This day in Videogame History – November 21th

This day in Videogame History – November 21th

1989 – Atari introduces the Lynx hand-held video game system in the USA. It features a 4.0MHz 65C02 processor, 16-bit graphics processor, 6 sound channels, 3.5-inch color LCD screen, 16 colors out of 4096 palette. Weight is under one pound. Price is US$150-200, with the Galifornia Games video game cartridge.
1990 – In Japan, Nintendo releases the Super Family Computer (Super Famicom) game system. The system uses a 16-bit processor, has 512 kB RAM, displays graphics in over 32,000 colors, and includes the Super Mario World video game. Price is 25,000 yen.
1990 – Nintendo releases the F-Zero video game for the Super Famicom in Japan.
1990 – Nintendo releases the PilotWings video game for the Super Famicom in Japan.
1994 – Nintendo releases the Donkey Kong Country video game for the Super NES in the US and Canada. Price is US$69.95. The game was developed by Rare in England.
1997 – Nintendo releases the Diddy Kong Racing video game for the Nintendo 64.
1998 – Nintendo releases The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time video game for the Nintendo 64 in the US. Price is US$59.95.
2001 – Sega drops the price of the Dreamcast in the US from US$79.95 to US$49.95.
2001 – Nintendo releases the Super Smash Bros. Melee video game for the GameCube in Japan.
2002 – Nintendo releases the Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire video games for the Game Boy Advance in Japan.
2003 – Midway releases the Spy Hunter 2 video game for the PlayStation 2, GameCube, and Xbox in the US.
2003 – Nintendo releases the Pokémon Colosseum video game for the GameCube in Japan.
2003 – Ubisoft releases the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time video game for the PlayStation 2, GameCube, and Xbox in the US.
2004 – The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the US. A bowling alley has two arcade video games: Time Waster and Pong 85.
2004 – Nintendo releases the Nintendo DS handheld video game system in the US and Canada. It features 3-inch diagonal screens, stereo speakers, microphone, IEEE 802.11 wireless communications with range about 30 feet. It includes built-in software PictoChat and a demo of Metroid Prime: Hunters. Size is 5.85 x 3.33 x 1.13 inches. Price in the US is US$149.99; price in Canada is CDN$199. This is the first Nintendo system to debut outside Japan. Eight launch titles are available.
2004 – Activision releases the Spider-Man 2 video game for the Nintendo DS in the US.
2004 – Nintendo releases the Metroid Prime Hunters: First Hunt video game for the Nintendo DS in the US.
2004 – Electronic Arts releases the Madden NFL 2005 video game for the Nintendo DS in the US.
2004 – Namco releases the Mr. Driller: Drill Spirits video game for the Nintendo DS in the US.
2004 – Namco releases the Ridge Racer DS video game for the Nintendo DS in the US.
2004 – Nintendo releases the Super Mario 64 DS video game for the Nintendo DS in the US.
2009 – Nintendo launches the Nintendo DSi XL in Japan, with a 4.2-inch diagonal screen. Price is 20,000 yen (US$222). Case color choices are dark brown, wine red, and white.
2010 – Nintendo releases the Donkey Kong Country Returns video game for the Nintendo Wii in the US.

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