1992 in video gaming

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Corporate news[edit | edit source]

Treasure found[edit | edit source]

Treasure Co. Ltd., a Japanese game developer consisting of ex-Konami employees, is founded on June 19, 1992. The company would come to be known for extremely difficult shmup (shoot 'em up) Ikaruga, originally released for Sega Dreamcast, and Silpheed: The Lost Planet, a PlayStation 2 remake of the Sega CD shmup classic Silpheed.

Silicon Knights arrive in shining armor[edit | edit source]

Canada-based Silicon Knights is founded by Denis Dyack in July 1992 with the release of Cyber Empire for PC. Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem for Nintendo GameCube is one of the company's most famous titles. Long-in-development Too Human is expected to be released in 2008 for the Xbox 360.

Top 5 publishers by European market share[edit | edit source]

The following companies were the top 5 biggest video game publishers in Europe this year by peak market share:[1]

  1. Sega - 22.9%
  2. Nintendo - 11.4%
  3. Virgin - 10.6%
  4. Electronic Arts - 7.4%
  5. U.S. Gold - 7%

Notable software releases[edit | edit source]

Unknown dates:

Famed developer Silicon Knights' first release puts the company on the map.

January:

Samus Aran ventures to the Metroids home planet in this all-new adventure.

April:

New to the classic Mario series were Yoshi and the Super Feather, a Raccoon Suit-like powerup giving Mario a cape and allowing him to fly.
With a return to the classic style of The Legend of Zelda, Link to the Past became one of the most critically acclaimed games of all time.

August:

Race karts with one of eight characters from the Mario universe.

September:

The first Mario racer comes to North America.
Innovation in dungeon design — utilizing multiple floors and basements — is just one of the new features in the third Zelda game.
Shortly before the fourth game is released in the US, the fifth game comes out in Japan.

October:

The fourth Dragon Quest role-playing game hits North America.
Boasting new skills like the Space Jump and items such as the Plasma Beam, Metroid II was initially thought to be a good game, but is now considered the weakest title in the series.

November:

Along with Sonic CD, this was the first game to feature Sonic's famous spindash.

December:

Video game releases[edit | edit source]

