On this day in history…
John Logie Baird gives the first public demonstration of his large screen television in the UK. The mechanical television feature a picture thirty inches by seventy inches created by a mechanism so large that it had to be built into a wheel trailer so that it could be moved.
ShadowrunData East releases the singleplayer, cyberpunk roleplaying game (RPG) Shadowrun for the Super NES in Europe.
Nintendo releases the single-player platform game Super Metroid for the Super NES in Europe. It is the third installment in the Metroid franchise. Like its predecessors, Super Metroid stands outs from other platform games dues to the non-linear design which makes exploration a key component of gameplay and its innovative weaponry.
JVC releases Indiana Jones’ Greatest Adventures, based on the Indiana Jones film trilogy, for the Super Famicom in Japan.
Electronic Arts (EA) completes its acquisition of game developer Maxis, which has been a leader in non-violent game titles and remains best known for its “Sim” franchises, SimCity and The Sims. By 2004 all EA games will bear the Maxis sub-branding.
Electronic Arts acquires ABC Software, Switzerland’s leading game distributor, for an estimated US$16.5 million.
The stock of the software retailer Electronics Boutique is first traded on the NASDAQ exchange in the US. With an opening price of US$14 a share, the offering raises US$70 million in capital which the company announces will be used to expand the chain.
Epoch releases Doraemon 3: Nobita no Machi SOS! for the Nintendo 64 in Japan. The game is based on the Japanese manga of the same title and has two Nintendo 64 prequels, Doraemon: Nobita to 3-tsu no Seirei Ishi and Doraemon 2: Nobita to Hikari no Shinden, both of which were released only in Japan.
Konami releases the console roleplaying game (RPG) Suikoden II for the PlayStation in Europe. Despite its generally positive reception, only a limited number of the title will be released, making it a relatively scarce commodity among collectors. (ELSPA: 11+, USK: 6+)
Take-Two Interactive releases the racing game Grand Theft Auto 2 for the Sega Dreamcast in Europe.
Ignition Entertainment releases the racing game Lotus Challenge for personal computer, the GameCube, and PlayStation 2 in the US. (ESRB: E)
VU Games releases ninth game in the Crash Bandicoot series, the racing game Crash Nitro Kart, for the Nokia N-Gage in the US. It’s the first game in the popular series to feature full motion video (FMV). (ESRB: E)
Taito Corporation releases the platform game Graffiti Kingdom for the PlayStation 2 in North America. With gameplay similar to Magic Pengel, players draw their characters as they see fit, then designate the functions of their character’s limbs. (ESRB: E)
Midway releases the console roleplaying game (RPG) Shadow Hearts for the PlayStation 2 in the US. The 1999 console RPG Koudelka, released for the original PlayStation is the prequel to Shadow Hearts. It is a fantasy-themed game set just prior to the first World War amid secret events of the otherwise real world. Due to it’s release date, just a week ahead of the long-awaited, heavily promoted Final Fantasy X, Shadow Hearts will be relegated to general obscurity. (ESRB: M)
2K Games releases the city-building simulation game CivCity: Rome for the Windows in Europe. In terms of gameplay, the game is a hybrid of two popular sim games, Caesar and Civilization.
Liquid Games releases the racing game GT Racers for the Game Boy Advance in Europe. (PEGI: 3+)
Midway releases The Ant Bully, based on the 2006 Warner Bros. animated film, for the Game Boy Advance and PlayStation 2 in Europe.
System 3 releases Gottlieb Pinball Classics for the PlayStation 2 in the UK. (PEGI: 3+)
Take Two Interactive releases the expansion pack Civilization IV: Warlords for the turn-based strategy game Civilization IV for personal computers in Europe. The expansion includes the ability to institute vassal states, eight new scenarios, gameplay tweaks, six new civilizations, and unique buildings for each civilization.
Destineer releases the second half of the compilation of classic Taito arcade games, Taito Legends 2, for Windows in North America. The compilation includes thirty-nine classic, most of which were originally released to arcades in Japan and many of which were eventually ported to consoles. The games include: Arabian Magic, Front Line, Gun Frontier, Legend of Kage, Lunar Rescue, Puzzle Bobble 2, and Qix. Four of the games, Bubble Symphony (or Bubble Bobble 2), Cadash, Pop’n Pop, and RayForce were released exclusive for the Windows and Xbox versions of the game, while the PlayStation 2 version had four different exclusive releases. (ESRB: T)