1991 was another significant year for the video game industry, marked by the release of several important games and consoles, as well as the continued growth of the industry. Here are some key events that took place:
The Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES): The SNES was released in North America in 1991, following its successful launch in Japan the previous year. The console would go on to become a major hit, with classic games like “The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past” and “Super Mario World” helping to drive sales.
Sonic the Hedgehog: “Sonic the Hedgehog” was released for the Sega Genesis in 1991 and would become a major hit for the franchise. The game introduced the titular character, who would go on to become one of the most iconic figures in video game history.
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior: “Street Fighter II” received an updated version in 1991, known as “Street Fighter II: The World Warrior”. The new version introduced four new playable characters and various gameplay tweaks.
The SNES vs. the Genesis: The console wars between Sega and Nintendo continued to heat up in 1991, with both companies releasing popular games and competing for market share.
The CD-i: Philips released the CD-i home console in 1991, which featured support for CD-ROMs and a range of multimedia features. However, the console would ultimately be a commercial failure.
Civilization: “Civilization” was released for the PC in 1991 and would become one of the most influential strategy games of all time. The game allowed players to build and manage their own virtual civilizations, and its success would spawn many sequels and imitators.
Overall, 1991 was a year of continued growth and innovation in the video game industry, with classic games and consoles further establishing video games as a major entertainment medium. The console wars between Sega and Nintendo would continue to shape the industry, while games like “Sonic the Hedgehog” and “Civilization” would leave a lasting impact on the medium.
Video Games Released in 1991:
Here is our enormous collection of video games released in 1991 and detailed information on each. As always, new games are added to this collection regularly.
Click on a game listing to find out much more about it.