1996 in video gaming

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Hardware Releases[edit | edit source]

Software Releases[edit | edit source]

Key Events[edit | edit source]

  • The video game website GameSpot was launched.

Video game releases[edit | edit source]

Name Release Date Category Region(s) Platform(s)
10-Yard Fight 1996 Video Game Japan MSX
19XX: The War Against Destiny December 7, 1996 Video Game North America Arcade
2 on 2 Open Ice Challenge November 30, 1996 Video Game North America PlayStation
3D Tetris March 22, 1996 Video Game North America Virtual Boy
9: The Last Resort September 30, 1996 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows, Mac OS
A-10 Cuba! November 30, 1996 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows, Mac OS
Abuse 1996 Video Game International GNU/Linux, DOS
Ace Ventura October 31, 1996 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows
Actua Golf October, 1996 Video Game Europe PlayStation
Actua Golf October 31, 1996 Video Game North America PlayStation
Actua Golf 1996 Video Game North America Saturn
Age of Sail November 30, 1996 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows
AH-64D Longbow 1996 Video Game DOS Undefined
Albert Odyssey June 12, 1996 Video Game Japan Satellaview
All Good Things 1996 Bundle North America Vectrex
Alone in the Dark 2 1996 Video Game North America Mac OS
Alone in the Dark 2 November 8, 1996 Video Game Japan PlayStation, Saturn
Alone in the Dark: Jack is Back May 3, 1996 Video Game Europe PlayStation, Saturn
Alone in the Dark: One-Eyed Jack's Revenge August 22, 1996 Video Game North America PlayStation, Saturn
Amazing Learning Games With Rayman 1996 Video Game Europe MS-DOS
Amber: Journeys Beyond 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Amok October 31, 1996 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows
Animal 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Aquarium 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Arc the Lad II November 1, 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Arcade's Greatest Hits: The Atari Collection 1 December 31, 1996 Video Game North America PlayStation
Area 51 September 30, 1996 Video Game North America Windows
Area 51 November 20, 1996 Video Game North America Saturn
Area 51 November 26, 1996 Video Game North America PSX
Athlete Kings 1996 Video Game Europe Saturn
Attack of the Mutant Penguins March 1, 1996 Video Game North America Atari Jaguar
Bad Mojo 1996 Video Game Europe Microsoft Windows, Mac OS
Bad Mojo February 29, 1996 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows, Mac OS
Baseball Stars Professional October, 1996 Video Game North America Neo Geo CD
Batman Forever 1996 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows
Batman Forever: The Arcade Game December, 1996 Video Game Europe PS1
Batman Forever: The Arcade Game 1996 Video Game North America Arcade
Batman Forever: The Arcade Game November 30, 1996 Video Game North America Sega Saturn, PC
Batman Forever: The Arcade Game December 3, 1996 Video Game North America PS1
Battlecruiser 3000AD 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Battleground 3: Waterloo May 23, 1996 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows
Battleground 4: Shiloh January 31, 1996 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows
Battleground 5: Antietam December 31, 1996 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows
Bedtris July, 1996 Video Game International Microsoft Windows
Blackthorne 1996 Video Game International Mac
Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Breakout 2000 December 9, 1996 Video Game International Atari Jaguar
Breath of Fire II April 25, 1996 Video Game Europe SNES
Bubsy 3D November 25, 1996 Video Game North America PlayStation
Bug! 1996 Video Game Europe Microsoft Windows
Bug! August 31, 1996 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows
Bug! 1996 Video Game Australia Microsoft Windows
Casper August, 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Castle Infinity 1996 Video Game International Microsoft Windows
Castlevania: Dracula X February 22, 1996 Video Game Europe SNES
Castlevania: Dracula X June 16, 1996 Video Game Australia SNES
Catfight 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
College Football USA '97 June 1, 1996 Video Game North America Genesis, Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Command & Conquer December, 1996 Video Game Europe PlayStation
Command & Conquer 1996 Video Game North America Mac OS
Command & Conquer December 18, 1996 Video Game North America SEGA Saturn
