1990 in video gaming

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Hardware Releases[edit | edit source]

Notable Game Releases[edit | edit source]

Business[edit | edit source]

  • Nintendo v. Color Dreams lawsuit: Nintendo sues Color Dreams over unlicensed production of Nintendo video games
  • THQ Inc.: Toy Head-Quarters merges with Trinity Acquisition Corporation
  • New companies: Eidos plc, Team17 Software Limited, Natsume Co., Ltd

Video game releases[edit | edit source]

Name Release Date Category Region(s) Platform(s)
688 Attack Sub 1990 Video Game Europe Mega Drive
8 Eyes 1990 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia November 29, 1990 Video Game Japan Famicom
A.B. Cop 1990 Video Game North America Arcade
Abadox: The Deadly Inner War March, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
ActRaiser December 16, 1990 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
Adventures of Lolo 2 March, 1990 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Adventures of Lolo 2 January 6, 1990 Video Game Japan Famicom
Adventures of Lolo 3 December 26, 1990 Video Game Japan Famicom
After Burner II March 22, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
After Burner II September 28, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Air Duel 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Air Inferno 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Al Unser Jr.'s Turbo Racing March, 1990 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Aliens 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Altered Beast 1990 Video Game Europe Mega Drive
Altered Beast July 20, 1990 Video Game Japan Famicom
American Horseshoes 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Angband 1990 Video Game International Undefined
Arkista's Ring 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Armed Formation F 1990 Video Game North America PC-Engine
Ashura Blaster 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Atomic Robo-Kid 1990 Video Game International Mega Drive, Commodore 64, Atari ST, Amiga
Atomic Robo-Kid Special January 19, 1990 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Aurail 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Back to the Future Part II & III September, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Bandit Kings of Ancient China December, 1990 Video Game North America NES
Bandit Kings of Ancient China June 25, 1990 Video Game Japan Famicom
Barunba April 27, 1990 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Baseball Stars Professional April 26, 1990 Video Game International Arcade
Batman: The Video Game September 14, 1990 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
Battle Royale 1990 Video Game North America TurboGrafx 16
Bible Adventures 1990 Video Game North America NES
Bionic Commando December 26, 1990 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
Blades of Steel November 23, 1990 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
Bloody Wolf 1990 Video Game North America TurboGrafx 16
Blue Shadow August 10, 1990 Video Game Japan Family Computer
Bomberman (1990) December 12, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Bonk's Adventure 1990 Video Game North America TurboGrafx 16
Boxyboy 1990 Video Game North America TurboGrafx 16
Boxyboy March 16, 1990 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Bravoman 1990 Video Game North America TurboGrafx 16
Bravoman July 13, 1990 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Bubble Bobble October 26, 1990 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
Bubble Bobble 1990 Video Game Australia Nintendo Entertainment System
Bubble Bobble October 31, 1990 Video Game Japan FM Towns Marty
Bubble Bobble December 7, 1990 Video Game Japan Game Boy
Bubble Bobble March 9, 1990 Video Game Japan Sharp X68000
Castle of Dragon June, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest April 27, 1990 Video Game Europe NES
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse October, 1990 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Caveman Games October, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Champion Wrestler December 14, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Chase H.Q. 1990 Video Game North America Game Boy
Chew Man Fu 1990 Video Game North America TurboGrafx 16
Chew Man Fu March 30, 1990 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers: The Adventures in Nimnul's Castle March 1, 1990 Video Game United States Undefined
Chip 'N Dale: Rescue Rangers June, 1990 Video Game North America NES
Chip 'N Dale: Rescue Rangers June 8, 1990 Video Game Japan Famicom
City Hunter March 2, 1990 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Clash at Demonhead January, 1990 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Code Name: Viper March, 1990 Video Game North America NES
Code Name: Viper February 23, 1990 Video Game Japan Famicom
Columns June 29, 1990 Video Game North America Genesis
Columns 1990 Video Game North America Master System
Columns 1990 Video Game North America MSX2
Commander Keen 1: Marooned on Mars December 14, 1990 Video Game North America DOS
Commander Keen 2: The Earth Explodes 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Conflict March, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Cosmo Tank September, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Cosmo Tank June 8, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Cratermaze 1990 Video Game North America TurboGrafx 16
Cruel 1990 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows
Crystalis July, 1990 Video Game North America NES
Crystalis April 13, 1990 Video Game Japan Famicom
Cyber-Lip November 7, 1990 Video Game International Arcade
Darius Plus September 21, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Destination Earthstar February, 1990 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Devil's Crush 1990 Video Game North America TurboGrafx 16
Devil's Crush July 20, 1990 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Dick Tracy 1990 Video Game North America Genesis, Master System
Double Dare April, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Dr. Mario 1990 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Dr. Mario July 27, 1990 Video Game Japan Famicom
Dr. Mario July 27, 1990 Video Game Japan Game Boy
Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen February 11, 1990 Video Game Japan Family Computer
Dragon Spirit 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Drakkhen 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Drop Off 1990 Video Game North America TurboGrafx 16
