1997 in video games

1997 saw many sequels and prequels in video games, such as GoldenEye 007, Star Fox 64, Tomb Raider II, Final Fantasy VII, Ultima Online, and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, as well as new titles such as Everybody's Golf, I.Q.: Intelligent Qube, PaRappa the Rapper, Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee, Gran Turismo, Diablo, Grand Theft Auto and Fallout.

List of years in video games

EventsEdit

  • June 19–21 – The 3rd annual E3 is held in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.[1]
  • October:
  • November – Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association (IEMA) launched.
  • December 16 – A scene from the Pokémon anime (based upon the highly successful games) causes 685 Japanese children to have seizures. Nintendo makes a statement proclaiming the safety of the Pokémon games from fear that the games would cause a similar effect, the episode to be permanently removed from circulation, and the featured Pokémon in the episode (Porygon) has not made an appearance in the Pokémon anime since.
  • TSR, Inc., the owner of the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop role-playing game, was acquired by Wizards of the Coast.
  • 3D Realms begins production of Duke Nukem Forever, winner of numerous vaporware awards.
  • The gaming portal Cool Math Games went online for the first time.

Financial performanceEdit

Best-selling home video games in JapanEdit

In Japan, the following titles were the top ten best-selling home video games of 1997.

Rank Title Platform Sales Developer Publisher Genre Ref
1 Pocket Monsters: Red / Green / Blue Game Boy 3,995,988 Game Freak Nintendo RPG [3]
2 Final Fantasy VII PlayStation 3,447,500+ Squaresoft Squaresoft RPG [4]
3 Derby Stallion PlayStation 1,581,138 ASCII ASCII Simulation [5]
4 Everybody's Golf PlayStation 1,327,000 Camelot Software Planning Sony Computer Entertainment Sports [6]
5 Final Fantasy Tactics PlayStation 1,239,000 Squaresoft Squaresoft Tactical RPG
6 SaGa Frontier PlayStation 1,057,263 Square Product Development Division 2 Squaresoft RPG [5]
7 Gran Turismo PlayStation 905,000 Polys Entertainment Sony Computer Entertainment Racing simulation [6]
8 Game de Hakken!! Tamagotchi Game Boy 808,000 Tom Create Bandai Breeding simulation
9 Chocobo no Fushigi na Dungeon PlayStation 801,000 Squaresoft Squaresoft Roguelike
10 PaRappa the Rapper PlayStation 761,621 NanaOn-Sha Sony Computer Entertainment Rhythm [3]

Top home video game rentals in the United StatesEdit

Blockbuster Video, an American chain of video rental shops, released a monthly list of the chain's highest-renting console titles. The following games topped the monthly charts, as reported by GamePro.

Month PlayStation Sega Saturn Nintendo 64 Sega Genesis Super NES Ref
January Twisted Metal 2 Sonic 3D Blast N/A Sonic 3D Blast Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! [7]
February NBA Live 97 Tomb Raider N/A [8]
March Soul Blade Mario Kart 64 NBA Live 97 [9]
April Need for Speed II [10]
May NBA ShootOut '97 NBA Live 97 Turok: Dinosaur Hunter NHL 97 NBA Live 97 [11]
June War Gods Fighters Megamix Star Fox 64 World Series Baseball '98 Ken Griffey Jr.'s Winning Run [12]
July Triple Play 98 Brunswick World: Tournament of Champions [13]
August VMX Racing [14]
September Madden NFL 98 Sonic Jam GoldenEye 007 Madden NFL 98 Madden NFL 98 [15]
October NFL GameDay 98 N/A [16]
November Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back N/A NFL Quarterback Club 98 [17]
December N/A Diddy Kong Racing N/A N/A [18]

Notable releasesEdit

Video game platforms
GBC Game Boy Color
Mac Classic Mac OS / macOS
N64 Nintendo 64
Neo Neo Geo
NeoCD Neo-Geo CD
Pippin Apple Bandai Pippin
PS1 PlayStation
Sat Sega Saturn
SMD Sega Genesis / Mega Drive
SNES Super Nintendo Entertainment System / Super Famicom
Win Microsoft Windows
  
