Fun With Numbers: Is The Current Gen Launch Really That Bad? (1 of 4)

Simple question. Let’s try to answer it. I won’t even try to make up any super complicated reasoning. I’m just gonna show you what was available and let you decide. I don’t know how far back to go, so I’m gonna go ALL THE WAY BACK to the NES. If I don’t include a console it’s because it sucked and I don’t care about it. So no Neo-Geo. Or 3DO. Or Jaguar. Just consoles that made an impact. I won’t include handhelds either. Ok, let’s do it. My time frame will be the end of the 7th month from release. For example…..the XBox1 was released at the tail end of November. So the end of May would give it a full 6 months, even though May is the 7th month of release. So basically every system will get a 6-7 month window for launch. I’ll give my opinion on each launch, just so you know where I stand. If I miss something, I’m sorry. It’s hard work putting this info together. Today we’ll look at the NES, Sega Master System, Sega Genesis and SNES.

NES

  • 10-Yard Fight –  October 1985
  • Baseball – October 1985
  • Clu Clu Land – October 1985
  • Donkey Kong Jr. Math – October 1985
  • Golf – October 1985
  • Gyromite –  October 1985
  • Hogan’s Alley – October 1985
  • Ice Climber – October 1985
  • Kung-Fu Master – October 1985
  • Wild Gunman – October 1985
  • Wrecking Crew – October 1985
  • Duck Hunt – October 18, 1985
  • Excitebike – October 18, 1985
  • Mach Rider – October 18, 1985
  • Pinball – October 18, 1985
  • Stack-Up – October 18, 1985
  • Super Mario Bros. – October 18, 1985
  • Tennis – October 18, 1985
  • Donkey Kong – June 1986
  • Donkey Kong 3 – June 1986
  • Donkey Kong Jr. – June 1986
  • Mario Bros. – June 1986
  • Popeye – June 1986
  • Balloon Fight – June 3, 1986
  • Gumshoe – June 6, 1986
  • Urban Champion – August 1, 1986
  • Metroid – August 1986

Sheesh. This list has some classics. Super Mario Bros. Excitebike. Donkey Kong. Metroid. DK Jr. For clarification, the NES had a soft launch in October 1985 (NY and Cali) and the rest of the country got it in February of 86. If it launched fully in 85 then everything from Donkey Kong on down misses the window. So there’s that. But, it is what it is. Good launch. Sega Master System All I could find for the Master System was release years, not months. The system was released in June of 86, so we’ll just go with anything released in 86.

  • Action Fighter
  • Alex Kidd in Miracle World
  • Astro Warrior
  • Astro Warrior / Pit Pot
  • Black Belt
  • Choplifter!
  • Comical Machine Gun Joe
  • F16 Fighting Falcon
  • Fantasy Zone
  • Ghost House
  • Great Ice Hockey
  • Great Soccer
  • Hang On & Safari Hunt
  • Hang-On
  • Hang-On & Astro Warrior
  • Hokuto no Ken
  • Marksman Shooting & Trap Shooting
  • Marksman Shooting / Trap Shooting / Safari Hunt
  • My Hero
  • The Ninja
  • Pro Wrestling
  • Rambo: First Blood Part II
  • Safari Hunt
  • Space Harrier
  • Spy vs Spy
  • Super Tennis
  • Teddy Boy
  • TransBot
  • World Grand Prix

I remember exactly 4 of these games. Alex Kidd, Hang-On, Astro Warrior, and Spy vs Spy. So…..yeah. Not feeling it. Sega Genesis The Genesis released in August 1989, and again I could only find years for game releases. So this is the best list I could make. Every game released in 1990 I checked for a month. Most of them had one, but a few didn’t. The ones that didn’t were obscure games anyway, so this list is probably really close to being comprehensive.

