1993 in video gaming

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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

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Notable releases[edit | edit source]

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]

Name Release Date Category Region(s) Platform(s)
3 Count Bout 1993 Video Game North America Arcade, Neo Geo
3x3 Eyes July 23, 1993 Video Game Japan Mega CD
9 Ball Shootout! 1993 Video Game North America Arcade
A-Rank Thunder Tanjouhen July 25, 1993 Video Game Japan Mega CD
Aah! Harimanada September 3, 1993 Video Game Japan Mega Drive
Abandoned Places 2 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
ABM Command 1993 Video Game International Microsoft Windows
Accele Brid November 26, 1993 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
Action 52 1993 Video Game North America Genesis
ActRaiser March 18, 1993 Video Game Europe Super Nintendo Entertainment System
ActRaiser 2 November, 1993 Video Game North America Super Nintendo Entertainment System
ActRaiser 2 October 29, 1993 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
Adventure Island 3 February, 1993 Video Game North America Game Boy
Adventure Island 3 February 26, 1993 Video Game Japan Game Boy
Aero Fighters June 30, 1993 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
Aero the Acro-Bat October, 1993 Video Game North America Genesis, Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Aerobiz February, 1993 Video Game A Genesis, Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Aerobiz Supersonic April 2, 1993 Video Game Japan Mega Drive
Albert Odyssey March 5, 1993 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
Alcahest December 17, 1993 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
Alfred Chicken 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Alien³ (1993) May, 1993 Video Game North America Undefined
Alone in the Dark 2 1993 Video Game Europe MS-DOS
Alshark November 26, 1993 Video Game Japan Mega-CD
Annet Futatabi March 30, 1993 Video Game Japan Sega CD
Arcus 1-2-3 July 23, 1993 Video Game Japan Mega-CD
Arcus Odyssey October 22, 1993 Video Game SNES
Arslan Senki November 19, 1993 Video Game Japan Mega-CD
Athena no Hate na? 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes March 19, 1993 Video Game Japan Game Boy
Axelay September 30, 1993 Video Game Europe Super Nintendo Entertainment System
B.O.B. July 22, 1993 Video Game Europe Super Nintendo Entertainment System
B.O.B. 1993 Video Game Europe Genesis
B.O.B. June, 1993 Video Game North America Super Nintendo Entertainment System
B.O.B. 1993 Video Game North America Mega Drive
B.O.B. November 19, 1993 Video Game Japan Genesis
B.O.B. December 22, 1993 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
Bangai-O September 3, 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Batman Returns 1993 Video Game Europe NES
Batman Returns 1993 Video Game North America NES, Sega CD
Batman Returns April, 1993 Video Game North America SNES
Battle Blaze December, 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Battle Lode Runner January 19, 1993 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Battlecorps 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Battletoads February 18, 1993 Video Game Europe NES
Battletoads March 26, 1993 Video Game Japan Mega Drive
Battletoads & Double Dragon June, 1993 Video Game North America NES
Battletoads & Double Dragon February 19, 1993 Video Game North America Genesis
Bazooka Blitzkrieg August 27, 1993 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
Bible Buffet 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Bill Walsh College Football 1993 Video Game North America Genesis, SEGA CD
Bio Menace August 3, 1993 Video Game North America DOS
Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold December 3, 1993 Video Game North America DOS
Blaster Master 2 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Bomberman '93 1993 Video Game North America TurboGrafx
Bonk 3: Bonk's Big Adventure 1993 Video Game North America TurboGrafx 16
Bonk 3: Bonk's Big Adventure April 2, 1993 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Bonk's Adventure 1993 Video Game North America NES
Bonk's Adventure July 30, 1993 Video Game Japan Famicom
Bram Stoker's Dracula 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Bram Stoker's Dracula September, 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Brawl Brothers March 11, 1993 Video Game North America SNES
Breath of Fire April 3, 1993 Video Game Japan SNES
Bubble Bobble 1993 Video Game Asia Game Boy
BZFlag April 1, 1993 Video Game International
Cannon Fodder 1993 Video Game Europe Amiga
Captain America and the Avengers September, 1993 Video Game North America SNES
Castlevania February 5, 1993 Video Game Japan Famicom/NES
Castlevania: Rondo of Blood October 29, 1993 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Chip 'N Dale: Rescue Rangers 2 December 10, 1993 Video Game Japan Family Computer
Claymates November 20, 1993 Video Game Europe SNES
Claymates April 26, 1993 Video Game North America SNES
Constitution July 9, 1993 Video Game International Microsoft Windows
Cool World June, 1993 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Cyber Sled 1993 Video Game North America Arcade
Cybermorph 1993 Video Game North America Jaguar
Daffy Duck: The Marvin Missions October, 1993 Video Game North America SNES
Darius Force 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Diver's 1993 Video Game Japan Microsoft Windows
