Fun With Numbers: Is The Current Gen Launch Really That Bad? (Part 2 of 4)

I’m back. Read part 1 if you haven’t to catch up. Now let’s get into it. Again, if these lists aren’t completely correct, I apologize. Oh yeah, I’m lazy. So now this will be 4 parts instead of 3. I’ll do the Saturn, PS1, N64 and Dreamcast today.

Sega Saturn

  • Astal
  • Bases Loaded ’96: Double Header
  • Bug!
  • Center Ring Boxing
  • Clockwork Knight
  • Clockwork Knight 2
  • Corpse Killer: Graveyard Edition
  • Cyber Speedway
  • Daytona USA
  • Double Switch
  • Dark Legend
  • Galactic Attack
  • Golden Axe: The Duel
  • Hi-Octane
  • Mansion of Hidden Souls
  • Minnesota Fats: Pool Legend
  • Myst
  • NBA Jam T.E.
  • NHL All-Star Hockey
  • Off-World Interceptor Extreme
  • Panzer Dragoon
  • Pebble Beach Golf Links
  • Primal Rage
  • Rayman
  • Robotica
  • Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV: Wall of Fire
  • Shanghai: Triple Threat
  • Shellshock
  • Shining Wisdom
  • Shinobi Legions
  • SimCity 2000
  • Solar Eclipse
  • Steamgear Mash
  • Street Fighter: The Movie
  • Theme Park
  • Virtua Cop
  • Virtua Fighter Remix
  • Virtua Racing
  • Wing Arms
  • World Series Baseball
  • Worldwide Soccer: Sega International Victory Goal Edition

My god. This is a pretty horrible launch in my opinion. I mean, I don’t see much. Most of the games worth playing were Sega’s arcade ports. You know, Daytona, Virtua Fighter and Cop. Other than that you had Panzer Dragoon (which was awesome), and maybe Primal Rage? Really slim pickings here.

Sony Playstation

  • Agile Warrior F-111X
  • Air Combat
  • Alien Trilogy
  • Assault Rigs
  • Bases Loaded ’96
  • Battle Arena Toshinden
  • Brain Dead 13
  • Bust A Move 2: Arcade Edition
  • Criticom
  • Cybersled
  • Cyberspeed
  • Darkstalkers
  • DefCon 5
  • Descent
  • Destruction Derby
  • Discworld
  • Doom
  • ESPN Extreme Games
  • Extreme Pinball
  • FIFA 96
  • Gex
  • Goal Storm
  • Hardball 5
  • Hi-Octane
  • In the Hunt
  • Johnny Bazookatone
  • Jumping Flash!
  • Jupiter Strike
  • Kileak: The DNA Imperative
  • Krazy Ivan
  • Lemmings 3D
  • Loaded
  • Mortal Kombat 3
  • NBA In the Zone
  • NBA Jam Tournament Edition
  • NBA Live 96
  • NBA Shootout
  • NFL Gameday
  • NHL Faceoff
  • Novastorm
  • Off-World Interceptor Extreme
  • PGA Tour 96
  • Philosoma
  • Primal Rage
  • Psychic Detective
  • Rayman
  • Resident Evil
  • Ridge Racer
  • Rise 2: Resurrection
  • Road Rash
  • Shockwave Assault
  • Space Griffon VF-9
  • Street Fighter Alpha: Warrior’s Dreams
  • Street Fighter: The Movie
  • Tekken
  • The Divide: Enemies Within
  • The Raiden Project
  • Theme Park
  • ThunderStrike 2
  • Total Eclipse Turbo
  • Twisted Metal
  • Viewpoint
  • Warhawk
  • Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger
  • WipEout
  • Worms
  • WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade Game
  • X-COM: UFO Defense
  • Zero Divide
  • Zoop

Let’s see. Tekken. Loaded. Toshinden. Resident Evil. Twisted Metal. Ridge Racer. Wipeout. Some pretty good series were first seen on this console. Arcade versions aside. Add in MK3, Live and Gameday, Road Rash, Destruction Derby, SF Alpha and Darkstalkers…..I give this launch 2 thumbs up. Dunno if it is quite as good as the SNES. But its good.

Nintendo 64

  • Pilotwings 64 – September 29, 1996
  • Super Mario 64 – September 29, 1996
  • Mortal Kombat Trilogy – October 31, 1996
  • Wave Race 64 – November 1, 1996
  • Wayne Gretzky’s 3D Hockey – November 11, 1996
  • Killer Instinct Gold – November 25, 1996
  • Cruis’n USA – December 3, 1996
  • Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire – December 3, 1996
  • NBA Hangtime – January 17, 1997
  • Mario Kart 64 – February 10, 1997
  • Blast Corps – February 28, 1997
  • FIFA Soccer 64 – February 28, 1997
  • Turok: Dinosaur Hunter – February 28, 1997
  • Doom 64 – March 31, 1997

6 months. 14 games. 6 months. 14 MEASLY GAMES. The only reason this isn’t automatically the worst launch ever is because of quality. Yeah, there’s only 14 games. But when you can count Mario 64, MK Trilogy, Wave Race 64, KI Gold, Mario Kart 64, Turok, Blast Corps, Doom and Cruis’n USA among them…..you kinda make up for it. There was a high quality game every month except January. Still…..all of you THERE’S NOTHING COMING OUT THIS GEN people need to read this list a few times. Nintendo literally released 2 games a month for 5 months and no one seems to remember. Too busy collecting stars huh.

