ⓘ 1997 in video gaming


ⓘ 1997 in video gaming

1997 saw many sequels and prequels in video games and several new titles such as GoldenEye 007, Star Fox 64, Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, Gran Turismo, Mortal Kombat 4, Diddy Kong Racing, Grand Theft Auto, Blast Corps and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.


1. Events

  • The popular online gaming portal Cool Math Games went online for the first time.
  • 3D Realms begins production of the infamous Duke Nukem Forever, winner of numerous vaporware awards.
  • November – Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association IEMA launched.
  • October 4 - Gunpei Yokoi 1941–1997 dies after a double car accident.
  • June 19–21 - The 3rd annual E3 is held in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.
  • TSR, Inc., the owner of the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop role-playing game, was acquired by Wizards of the Coast.
  • A scene from the Pokemon anime show based upon the highly successful games from December 16, 1997, causes 685 Japanese children to have seizures, causing Nintendo to make a statement proclaiming the safety of the Pokemon games from fear that the games would cause a similar effect, the episode to be permanently removed from circulation, and the featured Pokemon in the episode Porygon hasnt made an appearance in the Pokemon anime since.

2. Hardware

  • October 20 - Nintendo releases a smaller redesigned version of the SNES, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System Model SNS-101 in North America.
  • junny releases PlayStation development software for PC
  • March 1 - The Nintendo 64 is released in Europe and Australia
  • Tiger Electronics releases the Game.com

3. Business

  • Bungie West formed by Bungie
  • Electronic Arts Inc. acquires Maxis
  • Warthog PLC founded
  • Conspiracy Entertainment Corporation founded
  • Illusion Softworks, a.s. founded
  • September - 4HEAD Studios created
  • Activision acquires CentreSoft Ltd. and Raven Software
  • 4D Rulers Software, Inc. founded
  • THQ renamed from Toy Headquarters, Inc.
  • Irrational Games LLC founded
  • April 15 - Irem Software Engineering Inc. founded
  • 2015, Inc. founded
  • Crave Entertainment, Inc. formed
  • August - Human Head Studios, Inc. formed
  • Mythic Entertainment renames itself from Interworld Productions after name dispute with another "Interworld" company
  • GameTek filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and closed its doors in July 1998

4. Lawsuits

  • Nintendo vs Prima Publishing; Nintendo sues Prima over copyrights to maps of the N64 video game GoldenEye 007. Nintendo loses the suit
  • Nintendo vs Games City; Nintendo sues Games City for selling the Game Doctor and Doctor V64 backup devices for the SNES and N64 consoles. Nintendo wins the suit.
  • Nintendo vs Sony Video Games; Nintendo sues Sony over copyrights about Mario games