U.S. launch: October 1989

Game Boy[]

Japanese launch: April 21, 1989

U.S. launch: July 31, 1989

European launch: September 28, 1990

Sega Game Gear[]

Japanese launch: October 6, 1990

  • Columns
  • Pengo
  • Super Monaco GP

European launch: April 26, 1991

  • Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
  • Columns
  • Super Monaco GP

U.S. launch: April 26, 1991

  • Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
  • Columns
  • G-LOC: Air Battle
  • Psychic World
  • Revenge of Drancon
  • Super Monaco GP

Fifth generation[]

Virtual Boy[]

Japanese launch: July 21, 1995

U.S. launch: August 14, 1995

Game com[]

U.S. launch: 1997

  • Lights Out
  • Batman & Robin

Game Boy Color[]

Japanese launch: October 21, 1998

  • Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry no Wonderland (released a month before the system launched)
  • Glocal Hexcite
  • Tetris DX
  • Wario Land II

U.S. launch: November 18, 1998

  • Centipede
  • Game & Watch Gallery 2
  • Pocket Bomberman
  • Tetris DX

European launch: November 23, 1998

WonderSwan[]

Japanese launch: March 4, 1999

Neo Geo Pocket Color[]

Japanese launch: March 16, 1999

  • Baseball Stars
  • King of Fighters R-1
  • Melon-chan's Growth Diary
  • NeoGeo Cup '98
  • Pocket Tennis
  • Puzzle Tsunagete Pon
  • Shogi no Tatsujin
  • Neo Cherry Master
  • Samurai Shodown!

U.S. launch: August 6, 1999

  • Baseball Stars Color
  • Bio Motor Unitron
  • Bust-A-Move Pocket
  • Crush Roller
  • Fatal Fury: First Contact
  • King of Fighters R-2
  • Neo Cherry Master Color
  • Neo Dragon's Wild
  • Neo Mystery Bonus
  • Neo Turf Masters
  • Pac-Man
  • Pocket Tennis Color
  • Samurai Shodown! 2

European launch: October 1, 1999

  • Baseball Stars
  • Biomotor Unitron
  • Fatal Fury: First Contact
  • King of Fighters R-2
  • Neo Cherry Master Color
  • Neo Dragon's Wild
  • Neo Geo Cup '98
  • Neo Geo Cup '98 Plus Color
  • Neo Mystery Bonus
  • Neo Turf Masters
  • Pac-Man
  • Pocket Tennis Color
  • Samurai Shodown!

WonderSwan Color[]

Japanese launch: December 9, 2000

Sixth generation[]

Game Boy Advance[]

Japanese launch: March 21, 2001

  • Boku wa Koukuu Kanseikan
  • Castlevania: Circle of the Moon
  • ChuChu Rocket!
  • ESPN Final Round Golf 2002
  • EZ-Talk Shokyuuhen 1-6 Kan Set
  • Fire Pro Wrestling
  • GT Advance Championship Racing
  • J. League Pocket
  • Konami Krazy Racers
  • Kuru Kuru Kururin
  • Mega Man Battle Network
  • Momotaru Matsuri
  • Monster Guardians
  • Mr. Driller 2
  • Napoleon
  • Pinobee: Wings of Adventure
  • Play Novel: Silent Hill
  • Power Pro Kun Pocket 3
  • Super Dodge Ball Advance
  • Super Mario Advance
  • Top Gear GT Championship
  • Tweety & The Magic Gems
  • Winning Post
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Dungeon Dice Monsters

U.S. launch: June 11, 2001

European launch: June 22, 2001

N-Gage[]

European launch: October 7, 2003

U.S. launch: October 7, 2003

Seventh generation[]

Nintendo DS[]

U.S. launch: November 21, 2004

Japanese launch: December 2, 2004

European launch: March 11, 2005

PlayStation Portable[]

Main article: PlayStation Portable launch

Japanese launch: December 12, 2004

U.S./Canada launch: March 24, 2005

European launch: September 1, 2005

Gizmondo[]

UK launch: March 19, 2005

U.S. launch: October 22, 2005

Eighth generation[]

Nintendo 3DS[]

Japanese launch: February 26, 2011.[13]

  • AR Games (preloaded application)
  • Bust-a-Move Universe
  • Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D
  • Face Raiders (preloaded application)
  • Find Mii (preloaded application)
  • Nintendogs + Cats (three versions)
  • Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D
  • Puzzle Swap (preloaded application)
  • Ridge Racer 3D
  • Samurai Warriors: Chronicles
  • Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition

European launch: March 25, 2011

U.S. launch: March 27, 2011

3DS Virtual Console[]

U.S. launch: June 6, 2011

PlayStation Vita[]

Japanese launch: December 17, 2011

European launch: February 22, 2012

U.S. launch: February 22, 2012

Hybrid game consoles[]

Nintendo Switch[]

North American launch, March 3, 2017

  • 1-2-Switch
  • Fast RMX
  • I Am Setsuna
  • Just Dance 2017
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment
  • Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove
  • Skylanders: Imaginators
  • Snipperclips
  • Super Bomberman R

European launch, March 3, 2017

  • 1-2-Switch
  • Arcade Archives (5 titles)
  • Fast RMX
  • I Am Setsuna
  • Just Dance 2017
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers
  • Othello
  • Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment
  • Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove
  • Skylanders: Imaginators
  • Snipperclips
  • Super Bomberman R
  • Voez
  • Vroom in the Night Sky

Japanese launch, March 3, 2017

  • 1-2-Switch
  • Arcade Archives (5 titles)
  • Blaster Master Zero
  • Disgaea 5 Complete
  • Dragon Quest Heroes I & II
  • I Am Setsuna
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers
  • Nobunaga's Ambition: Sphere of Influence
  • Othello
  • Puyo Puyo Tetris
  • Snipperclips
  • Soldam: Blooming Declaration
  • Super Bomberman R
  • Voez
  • Vroom in the Night Sky

See also[]

Notes[]

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References[]

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  2. The console was test marketed in 1984
  3. Kato, Matthew (30 October 2013). Which Game Console Had The Best Launch Lineup?. Gameinformer. Retrieved on 14 November 2013
  4. Matthews, Will (December 2013). "Ahead of its Time: A 3DO Retrospective". Retro Gamer (Imagine Publishing) (122): pp. 18–29. 
  5. The Best -- and Worst -- Console Launches. Yahoo! Games (November 8, 2013). Retrieved on 2014-01-30
  6. "Matsushita Brings 3DO to the Far East". GamePro (IDG) (57): pp. 176. April 1994. 
  7. "Sega's Saturn Launched in Japan". Electronic Gaming Monthly (Ziff Davis) (65): 60. December 1994. 
  8. "Sega Hopes to Run Rings Around the Competition with Early Release of the Saturn". Electronic Gaming Monthly (Ziff Davis) (72): 30. July 1995. 
  9. http://web.archive.org/web/20050207085514/http://www.vidgames.com/ps/misc/oldnews.html
  10. http://sega.jp/cgi-bin/csALL.cgi?rpp=20&sr=640&tt=&sy=&gr=&hw=10&fw=&sort=2
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  13. Tom Bramwell (October 1, 2011). Nintendo 3DS Japanese launch line-up 3DS News - Page 1. Eurogamer. Retrieved on 2011-01-10
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