Before I finish up with the Dreamcast, that list made me think of something. We play games much differently these days, and I think that is part of the reason we have these viewpoints. We all played Mario 64 for MONTHS after release. Same with some of the other games on that list. Not because they took that long to finish. They didn’t. We just weren’t impatient back then. We are in the “what’s next” generation now. We are always looking ahead. We play games just to finish them and move them aside. Our hunger is never satisfied. This gen’s launch would have been CELEBRATED a few years ago during the PS3/XBox 360/Wii launch drought. But today’s environment won’t allow anything to be fully appreciated. Anyway, let’s move on.

Sega Dreamcast (pours out liquor, gone too soon)

  • AeroWings ; September 9, 1999
  • Airforce Delta – September 9, 1999
  • Blue Stinger – September 9, 1999
  • CART Flag To Flag – September 9, 1999
  • Expendable – September 9, 1999
  • The House of the Dead 2 – September 9, 1999
  • Hydro Thunder – September 9, 1999
  • Monaco Grand Prix – September 9, 1999
  • Mortal Kombat Gold – September 9, 1999
  • NFL Blitz 2000 – September 9, 1999
  • Pen Pen TriIcelon – September 9, 1999
  • Power Stone – September 9, 1999
  • Ready 2 Rumble Boxing – September 9, 1999
  • Sonic Adventure – September 9, 1999
  • Soulcalibur – September 9, 1999
  • TNN Motorsports HardCore Heat – September 9, 1999
  • Tokyo Xtreme Racer – September 9, 1999
  • TrickStyle – September 9, 1999
  • Jeremy McGrath Supercross 2000 – September 29, 1999
  • The King of Fighters: Dream Match 1999 – September 30, 1999
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes – September 30, 1999
  • Sega Bass Fishing – September 30, 1999
  • Time Stalkers – September 30, 1999
  • Toy Commander – September 30, 1999
  • Speed Devils – October 14, 1999
  • Virtua Fighter 3tb – October 18, 1999
  • Armada – October 31, 1999
  • Centipede – October 31, 1999
  • Dynamite Cop – October 31, 1999
  • Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure – October 31, 1999
  • Maken X – October 31, 1999
  • NBA Showtime: NBA on NBC – October 31, 1999
  • NFL Quarterback Club 2000 – October 31, 1999
  • Psychic Force 2012 – October 31, 1999
  • Sega Rally Championship 2 – October 31, 1999
  • Slave Zero – October 31, 1999
  • Soul Fighter – October 31, 1999
  • South Park: Chef’s Luv Shack – October 31, 1999
  • NBA 2K – November 10, 1999
  • Rippin’ Riders – November 10, 1999
  • WWF Attitude – November 10, 1999
  • Suzuki Alstare Extreme Racing – November 16, 1999
  • Fighting Force 2 – November 30, 1999
  • Incoming – November 30, 1999
  • Shadow Man – November 30, 1999
  • Test Drive 6 – November 30, 1999
  • Vigilante 8: 2nd Offense – November 30, 1999
  • Worms Armageddon – November 30, 1999
  • Re-Volt – December 17, 1999
  • Elemental Gimmick Gear – December 31, 1999
  • Tee Off – December 31, 1999
  • Wetrix+ – December 31, 1999
  • Zombie Revenge – December 31, 1999
  • Seventh Cross Evolution – January 15, 2000
  • Crazy Taxi – January 24, 2000
  • Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver – January 27, 2000
  • Carrier – January 31, 2000
  • Wild Metal – February 1, 2000
  • NHL 2K – February 9, 2000
  • ChuChu Rocket! – February 29, 2000
  • Dead or Alive 2 – February 29, 2000
  • ECW Hardcore Revolution – February 29, 2000
  • Rayman 2: The Great Escape – February 29, 2000
  • Sword of the Berserk: Guts’ Rage – February 29, 2000
  • Virtua Striker 2 – February 29, 2000
  • MDK2 – March 31, 2000
  • Plasma Sword: Nightmare of Bilstein – March 31, 2000
  • Tech Romancer – March 31, 2000

Let’s be clear here. The Dreamcast is the console I alluded to earlier possibly having a better launch than the SNES. While I don’t think it does after reading the list, I do think it has the best opening day lineup ever. And I’m not debating it. House of the Dead. Hydro Thunder. MK Gold. NFL Blitz. Sonic Adventure. Ready 2 Rumble. Power Stone. And the crown jewel…..Soul Calibur. Just those last 4 games alone should give the best opening day crown. After that, there was KOF, MVC, NBA2K, Dead or Alive 2, MDK2, Crazy Taxi, Legacy of Kain…..This is an awesome launch man. Jesus. I might have to revisit the SNES vs Dreamcast debate.

Well, that’s day 2. This period was pretty uneven. Sega had the worst launch to date, then followed up with arguably the best ever. Sony entered the ring with a solid launch, and Nintendo tried a quality over quantity approach. Its interesting to see that when you look at how each launch was producing more and more games. They tried to reverse the trend. Let’s see if anyone followed suit in the next gen. Day 3 we will look at how the PS2, Gamecube, and Xbox countered the Dreamcast’s awesome launch. And we will finish up on Day 4 with last gen and current gen. See you later!

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