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 1992.
Last time we looked at music. This time we will look at video games that came out in 1992. On the hardware front, the big major release was the Sega CD in North America in October 15. Released the previous December in Japan, the Sega CD was an add on to the Sega Genesis. It was in some ways ahead of its time with using console games involving discs. It also was among the first to use Full Motion Video (FMV) for console games. There was some controversy involving the Sega CD with one of their games Night Trap. In total about 2 million units were sold of the Sega CD.
When it comes to games, there were some huge games that came out in 1992. Nintendo at this point was still releasing games for both the NES and the SNES. On the NES front there were 2 Mega Man games. Mega Man 4 released in the US on January 15th and Mega Man 5 released in Japan December 4th and later on December 31st in US.
The big video game to release for the SNES was Super Mario Kart. Released on August 27th, Super Mario Kart was the first in what would become a big series for Nintendo with the go kart racing game. The game would go on to sell over 9 million copies and would be third most selling game for the SNES.
For Sega, there were 2 big games to release on the Sega Genesis. The first game was Ecco the Dolphin. Released on July 29th, Ecco the Dolphin features a dolphin named Ecco who is protecting the oceans from aliens trying to destroy the ecosystem. It was a game that was very different but it was well received. The other big game to release on the Genesis that year was Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Released on November 21st, Sonic 2 introduced Spin Dash action for Sonic as well as the character Miles “Tails” Prower. It would go on to sell 6 million copies and helped Sega in the console war against Nintendo.
On the arcade front in 1992 there were 2 big debuts. The first was Virtua Racing by Sega. In October of ’92, it helped launch the craze of 3D racing games in arcades. The other big arcade game to release in ’92 was Mortal Kombat by Midway. Debuting on October 8th, Mortal Kombat was a fighting game that featured digitized characters as well as “fatalities” at the end of matches. It would be so popular that there would be subsequent ports to consoles and would battle with Street Fighter as the fighting game franchise of the decade.
1992 was a pretty huge year when it comes to video games. Is there a game that came out in 1992 that isn’t listed here that you enjoy? Leave a comment and share them here. Next time, we will look at movies from 1992. Until then, fire up your old system (or virtual console) and enjoy some retro gaming.