1995 in video games

1995 has seen many sequels and prequels in video games and several new titles such as Mario's Picross, Chrono Trigger, Mega Man 7, Rayman, Twisted Metal, Star Wars: Dark Forces, Destruction Derby and Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.

List of years in video games

Top rated gamesEdit

Major awardsEdit

Category/Publication Electronic Gaming Monthly
1996 Buyer's Guide Awards
1995 Editors' Choice Awards[1]
Game Players
1995 Awards[2]
4th Annual 1995 Megawards
Game of the Year Twisted Metal N/A Virtua Fighter 2 Yoshi's Island
Best PlayStation Game Twisted Metal Doom Wipeout Jumping Flash!
Best Saturn Game Panzer Dragoon Virtua Fighter 2
Best SNES Game Chrono Trigger Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Yoshi's Island
Best Genesis Game Vectorman NHL 96 Vectorman
Best Arcade Game Tekken 2 Alpine Racer N/A
Best 3DO Game Gex Wolfenstein 3D Blade Force D
Best Jaguar Game Cannon Fodder Defender 2000 Rayman N/A
Best Neo-Geo Game The King of Fighters '95 World Heroes Perfect N/A N/A
Best CD-i Game N/A Chaos Control N/A N/A
Best Sega CD Game Lunar: Eternal Blue Earthworm Jim: Special Edition Eternal Champions: Challenge from the Dark Side N/A
Best 32X Game Virtua Fighter WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade Game Virtua Fighter N/A
Best Game Boy Game Donkey Kong Land Asteroids & Missile Command, Centipede & Millipede, Galaga & Galaxian, and Defender & Joust (tie) Donkey Kong Land
Best Game Gear Game Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Garfield: Caught in the Act Ristar
Best Virtual Boy Game Red Alarm Mario's Tennis Red Alarm
Best Fighting Game Battle Arena Toshinden N/A Virtua Fighter 2 Virtua Fighter 2 and Killer Instinct (tie)
Best Sports Game NFL GameDay World Series Baseball (Saturn) N/A
Best Action/Platform Game Yoshi's Island N/A Jumping Flash! Yoshi's Island
Best RPG Chrono Trigger EarthBound
Best Shooter Game Philosoma N/A Virtua Cop Panzer Dragoon and Pulstar (tie)
Best Driving/Racing Game Ridge Racer N/A Wipeout Sega Rally Championship and Wipeout (tie)
Best Flight Simulator Air Combat N/A Warhawk
Best Visuals Rayman N/A Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and Virtua Fighter 2 (tie) N/A
Best Music Chrono Trigger and Rayman (tie) N/A Twisted Metal Skeleton Warriors

Financial performanceEdit

Highest-renting console titles according to Blockbuster VideoEdit

Blockbuster Video, an American chain of video rental shops, released a GamePro-exclusive monthly list of the chain's highest-renting console titles.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14]

Highest-renting SNES titles of 1995
Title Publisher Genre(s) # of charting months Peak position
Donkey Kong Country Nintendo Platform 8 #1
NBA Jam: Tournament Edition Acclaim Entertainment Sports (basketball) 6 #1
Killer Instinct Nintendo Fighting 4 #1
Justice League Task Force Acclaim Entertainment Fighting 4 #2
Spider-Man Acclaim Entertainment Action 4 #4
Judge Dredd Acclaim Entertainment Run and gun 3 #1
Mortal Kombat 3 Williams Entertainment Fighting 3 #2
Kyle Petty's No Fear Racing Williams Entertainment Racing 3 #3
Kirby's Avalanche Nintendo Puzzle 3 #4
EarthBound Nintendo Role-playing 3 #4
Highest-renting Sega Genesis titles of 1995
Title Publisher Genre(s) # of charting months Peak position
NBA Jam: Tournament Edition Acclaim Entertainment Sports (basketball) 6 #1
World Series Baseball '95 Sega Sports (baseball) 6 #2
Road Rash 3 Electronic Arts Racing 6 #4
NBA Action '95 Sega Sports (basketball) 4 #3
Judge Dredd Acclaim Entertainment Run and gun 3 #1
The Adventures of Batman & Robin Sega Run and gun 3 #1
Mortal Kombat 3 Williams Entertainment Fighting 3 #1
Triple Play Baseball '96 EA Sports Sports (baseball) 3 #2
Justice League Task Force Acclaim Entertainment Fighting 3 #2
Batman Forever Acclaim Entertainment Beat 'em up 3 #1

