- 1991 in video gaming
Namcoreleases " Star Blade", " Super World Stadium", " Solvalou", which is the 3rd title in the " Xevious" series, " Tank Force", which is the sequel to " Tank Battalion", " Cosmo Gang the Video", which uses characters from a popular redemption game released in the previous year, " Steel Gunner 2", " Winning Run '91" and " Golly! Ghost! 2".
Microprosecreates "Civilization", Sid Meier's most successful game as of 2005.
Electronic Artsreleases " Road Rash" for Sega Mega Drive, starting a series of games that were popular in the 1990s.
Capcomreleases " Street Fighter II" for arcades. It becomes highly successful and is routinely listed as the grandfather of the fighting gamegenre.
Tecmoreleases " Tecmo Super Bowl" for NES, which serves as one of the most revolutionary arcade footballgames of its time.
AOL, SSI, TSR and Stormfront Studioscollaborate and launch "Neverwinter Nights", the first graphical MMORPG.
Delphine Softwarereleases Eric Chahi's "Another World" for the Amiga 500, one of the first games to be made using polygonsinstead of conventional sprites. Also one of the first games to use rotoscoping techniques to create cutscenes and fluid character animations since Prince of Persia.
February 12— Attic Entertainment Softwarereleases Spirit of Adventure, a role playing game which contains an early pseudo 3D dungeon crawler.
June 23— Segareleases "Sonic the Hedgehog" (by AM8, later Sonic Team) for the Sega Mega Driveinternationally and the Sega Genesisin North America. It introduced the eponymous character, who would go on to become Sega's mascot.
July 19— Squaresoft releases " Final Fantasy IV" in Japan, the first " Final Fantasy" game for the Super Famicom(released in November as "Final Fantasy II" in North America).
August 13— Nintendoreleases " Super Mario World" and " F-zero" along with the Super Nintendo Entertainment System; it is the original pack-in game for the SNES, and one of the most sold games for that system. The game introduces the Yoshicharacter to the Marioseries.
November 21— Nintendoreleases "" for the Super Famicomin Japan.
Team17release the first of their popular " Alien Breed" series for the Amiga.
August 13— Super Nintendo Entertainment Systemreleased in North America
December 1— Segareleases the Mega CD in Japan
* September — S3 launches with the 86C911, often regarded as the first significant
* New York State v.
Nintendolawsuit: the state attorney general sues Nintendo over the monopoly of the video game industry. Nintendo loses the suit and offers customers a $5 rebate on Nintendo games.
* New companies:
Vicarious Visions, Inc, id Software, Bungie Software, Silicon & Synapse (now known as Blizzard Entertainment), The 3DO Company(founded as SMSG, Inc.), Cyberdreams
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