Video Game Anniversaries That Will Occur in 2016

Here it is — the list of what gaming-related anniversaries I found are taking place in 2016. This year is a big one too. A lot of major franchises are celebrating major anniversaries, to the point where some other websites have already taken notice. Red Bull in particular is totally on it. Many publishers of these major games have already begun to mark the anniversaries with new game releases too.

Part of this is because 2016 marks a major anniversary for at least two past console cycle transitions. This year it will have been 15 years since 2001, which was not only when the Gamecuube and original Xbox launched, but also when the PS2 received an absolutely monstrous lineup that included the beginnings of some franchises and major entries in others. 20 years ago was 1996 which was a transformative year in 3D video game design — three of the most influential 3D games came out that year. 1991, 1986, and 1981 also saw some major beginnings and landmarks a lot of people might not notice today.

Let me describe the rules by which I listed these however so no one get’s mad that I didn’t include this game or that game. I pretty much got my information from Wiki, some from searches leading me to other databases like IGN or something. In most cases I only mark the anniversaries of entire franchises, meaning the first game in each franchise. Sometimes I might mark the anniversary of a really popular or really major game in that franchise, but mostly just inaugural games. Oh, and I dumped five-year anniversaries since most people don’t seem to hold those in high importance. The Red Bull article might have a lot of games I neglected to include here if you aren’t satisfied.

Oh, and I also included some companies and major events in the industry that have major anniversaries this year.

January:

  • Rockstar was sued for Grand Theft Auto San Andreas’ “Hot Coffee” mod 10 years ago.
  • Runescape turns 15
  • Phantasy Star Online turns 15
  • Onimusha turns 15
  • Guardian Heroes turns 20
  • Duke Nukem 3D turns 20

February:

  • Paper Mario turns 15 in North America
  • Zelda Oracle of Ages and Seasons turns 15 in Japan
  • Pokemon Red And Green turn 20 in Japan
  • Civilization II turns 20
  • Street Fighter II The World Warrior turns 25
  • Lemmings turns 25
  • Zelda turns 30 in Japan
  • Ikari Warriors turns 30 in Japan
  • Defender turns 35

March:

  • What is still the best version of Tetris turns 10
  • Kingdom Hearts II — the last numbered KH game, turns 10 in North America.
  • The Game Boy Advance turns 15
  • Conker turns 15
  • Serious Sam turns 15
  • Black & White turns 15
  • Super Mario RPG turns 20
  • Resident Evil turns 20
  • Ubisoft turns 30

April:

  • Brain Age turns 10 in North America
  • Breakout turns 40

May:

  • New Super Mario Bros. turns 10
  • Red Faction turns 15
  • GameSpot and GameFAQs turn 20
  • Metal Slug turns 20
  • Dragon Quest turns 30
  • Sony turns 70

June:

  • Operation Flashpoint turns 15
  • Quake turns 20
  • The Nintendo 64 turns 20
  • Super Mario 64 turns 20
  • Firaxis turns 20
  • Sonic turns 25
  • Ultima turns 35
  • Frogger turns 35

July:

  • The Entertainment Consumers Association turns 10
  • Final Fantasy X turns 15
  • Max Payne turns 15
  • NiGHTS into Dreams turns 20
  • Star Ocean turns 20
  • Donkey Kong turns 35

August:

  • Dead Rising turns 10
  • Valve turns 20
  • The Super NES turns 25 in North America
  • Metroid turns 30
  • Bubble Bobble turns 30
  • The IBM Personal Computer turns 35
  • The Fairfield Channel F — the first console to use interchangable programmable ROM cartridges, turns 40.

September:

  • LocoRoco turns 10
  • Silent Hill 2 turns 15
  • Ico turns 15
  • The Gamecube turns 15
  • OutRun turns 30
  • Castlevania turns 30

October:

  • Devil May Cry turns 15
  • Grand Theft Auto III turns 15
  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert turns 20

November:

  • The PlayStation 3 turns 10
  • The Wii turns 10
  • Gears of War turns 10
  • Wii Sports turns 10
  • Xbox turns 15
  • Burnout turns 15
  • Halo turns 15
  • Golden Sun turns 15
  • Metal Gear Solid 2 turns 15
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee turns 15
  • Dead or Alive turns 20
  • Tomb Raider turns 20
  • A Link to the Past turns 25 in Japan

December:

  • Diablo turns 20
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization turns 25

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One thought on “Video Game Anniversaries That Will Occur in 2016

  1. I don’t know when the exact month is, but San Francisco Rush hit arcades in 1996.

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