Notable releases of the year 1997
Release Title Windows / DOS 4th Gen 5th Gen Handheld Arcade
January 3 Diablo Yes N/A PS1 (1998) N/A N/A
January 14 Tengai Makyō: Daiyon no Mokushiroku N/A N/A Sat N/A N/A
January 31 Final Fantasy VII (Japan) 1998 N/A PS1 N/A N/A
February 5 DoDonPachi N/A N/A Sat (September 18), PS1 (1998) N/A Yes
February 10 Mario Kart 64 N/A N/A N64 N/A N/A
February 27 The Lost Vikings 2 April 30 SNES PS1 (May), Sat (May) N/A N/A
February 28 Blast Corps N/A N/A N64 N/A N/A
February 28 Independence Day Yes N/A PS1, Sat N/A N/A
February 28 Mega Man 8 N/A N/A PS1, Sat N/A N/A
February 28 Turok: Dinosaur Hunter November 30 N/A N64 N/A N/A
February 28 Interstate '76 Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
March 20 Castlevania: Symphony of the Night N/A N/A PS1, Sat (1998) N/A N/A
March 20 Tekken 3 N/A N/A PS1 (1998) N/A Yes
March 26 Vandal Hearts N/A N/A PS1, Sat (November 27) N/A N/A
March 30 The Last Express Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
March 31 Need for Speed II Yes N/A PS1 N/A N/A
April 7 Outlaws Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
April 30 Fighters Megamix N/A N/A Sat Game.com (1998) N/A
April 30 Star Wars: X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
May 21 Blood Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
May 31 MDK Yes N/A PS1 (1998) N/A N/A
June Harvest Moon N/A SNES N/A N/A N/A
June 20 Sonic Jam N/A N/A Sat Game.com (1998) N/A
June 20 Final Fantasy Tactics (Japan) N/A N/A PS1 N/A N/A
June 26 Dungeon Keeper Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
June 30 Star Fox 64 N/A N/A N64 N/A N/A
July 4 Jane's 688(I) Hunter/Killer Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
July 28 The King of Fighters '97 N/A Neo, NeoCD PS1, Sat (1998) N/A Yes
July 30 Carmageddon Yes N/A PS1 (1999), N64 (2000) GBC (2000) N/A
July 31 Herc's Adventures N/A N/A PS1, Sat N/A N/A
July 31 Warlords III: Reign of Heroes Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
August 1 Mega Man X4 1999 N/A PS1, Sat N/A N/A
August 11 Tetrisphere N/A N/A N64 N/A N/A
August 25 GoldenEye 007 N/A N/A N64 N/A N/A
August 31 Imperialism Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
September 10 Silhouette Mirage N/A N/A Sat, PS1 (1998) N/A N/A
September 11 Breath of Fire III N/A N/A PS1 N/A N/A
September 11 Hexen II Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
September 12 Shadow Warrior Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
September 18 Street Fighter Collection N/A N/A Sat, PS1 (October 23) N/A N/A
September 19 Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee Yes N/A PS1 N/A N/A
September 24 Ultima Online Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
September 24 Postal Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
September 26 LEGO Island Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
September 29 Croc: Legend of the Gobbos N/A N/A PS1, Sat N/A N/A
September 30 Close Combat: A Bridge Too Far Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
September 30 Fallout Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
September 30 Panzer General II Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
September 30 Poy Poy N/A N/A PS1 N/A N/A
September 30 Total Annihilation Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
October 9 Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
October 15 Age of Empires Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
October 15 Mortal Kombat 4 1998 N/A N64, PS1 (1998) GBC (1998) Yes
October 21 Grand Theft Auto Yes N/A PS1 (December 12) GBC (1999) N/A
October 23 Steep Slope Sliders N/A N/A Sat N/A 1998
October 28 Shipwreckers Yes N/A PS1 N/A N/A
October 29 Riven Yes N/A Sat, PS1 (November 30) N/A N/A
October 30 Culdcept N/A N/A Sat, PS1 (1999) N/A N/A
October 31 Blade Runner Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
October 31 Colony Wars N/A N/A PS1 N/A N/A
October 31 The Curse of Monkey Island Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
October 31 PaRappa the Rapper N/A N/A PS1 N/A N/A
October 31 Zork: Grand Inquisitor Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
November Independence War Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
November 1 Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back N/A N/A PS1 N/A N/A
November 1 Shock Troopers N/A Neo N/A N/A Yes
November 17 Sonic R 1998 N/A Sat N/A N/A
November 18 Tomb Raider II Yes N/A PS1 N/A N/A
November 21 Diddy Kong Racing N/A N/A N64 N/A N/A
November 21 Worms 2 Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
November 25 Myth: The Fallen Lords Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
November 27 Kirby's Dream Land 3 N/A SNES N/A N/A N/A
November 30 Bomberman 64 N/A N/A N64 N/A N/A
November 30 One N/A N/A PS1 N/A N/A
November 30 Wing Commander: Prophecy Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
November 30 WCW vs. nWo: World Tour N/A N/A N64 N/A N/A
December Puzzle Bobble 4 N/A N/A PS1, Sat (1998) N/A Yes
December 6 Quake II Yes N/A PS1, N64 (1999) N/A N/A
December 11 Klonoa: Door to Phantomile N/A N/A PS1 N/A N/A
December 18 Grandia (Japan) N/A N/A Sat, PS1 (1999) N/A N/A
December 18 Mega Man Legends 2001 N/A PS1, N64 (2000) N/A N/A
December 21 Yoshi's Story N/A N/A N64 N/A N/A
December 23 Gran Turismo N/A N/A PS1 N/A N/A
December 31 Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero N/A N/A N64 N/A N/A