Command & Conquer: Red Alert November 22, 1996 Video Game North America DOS, Microsoft Windows
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 1996 Video Game North America PlayStation
Command & Conquer: The Covert Operations April 22, 1996 Expansion North America DOS, Microsoft Windows
Crash Bandicoot November, 1996 Video Game Europe Undefined
Crash Bandicoot August 31, 1996 Video Game North America Undefined
Crash Bandicoot December 6, 1996 Video Game Japan Undefined
Cruis'n USA October 31, 1996 Video Game North America Undefined
Cruis'n World 1996 Video Game North America Arcade
D 1996 Video Game Europe Microsoft Windows, Saturn
D March, 1996 Video Game Europe PlayStation
D 1996 Video Game North America PlayStation, Saturn
D January 1, 1996 Video Game Japan 3DO (Director's Cut)
Darby the Dragon August 4, 1996 Video Game North America Mac OS, Windows
Dark Savior November 30, 1996 Video Game North America Saturn
Dark Savior August 8, 1996 Video Game Japan Saturn
Darxide 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Dead or Alive 1996 Video Game Japan Arcade
Deadlock: Planetary Conquest July 22, 1996 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows, Mac OS
Deadly Tide 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
DecAthlete 1996 Video Game North America Saturn
DecAthlete July 12, 1996 Video Game Japan Saturn
Defender 2000 February, 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Destruction Derby 64 August 15, 1996 Video Game Europe Saturn
Destruction Derby 64 February 9, 1996 Video Game Japan PlayStation
Destruction Derby 64 September 20, 1996 Video Game Japan Saturn
Diablo November 30, 1996 Video Game North America Mac OS, Microsoft Windows
Die Hard Trilogy November, 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Die Hard Trilogy August 20, 1996 Video Game North America Undefined
Die Hard Trilogy December 13, 1996 Video Game Japan Undefined
Disney's Pinocchio 1996 Video Game Game Boy, Mega Drive, Super Nintendo Entertainment System Undefined
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! December 13, 1996 Video Game Europe Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! November 22, 1996 Video Game North America Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! November 23, 1996 Video Game Japan Super Nintendo Entertainment System
DOOM February 29, 1996 Video Game North America Super Nintendo Entertainment System
DOOM 1996 Video Game North America 3DO
DOR April 26, 1996 Video Game Japan Microsoft Windows
Double Dragon April 26, 1996 Video Game Japan PlayStation
Dragon Force November 30, 1996 Video Game North America Saturn
Dragon Force March 29, 1996 Video Game Japan Saturn
Dragon Knight 4 December 27, 1996 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
Dragonheart: Fire & Steel November 30, 1996 Video Game North America Undefined
Duke Nukem 3D 1996 Video Game Europe MS-DOS
Duke Nukem 3D January 29, 1996 Video Game North America MS-DOS
Duke Nukem 3D: Plutonium Pack 1996 Expansion North America Microsoft Windows
DX-Ball 1996 Video Game International Microsoft Windows
Earthworm Jim 1996 Video Game Brazil Master System
Earthworm Jim 2 January 25, 1996 Video Game Europe Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Earthworm Jim 2 1996 Video Game North America Genesis, Saturn
Earthworm Jim 2 November 11, 1996 Video Game Japan Saturn
Eikō no Saint Andrews November 29, 1996 Video Game Japan Nintendo 64
FIFA 97 June 24, 1996 Video Game Europe Undefined
FIFA 97 1996 Video Game North America Windows
Fight for Life 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Final DOOM June 17, 1996 Video Game North America DOS, Microsoft Windows
Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu May 14, 1996 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
Freeciv January 5, 1996 Video Game International Microsoft Windows, Mac OS
Fun School 6 in Futureland 1996 Video Game United Kingdom Microsoft Windows
Fun School 6 in Magicland 1996 Video Game United Kingdom Microsoft Windows
Galaxian³ April 26, 1996 Video Game Japan PlayStation
Garfield: Caught in the Act 1996 Video Game Europe Microsoft Windows
Garfield: Caught in the Act 1996 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows
Garfield: Caught in the Act 1996 Video Game Japan Microsoft Windows
Gekisou Sentai Carranger: Zenkai! Racer Senshi August 23, 1996 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
Genewars 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Grand Prix Manager 2 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Grid Runner 1996 Video Game Europe Saturn
Grid Runner October 31, 1996 Video Game North America PlayStation, Microsoft Windows
