The lights are on
Many gamers consider a console dead as soon as its successor hits store shelves. While it's true that the release schedule takes a massive hit when this happens, there are always a handful of titles that arrive late to the party. Take a look at the final games released for some of gaming's biggest consoles.
Note: This list contains only North American retail releases
System: Nintendo Entertainment SystemLaunch Day: October 18, 1985Last Game Released: Wario’s Woods - December 10, 1994
System Life: 9 years, 1 month, 22 daysAfter the NES gave us three classic Super Mario Bros. games, the allure of Super Mario World and the Super Nintendo was strong in 1991. Many gamers flocked to the beloved 16-bit system, but Nintendo (and third parties) hadn't given up hope on NES releases quite yet. 1992 and 1993 saw the release of dozens of games, but the new releases slowed down considerably by 1994. The Nintendo Entertainment System was ready to throw in the towel by the end of the year, and Wario's puzzle title served as its swan song.System: Sega GenesisLaunch Day: August 14, 1989Last Game Released: NHL 98 - October 23, 1997
System Life: 8 years, 2 months, 9 daysBy the mid-'90s, gamers had their sights focused firmly on 3D experiences in arcades and on consoles. The Genesis tried to keep up with a rough Virtua Fighter port and a pseudo-3D isometric Sonic game, but the writing was on the wall. 1995 and 1996 saw slim pickings for Sega's 16-bit console, and new releases were virtually non-existent by 1997. In a trend that we'd see repeated ad nauseum in future generations, the console's last title was a sports game. The popular hockey series sent the Genesis packing when NHL 98 released in October of 1997.System: Super Nintendo Entertainment SystemLaunch Day: August 23, 1991Last Game Released: Frogger - October 6, 1998
System Life: 7 years, 1 month, 13 daysLong before Xbox Live Arcade and PSN made reboots of classic arcade titles a regular occurrence, Hasbro Interactive re-introduced the Frogger series on Playstation and PC. Strangely enough, these versions hit almost a year before its 16-bit appearance on the Super Nintendo. The system was already on its way out in 1997, with its notable releases being limited to Harvest Moon, The Lost Vikings 2, and Kirby's Dream Land 3. Frogger's reboot served as the only North American release in 1998, and was the final title for the Super Nintendo.
Email the author Dan Ryckert, or follow on Twitter, Google+, Facebook, and Game Informer.
It is strange that Wario's Woods was not censored in the US.
I would not have belived PS2 games were still being made if I had not read this article.
That makes me realize how short a time 6 years is at these current prices.