ⓘ 1996 in video gaming


ⓘ 1996 in video gaming

1996 has seen many sequels and prequels in video games and several new titles such as Blazing Heroes, Super Mario 64, NiGHTS into Dreams., Crash Bandicoot, Resident Evil, Dead or Alive, Duke Nukem 3D and Tomb Raider.


1. Hardware

  • Nintendos Nintendo 64, the first true 64-bit home console
  • Segas Net Link modem for the Sega Saturn home console
  • November 23 - Bandais Tamagotchi virtual pet handheld
  • February 21 - Sega Model 3, an arcade system board considered to have the most technically impressive graphics at the time
  • SNKs Neo Geo CDZ Japan only
  • Namcos Alpine Racer arcade game, including a new type of user interface
  • Nintendos Game Boy Pocket GBP handheld console 30% smaller version of the previous Game Boy handheld console

2. Business

  • July - GT Interactive purchases Humongous Entertainment
  • April - Eidos Interactive acquires CentreGold plc, which holds Core Design creator of the Lara Croft character and U.S. Gold
  • Game Park Inc. founded in South Korea
  • The 3DO Company purchases New World Computing
  • Midway Games, Inc. subsidiary of WMS Industries acquires Atari Games Corporation from Time Warner.
  • July 24 - CUC International, Inc purchases Sierra On-Line, Blizzard Entertainment and Davidson & Associates for about $3 billion in a stock swap.
  • May 1 - GameSpot and GameFAQs are launched
  • Technos Japan Corporation, originator of the Nekketsu Kouha Kunio Kun series and Double Dragon series, goes out of business assets acquired by Atlus
  • Zed Two Limited formed
  • Nintendo of America, Inc. v. Computer & Entertainment, Inc.
  • June - Firaxis Games is formed By Jeff Briggs with Sid Meier and Brian Reynolds
  • Black Isle Studios forms as a division by Interplay; doesnt use Black Isle name until 1998
  • August 24 - Valve is founded.
  • August 6 - AOL buys Sierras ImagiNation Network from AT&T for a reported $15m.
  • The company formed by MicroProse and Spectrum HoloByte in 1993 starts branding using only the MicroProse name
  • November 13 - Tom Clancy and Virtus Corp. found Red Storm Entertainment, headed by Doug Littlejohns
  • February 13 - Atari Corporation announces a plan to merge with JTS Inc.
  • September 1 - AOL closes ImagiNation Network, the first online video game with graphics, after 5 years of service.
  • February - Blizzard Entertainment acquires a development group known as Condor, renaming it Blizzard North
  • Overworks, Ltd. formed
  • Infogrames Entertainment SA acquires Ocean Software Ltd.

3. Discontinuation

1996 saw a major shakeup in the crowded home console market, with the Virtual Boy, Atari Jaguar, 3DO Interactive Multiplayer, Sega CD, 32X, and CD-i all being discontinued.

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