Grid Runner November 30, 1996 Video Game North America Saturn
GT Racing March 29, 1996 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
Guardian Heroes 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Guardian Heroes January 25, 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Guardian Heroes January 26, 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Hardcore 4X4 December, 1996 Video Game Europe PlayStation
Hardcore 4X4 October 30, 1996 Video Game North America PlayStation
Hardcore 4X4 1996 Video Game North America Saturn
Hunter Hunted October 31, 1996 Video Game North America Windows
International Superstar Soccer Deluxe January 25, 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
International Superstar Soccer Deluxe December, 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Iron and Blood: Warriors of Ravenloft October 31, 1996 Video Game North America PS1
İstanbul Efsaneleri: Lale Savaşçıları 1996 Video Game TR Microsoft Windows
J.League '96 Dream Stadium June 1, 1996 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius December 13, 1996 Video Game Japan Saturn
Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius December 20, 1996 Video Game Japan PlayStation
Jikkyou Keiba Simulation: Stable Star March 22, 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
JumpStart Pre-K 1996 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows, Mac OS
JumpStart Reading for Kindergartners 1996 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows, Mac OS
JumpStart Toddlers (1996) 1996 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows, Mac OS
Killer Instinct Gold November 25, 1996 Video Game North America Undefined
Kirby Super Star September 20, 1996 Video Game North America Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Kirby Super Star March 21, 1996 Video Game Japan Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Kizuato July 26, 1996 Video Game Japan Microsoft Windows
Kizuna Encounter November 7, 1996 Video Game North America Undefined
Kizuna Encounter September 20, 1996 Video Game Japan Undefined
Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail! 1996 Video Game North America DOS, Microsoft Windows
Lennus II: Fuuin no Shito July 26, 1996 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
Loaded February, 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Loaded March 15, 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals 1996 Video Game Europe Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals August 31, 1996 Video Game North America Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete October 25, 1996 Video Game Japan Saturn
Madden NFL 97 1996 Video Game Europe Microsoft Windows, Saturn
Madden NFL 97 October, 1996 Video Game Europe PlayStation
Madden NFL 97 August 31, 1996 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows, PlayStation
Madden NFL 97 1996 Video Game North America Saturn
Madden NFL 97 November, 1996 Video Game North America Game Boy
Madden NFL 97 October, 1996 Video Game North America Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Magical Date 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Mahjong Master December 20, 1996 Video Game Japan N64
Marathon 2: Durandal September 6, 1996 Video Game North America Windows
Mario Kart 64 December 14, 1996 Video Game Japan Nintendo 64
Mario's Game Gallery 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares November 22, 1996 Video Game North America Windows, Macintosh, MS-DOS
Mega Man X3 July 25, 1996 Video Game Europe SNES
Mega Man X3 April 26, 1996 Video Game Europe PlayStation, Saturn
Mega Man X3 January 4, 1996 Video Game North America SNES
Mega Man X3 April 26, 1996 Video Game Japan PlayStation, Saturn
Mortal Kombat II 1996 Video Game North America Saturn
Mortal Kombat II August 2, 1996 Video Game Japan PlayStation
NBA Hang Time 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
NBA Jam Tournament Edition 1996 Video Game North America Atari Jaguar
Need for Speed March 20, 1996 Video Game Europe PS1
Need for Speed July 6, 1996 Video Game Europe Saturn
Need for Speed March 20, 1996 Video Game North America PS1
Need for Speed June, 1996 Video Game North America Windows
Need for Speed June 28, 1996 Video Game North America Saturn
Nester's Funky Bowling February 26, 1996 Video Game North America Virtual Boy
NHL 97 November, 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
NHL 97 October 31, 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Nights into Dreams... 1996 Video Game North America SEGA Saturn
Ninja Master's -Haoh-Ninpo-Cho- 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Normality June, 1996 Video Game North America DOS
