This Day in Video Game History
Atari and Time Warner Cable announced a partnership under which Time Warner would offer Atari Jaguar 64-bit interactive game titles to its Full Service Network (FSN) network service subscribers. Select Jaguar titles would be compressed and made available for download to FSN users.
In Tokyo, Japan, Nintendo hosted the annual Shoshinkai video game industry trade show. At the event, Nintendo unveiled its Virtual Boy game system,a virtual reality headset. Price: $200
Capcom released the single-player Dino Crisis survival horror game for the Dreamcast in North America. The game’s development was overseen by Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami, and it’s gameplay was very similar to Resident Evil. It was portrayed as a “panic horror” game, a term never previously applied to a game. (ESRB: M)
Sega released Sonic Shuffle for the Dreamcast in the U.S. (ESRB: E)
Square Electronic Arts released the Final Fantasy IX for the PlayStation in the U.S. It was the ninth installment in the Final Fantasy game series. (ESRB: T)
Microsoft Game Studios released the first-person shooter Halo: Combat Evolved for the Xbox in the U.S. (ESRB: M)
Microsoft Game Studios released the Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee platform game for the Xbox in North America. (ESRB: T)
Microsoft officially released the Xbox Live Starter Kit and launched the Xbox Live online gaming service in the United States. The Starter Kit comes complete with a one-year subscription to Xbox Live.
Atari released the Kya: Dark Lineage platform game for the PlayStation 2 in the U.S. (ESRB: T)
Nintendo released the The Legend of Zelda: Collector’s Edition game compilation for the GameCube in Europe. (PEGI: 7+)
Nintendo released the Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire pinball game for the Game Boy Advance in Europe. (ESRB: E)
McDonald’s and Nintendo cooperatively launched free Wayport Wi-Fi service for Nintendo DS handheld game systems across thousands of McDonald’s restaurants in the United States.
Nintendo released the Mario Kart DS racing game for the Nintendo DS in the U.S. (ESRB: E)
Activision released the action roleplaying game Marvel: Ultimate Alliance for the Wii in the U.S. (ESRB: T)
Activision released the Spider-Man: Battle for New York platform game, loosely based on the comic book franchise, for the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS in the U.S. (ESRB: E)
Capcom released the arcade game compilation Capcom Classics Collection Vol. 2 for the PlayStation 2 in the U.S. The compilation included twenty games: 1941: Counter Attack, Avengers, Black Tiger, Block Block, Captain Commando, Eco Fighters, King of Dragons, Knights of the Round, Last Duel, Magic Sword, Mega Twins, Quiz & Dragons: Capcom Quiz Game, Side Arms Hyper Dyne, The Speed Rumbler, Street Fighter, Strider, Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Three Wonders, Tiger Road, and Varth: Operation Thunderstorm. (ESRB: T)
Deep Silver and Namco released the Warhammer: Mark of Chaos real-time tactics (RTT) game for Windows in North America. It was the third real-time tactics title based on the Warhammer Fantasy Battle tabletop game. (ESRB: M)
Eidos Interactive released the third-person shooter Bionicle Heroes for personal computers, the Game Boy Advance, GameCube, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, and Xbox 360. (ESRB: T)
Konami released the Dance Dance Revolution ULTRAMIX 4 music game for the Xbox in the U.S. (ESRB: E)
Midway released Rampage: Total Destruction for the Wii in the U.S. (ESRB: E10+)
Publisher Ziff Davis announced that it would be discontinuing its Official PlayStation Magazine with the last issue being released in January.
Square Enix released Final Fantasy III for the Nintendo DS in the U.S. (ESRB: E10+)
THQ released the WWE Smackdown vs RAW 2007 wrestling game for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360 in the U.S. (ESRB: T)
Microsoft released the one hundredth game on Xbox Live Arcade to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the service. The game was THQ’s arcade shooter Screwjumper. Shrek ‘N Roll, based on the popular animated film Shrek film, was also released to become the one hundred and first game available over Xbox Live.