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Video Games Timeline 1990s

Rod Munday | Thursday May 21, 2009

Categories: Games, Computer Games, Video Games, Timeline, Other Topics


Final Fantasy - A game created by Hironobu Sakaguchi, Final Fantasy (Square Enix) was released in the US in 1990.

It tells the story of four orphaned youths who find a crystal, that restores balance to the world.

The game spawned thirteen sequels (so far) making it the most successful role-playing series of all time.

The Final Fantasy series is also famous for its lushly-scored orchestral music composed by Nobuo Uematsu.


Super NES - Nintendo’s upgrade of the NES is released in the US for $249.95 (£125).

Street Fighter II - The game that inspired a series of fighting games and kept gaming arcades alive in the United States for almost another decade.

The original Street Fighter game was not a success and it took four years for a sequel to appear. Street Fighter II (Capcom) introduced ‘special moves’ which could be combined into ‘combos’.

It was made into a 1994 film starring Jean Claude Van Damme and Kylie Minogue.

Lemmings - In many ways this British-designed game was the antidote to Street Fighter II.

The object of Lemmings (DMA Design/Psygnosis) was to save its population not kill it.

The game was a huge bestseller and highly praised.


Wolfenstein 3D - Inspired by the Castle Wolfenstein (Muse 1980), Wolfenstein 3D (id/Apogee) introduced PC gamers to the first-person shooter genre.

It was first available as shareware which meant it could be freely copied.

The game attracted controversy by its use of Nazi music and the Swastika emblem. Copies of the game were confiscated in Germany where it is against the law to reproduce Nazi insignia.

Mortal Kombat - An arcade game developed to compete with Street Fighter II, Mortal Kombat (Midway) included infamous ‘fatality moves’ where opponents could be bloodily despatched.

Many were alarmed by the game’s realistic and graphic depiction of violence - to counter the criticism Mortal Kombat’s distributor in Japan, Nintendo, released a version...

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