Obsidian December, 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Olympic Summer Games 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Osman February, 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
PaRappa the Rapper December 6, 1996 Video Game Japan PlayStation
Pilotwings 64 September 29, 1996 Video Game North America Nintendo 64
Pilotwings 64 June 23, 1996 Video Game Japan Nintendo 64
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure 1996 Video Game North America PC
Pokémon Green Version February 27, 1996 Video Game Japan Game Boy
Pokémon Red Version February 27, 1996 Video Game Japan Game Boy
Power Rangers Zeo: Battle Racers September 17, 1996 Video Game North America SNES
Pro Pinball: The Web 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Quake May 31, 1996 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows
Quarterback Attack 1996 Video Game North America Saturn
Quiz Nanairo Dreams August, 1996 Video Game Japan Undefined
Re-Loaded 1996 Video Game North America PlayStation, DOS
Realm 1996 Video Game North America Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Red Alarm July 21, 1996 Video Game North America Virtual Boy
Resident Evil (1996) March 22, 1996 Video Game International PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Microsoft Windows
Revelations: Persona 1996 Video Game North America PSX
Revelations: Persona September 20, 1996 Video Game Japan PSX
Ripper February 29, 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV: Wall of Fire 1996 Video Game North America PlayStation
Rudra no Hihō April 5, 1996 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
Saikyō Habu Shōgi June 23, 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Salamander 2 January, 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
San Francisco Rush: Extreme Racing December 24, 1996 Video Game International Arcade
Saturn Bomberman July 19, 1996 Video Game Japan Saturn
Secret of Evermore February 22, 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
SEGA Touring Car Championship 1996 Video Game Japan Arcade
Sexy Parodius March 3, 1996 Video Game Japan Arcade
Sexy Parodius November 1, 1996 Video Game Japan PlayStation, Saturn
Shattered Steel October, 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Sid Meier's Civilization II February 29, 1996 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows, Mac OS
SimCopter October 31, 1996 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows, Mac OS
SimPark October 31, 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
SimTown 1996 Video Game North America Mac
SimTunes December 31, 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Skull Fang Kuhga Gaiden 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Snatcher February 12, 1996 Video Game Japan PS1
Sonic 3D Blast 1996 Video Game North America Genesis, Saturn, Microsoft Windows
Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island 1996 Video Game Europe Mega Drive, Saturn, Microsoft Windows
Sonic Blast 1996 Video Game Europe Game Gear
Sonic Blast December 12, 1996 Video Game North America Game Gear
Sonic Blast December 13, 1996 Video Game Japan Game Gear
Sonic CD October 3, 1996 Video Game Europe Microsoft Windows
Sonic CD September, 1996 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows
Sonic CD August 9, 1996 Video Game Japan Microsoft Windows
Sonic's Schoolhouse November, 1996 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows
Soul Blade 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Soul Edge December 20, 1996 Video Game Japan PlayStation
Space Harrier July 19, 1996 Video Game Japan Saturn
Spider-Man: Web of Fire 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Star Control 3 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Star Trek: Borg 1996 Video Game International Mac OS, Microsoft Windows
Star Wars: Dark Forces May, 1996 Video Game Europe PS
Star Wars: Dark Forces November 26, 1996 Video Game North America PS
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire 1996 Video Game North America N64
Street Fighter Alpha II 1996 Video Game North America Arcade
Street Fighter Alpha II March 6, 1996 Video Game North America PS, Saturn, GBC, PC
Street Fighter Alpha II February 27, 1996 Video Game Japan PS, Saturn, GBC, PC
Strife: Quest for the Sigil 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Super Bomberman 4 April 26, 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Super Famista 5 February 29, 1996 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
Super Mario 64 September 29, 1996 Video Game North America Nintendo 64
