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Last Stand: The Final Games Of The Biggest Consoles

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 System
Launch Day: October 18, 1985
Last Game Released: Wario’s Woods - December 10, 1994

System Life: 9 years, 1 month, 22 days

After 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 Genesis
Launch Day: August 14, 1989
Last Game Released: NHL 98 - October 23, 1997

System Life: 8 years, 2 months, 9 days

By 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 System
Launch Day: August 23, 1991
Last Game Released: Frogger - October 6, 1998

System Life: 7 years, 1 month, 13 days

Long 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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