Drop Off March 30, 1990 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Dungeon Master 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Dynowarz: The Destruction of Spondylus April, 1990 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Dynowarz: The Destruction of Spondylus 1990 Video Game Japan Famicom
ESWAT: City Under Siege June 1, 1990 Video Game International Mega Drive
Exodus 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Extreme Paintbrawl October 20, 1990 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows
F-15 City War 1990 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
F-15 City War 1990 Video Game Australia Nintendo Entertainment System
F-Zero November 21, 1990 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
Faxanadu December 28, 1990 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
Fester's Quest September 14, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Final Blaster September 28, 1990 Video Game Japan PC Engine
Final Fantasy July 12, 1990 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Final Fantasy III April 27, 1990 Video Game Japan Family Computer
Final Fantasy Legend II December 14, 1990 Video Game Japan Game Boy
Formation Armed F March 23, 1990 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Formula One: Built to Win November, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Frankenstein: The Monster Returns 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Fun School 3 for 5 to 7 Year Olds 1990 Video Game United Kingdom ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, Amstrad PCW, Atari ST, Amiga, MS-DOS
Fun School 3 for Over 7s 1990 Video Game United Kingdom ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, Amstrad PCW, Atari ST, Amiga, MS-DOS
Fun School 3 for Under-5s 1990 Video Game United Kingdom ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, Amstrad PCW, Atari ST, Amiga, MS-DOS
Gaiflame January 26, 1990 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Gargoyle's Quest: Ghosts 'n Goblins July, 1990 Video Game North America GB
Gargoyle's Quest: Ghosts 'n Goblins May 2, 1990 Video Game Japan GB
Genpei Toumaden March 16, 1990 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Gigandes February, 1990 Video Game International Arcade
Golden Axe March 16, 1990 Video Game Japan PC-Engine Super CD
Golf (1990) 1990 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows
Hisou Kihei Kai-Serd February 23, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Hit the Ice 1990 Video Game North America Arcade
Image Fight July 27, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Insector X 1990 Video Game United States Genesis
Insector X September 7, 1990 Video Game Japan Genesis
Insector X September 21, 1990 Video Game Japan Famicom
J.J. & Jeff 1990 Video Game North America TurboGrafx 16
Kickle Cubicle 1990 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
Kickle Cubicle September, 1990 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Kickle Cubicle June 29, 1990 Video Game Japan Family Computer
KiKi KaiKai March 27, 1990 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
King of Casino 1990 Video Game North America TurboGrafx 16
King of Casino March 30, 1990 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Kyūkai Dōchūki July 12, 1990 Video Game Japan Namco System 2
Legendary Axe II 1990 Video Game North America TurboGrafx-16
Legendary Axe II September 7, 1990 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Liquid Kids 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Little League Baseball: Championship Series June, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Little Nemo: The Dream Master December 12, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Little Nemo: The Dream Master September, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Little Nemo: The Dream Master December 7, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Little Ninja Brothers 1990 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Lode Runner: Lost Labyrinth July 27, 1990 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
LOOM January, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Mahjong Gakuen Mild July 29, 1990 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Mahjong Gokuu Special August 10, 1990 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Maniac Mansion 1990 Video Game North America NES
Mashou Denki La Valeur 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Mega Man 3 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Menace Beach 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Mendel Palace October, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Mercenary Force 1990 Video Game Europe Game Boy
Mercenary Force October, 1990 Video Game North America Game Boy
Mercenary Force April 27, 1990 Video Game Japan Game Boy
Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake 1990 Video Game Japan MSX2, MSX2+
Minesweeper 1990 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows
Miracle Keyboard Teaching System 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Momotarou Densetsu Turbo July 20, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Muppet Adventure: Chaos at the Carnival 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Neutopia 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
New Ghostbusters II 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
New Ghostbusters II December 26, 1990 Video Game Japan Undefined
New Zealand Story February 23, 1990 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos May, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos April 6, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Ninja Spirit 1990 Video Game North America TurboGrafx 16
Ninja Spirit July 6, 1990 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Operation Wolf August 31, 1990 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Ordyne 1990 Video Game North America TurboGrafx 16
Out Zone 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
OutRun December 21, 1990 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Parodius Da! -Shinwa kara Owarai e- April 25, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Parodius Da! -Shinwa kara Owarai e- November 3, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Pegged 1990 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows
Pilotwings December 21, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Pipe Mania 1990 Video Game International 1990
Power Drift 1990 Video Game North America DOS
Power Drift April 13, 1990 Video Game Japan PC Engine
