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Top Video Game Anniversaries of 2019 List

There are an absolute tonne of classic games celebrating their milestone birthdays this year! From the 15th anniversary of Pokémon FireRed / LeafGreen to Super Metroid‘s 25th birthday, there’s a lot in store! Can you imagine some of these iconic classics being this old? Can you imagine you being this old? We’ve rummaged through release lists, hopped into a Tardis and collated the top Video Game Anniversaries of 2019 list! What are your most treasured games, and how will you be celebrating? Let us know with a comment!

Standout titles include the 25th anniversary of both Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Sonic & Knucklesone of the most-loved pair of platformers. We’re also celebrating 20 years of Mario Party this year, alongside Final Fantasy VIIIIt’s been two decades since we armed ourselves with a camera and went trigger happy in Pokémon Snap, and it’ll be three decades since the cult RPG classic Mother surfaced in Japan. Time is certainly flying in the world of gaming; and 2019’s gaming anniversaries are set to be something quite special!

We’ve arranged each month by day, the format, if it’s a Japan date and which milestone the game is celebrating in a handy Video Game Anniversaries of 2019 list. Now bring on those birthdays!

January

Smash Bros turns 20 in January 2019

05 Jan Sonic Battle (GBA) 15th
06 Jan Elebits (DS) 10th
13 Jan Mirror’s Edge (PC) 10th
13 Jan The Lord of the Rings: Conquest (Multi) 10th
21 Jan Super Smash Bros. (N64) 20th
21 Jan Skate 2 (Multi) 10th
29 Jan Pokémon FireRed / LeafGreen (Japan / GBA) 15th
31 Jan Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter (PS1) 20th
31 Jan Silent Hill (PS1) 20th
31 Jan SimCity 3000 (PC) 20th

February

Mario Party turns twenty in 2019

01 Feb WCW Nitro (N64) 20th
02 Feb Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (MD) 25th
02 Feb R-Type Final (PS2) 15th
08 Feb Mario Party (N64) 20th
09 Feb Finay Fantasy Crystal Chronicles (GCN) 15th
09 Feb Metroid: Zero Mission (GB) 15th
10 Feb Unreal II: The Awakening (Xbox) 15th
10 Feb F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin (Multi) 10th
11 Feb Final Fantasy VIII (PS1) 20th
16 Feb Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon (NDS) 10th
17 Feb Pro Evolution Soccer 3 15th
17 Feb Street Fighter IV (Multi) 10th
17 Feb Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride (DS) 10th
23 Feb Super Street Fighter II Turbo (Arc) 25th
24 Feb 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand (Multi) 10th
27 Feb Killzone 2 (PS3) 10th
28 Feb Beetle Adventure Racing (N64) 20th
28 Feb Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance (PC) 20th

March

Celebrating its 20th birthday this year, it's Super Metroid

04 Mar Pepsiman (PS1) 20th
10 Mar Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven (Xbox) 15th
15 Mar Mega Man 6 (NES) 25th
15 Mar The King of Fighters ’98 (PS1) 20th
19 Mar Super Metroid (SNES) 25th
21 Mar Phantasy Star II (MD) 30th
21 Mar Pokémon Snap (N64) 20th
23 Mar Final Fantasy XI (PS2) 15th
23 Mar Sonic Heroes (Multi) 15th
23 Mar Far Cry (PC) 15th
25 Mar Elder Scrolls Arena (PC) 25th

April

02 Apr Final Fantasy VI (Japan / SNES) 25th
07 Apr Team Fortress Classic (PC) 20th
14 Apr Game Boy Light released in Japan 20th
20 Apr Manhunt (Xbox) 15th
21 Apr Super Mario Land (GB) 30th
21 Apr Nintendo Game Boy released in Japan 30th
30 Apr Pokémon Stadium (N64) 20th
30 Apr Super Mario Bros. Deluxe (GBC) 20th