HardwareEdit

BusinessEdit

LawsuitsEdit

  • Nintendo vs Games City: Nintendo sues Games City for selling the Game Doctor and Doctor V64 backup devices for the SNES and N64 consoles. Nintendo wins the suit.
  • Nintendo vs Prima Publishing: Nintendo sues Prima over copyrights to maps of the N64 video game GoldenEye 007. Nintendo loses the suit.
  • Nintendo vs Sony Video Games: Nintendo sues Sony over copyrights about Mario games.

DiscontinualEdit

Critically acclaimed titlesEdit

Metacritic (MC) and GameRankings (GR) are aggregators of video game journalism reviews.

1997 games and expansions scoring at least 88/100 (MC) or 87.5% (GR)[19][20]
Game Publisher Release Date Platform(s) MC score GR score
Gran Turismo Sony Computer Entertainment December 23, 1997 PlayStation 96/100[21] 94.95%[22]
GoldenEye 007 Nintendo August 25, 1997 Nintendo 64 96/100 94.7%
Diablo Blizzard Entertainment January 3, 1997 Microsoft Windows 94/100 89.07%
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Konami March 20, 1997 PlayStation 93/100 93.03%
Final Fantasy VII Square January 31, 1997 PlayStation 92/100 92.35%
Dungeon Keeper Electronic Arts June 26, 1997 Microsoft Windows N/A 92.2%
Colony Wars Psygnosis October 31, 1997 PlayStation 91/100 92.09%
Sid Meier's Gettysburg! Electronic Arts October 14, 1997 Microsoft Windows 92/100 91%[23]
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II LucasArts October 10, 1997 Microsoft Windows 91/100 88.69%
Myth: The Fallen Lords Bungie November 7, 1997 Microsoft Windows 91/100 80.8%
Blast Corps Nintendo March 21, 1997 Nintendo 64 90/100 88.87%
NFL GameDay 98 Sony Computer Entertainment September 4, 1997 PlayStation N/A 90%
Fallout Interplay Productions October 10, 1997 Microsoft Windows 89/100 89.69%
Carmageddon Sales Curve Interactive June 13, 1997 Microsoft Windows N/A 89.6%
Formula 1 97 Psygnosis September 26, 1997 PlayStation N/A 89.43%
MDK Playmates Interactive May 5, 1997 Microsoft Windows N/A 89.2%
Star Fox 64 Nintendo April 27, 1997 Nintendo 64 88/100 89.01%
The Curse of Monkey Island LucasArts November 1, 1997 Microsoft Windows 89/100 89%
Einhänder Square November 20, 1997 PlayStation 89/100[21] 85%[22]
Total Annihilation GT Interactive September 26, 1997 Microsoft Windows 86/100 88.85%
Diddy Kong Racing Rare November 21, 1997 Nintendo 64 88/100 88.65%
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back Sony Computer Entertainment October 31, 1997 PlayStation N/A 88.54%
Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee GT Interactive September 18, 1997 PlayStation 85/100 87.94%

ReferencesEdit

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