Power League III August 10, 1990 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Psycho Chaser April 6, 1990 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Psychosis 1990 Video Game North America TurboGrafx 16
Psychosis March 1, 1990 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Quarth 1990 Video Game International MSX2
Quarth 1990 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Quarth June 16, 1990 Video Game North America Game Boy
Quarth April 13, 1990 Video Game Japan Famicom
Race America 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Racing Hero 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Radar Mission January, 1990 Video Game North America Game Boy
Radar Mission January 26, 1990 Video Game Japan Game Boy
Raiden 1990 Video Game International Arcade
Rampart 1990 Video Game North America Arcade
Rygar March 30, 1990 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
Rygar 1990 Video Game North America Atari Lynx
Saint Dragon December 21, 1990 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
SD The Great Battle December 29, 1990 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
Sentinel 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Sesame Street: Big Bird's Hide and Speak October, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Shougi Shodan Icchokusen August 10, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon 1990 Video Game North America DOS, Amiga, Mac OS, Atari ST
SimEarth 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Sindibad: Chitei No Dai Makyu June 2, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Sinistron December 14, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Snake's Revenge April, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Solar Jetman: Hunt for the Golden Warpship October, 1990 Video Game North America NES
Solstice: The Quest for the Staff of Demnos June, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Solstice: The Quest for the Staff of Demnos July 20, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Sonic Spike 1990 Video Game North America TurboGrafx 16
Sonic Spike July 27, 1990 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Space Harrier 1990 Video Game North America PC-Engine, TurboGrafx-16
Space Invaders March 2, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Splatterhouse April 21, 1990 Video Game North America TurboGrafx 16
Splatterhouse April 3, 1990 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
StarTropics December, 1990 Video Game NA
Stealth ATF 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight September, 1990 Video Game North America NES
Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight August 8, 1990 Video Game Japan Famicom
Super Buster Bros. 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Super Dodge Ball March 30, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Super Mario Bros. 3 February 12, 1990 Video Game North America NES
Super Mario Land September 28, 1990 Video Game Europe Game Boy
Super Mario World November 21, 1990 Video Game Japan SNES
Super Star Soldier 1990 Video Game North America TurboGrafx 16
Super Star Soldier July 6, 1990 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Super Thunder Blade November 30, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Taipei 1990 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows
Tecmo Bowl November 13, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles August 17, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game December 6, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game December 7, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan August, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan August 3, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Terra Cresta March, 1990 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
TETRIS for Windows 1990 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows
The Adventures of Rad Gravity December, 1990 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
The Bard's Tale December 21, 1990 Video Game Japan Famicom
The Battle of Olympus January, 1990 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
The Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle March, 1990 Video Game North America Game Boy
The Combatribes 1990 Video Game Japan Arcade
The Final Fantasy Legend September 30, 1990 Video Game North America Game Boy
The Guardian Legend 1990 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
The Hunt for Red October (1990) 1990 Video Game North America ZX Spectrum, Amiga, Atari ST, Atari 8-bit, DOS, Amstrad CPC, Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy
The Secret of Monkey Island 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
The Ultimate Stuntman 1990 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Thunderbirds September, 1990 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
ThunderFox 1990 Video Game North America Arcade
TicTactics 1990 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows
Timeball 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
U.S. Championship V'Ball February, 1990 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Valkyrie no Densetsu August 9, 1990 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Vegas Dream March, 1990 Video Game North America NES
Veigues Tactical Gladiator 1990 Video Game North America TurboGrafx 16
Veigues Tactical Gladiator June 15, 1990 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Werewolf: The Last Warrior November, 1990 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Wheel of Fortune: Family Edition 1990 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? 1990 Video Game North America Amiga, Commodore 64, Commodore 128, Mac OS, DOS
Whomp 'Em December 7, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Wing Commander 1990 Video Game International Undefined
Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
WWF WrestleMania Challenge October, 1990 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Xak: The Art of Visual Stage April, 1990 Video Game Japan Sharp X68000
Xexyz March, 1990 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Yo! Noid November, 1990 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Ys I & II 1990 Video Game North America TurboGrafx-CD

Hardware releases[edit | edit source]

Name Release Date Category Region(s)
Game Gear October 6, 1990 Handheld Console Japan
Mega Drive January, 1990 Home Console Asia
Mega Drive November 30, 1990 Home Console Europe
Mega Drive Controller November 30, 1990 Controller Europe
Neo Geo AES 1990 Home Console Japan
Super Famicom November 21, 1990 Home Console Japan
TurboGrafx CD August 1, 1990 Peripheral North America