- 1990 in video gaming
Bonk's Adventureis released for the TurboGrafx-16and is the first US appearance of Bonk, the TG-16 mascot.
Namcoreleases " Kyuukai Douchuuki", " World Stadium '90", " Final Lap 2", " Pistol Daimyo no Bouken", which is a spin-off from " Berabow Man", " Souko Ban Deluxe", " Dragon Saber", " Rolling Thunder 2", " Steel Gunner" and " Golly! Ghost!" They also develop the unreleased prototype, " Puzzle Club".
February 12— Nintendoreleases the NES game " Super Mario Bros. 3" in North America. It sells 17.28 million copies, making it the best-selling stand-alone video game of all time.
November 21— Nintendoreleases " Super Mario World" and " F-Zero" in Japanas launch titles for the Super Famicom(released for the SNES in North Americain August 1991). "Super Mario World" introduced the character, Yoshi.
July 12Nintendo of America publishes "Final Fantasy" for the Nintendo Entertainment Systemin North America. This game started Square's popular and long-running "Final Fantasy" series.
Konamireleases " Snake's Revenge", a sequel to the popular "Metal Gear". "Snake's Revenge" was produced specifically for the North American and European markets, without the involvement of Hideo Kojima, the creator of "Metal Gear". Kojima, who originally did not plan on producing a sequel to "Metal Gear", is convinced to produce a proper sequel to the game in light of the intensely negative critical and fan reaction to "Snake's Revenge". His sequel, "", is released later in the year. Though "Solid Snake" releases only in Japanese territories, many aspects of the game are incorporated into the next game in the series, " Metal Gear Solid", which is a massive critical and commercial success not only in Japan but also in North America and Europe.
Segareleases the " R-360" arcade game, featuring the first 3D - 360° gameplay that physically rotated the real world player.
* Origin releases "" and the first "Wing Commander" game.
Sid Meier's " Railroad Tycoon", the first of the "Tycoon" games, is released by MicroProse.
December 14— " Commander Keen" is released as shareware. John Carmack's smooth-scrolling graphics enginehelps it become the first major platformeron a PC.
Capcomreleases " Mega Man III" for NES, introducing the characters Rush and Proto Man, Mega Man's slide, and Capcom's character cameos.
Infogramesreleases " Alpha Waves", the first 3D platform game.
Camericareleases Codemasters' Game Genieadapter in Canada and the UK (In the USA, it was released by Galoob).
* NEC releases the
Nintendoreleases the Super Famicom16-bit console in Japan.
* SNK releases the Neo Geo Advanced Entertainment System (AES) home console.
October 6— Sega Game Gearreleased in Japan, launched in North America in 1991 and Europe and Australia in 1992.
November 30— Sega's Mega Drivereleased in Europe.
Amstradhalts production of the ZX Spectrum, formally bringing to an end that platform's 8-year dominance of the UK home computer market.
* Nintendo v.
Color Dreamslawsuit: Nintendo sues Color Dreams over unlicensed production of Nintendo video games.
THQInc.: Toy Head-Quarters merges with Trinity Acquisition Corporation.
* New companies: Eidos plc,
Team17Software Limited, Natsume Co., Ltd.
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