  • After Burner II
  • Altered Beast
  • Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
  • Arnold Palmer Tournament Golf
  • Curse
  • Forgotten Worlds
  • Ghouls ‘N Ghosts
  • Golden Axe
  • Herzog Zwei
  • James “Buster” Douglas Knockout Boxing
  • Last Battle
  • Mahjong Cop Ryū
  • Mystic Defender
  • Phantasy Star II
  • Rambo III
  • The Revenge of Shinobi
  • Space Harrier II
  • Super Daisenryaku
  • Super Hang-On
  • Super Hydlide
  • Super Thunder Blade
  • Sword of Vermilion
  • Target Earth
  • Tetris
  • Thunder Force II
  • Tommy Lasorda Baseball
  • Truxton
  • World Championship Soccer
  • Zoom!

This is a pretty sick list honestly. I cant wait to see the SNES. Look at it. After Burner. Alex Kidd. Altered Beast. Ghouls N Ghosts. Golden Axe. Revenge of Shinobi. Buster Douglas Boxing. Space Harrier. Phantasy Star. Very nice launch window lineup IMO. Best so far. SNES

  • F-Zero – August 23, 1991
  • Gradius III – August 23, 1991
  • Pilotwings – August 23, 1991
  • SimCity – August 23, 1991
  • Super Mario World – August 23, 1991
  • The Chessmaster – September 1, 1991
  • Drakkhen – September 1, 1991
  • Final Fight – September 1, 1991
  • Hyper Zone – September 1, 1991
  • Super R-Type – September 1, 1991
  • U.N. Squadron – September 9, 1991
  • Hal’s Hole in One Golf – September 15, 1991
  • Populous – September 30, 1991
  • Super Bases Loaded – September 30, 1991
  • Ultraman: Towards the Future – October 19, 1991
  • ActRaiser – November 1, 1991
  • John Madden Football – November 1, 1991
  • Paperboy 2 – November 1, 1991
  • RPM Racing – November 1, 1991
  • Super Tennis – November 2, 1991
  • Final Fantasy II – November 23, 1991
  • Super Ghouls’n Ghosts – November 28, 1991
  • Darius Twin – November 30, 1991
  • True Golf Classics: Waialae Country Club – November 30, 1991
  • Bill Laimbeer’s Combat Basketball – December 1, 1991
  • Super Baseball Simulator 1.000 – December 1, 1991
  • Super Off Road – December 1, 1991
  • Super Castlevania IV – December 4, 1991
  • Home Alone – December 30, 1991
  • D-Force – December 31, 1991
  • Miracle Piano – December 31, 1991
  • Earth Defense Force – January 1, 1992
  • Parodius: Non-Sense Fantasy – January 1, 1992
  • Joe & Mac – January 7, 1992
  • Lagoon – February 1, 1992
  • Super Wrestlemania – February 12, 1992
  • Sensible Soccer – February 14, 1992
  • Nolan Ryan’s Baseball – February 28, 1992
  • Super Scope 6 – February 1992

First off. Look at this lineup and pay homage. Nintendo came through and crushed the buildings. Then realize this, Contra III and Link to the Past missed the cut by a couple of weeks. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Where do I start man? Look at the launch day lineup man. Super Mario World/F-Zero/Gradius III alone is a sick set of triplets. Final Fight, Super R Type, ActRaiser, Madden, FINAL FANTASY and SUPER GHOULS AND GHOSTS MAN PAY HOMAGE SON! That was all in 3 months man. But the hits kept coming. Bill Laimbeer, Castlevania, Super Off Road, Joe and Mac……Man, I don’t know what system is topping this launch. I can think of one that MIGHT if the launch dates are kind. We’ll see. If you notice to this point, the launch window lineups are improving. Let’s see how long this keeps up. I’ll be back tomorrow with a few more consoles. We’ll do the Saturn, PS1, N64, Dreamcast, Xbox, PS2 and Gamecube. Then I’ll finish up on Day 3 with the PS3, 360, Wii, and then the current consoles. Enjoy!

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