Super Mario 64 June 23, 1996 Video Game Japan Nintendo 64
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars March 8, 1996 Video Game North America Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together April 13, 1996 Video Game Japan Saturn
Team Fortress August 24, 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Tekken 2 October, 1996 Video Game Europe PlayStation
Tekken 2 August, 1996 Video Game North America Arcade
Tekken 2 August 27, 1996 Video Game North America PlayStation
Tekken 2 March 29, 1996 Video Game Japan PlayStation
Terra Diver September, 1996 Video Game Japan Arcade
Tetris Attack November 28, 1996 Video Game Europe SNES
Tetris Attack August, 1996 Video Game North America SNES
The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall 1996 Video Game Europe DOS
The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall August 31, 1996 Video Game North America DOS
The Horde March 8, 1996 Video Game Japan SEGA Saturn
The Incredible Hulk: The Pantheon Saga December, 1996 Video Game Europe PlayStation
The Logical Journey of the Zoombinis December, 1996 Video Game Europe Microsoft Windows, Mac OS
The Logical Journey of the Zoombinis December, 1996 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows, Mac OS
The Mask December 27, 1996 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
The Time Warp of Dr. Brain June 1, 1996 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows, Macintosh
Tibia 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Tiny Toon Adventures: Wacky Sports Challenge April 25, 1996 Video Game Europe Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Tomb Raider November 14, 1996 Video Game North America MS-Dos, PS, Saturn
Towers II: Plight of the Stargazer December 1, 1996 Video Game North America Undefined
Toy Story April 25, 1996 Video Game Europe SNES, Genesis
Toy Story 1996 Video Game Europe Game Boy
Toy Story April 26, 1996 Video Game North America Genesis
Toy Story May, 1996 Video Game North America Game Boy
Toy Story October 31, 1996 Video Game North America Windows
Toy Story 1996 Video Game Australia SNES
Toy Story April 26, 1996 Video Game Japan SNES
Twisted Metal January 16, 1996 Video Game Europe PlayStation
Twisted Metal November 15, 1996 Video Game Japan PlayStation
Twisted Metal 2: World Tour October 31, 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Uncharted Waters: New Horizons 1996 Video Game North America PlayStation, SEGA Saturn
Uncle Henry's Playhouse November 18, 1996 Video Game International Microsoft Windows
Vector Vaders March 8, 1996 Video Game International Vectrex
Vectorman 2 1996 Video Game North America Genesis
Virtua Fighter 1996 Video Game Europe Windows 95
Virtua Fighter August 31, 1996 Video Game North America Windows 95
Virtua Racing 1996 Video Game Europe Saturn
War Gods 1996 Video Game North America Arcade
Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal 1996 Expansion North America MS-DOS, Mac OS, PlayStation
Wave Race 64 Kawasaki Jet Ski November 1, 1996 Video Game North America Nintendo 64
Wave Race 64 Kawasaki Jet Ski September 27, 1996 Video Game Japan Nintendo 64
Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey November 11, 1996 Video Game North America Nintendo 64
Where's Waldo?: Exploring Geography June, 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Williams' Arcade's Greatest Hits 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom 1996 Video Game Europe Microsoft Windows
Wonder Project J2: Corlo no Mori no Josette November 22, 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined
WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade Game February 29, 1996 Video Game North America Super Nintendo Entertainment System
X-Men vs. Street Fighter September 10, 1996 Video Game Europe Arcade
X-Men vs. Street Fighter October 4, 1996 Video Game North America Arcade
X-Men vs. Street Fighter September 9, 1996 Video Game Japan Arcade
X-Men: Children of the Atom 1996 Video Game Europe Saturn
X-Men: Children of the Atom 1996 Video Game North America Saturn
XS December 31, 1996 Video Game North America Undefined
Z September 2, 1996 Video Game North America DOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation, Saturn
Zenkoku Kōkō Soccer Senshuken '96 March 22, 1996 Video Game Undefined Undefined

Hardware releases[edit | edit source]

Name Release Date Category Region(s)
Apple Bandai Pippin September 1, 1996 Console North America
Nintendo 64 September 29, 1996 Home Console North America
Nintendo 64 June 23, 1996 Home Console Japan
Nintendo 64 Controller September 29, 1996 Controller North America
Nintendo 64 Controller June 23, 1996 Controller Japan