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1996 is one of the most notable years in both Nintendo history, and video game history. First off, it was the year when the Nintendo 64 was released, along with launch games Super Mario 64 and Pilotwings 64. It also was the year when many other notable games came out such as Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. 1996 also marked the debut of the Pokémon franchise with its first two games released in Japan (over two years before they would be released in North America).

Timeline

  • February 27: Pokémon Red and Green are released for the Game Boy in Japan.
  • March 9: Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars was released for the SNES in Japan.
  • May 13: Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars was released for the SNES in America.
  • June: Marigul Management is formed.
  • June 23: The Nintendo 64 was released alongside Super Mario 64 and Pilotwings 64 in Japan.
  • July 27: Donkey Kong Land was released in Japan for the Game Boy.
  • August: Tetris Attack was released in America for both the SNES and Game Boy.
  • September 1: Donkey Kong Land 2 was released in America for the Game Boy.
  • September 4: The Donkey Kong Country animated series premieres in France on the France 2 TV channel.
  • September 29: Super Mario 64 was released in America for the Nintendo 64.
  • October 19: Picross 2 was released in Japan for the Game Boy.
  • October 26: Tetris Attack was released in Japan for the Game Boy.
  • November 3: Tetris Attack was released in Japan for the SNES.
  • November 19: Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! was released in Europe for the SNES.
  • November 22: Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! was released for the SNES in America.
  • November 23: Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! and Donkey Kong Land 2 were released in Japan.
  • November 28: Donkey Kong Land 2 was released in Europe for the Game Boy and Tetris Attack was released in Europe for both the SNES and Game Boy.
  • December 3: Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire was released for the Nintendo 64.
  • December 14: Mario Kart 64 was released for the Nintendo 64 in Japan.

Games released in 1996

Super Nintendo Entertainment System

Nintendo 64

Game Boy

Virtual Boy

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