May

Building on its 10th anniversary foundations its Minecraft

01 May X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Multi) 10th
03 May Jazz Jackrabbit (PC) 25th
10 May (PC) 10th
12 May Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES) 30th
24 May Mario vs. Donkey Kong (GBA) 15th
31 May Ape Escape (PS1) 20th
May 1989 Golden Axe (Arc) 30th

June

Fifteen years ago, it was time to battle in Zelda: Four Swords Adventures

02 Jun Jagged Alliance (PC) 25th
05 Jun Populous (PC) 30th
07 Jun Sonic Advance 3 (GBA) 15th
07 Jun Zelda: Four Swords Adventures (GC) 15th
14 Jun Donkey Kong ’94 (GB) 25th
17 Jun Descent 3 (PC) 20th
19 Jun Counter-Strike (PC) 20th
21 Jun Driver 3 (PS2/Xbox) 15th
24 Jun Persona 2 (PS1) 20th
28 Jun Pokémon Pinball (GBC) 20th
30 Jun Croc 2 (PS1) 20th
30 Jun Driver (PS1) 20th
Jun 1994 Super Game Boy launched 25th

July

A Tale of Tales of Symphonia turning 15

03 Jul Trine (PC) 10th
05 Jul Darkstalkers (Arc) 25th
11 Jul Mega Man 2 (NES) 30th
13 Jul Tales of Symphonia (GCN) 15th
21 Jul Crimson Tears (PS2) 15th
21 Jul Little King’s Story (Wii) 10th
26 Jul Mario Golf 64 N64) 20th
26 Jul Wii Sports Resort (Wii) 10th
27 Jul Mother (NES/FAM) 30th
31 Jul Nintendo Game Boy released in the US 30th

August

Mother 2 (Earthbound) celebrates 25th anniversary!

02 Aug Earthworm Jim (MD) 25th
03 Aug Doom 3 (PC) 15th
12 Aug Syphon Filter (PS1) 20th
16 Aug Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver (PS1) 20th
18 Aug Wolfenstein (Multi) 10th
19 Aug TurboGrafx-16 released in the US 30th
24 Aug Viewtiful Joe  (PS2) 15th
24 Aug Metroid Prime Trilogy (Wii) 10th
25 Aug The King of Figters (Arc) 25th
25 Aug Dissidia Final Fantasy (PSP) 10th
25 Aug Batman: Arkham Asylum (Multi) 10th
26 Aug Zelda (G&W) 30th
27 Aug Mother 2 (Japan / SNES) 25th
27 Aug Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun PC) 20th
30 Aug Pikmin 2 (GCN) 15th
31 Aug The Need for Speed (3DO) 25th
31 Aug Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater (PS1/N64) 20th

September

Dreamcast was released 20 years ago this year

01 Sep Guitar Hero 5 (Multi) 10th
07 Sep Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen (US / GBA) 15th
08 Sep Colin McRae: Dirt 2 (Multi) 10th
09 Sep Mortal Kombat 2 (SNES) 25th
09 Sep SEGA Dreamcast Released in the US 20th
09 Sep Sonic Adventure (DC) 20th
09 Sep Soulcalibur (DC) 20th
12 Sep Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver (Japan / DS) 10th
14 Sep Ducktales (NES) 30th
14 Sep Fable (Xbox) 15th
14 Sep The Sims 2 (PC) 15th
14 Sep Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story (DS) 10th
15 Sep Need for Speed: Shift (Multi) 10th
16 Sep Pokemon Emerald (Japan / GBA) 15th
20 Sep F-Zero GP Legend (GBA) 15th
20 Sep Def Jam: Fight for NY (Multi) 15th
21 Sep Star Wars: Battlefront (Multi) 15th
22 Sep Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (DC) 20th
22 Sep Katamari Damacy (PS2) 15th
25 Sep Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box (DS) 10th
29 Sep Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (DS) 10th
30 Sep Grand Theft Auto 2 (PS1) 20th
30 Sep Pac-Man World (PS1) 20th

October

Pokemon Yellow will be turning 20 this year!