DOOM December 10, 1993 Video Game North America DOS
Double Dragon 1993 Video Game North America Atari Lynx
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine November 29, 1993 Video Game North America Genesis
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine December, 1993 Video Game North America Game Gear
Dragon Warrior I & II December 18, 1993 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
E.V.O.: Search for Eden July 15, 1993 Video Game North America Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Eco Fighters December, 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Eliminator Boat Duel April 29, 1993 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
Emeraldia 1993 Video Game Japan Arcade
ESPN Sunday Night NFL 1993 Video Game North America Sega CD
FIFA International Soccer 1993 Video Game North America Genesis
Final Fantasy Legend III September 29, 1993 Video Game North America Game Boy
Fire 'n Ice March 18, 1993 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
Fire 'n Ice March, 1993 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Flashback: The Quest for Identity 1993 Video Game North America Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Forgotten Realms: Unlimited Adventures March 17, 1993 Video Game North America DOS
Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Gadget - Invention, Travel, & Adventure 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Galaxian³ 1993 Video Game North America Arcade
Galmedes 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Ganbare Goemon 2: Kiteretsu Shogun Magginesu December 22, 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Gokko3 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Golden Axe III June 25, 1993 Video Game North America Mega Drive
Goof Troop November 25, 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Goof Troop July 11, 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Gunstar Heroes 1993 Video Game Europe Mega Drive
Gunstar Heroes September 9, 1993 Video Game North America Genesis
Gunstar Heroes September 10, 1993 Video Game Japan Mega Drive
Hammerin' Harry 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Harley's Humongous Adventure February, 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Illusion of Gaia November 27, 1993 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
Jack in the Dark December 25, 1993 Video Game North America MS-DOS
Jungle Wars 2 – Kodai Mahou Ateimos no Nazo March 19, 1993 Video Game Japan SNES
Kendo Rage 1993 Video Game North America Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Kendo Rage January 22, 1993 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
Kid Dracula 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Kid Dracula March, 1993 Video Game North America Game Boy
Kid Dracula January 3, 1993 Video Game Japan Game Boy
Kid Klown in Night Mayor World April, 1993 Video Game United States Nintendo Entertainment System
Kirby's Adventure December 9, 1993 Video Game Europe NES
Kirby's Adventure May 1, 1993 Video Game North America NES
Kirby's Adventure March 23, 1993 Video Game Japan Famicom
Kirby's Pinball Land 1993 Video Game Europe Game Boy Color
Kirby's Pinball Land November, 1993 Video Game North America Game Boy Color
Kirby's Pinball Land November 27, 1993 Video Game Japan Game Boy Color
Kisou Louga December 3, 1993 Video Game Japan PC Engine-CD
Knuckle Heads March, 1993 Video Game Japan Arcade
Krusty's Fun House 1993 Video Game International Amiga
Krusty's Fun House 1993 Video Game Europe DOS
Krusty's Fun House January, 1993 Video Game North America Game Boy
Lagoon May 27, 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Last Action Hero October, 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Lemmings 2: The Tribes 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Lethal Enforcers July 25, 1993 Video Game North America Genesis
Lethal Enforcers 1993 Video Game North America Sega CD
Little Samson 1993 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
Lunar: The Silver Star December 1, 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Madden NFL '94 October, 1993 Video Game North America uper Nintendo Entertainment System
Mario is Missing! 1993 Video Game Europe Super Nintedo Entertainment System
Mario is Missing! 1993 Video Game North America Mac OS
Mario is Missing! 1993 Video Game North America Super Nintedo Entertainment System
Mario's Time Machine December, 1993 Video Game North America Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Microsoft Windows
Martial Champion February 10, 1993 Video Game International Arcade
Martial Champion December 17, 1993 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Master of Orion September 6, 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Mega Bomberman December 10, 1993 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Mega Man 6 October 5, 1993 Video Game Japan Family Computer
Mega Man X December 17, 1993 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
Metal Marines December, 1993 Video Game North America Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Mickey's Memory Challenge December, 1993 Video Game Europe Undefined
Moonlight Lady March 26, 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Mortal Kombat II 1993 Video Game North America Arcade