Hardware releasesEdit

Game releasesEdit

Video game platforms
Ami Commodore Amiga
GB Game Boy
Neo Neo Geo
NeoCD Neo-Geo CD
PS1 PlayStation
Sat Sega Saturn
SMD Sega Genesis / Mega Drive
SCD Sega Mega-CD
S32X 32X
SNES Super Nintendo Entertainment System / Super Famicom
Win Microsoft Windows
Lynx Atari Lynx
Jag Atari Jaguar
Mac Classic Mac OS / macOS
Notable releases of the year 1995
Release Title System Developer/Publisher Notes
January 1 Battle Arena Toshinden PS1 Tamsoft/SCEA One of the first fully 3D fighting games
January 13 Bust-a-Move SNES Taito
February 15 Star Wars: Dark Forces DOS LucasArts The first in a successful series of Star Wars-based first-person shooters
February 16 Ristar SMD Sonic Team/Sega a platform game
February 24 Front Mission SNES G-Craft\Squaresoft
March 10 Panzer Dragoon Sat Team Andromeda\Sega
March 11 Chrono Trigger SNES Square
March 14 Mario's Picross GB Jupiter\Nintendo The first installment in a series of Mario-themed Picross titles released in the mid-1990s
March 17 Descent DOS Parallax Software Portal rendering with texture-mapped polygons, polygonal enemies, and six degrees of freedom.
March 21 Kirby's Dream Land 2 GB HAL Laboratory\Nintendo An installment in the Kirby series
March 24 Mega Man 7 SNES Capcom
April 15 Mortal Kombat 3 Arcade
April 27 Jumping Flash! PS1 Exact/SCEA
April 28 Super Bomberman 3 SNES Hudson Soft First game in the Super Bomberman series to not get an American release; final game in the series released outside Japan on the SNES
April 30 Full Throttle DOS, Win, Mac LucasArts Graphical adventure
May 25 Light Crusader SMD Treasure\Sega
May King Arthur & the Knights of Justice SNES Enix
June 5 EarthBound SNES Ape, Inc./Nintendo Is localized for US audiences, garnering a cult following in the US
June 5 Street Fighter Alpha Arcade Capcom
June 7 Flight Unlimited DOS, Win95 Looking Glass Studios
July 21 Castlevania: Dracula X SNES Konami Port of Castlevania: Rondo of Blood.
July 24 MechWarrior 2 DOS Activision
July 25 The King of Fighters '95 Arcade SNK Second installment in the King of Fighters series
July 31 Phantasmagoria DOS, Win95, Mac, Sat (1997) Sierra Online A controversial point-and-click adventure game
August 2 Comix Zone SMD Sega A beat 'em up game heavily inspired by comic books
August 3 Tekken 2 Arcade Namco
August 15 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island SNES Nintendo A critically acclaimed platformer
August 31 Command & Conquer DOS, Mac Westwood Studios One of the first popular real-time strategy games, it spawned a franchise
August 31 Heroes of Might and Magic: A Strategic Quest DOS New World Computing The first game in the popular turn-based strategy game franchise
September 9 Rayman PS1, Sat, Jag Ubisoft The first game in the popular series
October 1 Secret of Evermore SNES Square
October 6 Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together SNES Quest Corporation Ported to the Sega Saturn (1996) and the PlayStation (1997)
October 13 Hyper Iria SNES Banpresto Based on Iria: Zeiram the Animation, an animated series.
October 20 Terranigma SNES Quintet
October 27 Panel de Pon SNES Intelligent Systems\Nintendo Released in America under the name "Tetris Attack", featuring a Yoshi's Island theme
October 31 Destruction Derby PS1 Reflections Interactive\Psygnosis
October 31 I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream DOS, Mac Cyberdreams An adaptation of writer Harlan Ellison's short story, won Computer Gaming World's award for "Best Graphic Adventure Game" of the year
October 31 Star Wars: TIE Fighter (Collector's CD-ROM) Win, Mac LucasArts
October Time Crisis Arcade Namco
November 5 Twisted Metal PS1 SingleTrac/Sony Computer Entertainment Started longest running PlayStation franchise, popular vehicular combat series.
November 20 Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest SNES Rareware/Nintendo
November 24 Battle Arena Toshinden 2 PS1, Arcade Tamsoft\Capcom
November 24 Marathon 2: Durandal Mac Bungie
November 30 The Dig DOS, Mac LucasArts Adventure game
December Worms Ami Team17 An artillery video game and the first game in the Worms series
December Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium SMD Sega Localization of the 1993 Japanese game to North America, December 8 EU
December Time Crisis Arcade Namco The first game in the popular light-gun series Time Crisis.
December 1 Mega Man X3 SNES Capcom
December 9 Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation SNES Heartbeat\Enix
December 9 Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness DOS, Mac Blizzard Sequel to their initial real-time strategy title, and a far more popular title
December 15 Tales of Phantasia SNES Namco The first in the Tales series
December 15 Suikoden PS1 Konami Debut of the Suikoden series; ported to the Sega Saturn in Japan in 1998
December 15 Brain Dead 13 DOS ReadySoft An "FMV adventure" game
December 22 Final Fight 3 SNES Capcom
December 31 The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery DOS, Win, Mac Sierra On-Line Adventure game; sequel to Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers
December 31 King's Field II PS1 From Software First game in the King's Field series to eventually be released outside Japan; renamed simply "King's Field" in NTSC-U/C and PAL regions when released there in 1996