03 Oct Prince of Persia (Apple) 30th
03 Oct Sim City (Amiga/Mac) 30th
04 Oct Disciples: Sacred Lands (PC) 20th
04 Oct Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 (Multi) 15th
05 Oct Mega Man Zero 3 (GBA) 15th
06 Oct Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Republic Heroes (Multi) 10th
10 Oct Doom II (PC) 25th
11 Oct Jet Force Gemini (N64) 20th
11 Oct Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (GCN) 15th
12 Oct BloodRayne 2 (PS2) 15th
12 Oct Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne (PS2) 15th
13 Oct Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (Multi) 10th
14 Oct Sega Genesis released in the US 30th
14 Oct Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3) 10th
18 Oct Sonic & Knuckles 25th
18 Oct Kirby & the Amazing Mirror (GBA) 15th
19 Oct Pokémon Yellow (GBC) 20th
20 Oct Marvel Super Hero Squad (Multi) 10th
26 Oct Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PS2) 15th
26 Oct Dead or Alive Ultimate (Xbox) 15th
27 Oct Tekken 6 (Multi) 10th
29 Oct Rayman 2: The Great Escape (PS1) 20th
29 Oct Bayonetta (Multi) 10th
31 Oct Age of Wonders (PC) 20th
31 Oct South Park: Chef’s Luv Shack (N64/PS1) 20th
31 Oct Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage! (PS1) 20th
Oct 1994 Killer Instinct (arc) 25th

November

It's been a quarter of a century since DKC!

02 Nov Killzone (PS2) 15th
03 Nov Dragon Age: Origins (Multi) 10th
09 Nov Halo 2 (Xbox) 15th
10 Nov Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Multi) 10th
11 Nov Medal of Honor (PS1) 20th
15 Nov Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (GC) 15th
15 Nov Need for Speed: Underground 2 (Multi) 15th
15 Nov New Super Mario Bros Wii (Wii) 10th
16 Nov Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 (PS2) 15th
16 Nov Half-Life 2 (PC) 15th
16 Nov Pokémon Rumble (Wii) 10th
17 Nov Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (PS2) 15th
17 Nov Assassin’s Creed II (Multi) 10th
17 Nov Left 4 Dead 2 (Multi) 10th
18 Nov Chrono Cross (PS1) 20th
21 Nov Donkey Kong Country (SNES) 25th
21 Nov Pokémon Gold and Silver (Japan / GBC) 20th
21 Nov Metroid Prime Hunters (DS) 15th
22 Nov Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation (DC) 20th
23 Nov Warcraft: Orcs & Humans (PC) 25th
24 Nov Donkey Kong 64 (N64) 20th
30 Nov South Park Rally (PS1/N64) 20th
30 Nov Unreal Tournament (PC) 20th

December

Wrapping up the year with a Shenmue Anniversary!

02 Dec The Revenge of Shinobi (MD) 30th
02 Dec The Legend of Dragoon (Japan / PS1) 20th
02 Dec Quake III Arena (PC) 20th
03 Dec PlayStation releasecd in Japan 25th
05 Dec Mario Party 6 (GC) 15th
07 Dec Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories (GBA) 15th
07 Dec The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (DS) 10th
09 Dec Tekken (Arc) 25th
10 Dec Wario’s Woods (NES) 25th
11 Dec Gran Turismo 2 (PS1) 20th
15 Dec Bonk’s Adventure (TG16) 30th
15 Dec Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 (GCN) 15th
17 Dec Mario Party 2 (Japan / N64) 20th
22 Dec Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse (NES) 30th
22 Dec Batman: The Video Game (Japan) 30th
22 Dec Harvest Moon 64 (N64) 20th
24 Dec Garry’s Mod (PC) 15th
26 Dec Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers (Wii) 10th
28 Dec Grand Turismo 4 (PS2) 15th
29 Dec Shenmue (Japan / DC) 20th
Dec 1989 Final Fight (Arcade) 30th
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TeeChu's founder and resident artist, a big Sonic the Hedgehog and Legend of Zelda fan. Born and raised on hot-dogs and forest adventures!

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