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This Day in Video Game History: September 20

by: Pipedreamergrey ; edited by: M.S. Smith ; updated: 4/17/2012 • Leave a comment

Today marks the anniversary of the announcement of the specs for the Xbox and Microsoft's Platinum Hits. Read more in "This Day in Video Game History", a chronology of notable business, film, game, and media events in and related to the video game industry on this day in history.

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    This Day in Video Game History

    1996

    Nintendo released the platform game compilation Kirby Super Star for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) in North America. (ESRB: KA)

    2000

    Hasbro Interactive released the 3D arcade game Frogger 2: Swampy’s Revenge for personal computers and the Dreamcast, Game Boy Color, and PlayStation. (ESRB: E)

    Microsoft officially announced the technical specs for its upcoming Xbox video game console. The system will feature a 733 MHz CPU as well as a 300MHz graphics chip.

    2001

    Commandos 2 Eidos Interactive released the real-times tactics game Commandos 2: Men of Courage for Windows in North America. The game casts player in the role of the leader of a squad of commandos who must sneak behind enemy lines during the course of World War II to complete their missions. (ESRB: T)

    Natsume released the single-player roleplaying game (RPG) Lufia: The Legend Returns for the Game Boy Color in North America. It was the third installment in the Lufia series. (ESRB: E)

    Sony Computer Entertainment released the racing game Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec for the PlayStation 2 in Europe. It will become one of the best-selling games for the PlayStation 2. (PEGI: 3+)

    Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) released the 3D versus fighting game X-Men: Mutant Academy 2 for the PlayStation. (ESRB: T)

    2002

    Microsoft acquired British game developer Rare for $375 million. Rare is best known for Battletoads, GoldenEye 007, and Perfect Dark.

    Nintendo released the single-player god game Doshin the Giant for the GameCube in Europe.

    2004

    EA Sports released the single-player golf simulator Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005 for personal computers, the GameCube, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, and Xbox in North America. (ESRB: E)

    Nintendo announced that the Nintendo DS handheld video game system would be released in North America on November 21, 2004 at a price of $149.99.

    Nintendo released the futuristic racing game F-Zero: GP Legend for the Game Boy Advance in North America. (ESRB: E)

    THQ released the real-time strategy game Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War, based on Games Workshop tabletop game of the same name, for Windows. (ESRB: M)

    2005

    Activision released the X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse for personal computers and the GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox, and in North America. In the game, which is non-canonicial, Apocalypse abducts Professor X and Polaris, focing the X-Men to allie with the Brotherhood of Mutants to mount a rescue. It expands on its popular predecessor with several notable new features, including an online multiplayer made, new characters, and the ability to re-play the game with a characters final stats after playing it to completion. (ESRB: T)

    Indigo Prophecy Atari released the single-player game Fahrenheit as Indigo Prophecy for Windows, the PlayStation 2, and Xbox in North America. The name of the game was changed to avoid confusion with the upcoming film Fahrenheit 9/11. The game received adult ratings in many countries, due to a sex scene, but that adult content was removed for the North American release, largely due to the Hot Coffee controversy that Grand Theft Auto raised in the media. Despite the cuts, Indigo Prophecy would be highly praised for its in-depth and compelling storyline. (ESRB: M)

    EA Sports released the the sixteenth installment of the Madden NFL series, Madden NFL 06 for the PlayStation Portable in North America. Its sales will outstrip all of its predecessors, going on to sell over 6.5 million copies by the end of September 2007. (ESRB: E)

    EA Sports released Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06 for personal computers, the GameCube, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable (PSP), and Xbox in the U.S. (ESRB: E)

    Electronic Arts released the fighting game Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects, based on the "Marvel Nemesis" comic series, for the GameCube, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable (PSP), and Xbox in North America. (ESRB: T)

    Sony Computer Entertainment released the single-player hack and slash game Genji: Dawn of the Samurai for the PlayStation 2 in North America. The game was loosely based on the historical Tale of the Heike, the story of the struggle of the Taira and Minamoto clans for domination of Japan during the Genpei War in the twelfth century. (ESRB: M)

    Ninja Gaiden Tecmo released Ninja Gaiden Black for the Xbox in the US following five years of development. For their effort, Tecmo produced one of the most challenging games ever released that was notable for its beautifully responsive control system. Over 362,000 copies of the game would be sold within the first month of its release. (ESRB: M)

    Ubisoft released Myst V: End of Ages for Windows in North America. It was the fifth and final installment in the Myst series, and the first installment to feature real-time 3D graphics. (ESRB: E)

    2006

    Microsoft announced the release of a Platinum Hits line of games for its Xbox 360 video game console in North America at the Tokyo Game Show. The games in the line will cost $29.99 each.