Many have followed, but few touch the bar that Mario Kart 64 established for kart racing, and it found its way to North American shelves on this day in 1997.
It was in 1998 today that we originally explored the Land of the Dead with the cheeky and clever Grim Fandango.
Tons of Mortal Kombat clones were produced, but only a select few ever came close to offering the level of hype that Mortal Kombat created. Among those games, there were perhaps none more compelling than Killer Instinct, originally released on this day in 1994.
It was on this day in 1987 that players met Little Mac for the first time and joined him on his journey to the dream fight with “Iron” Mike himself.
On this day in 1985, the original Gauntlet hit arcades. It may not have been the first co-op game, but it was one of the earliest co-op dungeon crawlers.
It was the first time Lucasfilm Games had ever designed and published their own game --- a quirky, horror-themed point-and-click adventure known as Maniac Mansion.
It was today in 1996 that North American players were invited to join in Nintendo’s leap to the next dimension of gaming.
It was today in 1993 that the world took the first adventure to the mysterious titular island.
Today marks the release of North American release of the Sega Dreamcast: a machine that had it all, but couldn’t win out against ill-will of Sega’s past mistakes and the hype behind their largest competitor.
Today in 1982, North American players saw their chance to continue the rivalry of Mario and Donkey Kong with Donkey Kong Jr.