week 2 - History of Games Spring 2011

Nintendo has 87 of the us market and the nes is in 30

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Nintendo has 87% of the U.S. market and the NES is in 30 million homes. Atari games announces it has reverse engineered the NES and can bypass the lockout chip. Microchip shortage. Nintendo releases Game Boy. Portable systems take-off. In Japan, NEC releases the PC Engine, a system with a 16-bit graphics processor. Sega releases the 16- bit Genesis for $200. Super Mario Bros. 3 is released Nintendo announces no exclusivity clause for its new 16 bit system. Sega and NEC announce plans for new game systems that will have 16-bit microprocessors.
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1991 1991 Sega releases the hand-held Game Gear for $150 1992 1992 1994 1994 Donkey Kong Country SNES sales are spurred by Street Fighter II . Price wars start. “Mortal Monday” Mortal Kombat II Games like Mortal Kombat and Night Trap spark public outrage over violence. During Christmas Sega takes the 16- bit lead Christmas sales are better than expected. In September, the SNES is launched for $200. 1993 1993 NES sales drop nearly 50% in the first half of the year. Sega releases, Sonic the Hedgehog . Timeline: The 16-bit Era
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1991 1991 1993 1993 1994 1994 Timeline: Beyond 16-bit Sega and NEC announce plans for 32-bit machines In March, Sega surprises everyone by announcing 32X. Nintendo continues to announce plays for a CD player. Sega releases CD player. In October, Panasonic releases a $700 3DO CD player. The price of computers with CD-ROM drives drops, sales soar. Commodore releases the $400 Amiga 32 CD system. Sega announces Saturn, Sony announces PlayStation. The Saturn and PlayStation are released in Japan for $400+. Sony decides to go alone and create a CD player. Philips releases a multimedia machine based on its CD-I standard. 1992 1992
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1995 1995 1996 1996 1997 1997 Timeline: 32/64 bit Era Sega has surprise May release of Saturn at $400. Nintendo 64 is released in September at $200 becomes a major hit. Super Mario 64 is bestseller. Nintendo 64 and PlayStation emerge as dominant market leaders at $150 price point. In fall, Nintendo 64 sales hurt by limited software offerings. and Warcraft II are major PC hits. PlayStation launched in September. Hasbro emerges as surprisingly strong player in PC games. Matsushita pays $100 million to 3DO for M2 technology. 16-bit Donkey Kong Country 2 is bestseller. All major systems sell for $200. Sega starts to lineup support for a new system to launch in 1999.
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1998 1998 1999 1999 2000 2000 Timeline: 128-bit Era GoldenEye 007 is the top selling game of the year. Sony officially announces the PlayStation 2 to be released in 2000. GameCube and Game Boy Advance announced to be released in 2000. Microsoft officially announces the
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