Moto Roader February 9, 1993 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Mr. Nutz 1993 Video Game Europe Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Myst September 24, 1993 Video Game North America Mac
Nebulus 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Neugier: Umi to Kaze no Koudou March 26, 1993 Video Game Japan SNES
NFL Quarterback Club November, 1993 Video Game NA
Night Slashers September, 1993 Video Game Japan Arcade
Night Trap 1993 Video Game Europe Mega CD
Pac-Attack 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Paladin's Quest 1993 Video Game North America Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Panic 1993 Video Game North America Sega CD
Panic April 23, 1993 Video Game Japan Sega CD
Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium December 17, 1993 Video Game Japan Genesis, Mega Drive
Pilotwings January 21, 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Pocky & Rocky August 19, 1993 Video Game Europe Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Pocky & Rocky June, 1993 Video Game North America Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Power Moves October 4, 1993 Video Game Europe Undefined
Power Moves January, 1993 Video Game North America Undefined
Power Tennis June 25, 1993 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Quantum Gate 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Quest for Glory IV: Shadows of Darkness March, 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
R-Type III: The Third Lightning December 10, 1993 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
Raiden 1993 Video Game North America Genesis
RayForce 1993 Video Game Europe Arcade
RayForce 1993 Video Game Japan Arcade
Ridge Racer 1993 Video Game Europe Arcade
Ridge Racer September, 1993 Video Game North America Arcade
Ridge Racer 1993 Video Game Japan Arcade
Rocky Rodent September, 1993 Video Game North America Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Rocky Rodent July 30, 1993 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
Romancing SaGa 2 December 10, 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Sam & Max Hit the Road November, 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Sango Fighter 1993 Video Game Taiwan DOS
Secret of the Stars 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Shin Megami Tensei December 25, 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Shining Force July, 1993 Video Game Europe Undefined
Shining Force 1993 Video Game North America Undefined
Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master July 22, 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
SimCity 2000 1993 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows
SimFarm 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Soccer Kid August, 1993 Video Game Japan Amiga, SNES
Sonic CD October, 1993 Video Game Europe Mega-CD
Sonic CD November 19, 1993 Video Game North America SEGA CD
Sonic CD September 23, 1993 Video Game Japan Mega-CD
Sonic Chaos October 25, 1993 Video Game Europe Master System
Sonic Chaos November, 1993 Video Game Europe Game Gear
Sonic Chaos November 23, 1993 Video Game North America Game Gear
Sonic Chaos November 19, 1993 Video Game Japan Game Gear
Sonic Chaos March 17, 1993 Video Game Japan Virtual Console
Space Ace 1993 Video Game North America SNES
Spellbound! 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Spider-Man: The Return of the Sinister Six 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Spin Master December, 1993 Video Game North America Arcade
Star Fox June 3, 1993 Video Game Europe Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Star Fox March 1, 1993 Video Game North America Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Star Fox February 22, 1993 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
Star Trek: The Next Generation 1993 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy, Game Gear
Star Wars Arcade 1993 Video Game North America Arcade
Stellar Fire 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Street Fighter II Pinball March, 1993 Video Game North America Undefined
Street Fighter II pinball March, 1993 Video Game North America Undefined
Strip Fighter 2 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Sub-Terrania 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Super Back to the Future II July 23, 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Super Chinese World 2 October 23, 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Super Godzilla December 23, 1993 Video Game North America SNES
Super Godzilla December 22, 1993 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
Super Mario All-Stars December 16, 1993 Video Game Europe SNES
Super Mario All-Stars August 1, 1993 Video Game North America SNES
Super Mario All-Stars July 14, 1993 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
Super Mario Bros. December 16, 1993 Video Game Europe Super Nintendo Entertainment Shstem
Super Mario Bros. August 2, 1993 Video Game North America Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Super Mario Kart January 21, 1993 Video Game Europe Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins January 28, 1993 Video Game Europe Game Boy
Super Ninja Boy April, 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Super Spy Hunter 1993 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back June 1, 1993 Video Game North America SNES
Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back December 17, 1993 Video Game Japan SNES