Name Release Date Category Region(s) Platform(s)
1999: Hore, Mitakotoka! Seikimatsu September 18, 1992 Video Game Japan Family Computer
6-in-1 1992 Bundle North America Nintendo Entertainment System
A Ressha de Gyoukou MD April 10, 1992 Video Game Japan Mega Drive
Aa Yakyū Jinsei Icchokusen December 25, 1992 Video Game Japan Famicom
Aa Yakyuu Jinsei Icchokusen December 25, 1992 Video Game Japan Famicom
Abandoned Places: A Time for Heroes 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Aces of the Pacific 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Acid Drop 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Acrobat Mission 1992 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
Adventure Island 3 September, 1992 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Adventure Island 3 July 31, 1992 Video Game Japan Famicom
Adventure Island II July 22, 1992 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
Adventure Island II April 23, 1992 Video Game Europe Game Boy
Adventure Island II February, 1992 Video Game NA
Adventure Island II 1992 Video Game Australia Nintendo Entertainment System
Adventure Island II March 6, 1992 Video Game Japan Game Boy
Adventures of Lolo 3 May 27, 1992 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
Adventures of Willy Beamish 1992 Video Game North America Amiga, MS-DOS
Aerobiz April 5, 1992 Video Game Japan Mega Drive
After Burner III 1992 Video Game Japan Mega-CD
Air Zonk 1992 Video Game North America TurboGraftx 16
Air Zonk November 20, 1992 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Aisle Lord May 29, 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Alien Syndrome 1992 Video Game Europe Game Gear
Alien Syndrome 1992 Video Game North America Game Gear
Alien Syndrome 1992 Video Game Japan Game Gear, Sharp X68000
Alone in the Dark 1992 Video Game Europe DOS
Alone in the Dark 1992 Video Game North America DOS
Andro Dunos June 15, 1992 Video Game International Arcade
Andro Dunos July 17, 1992 Video Game International Neo-Geo
Art Alive 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Astérix 1992 Video Game Europe Arcade
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes 1992 Video Game Europe Game Boy
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes January, 1992 Video Game Japan Game Boy, Nintendo Entertainment System
Avenging Spirit 1992 Video Game International Game Boy
Axelay September, 1992 Video Game North America Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Axelay September 11, 1992 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
B-17 Flying Fortress 1992 Video Game North America MS-DOS
Barbie 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Bartman Meets Radioactive Man 1992 Video Game North America Game Gear, Nintendo Entertainment System
Baseball Stars 2 1992 Video Game North America Arcade, Nintendo Entertainment System
Batman Returns 1992 Video Game North America Atari Lynx, Game Gear, Genesis
Batman Returns December 15, 1992 Video Game North America DOS
Battle Blaze 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Battle Blaze May 1, 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Bazooka Blitzkrieg December 31, 1992 Video Game North America Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Big Nose Freaks Out 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Bio-Hazard Battle October, 1992 Video Game North America Genesis
Bomberman '93 December 1, 1992 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Bomberman II 1992 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
Bonk's Adventure December, 1992 Video Game North America Game Boy
Bouken Danshaku Don Sun=Heart Hen January 4, 1992 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Brawl Brothers December 22, 1992 Video Game Japan SNES
Bubble Bobble 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Burai September, 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Buzz Aldrin's Race into Space 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Captain America and the Avengers 1992 Video Game North America Genesis
Captain Novolin 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Captain Tsubasa 3: Koutei no Chousen July 17, 1992 Video Game Japan SNES
Car and Driver 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse December 10, 1992 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
Chase H.Q. 1992 Video Game North America TurboGrafx-16
Chess (1992) 1992 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows
Chip's Challenge 1992 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows
Clue (1992) 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Cobra Command November, 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
CrossFire 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Crossfire 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Danny Sullivan's Indy Heat August, 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Darkwing Duck (1992) 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Detana!! Twinbee February 28, 1992 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Detana!! TwinBee February 28, 1992 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Devil's Crush 1992 Video Game North America Genesis
Doraemon: Nobita no Dorabian Night May 29, 1992 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Dr. Black Jack September 7, 1992 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows
Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen October, 1992 Video Game North America NES
Draughts for Windows 1992 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows
Dune II 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
E.V.O.: Search for Eden December 21, 1992 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
Earth Defense Force January, 1992 Video Game North America Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Earthworm Jim August 2, 1992 Video Game North America Genesis
Exvania 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
F-117A Stealth Fighter 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
F-Zero June 4, 1992 Video Game Europe Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Famista '93 December 22, 1992 Video Game Japan Famicom
Ferrari Grand Prix Challenge 1992 Video Game Europe NES
Ferrari Grand Prix Challenge February, 1992 Video Game North America NES
Ferrari Grand Prix Challenge November 13, 1992 Video Game Japan Famicom
Final Fantasy Mystic Quest 1992 Video Game North America Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Final Fantasy V December 6, 1992 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
Fire 'n Ice January 24, 1992 Video Game Japan Famicom
Fire Emblem Gaiden 1992 Video Game Japan Family Computer
