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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.
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Ha, this is funny. I was just looking up what the last game for GameCube was yesterday, and I ended up looking at a list of console firsts and lasts.
Games really changed over time but the old school games never do :)
This is a great idea for a feature since the Wii U is coming soon and new Sony and Microsoft console rumors continue to circulate.
PS for the Win!!! Also, SNES kicked a**!!
Wow, feels like the 360 has been around longer than that.
Having to mourn these great consoles all over again only brings back the pain. . . live long and prosper in the gaming console heaven Gamecube and PS2!
The Wii is ending pretty quick compared to the others. Hopefully, the Wii U will hold up well.
Niice article, and i saw that game for ps2 at gamestop and had to do a double take, i wonder if its any good
This is one of my favorite articles and brought back a lot of good memories, so thanks for writing it Dan. After reading this it really puts the current gen in context and has me hoping for a solid 3 years of life left in the PS3 and 360 but in my opinion it is definitely the perfect time to release the Wii U (still hate saying and typing that name though). It seems Nintendo has a lot to gain since it seems like we have about two years of life minimum from the other two consoles. I am also hoping that we could get a new contender in the console wars. I think that its kind of strange that console gaming has pretty limited competition and think that if a new company was started that it could help the entire community.
Wasn't there an officially published indie title released for Dreamcast in 2008 or something? I feel like it was a racing game.
Very interesting article. I'm shocked some of these consoles still got a release that long after new consoles came out. I'm especially shocked that the PS2, an 11-year old console, still gets new releases regularly.
awesome article, great look into the history of gaming that lets us see where its been and possibly where its going.
Feels like I owned my ps3 longer than 5yrs....bring on the new consoles!
Thanks for the article Dan, you do old school gamers (post Atari) proud.
SEGA consoles = Failing since launch
Ah the Dreamcast...I remember I had a friend who got me super excited about the console a few months after it came out. I'd go to his house and play games like Powerstone and Sonic Adventures with him for hours.
Then when I finally got my own Dreamcast a little over a year after its release, I got to play all those great games and more from the comfort of my own couch, I even discovered what would later become my favorite video game ever (Shenmue). And I must have poured literally months of my life into Phantasy Star Online (my first true exposure to MMO's).
Sadly the system also started to fade from public favor around the same time I managed to get my own and I was disheartened to learn that most of my friends (including the one who'd first introduced me to the Dreamcast) had already moved on to the Playstation 2.
Still...I wouldn't trade my time with Sega's ill-fated system for anything in the world. Those memories will always be near and dear to me.
poor Dreamcast, tho I enjoyed the system. wow!!! on the PS2 lifespan
All the recent systems' last games are sports titles. No surprise there i suppose. I takes about a year or two after the launch of a new console to have the last game released so that would put the xbox at 9 years if it comes out fall 2013 and the final game is released in fall 2014. Still not going to beat the PS2 which somehow still got MLB 2K12 less than a month ago(who is buying that I'm wondering), but way ahead of all the rest.