The 25th Anniversary Edition 1991 Version: Video Games

Welcome back to the Anniversary Edition. This is a series where we are highlighting the 25th anniversary of some of our favorite things. These include movies, TV shows, video games, comics and music that came out during the year of 1991.

Last time we looked at music. This time we will look at video games that came out in 1991. On the hardware front, the big major release was the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (or the SNES) in North America.  Making its debut on August 23, the SNES was the 16-bit successor to the NES.  It would go on to be the biggest seller of that generation of consoles.

When it comes to games, there were some huge games that came out in 1991. One of the biggest made its debut along with the SNES and that was Super Mario World.  It was one of the first games that came packed in with the SNES system and also featured the first appearance of Yoshi in the Marioverse.  The game would go on to sell over 20 million copies.

Along with Super Mario World, another game that debuted along with the SNES was F-Zero.  It was a futuristic racing game that was ahead of its time as far as graphics and gameplay.  One of it’s characters, Captain Falcon, went on to become prominent in the fighting series Super Smash Bros.

For Sega, their biggest game made its debut in 1991.  That game was Sonic the Hedgehog.  Released on June 23, it became a huge hit for Sega and would lead to Sonic becoming their mascot.  The game was responsible for selling a large amount of Sega Genesis consoles especially in that year.

There was one big 8-bit NES game that released in 1991 and that was Tecmo Super Bowl (December 13).  Sequel to the original Tecmo Bowl, Tecmo Super Bowl was the first sports game to have licensing rights from both the NFL and the NFL Players Association.  This meant that the game had all the teams and players from the NFL.

The other big debut in 1991 happened in arcades.  On February 6, Street Fighter II debuted.  It was the sequel to the original Street Fighter but this version vastly surpassed its predecessor.  It was the beginning of the popularity of the fighting game genre and also led to a renaissance in arcade gaming.  It would later be ported to the Sega Genesis and SNES.

1991 was a pretty huge year when it comes to video games. Did you have an SNES? Big fan of Sonic? Is there a game that came out in 1991 that isn’t listed here that you enjoy? Leave a comment and share them here. Next time, we will look at movies from 1990. Until then, fire up your old system (or virtual console) and enjoy some retro gaming.