2000 in video gaming
Events[edit | edit source]
- February 4, 2000 – 1st annual Dreamcast Championships (featuring the Sonic Adventure video game).
- March 2000 – Game Network hosts the 2nd annual Independent Games Festival (IGF).
- March 4, 2000 – Sony's PlayStation 2 (PS2) launches in Japan with 10 launch titles.
- April 2000 – Nintendo sells its 100 millionth Game Boy handheld console.
- April 14, 2000 – Reuters reports that the PlayStation 2 console will have export controls placed on it by the Trade Ministry of Japan since the PS2 is sophisticated enough for military applications.
- May 11, 2000 – The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences hosts the 3rd Annual Interactive Achievement Awards and inducts Hironobu Sakaguchi of Square Enix into the AIAS Hall of Fame.
- May 11–13, 2000 – The 6th annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is held along with the 3rd annual Game Critics Awards for the Best of E³.
- June 26, 2000 – International Game Developers Association renamed from Computer Game Developers Association.
- June 30, 2000 –Nintendo's Satellaview system ceases to receive broadcasts.
- July 2000 – IEMA (Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association) hosts 1st annual Executive Summit.
- July 21, 2000 - Mario Tennis is released for the Nintendo 64 introducing Waluigi to the Mario series.
- September 10, 2000 – Sega.com launches SegaNet, their online console gaming network.
- NPD Group, Inc. reports that Electronic Arts ranks 1st in third-party video game publishing in the USA, ahead of Infogrames Entertainment SA.
- British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) hosts the 3rd annual BAFTA Interactive Entertainment Awards for multimedia technologies; 7 of 20 awards go to video games; awards David Bowie in part for his contributions to the video game Omikron: The Nomad Soul (for PC).
Notable releases[edit | edit source]
|Release||Title||Windows||5th Gen||6th Gen||Handheld||Arcade|
|January 20||Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed||Yes||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|January 24||Mario Party 2||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|January 27||Dragon Warrior Monsters||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBC||N/A|
|February 3||Resident Evil Code: Veronica||N/A||N/A||DC; PS2 (2001); GC (2003)||N/A||N/A|
|February 4||The Sims||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|February 10||Vagrant Story||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|February 19||SNK Gals' Fighters||N/A||N/A||N/A||NGP||N/A|
|February 29||Dead or Alive 2||N/A||N/A||DC||N/A||N/A|
|February 29||NHL Rock the Rink||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|February 29||Rayman 2: The Great Escape||N/A||N/A||DC||N/A||N/A|
|February 29||Resident Evil Code: Veronica||N/A||N/A||DC||N/A||N/A|
|February 29||Sword of the Beserk: Gut's Rage||N/A||N/A||DC||N/A||N/A|
|February 29||Pokémon Stadium||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|March 21||Thief II: The Metal Age||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|March 24||Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|March 24||Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed||Yes||PS1||N/A||GBA (2003)||N/A|
|March 27||Soldier of Fortune||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|March 31||Tech Romancer||N/A||N/A||DC||N/A||N/A|
|April 4||Star Wars Episode I: Racer||N/A||N/A||DC||N/A||N/A|
|April 27||The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|April 28||Gundam Side Story 0079: Rise from the Ashes||N/A||N/A||DC||N/A||N/A|
|April 30||Excitebike 64||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|April 30||The Misadventures of Tron Bonne||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|April 30||Wild Arms 2||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|May 5||Metal Gear: Ghost Babel||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBC||N/A|
|May 9||Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six||N/A||N/A||DC||N/A||N/A|
|May 14||Bomberman Max||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBC||N/A|
|May 22||Metal Slug 2nd Mission||N/A||N/A||N/A||NGP||N/A|
|May 22||Perfect Dark||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|May 28||Bomberman 64: The Second Attack||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|June 1||Ground Control||Yes||PC||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|June 4||Space Channel 5||N/A||N/A||DC||N/A||N/A|
|June 7||Dracula: Resurrection||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|June 12||Tomb Raider||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBC||N/A|
|June 13||Shogun: Total War||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|June 14||Trick Boarder||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBC||N/A|
|June 22||Draconus: Cult of the Wyrm||N/A||N/A||DC||N/A||N/A|
|June 22||Omikron: The Nomad Soul||N/A||N/A||DC||N/A||N/A|
|June 26||Deus Ex||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|June 28||Xtreme Sports||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBC||N/A|
|June 29||Diablo II||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|June 29||Icewind Dale||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|June 29||Jet Set Radio||N/A||N/A||DC||N/A||N/A|
|June 29||Marvel vs Capcom 2||N/A||N/A||DC||N/A||N/A|
|June 30||Homeworld: Cataclysm||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|June 30||Mortal Kombat: Special Forces||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|July 18||Threads of Fate||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|July 29||Strider 2||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|July 31||Spirit of Speed 1937||Yes||N/A||DC||N/A||N/A|
|August 3||Dynasty Warriors 2||No||No||PS2||No||No|
|August 15||Chrono Cross||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|August 24||Age of Empires II: The Conquerors||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|August 26||Dragon Quest VII (Japan)||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|August 28||Mario Tennis||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|August 30||Spider-Man||N/A||PS1, GBC||DC (2001)||N/A||N/A|
|August 30||WWF Royal Rumble||N/A||N/A||DC||N/A||N/A|
