ⓘ 1992 in video gaming

1992 in video gaming

ⓘ 1992 in video gaming

1992 has seen many sequels and prequels in video games and several new titles such as Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, Art of Fighting, Super Mario Kart, and Mortal Kombat.


1.1. Events Notable releases

  • January 15 – Capcom releases Mega Man 4 in the US.
  • March 20 – Sega releases Shining Force.
  • August 27 – Nintendo releases Super Mario Kart, the first in the Mario Kart series, creating the mascot/go-kart subgenre of racing games.
  • October 15 – Sega releases the controversial Night Trap video game for the Sega CD console.
  • April 16 – Origin Systems releases Ultima VII: The Black Gate for the PC.
  • March – Blue Sky Productions releases Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss, the first ever real-time 3D, first-person role-playing video game.
  • October Dalek Attack, the final official game for the ZX Spectrum format.
  • September 1 – Domark releases Championship Manager for the Amiga and Atari ST.
  • July 29 – Ecco the Dolphin is released, the first in the series.
  • October – Gremlin Graphics releases Zool, a character-based platformer following in the footsteps of Mario and Sonic. It goes on to become the best selling Amiga game.
  • December 10 – Fatal Fury 2 is released by SNK for the Neo Geo arcade and home platforms.
  • December 4 – Mega Man 5 is released in Japan. On December 15, Mega Man 5 is released in the US.
  • December – Dune II is released by Westwood Studios, creating the template for the modern real-time strategy genre.
  • October 21 – Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins is released for the Game Boy. The first appearance of Wario.
  • November – Accolade releases Star Control II.
  • September – Enix releases Dragon Quest V in Japan.
  • November 21 – Sega publishes Sonic the Hedgehog 2. The game introduced Sonics sidekick Miles "Tails" Prower and Sonics Super Sonic transformation.
  • Flashback is released by Delphine Software on the Amiga. The game is praised for its rotoscoped animation, giving movements fluidity unusual for the time. It is listed in the Guinness World Records as the best-selling French game of all time.
  • September 24 – SNK releases Art of Fighting for the arcades.
  • June – Graphics adventure Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis is released by LucasArts.
  • October 8 – Midway Games releases the Mortal Kombat arcade game in North America, which features bloody "fatalities," digitized characters, and started a franchise of games and movies.
  • May 5 – id Software releases Wolfenstein 3D for MS-DOS, which popularizes the first-person shooter genre for the PC and leads to many similar games
  • Interplay publishes Alone in the Dark, widely considered the first survival horror game and one of the first games with fully 3D polygonal characters.
  • April 27 – Nintendo releases Kirbys Dream Land for the Game Boy, the first game in the Kirby series.
  • October – Sega releases Virtua Racing by Yu Suzuki and AM2 in the arcades, laying the foundations for subsequent 3D racing games and popularizing 3D polygon graphics among a wider audience.

1.2. Events Hardware

  • Namco releases the System 22, an arcade system board that introduces 3D texture mapping and Gouraud shading.
  • Nintendo releases the Super Scope for the Super NES.
  • Turbo Technologies Incorporated|TTI Turbo Technologies Inc. releases the TurboDuo, an updated version of the TurboGrafx-16 with built-in CD-ROM drive and Super System Card for Super CD-ROM² support.
  • January 1 – Atari Corporation drops support for the Atari 2600, Atari 8-bit family, Atari 7800, and software for those systems.
  • Sega releases the Mega CD as Sega CD an add-on for the Genesis in North America, almost a year after the equivalent Japanese launch
  • Super NES released in Europe and Australasia
  • JVC releases the Wondermega console in Japan, a combined Mega Drive and Mega CD.
  • The Amiga 1200 computer is released. Its the final lower-cost Amiga model before Commodores bankruptcy.
  • April 11– European launch of the SNES.
  • October – Sega releases the Model 1, Segas first arcade system board supporting 3D polygon graphics.
  • Philips releases the CD-i multimedia home console
  • December – the Apple IIgs is discontinued, ending the Apple II series.

1.3. Events Business

  • Lewis Galoob Toys, Inc. v. Nintendo of America, Inc.
  • Atari Games Corp. v. Nintendo of America Inc.
  • Activision as Mediagenic files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
  • Sega v. Accolade
  • New companies: Wow Entertainment Inc. Sega AM1, Humongous Entertainment

2. Sales

Highest-selling console and handheld titles according to Babbages

Babbages, an American video game retailer, released an Electronic Gaming Monthly -exclusive monthly list of the chains highest-selling console and handheld titles.

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Highest-renting console titles according to Blockbuster Video

Blockbuster Video, an American chain of video rental shops, released a GamePro -exclusive monthly list of the chains highest-renting console titles.

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