  • May 11 – Introduction of trade magazine GameWeek (then called Video Game Advisor).
  • May 11–13 – The 1st annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is held in Los Angeles, California.[18]
  • November 5 – GameFAQs debuts on the web, as an archive of video game FAQs.
  • November 24 – Nintendo unveils a playable version of the Nintendo Ultra 64, later renamed the Nintendo 64, at the 7th Annual Nintendo Space World Software Exhibition in Japan. Thirteen games were demonstrated but only two were in playable form, Kirby Ball 64 and Super Mario 64.[19]



  1. ^ The Feature Creature (February 1996). "Editor's Choice Awards 1995" (PDF). GamePro. No. 79. IDG. p. 26.
  2. ^ "Game Players - Awards - Best Game Gear Game". Game Players. No. 79. Signal Research. Christmas 1995. pp. 15–41.
  3. ^ "Blockbuster Video February Hot Sheet!" (PDF). GamePro. February 1995. p. 163.
  4. ^ "Blockbuster Video March Hot Sheet!" (PDF). GamePro. March 1995. p. 155.
  5. ^ "Blockbuster Video April Hot Sheet!" (PDF). GamePro. April 1995. p. 148.
  6. ^ "Blockbuster Video May Hot Sheet!" (PDF). GamePro. May 1995. p. 139.
  7. ^ "Blockbuster Video June Hot Sheet!" (PDF). GamePro. June 1995. p. 149.
  8. ^ "Blockbuster Video July Hot Sheet!" (PDF). GamePro. July 1995. p. 131.
  9. ^ "Blockbuster Video August Hot Sheet!" (PDF). GamePro. August 1995. p. 118.
  10. ^ "Blockbuster Video September Hot Sheet!" (PDF). GamePro. September 1995. p. 142.
  11. ^ "Blockbuster Video October Hot Sheet!" (PDF). GamePro. October 1995. p. 172.
  12. ^ "Blockbuster Video November Hot Sheet!" (PDF). GamePro. November 1995. p. 189.
  13. ^ "Blockbuster Video December Hot Sheet!" (PDF). GamePro. December 1995. p. 205.
  14. ^ "Blockbuster Video January Hot Sheet!" (PDF). GamePro. January 1996. p. 23.
  15. ^ Cifaldi, Frank (May 11, 2010). "This Day in History: Sega Announces Surprise Saturn Launch". 1UP.com. IGN. Archived from the original on October 30, 2015. Retrieved October 30, 2015.
  16. ^ Cifaldi, Frank (September 9, 2010). "This Day in History: Sony's PlayStation Launches in the U.S." 1UP.com. IGN. Archived from the original on April 17, 2015. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  17. ^ Roberts, Dave (September 29, 2005). "The day our world changed". MCV. Intent Media. Archived from the original on April 15, 2015. Retrieved April 15, 2015. The original PlayStation launched on September 29th 1995 priced £299.
  18. ^ "Attendance and Stats". IGN. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  19. ^ Semrad, Ed (February 1996). "Ultra 64 Unveiled". Electronic Gaming Monthly. Ziff Davis (79): 6.

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