Fisher-Price: Firehouse Rescue March, 1992 Video Game NES Undefined
Fun School 4 for 5 to 7 Year Olds 1992 Video Game United Kingdom ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, Amstrad PCW, Atari ST, Amiga, MS-DOS
Go Figure! 1992 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows
Golden Axe II 1992 Video Game Europe Mega Drive
Hal's Hole in One Golf October 22, 1992 Video Game Europe SNES
Hammerin' Harry July 31, 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Hero Senki: Project Olympus November 20, 1992 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
Home Alone January 1, 1992 Video Game Europe Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Home Alone 1992 Video Game Europe Genesis, Master System
Home Alone 1992 Video Game North America Genesis, Master System
Home Alone June 26, 1992 Video Game Japan Game Boy
Home Alone August 11, 1992 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
Hook 1992 Video Game North America Sega Genesis
Hook 1992 Video Game North America Sega CD
Hook 1992 Video Game North America SNES
Hook 1992 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
Hudson Hawk 1992 Video Game United States Nintendo Entertainment System
Inindo: Way of the Ninja March 19, 1992 Video Game North America Undefined
Insector X May, 1992 Video Game Brazil Genesis
International Tennis Open 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
James Bond Jr. 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Jezz Ball 1992 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows
Kid Klown in Night Mayor World September 25, 1992 Video Game Japan Famicom
Kirby's Dream Land August 3, 1992 Video Game Europe Game Boy
Kirby's Dream Land August 1, 1992 Video Game North America Game Boy
Kirby's Dream Land August 3, 1992 Video Game Australia Game Boy
Kirby's Dream Land April 27, 1992 Video Game Japan Game Boy
Krusty's Fun House 1992 Video Game International Game Gear, Master System, Mega Drive, Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Krusty's Fun House September, 1992 Video Game International Nintendo Entertainment System
Krusty's Fun House 1992 Video Game North America DOS
Lagoon 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Lethal Enforcers October 14, 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Lethal Enforcers November 18, 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Lethal Enforcers December 4, 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Little Samson 1992 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Little Samson 1992 Video Game Japan Famicom
Lunar: The Silver Star June 26, 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Mah Jongg for Windows February, 1992 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows
Mahjong Haouden: Kaiser's Quest February 28, 1992 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Mahou no Shoujo: Silky Lip June 19, 1992 Video Game Japan Mega CD
Maniac Mansion October 22, 1992 Video Game Europe NES
Mario is Missing! 1992 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows
Mario Paint December 10, 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Mario Paint August 1, 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Mario Paint July 14, 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Maxwell's Maniac 1992 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows
Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Metroid II: Return of Samus May 21, 1992 Video Game Europe Game Boy
Metroid II: Return of Samus January 21, 1992 Video Game Japan Game Boy
Minotaur: The Labyrinths of Crete 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Mission Thunderbolt 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Mizbak's Adventure January 17, 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Monopoly Deluxe 1992 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows
Mortal Kombat October 8, 1992 Video Game North America Arcade
Musya 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Nebulus December 11, 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
New Adventure Island 1992 Video Game North America TurboGrafx 16
New Adventure Island June 26, 1992 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Night Trap October 15, 1992 Video Game North America Sega CD
Ninja Gaiden January 24, 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Noah's Ark 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Otogirisō March 7, 1992 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
OutRunners 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Paladin's Quest November 13, 1992 Video Game
Parodius Da! -Shinwa kara Owarai e- February 21, 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Parodius Da! -Shinwa kara Owarai e- July 3, 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Pinball Dreams 1992 Video Game North America Amiga
Pinball Fantasies 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Pocky & Rocky December 22, 1992 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
Power Moves November 27, 1992 Video Game Japan Undefined
Pyramid January, 1992 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
R-Type Leo December, 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Recca: Summer Carnival '92 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Samurai Ghost 1992 Video Game North America TurboGrafx 16
Samurai Ghost April 7, 1992 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Seirei Shinseiki Fhey Area February 18, 1992 Video Game Japan Sega CD
Shatterhand November 19, 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Shin Megami Tensei October 30, 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Shining Force March 20, 1992 Video Game Japan Undefined
Shockman 1992 Video Game North America TurboGrafx 16
SimLife 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Snatcher October 23, 1992 Video Game Japan PC-Engine Super CD
Soldier Blade July 10, 1992 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (16-bit) November 24, 1992 Video Game Europe Mega Drive
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (16-bit) November 24, 1992 Video Game North America Genesis
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (16-bit) November 21, 1992 Video Game Japan Mega Drive
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit) October 16, 1992 Video Game Europe Master System
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit) October 29, 1992 Video Game Europe Game Gear
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit) November 17, 1992 Video Game North America Game Gear
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit) 1992 Video Game Saudi Arabia Game Gear
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit) October 16, 1992 Video Game Saudi Arabia Master System
