1992 in video gaming

1992 in video gaming

Events

Notable releases

* Namco releases "Suzuka 8 Hours", "Bakuretsu Quiz Ma-Q Dai Bouken", "Super World Stadium '92", "Super World Stadium '92 Gekitouban", "Final Lap 3", "F/A", "Cosmo Gang the Puzzle", "Exvania", "Super World Court", "Knuckle Heads", "Lucky and Wild" and "Air Combat".
* Origin Systems releases "Ultima VII: The Black Gate" for the PC.
* Midway Games releases the "Mortal Kombat" arcade game, which features bloody "fatalities", digitized characters, and started a franchise of games and movies.
* August — Sega releases the "Virtua Racing" arcade game, one of the first 3D polygonal racing games.
* October 15 — Sega releases the controversial "Night Trap" video game for the Mega-CD console.
* Blue Sky Productions releases "", the first ever first-person 3D CRPG.
* id Software releases "Wolfenstein 3D", credited with putting the first-person shooter genre for the PC on the map.
* Nintendo releases "Kirby's Dream Land" for the Game Boy, the first game featuring the character Kirby.
* Interplay publishes "Alone in the Dark", widely considered the first survival horror.
* Sega publishes "Sonic the Hedgehog 2" (Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Master System, Game Gear), which features the first appearance of Super Sonic and Miles "Tails" Prower.
* "Super Mario Kart" (Nintendo, Super Famicom/SNES), the first in the "Mario Kart" series, spawned the mascot/go-kart subgenre of racing games
* "" was released for the Game Boy, introducing Wario to the Mario series
* "Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis" was released by LucasArts. It was considered one of the most advanced adventure games of the time and was a breakthrough for LucasArts' SCUMM games
* "Dune II" was released by Westwood Studios, creating the template for the modern real-time strategy genre.
* Virgin Games publishes "The 7th Guest", which becomes a best seller.
* Accolade publishes "Star Control 2".
* Varie releases "Super F1 Hero" on December 18 of this year. This game was made in collaboration with legendary Japanese Formula One star Satoru Nakajima.

Hardware

* JVC releases the Wondermega console in Japan, a Sega Mega Drive and Sega Mega-CD put into one console (later released as the X'eye in North America)
* Philips releases the CD-i multimedia home console
* Super Nintendo Entertainment System released in Europe and Australasia
* Sega releases the Sega CD (an add-on for the Sega Genesis) in North America, almost a year after the equivalent Japanese launch
* Taito Corporation creates the Wowow home console (unreleased)
* TTI (Turbo Technologies Inc.) releases the TurboDuo home console

Business

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


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