|September 13||Lego Stunt Rally||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|September 15||Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force||Yes||N/A||PS2 (2001)||N/A||N/A|
|September 19||Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|September 24||Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|September 24||The Little Mermaid 2: Pinball Frenzy||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBC||N/A|
|September 25||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBC||N/A|
|September 25||Vampire Hunter D||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|September 26||Destruction Derby Raw||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|September 27||Dragon Warrior I & II||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBC||N/A|
|October 5||Skies of Arcadia||N/A||N/A||DC||N/A||N/A|
|October 6||American McGee's Alice||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|October 22||Quake III Arena||N/A||N/A||DC||N/A||N/A|
|October 23||Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|October 24||Mega Man Legends 2||Yes||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|October 25||Spyro: Year of the Dragon||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|October 26||Tekken Tag Tournament||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A||N/A|
|October 27||Bust-a-Move Millennium||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBC||N/A|
|October 31||The Grinch||N/A||N/A||DC||N/A||N/A|
|November 6||Capcom vs. SNK: Millennium Fight 2000||N/A||PS1 (2002)||DC||N/A||N/A|
|November 6||Crash Bash||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 6||Incredible Crisis||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 6||The World Is Not Enough||Yes||PS1, N64||N/A||GBC||N/A|
|November 9||The Operative: No One Lives Forever||Yes||N/A||PS2 (2002)||N/A||N/A|
|November 13||Final Fantasy IX||2016||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 13||Madden NFL 2001||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBC||N/A|
|Novemver 14||Dexter's Laboratory: Robot Rampage||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBC||N/A|
|November 14||The Powerpuff Girls: Bad Mojo Jojo||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBC||N/A|
|November 16||Blues Brothers 2000||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 17||Tomb Raider Chronicles||Yes||PS1||DC||N/A||N/A|
|November 19||Hitman: Codename 47||N/A||PC||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 20||Banjo Tooie||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 20||Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker||N/A||PS1||N/A||GBC||N/A|
|November 20||Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX||N/A||N/A||DC||N/A||N/A|
|November 22||The Grinch||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBC||N/A|
|November 23||MechWarrior 4: Vengeance||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||Yes|
|November 23||Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Fallen||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 27||Xtreme Sports||N/A||N/A||DC||N/A||N/A|
|December 4||Evil Dead: Hail to the King||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|December 4||Pokémon Puzzle Challenge||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBC||N/A|
|December 4||The Grinch||Win||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|December 6||Grandia II||2002||N/A||DC; PS2 (2002)||N/A||N/A|
|December 7||Giants: Citizen Kabuto||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|December 7||Mario Party 3 (Japan)||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|December 8||The Grinch||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|December 10||Monster Rancher Hop-A-Bout||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|December 13||Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|December 14||Dark Cloud (Japan)||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A||N/A|
|December 21||Phantasy Star Online (Japan)||2001||N/A||DC||N/A||N/A|
|December 22||Power Spike Pro Beach Volleyball||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBC||N/A|
|December 30||ECW Anarchy Rulz||N/A||N/A||DC||N/A||N/A|
Notes[edit | edit source]
Electronic Arts released re-editions of SimCity 3000, SimCity 3000 Unlimited, SimCity 3000 UK edition, SimCity 3000 Korean edition, SimCity 3000 Chinese edition, SimCity 3000 Japanese edition, SimCity 3000 Edition mondiale (not the same as World Edition) and SimCity 3000 World Edition. They were considered as updates in the beginning, but revealed themselves as full and distinct games.
Hardware[edit | edit source]
- December 9 — Bandai's WonderSwan Color handheld in Japan is released.
- Sega's Naomi 2 arcade console is released.
- Toymax's Activision TV Games controller/console.
Business[edit | edit source]
- New companies: PopCap, Smilebit (formerly Sega's AM6 R&D division), 21-6 Productions, Yeti Interactive
- Defunct companies: Looking Glass Studios, SNK
- Sega Rosso renamed (formerly Sega's AM5 team).
- Mattel, Inc. sells The Learning Company to Gores Technology Group.
- All of Sega's internal consumer research & development divisions become individual developer companies.
- Midway / Williams stops using the Atari Games label.
Acquisitions[edit | edit source]
- Electronic Arts acquires DreamWorks Interactive, LLC (games division of DreamWorks SKG).
- Infogrames acquires Hasbro Interactive, (including the Game.com division and the rights to the Atari label), and Paradigm Entertainment.
- Microsoft acquires Bungie.
- Nvidia acquires 3dfx Interactive.
- Sony acquires Verant Interactive.
- THQ acquires Volition.
- Ubi Soft acquires Red Storm Entertainment.
References[edit | edit source]
- Polak, Steve. "Timeslippers Addiction". Courier Mail, The (Brisbane).
- Wiley, Lauren (2000). "Playstation2 Poised To Play Stateside.". Emedia Magazine.
- Johnston, Chris (January 2000). "Launch!". Electronic Gaming Monthly.
- "Sony's High-Tech Playstation2 Will Require Military Export License". Los Angeles Times. April 17, 2000. http://articles.latimes.com/2000/apr/17/business/fi-20482.
- "Attendance and Stats". IGN. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
- Godfrey, John (July 2000). "Gotta Play 'Em All.". FamilyPC.
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