The 1990s were a time of significant change for video games. The industry was growing, and technology was changing at an incredible rate. In this article, we look back at some of the most popular titles from that decade.
30 Most Popular 90s Video Games
1. Super Mario Bros 3 (1993)
Super Mario Bros 3 is one of the best-selling Nintendo Entertainment System games ever released. It’s also considered one of the greatest platformers of all time. The game follows the adventures of Mario as he attempts to rescue Princess Peach from Bowser again. This classic NES title has been rereleased many times, including on the Wii Virtual Console in 2008.
2. Mortal Kombat II (1992)
Mortal Kombat 2 is another iconic fighting game produced by Midway Games. Like other Mortal Kombats, MKII features brutal fatalities that are gruesome yet entertaining. Players choose between multiple characters when they begin their fight, each with unique special moves and abilities. Mortal Kombat 2 received positive reviews from critics across the board.
3. NBA Jam Tournament Edition (1994)
NBA Jam Tournament Edition is a basketball arcade game developed by EA Canada and published by Acclaim. It was released for arcades in 1994 and later ported to home consoles. The game’s goal is to compete against opponents online or within single-player modes. There are two main modes: Exhibition Mode and Practice Mode. In both ways, players can select any character and play through various stages in real-world locations like New York City, San Francisco, and Tokyo.
4. Madden NFL Football (1995)
Madden NFL Football was the first instalment in the Madden football series. It was developed by Visual Concepts and published by Electronic Arts in 1995 for the SNES, Genesis, Game Boy, Master System, Sega Saturn, and Windows. The gameplay is similar to previous series instalments but introduces more realistic graphics than its predecessors. The game was well-received by critics and fans, who praised the improved graphics and deeper gameplay compared to past entries.
5. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater (1996)
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater is a skateboarding simulator created by Neversoft and published by Activision in 1996 for the PlayStation. The game allows players to create custom skaters based on different body types and test them in several other courses. As the player progresses through the levels, they unlock new items such as clothing options, wheels, and tricks.
6. Soulcalibur (1998)
Soulcalibur is a hack n slash beat them-up developed by Project Soul and published by Namco in 1998 for the Dreamcast. The story follows the last surviving member of the cursed race of warriors known as the Dark Souls after he defeats his evil twin brother. He sets off to find seven magical swords scattered around the land to defeat his bad half and save the kingdom from darkness.
7. FIFA Soccer 96 (1996)
FIFA Soccer 96 is a soccer simulation video game developed by EA Canada for Genesis and published by Electronic Arts. The game was released in North America in September 1996. It was the final entry in the popular FIFA franchise until FIFA 17. The game is notable for being the first official licensed sports game to feature digitized players, allowing gamers to experience the sport using actual athletes rather than generic action figures.
8. WWE WrestleMania 2000 (1999)
Wrestlemania 2000 is a professional wrestling video game developed by Yuke’s and published by THQ for the Nintendo 64. The game was released worldwide in 1999. This game is the third title in the WWF Series.
9. NBA Street Vol. 2 (1997)
NBA Street Vol. 2 is an updated version of the original NBA Street Basketball released in 1997 for the PlayStation. The sequel adds many new features, including online multiplayer, career mode, and improved graphics.
10. NCAA March Madness ’98 (1998)
NCAA March Madness ’98 is a college basketball video game developed by EA Sports Big Games and published by EA Sports for the PlayStation.
11. NHL Hockey 98 (1998)
NHL Hockey 98 is a video game developed by EA Tiburon and published by EA Sports in 1998 for the PlayStation.
12. NBA Hoops 99 (1998)
NBA Hoopz 99 is a basketball video game developed by EA Sports Big games and published by EA Sports exclusively for the Sony Playstation console.
13. NFL Blitz (1998)
NFL Blitz is a gridiron football video game developed by EA Black Box and published by EA Sports Big Games in 1998 for the PlayStation and PC.
14. MLB Slugfest (1998)
MLB Slugfest is a baseball simulation video game developed by Acclaim Entertainment and published by Acclaim for the PlayStation in 1998.
15. Tiger Woods PGA Tour (1998)
Tiger Woods PGA Tour is a golf simulation video game developed by PopTop Software and published by EA Sports Interactive for the PlayStation in 1998…
16. NFL Quarterback Club 97 (1997)
NFL Quarterback Club 97 is a football management/simulation video game developed by EA Los Angeles Studio and published by EA Sports BIG Games in 1997 for the PlayStation and Sega Saturn.
17. Madden NFL Football (1995)
Madden NFL Football is an American video game developed by Visual Concepts and published by EA SportsBig Games in 1995 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The game is the second instalment in the Madden NFL series.
18. NBA Live ’97 (1997)
NBA Live ’97 is a basketball video game designed by EA Canada and published by EA Sports on the PlayStation in 1997.
19. FIFA International Soccer 96 (1996)FIFA International Soccer 96 is a soccer video game developed by EA Montreal and published by Electronic Arts for the PlayStation in 1996.
20. NASCAR Racing Championship (1996)
NASCAR Racing Championship is a racing simulator video game developed by Criterion Game Studios and published by Electronic Arts in 1996 for the PlayStation.
21. NBA Showtime ’96 (1996)
NBA Showtime ’96 is a basketball video game published by Virgin Interactive for the PlayStation in 1996.
22. NFL Blitz (1996)
NFL Blitz is an American football video game developed and published by EA Black Box for the PlayStation in 1996
23. NFL Blitz: Road to the Super Bowl (1996)
NFL Blitz: Road to the Superbowl is a football video game developed by Electronic Arts and published by EA Sports big plays in 1996 for the PlayStation.
24. NBA Jam: Tournament Edition (1996)
NBA Jam: Tournament Edition is a basketball arcade-style sports game developed by EA Redwood City and published by EA Sports big games in 1996 for the Genesis and SNES. It is the first game in the NBA Jam series.
25. NFL Blitz (1996 Demo)
NFL Blitz is the demo disc for the football video game NFL Blitz.
26. NBA Hangtime (1996)
NBA Hangtime is a basketball video game released by Virgin Interactive in 1996; it was one of the last titles released for the original PlayStation.
27. NCAA College Basketball ’95 (1995)
NCAA College Basketball 95 is a college basketball video game released for the PlayStation in 1995.
28. NFL 2K5 (2005)
NFL 2K5 is a video game based on the 2005 season of the National Football League. Developed by Visual Concepts and published under the EA Sports label, it was released for the Xbox 360, PS2, GameCube, Wii, DS, PSP, and Microsoft Windows platforms.
29. NHL Hitz Pro Hockey (2004)
NHL Hitz Pro Hockey is a video game released by EA Sports in 2004.
30. NFL Fever 2002 (2001)
NFL Fever 2002 is a football video game released by EA Tiburon in 2001.
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