1999, the year before the millenium, and that evil virus that was going to destroy everyone. A very good year for gaming that’s for sure. PS1, N64, and Dreamcast were all duking it out for top spot, Nintendo were still ruling the handheld market with the Gameboy Color, and we got to witness the debuts of certain series like Super Smash Bros., Rollercoaster Tycoon, Counter-Strike and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater.
Nintendo’s Pokemon series was in full swing, with the release of Gold / Silver in the winter, following other releases like Pokemon Stadium, Snap, and Pinball earlier in the year. The craze was massive, and to this day it’s never let up. Mario Party trickled in as a bit of an oddity for the N64, but proved to be so successful that it’s sequel was already released before the end of the year in Japan. Resident Evil 3: Nemesis also appeared but not quite to the same fanfare as its predecessors, despite being a worthy sequel which introduced one of the series’ most loved villains.
Windows PC had a good showing too! Sim City 3000, Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri, Everquest, Dungeon Keeper 2, Asheron’s Call, and Half-Life introduced it’s first expansion pack in Opposing Force. For the most part, certainly a good year for RPG fans on ye ol’ PC.
Other notable releases of the year included Silent Hill, Final Fantasy VIII, Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, Team Fortress Classic, Ape Escape, Driver, System Shock 2, Syphon Filter, Grand Theft Auto 2, Sonic Adventure, Unreal Tournament, Quake III Arena, plus countless others.
1999 was a very good year, and ushered in the new millenium with style.
Catch me partying like it’s 1999 @auto2112