Super Street Fighter II 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Super Widget September, 1993 Video Game North America Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Superior Soldiers 1993 Video Game North America Arcade
Survival Arts October, 1993 Video Game Japan Arcade
Sylphia October 22, 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Tetris 2 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
The 7th Guest April 28, 1993 Video Game International DOS
The 7th Saga August, 1993 Video Game North America Super Nintendo Entertainment System
The 7th Saga April 23, 1993 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
The Addams Family: Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt 1993 Video Game Europe NES
The Addams Family: Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt February, 1993 Video Game North America SNES
The Addams Family: Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt July, 1993 Video Game North America Game Boy
The Addams Family: Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt August, 1993 Video Game North America NES
The Amazing Spider-Man 3: Invasion of the Spider-Slayers 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
The Great Battle III March 26, 1993 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
The Jetsons: Cogswell's Caper August 26, 1993 Video Game Europe NES
The Jetsons: Cogswell's Caper December 30, 1993 Video Game North America NES
The Jetsons: Cogswell's Caper April 23, 1993 Video Game Japan Fanicom
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening November 18, 1993 Video Game Europe GB
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening August, 1993 Video Game North America GB
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening June 6, 1993 Video Game Japan GB
The Legend of Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon October 10, 1993 Video Game North America Phillips CD-i
The Ren & Stimpy Show: Veediots! October, 1993 Video Game United States SNES
The Simpsons: Bart vs. the World 1993 Video Game North America Master System
The Simpsons: Bart's Nightmare January 9, 1993 Video Game Europe Mega Drive, SNES
The Simpsons: Bart's Nightmare 1993 Video Game Australia Mega Drive, SNES
The Simpsons: Bart's Nightmare January 9, 1993 Video Game Japan Super Famicom, Mega Drive
Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends August 2, 1993 Video Game North America Genesis
Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends September, 1993 Video Game North America Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Thunder Force IV 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Time Gal 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Time Slip 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Time Slip November, 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Tinkle Pit 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster Busts Loose! June 24, 1993 Video Game Europe Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster Busts Loose! February, 1993 Video Game North America Super Nintendo Entertainment System
ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron 1993 Video Game Europe Mega Drive
ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron 1993 Video Game North America Genesis
ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron 1993 Video Game Australia Mega Drive
ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron 1993 Video Game Japan Mega Drive
Trevor McFur in the Crescent Galaxy 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Tsuppari Oozumou February 19, 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
TV Sports Hockey April 29, 1993 Video Game Japan PC Engine
Uchū no Kishi: Tekkaman Blade July 30, 1993 Video Game Japan Undefined
Ultima VII Part Two: Serpent Isle 1993 Video Game North America DOS
Ultima VII: The Silver Seed 1993 Expansion North America DOS
Unnatural Selection 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Vay: Ryuusei no Yoroi October 22, 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Vegas Stakes 1993 Video Game Europe Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Vegas Stakes 1993 Video Game North America Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Vegas Stakes September 10, 1993 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
Virtua Fighter October, 1993 Video Game International Arcade
Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? 1993 Video Game North America Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Wizards & Warriors III January 21, 1993 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Xak: The Art of Visual Stage February 26, 1993 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
Yoshi's Cookie June, 1993 Video Game North America SNES
Yoshi's Cookie November 30, 1993 Video Game North America Game Boy
Yoshi's Safari September, 1993 Video Game North America Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Yoshi's Safari July 14, 1993 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
Zombies Ate My Neighbors 1993 Video Game North America Genesis, Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Zool 2 1993 Video Game North America Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOS, Jaguar

Hardware releases[edit | edit source]

Name Release Date Category Region(s)
3DO Interactive Multiplayer 1993 Home Console International
Atari Jaguar November 18, 1993 Home Console North America
LaserActive 1993 Home Console North America
Mega-CD April, 1993 Peripheral Europe