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit) November 21, 1992 Video Game Japan Game Gear
Space Football: One On One June, 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Space Football: One on One June, 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Space Football: One On One November 6, 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Space Football: One on One November 6, 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Spider-Man: The Return of the Sinister Six 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Spindizzy Worlds 1992 Video Game Europe Undefined
Spindizzy Worlds 1992 Video Game North America Undefined
Spindizzy Worlds August 7, 1992 Video Game Japan Undefined
Spiritual Warfare 1992 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System, Genesis, Microsoft Windows, Game Boy
Splatterhouse 2 August 3, 1992 Video Game North America Genesis
Splatterhouse 2 August 4, 1992 Video Game Japan Genesis
StarTropics August 20, 1992 Video Game Europe NES
Stratego July 24, 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior December 17, 1992 Video Game Europe Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior July 1, 1992 Video Game North America Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior July 10, 1992 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
Streets of War: Metro-Active X 1992 Video Game North America ZX Spectrum
Streets of War: Metro-Active X 1992 Video Game Japan ZX Spectrum
Super Bowling 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Super Buster Bros. August, 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Super Mario Bros. 2 September 14, 1992 Video Game Japan Famicom
Super Mario Kart September 1, 1992 Video Game North America Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Super Mario Kart August 27, 1992 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins November 1, 1992 Video Game North America Game Boy
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins October 21, 1992 Video Game Japan Game Boy
Super Mario World April 11, 1992 Video Game Europe SNES
Super Mario World July 1, 1992 Video Game Australia SNES
Super Spy Hunter February, 1992 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Tecmo NBA Basketball 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Tengai Makyou II: Manji Maru March 26, 1992 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
The Addams Family December 30, 1992 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
The Addams Family June 17, 1992 Video Game Europe Amiga
The Addams Family January, 1992 Video Game North America Super Nintendo Entertainment System
The Addams Family 1992 Video Game North America Game Boy
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
The Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle December 22, 1992 Video Game Japan Game Boy
The Combatribes December 23, 1992 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
The Dark Queen of Krynn 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
The Flintstones: The Rescue of Dino and Hoppy April 30, 1992 Video Game Europe NES
The Flintstones: The Rescue of Dino and Hoppy 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
The Flintstones: The Rescue of Dino and Hoppy August 7, 1992 Video Game Japan Famicom
The Great Battle II Last Fighter Twin March 27, 1992 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
The Great Waldo Search 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
The Humans 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
The Legend of The Mystical Ninja June 30, 1992 Video Game North America Super Nintendo Entertainment System
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past September 24, 1992 Video Game Europe Super Nintendo Entertainment System
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past April 13, 1992 Video Game North America Super Nintendo Entertainment System
The Simpsons: Bart's Nightmare October 12, 1992 Video Game North America Genesis, SNES
The Terminator (NES) 1992 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles December, 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Thunder Force IV 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Thunder Force IV July 24, 1992 Video Game Japan Undefined
Tic Tac Drop 1992 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows
Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster Busts Loose! December 18, 1992 Video Game Super Famicom Undefined
ToeJam & Earl March 13, 1992 Video Game Japan Genesis
Toilet Kids March 6, 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Toxic Crusaders April, 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
U.S. Championship V'Ball January 23, 1992 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertaintment System
Ufouria: The Saga November 19, 1992 Video Game Europe NES
Ultima VII: Forge of Virtue 1992 Expansion North America DOS
Ultima VII: The Black Gate April 16, 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Uncharted Waters 1992 Video Game North America Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Genesis
Valis IV 1992 Video Game North America Super Nintendo Entertainment System, TurboGrafx-16
Valis IV March 27, 1992 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
Video Draw Poker Challenge 1992 Video Game International Microsoft Windows
Virtua Racing 1992 Video Game International Arcade
Wacky Races (1991) May, 1992 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Wheel of Fortune: Featuring Vanna White 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? 1992 Video Game North America Genesis
Wizards & Warriors III March, 1992 Video Game Undefined Undefined
World Sports Competition 1992 Video Game North America TurboGrafx 16
World Sports Competition October 10, 1992 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Xak: The Art of Visual Stage December 25, 1992 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Xardion 1992 Video Game North America Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Xardion March 20, 1992 Video Game Japan Super Famicom
Yoshi (NES) December 10, 1992 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
Yoshi (NES) June, 1992 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Yoshi's Cookie April 28, 1992 Video Game North America NES
Yoshi's Cookie November 21, 1992 Video Game Japan Famicom

Hardware releases[edit | edit source]

Name Release Date Category Region(s)
SEGA CD October 15, 1992 Peripheral North America
Super Nintendo Entertainment System 1992 Home Console Europe
Super Nintendo Entertainment System July 3, 1992 Home Console Australia
Super Nintendo Entertainment System June 19, 1992 Home Console Canada