The Big Video Game Anniversaries of 2018

Celebrate all of the big gaming anniversaries of 2018 with our comprehensive list!

A year after Pong invaded homes all over America, there were already clear signs that the video game industry was here to stay. In 1973, another major pillar of gaming was released, one you might remember fondly from the arcade: Atari’s Space Invaders, one of the first shooting games ever made. The game tasks you with taking down waves of aliens before they can destroy your city. It’s not the fast-paced bullet hell you’ve come to expect nowadays, but Space Invaders is an important precursor to all of the different shooting games we enjoy today. In 2018, Space Invaders turns 45. 

Mario Bros., Star Fox, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Call of Duty, StarCraft, and Doom are only a few of the other classic titles that are celebrating milestone anniversaries this year. Below, you can find a complete list of the big video game anniversaries of 2018. 

Put a party hat on, pull out all of your old consoles, and, if you’ve been playing video games for a few decades, crack open a beer. Here are the gaming anniversaries of 2018:

January

30th Anniversary

January 1988 – Super Contra is released by Konami.

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20th Anniversary

January 21, 1998 – Resident Evil 2 is released by Capcom.

January 28, 1998 – Final Fantasy Tactics is released by Square in North America.

January 29, 1998 – Panzer Dragoon Saga is released by Sega.

15th Anniversary

January 25, 2003 – Devil May Cry 2 is released by Capcom.

10th Anniversary

January 22, 2008 – No More Heroes is released by Nintendo.

January 31, 2008 – Super Smash Bros. Brawl is released by Nintendo.

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January 31, 2008 – Devil May Cry 4 is released by Capcom.

5th Anniversary

January 15, 2013 – DmC: Devil May Cry is released by Capcom.

February

30th Anniversary

February 10, 1988 – Dragon Quest III is released by Enix.

25th Anniversary

February 1993 – Star Wars: X-Wing is released by LucasArts.

February 21, 1993 – Star Fox is released by Nintendo.

20th Anniversary

February 11, 1998 – Xenogears is released by Squaresoft.

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February 24, 1998 – Gex: Enter the Gecko is released by Midway.

February 28, 1998 – Star Wars: Rebellion is released by LucasArts.

15th Anniversary

February 14, 2003 – Nintendo releases the Game Boy Advance SP.

February 14, 2003 – Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is released by Square.

February 15, 2003 – Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner is released by Konami.

February 24, 2003 – Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb is released by LucasArts.

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10th Anniversary

February 4, 2008 – Sins of a Solar Empire is released by Stardock.

February 12, 2008 – Lost Odyssey is released by Microsoft.

5th Anniversary

February 5, 2013 – Dead Space 3 is released by Electronic Arts.

February 19, 2013 – Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is released by Konami.

March

45th Anniversary

March 19, 1973 – Konami enters video game industry.

25h Anniversary

March 26, 1993 – Kirby’s Adventure is released by Nintendo.

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20th Anniversary

March 10, 1998 – Yoshi’s Story is released by Nintendo in North America.

March 29, 1998 – Parasite Eve is released by Square.

March 31, 1998 – StarCraft is released by Blizzard.

15th Anniversary

March 9, 2003 – Sonic Advance 2 is released by Sega.

March 11, 2003 – Mega Man & Bass is released by Capcom.

March 13, 2003 – Final Fantasy X-2 is released by Square Enix.

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March 19, 2003 – Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire are released by Nintendo.

March 24, 2003 – The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is released by Nintendo.

10th Anniversary

March 24, 2008 – Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII is released by Square Enix.

5th Anniversary

March 19, 2013 – Gears of War: Judgment is released by Microsoft.

March 20, 2013 – Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon is released by Nintendo.

March 26, 2013 – BioShock Infinite is released by 2K Games.

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April

25th Anniversary

April 1, 1993 – The 7th Guest is released by Virgin Interactive Entertainment.

April 3, 1993 – Mortal Kombat II is released by Midway.

10th Anniversary

April 10, 2008 – Mario Kart Wii is released by Nintendo.

April 29, 2008 – Grand Theft Auto IV is released by Rockstar Games.

5th Anniversary

April 9, 2013 – Guacamelee! is released by DrinkBox Studios.

May

20th Anniversary

May 12, 1998 – Gran Turismo is released by Sony.

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May 22, 1998 – Unreal is released by GT Interactive.

15th Anniversary

May 2, 2003 – Mega Man Zero 2 is released by Capcom.

May 6, 2003 – Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow is released by Konami.

May 23, 2003 – Silent Hill 3 is released by Konami.

May 27, 2003 – Brute Force is released by Microsoft.

June

40th Anniversary

June 1978 – Space Invaders is released by Taito.

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35th Anniversary

June 1, 1983 – Mario Bros. is released by Nintendo.

June 16, 1983 – Microsoft releases the MSX console.

June 23, 1983 – Dragon’s Lair is released by Cinematronics.

30th Anniversary

June 1988 – Metal Gear arrives to North America for the NES.

June 1, 1988 – John Madden Football is released by Electronic Arts.

25th Anniversary

June 6, 1993 – The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is released by Nintendo.

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June 25, 1993 – Day of the Tentacle is released by LucasArts.

20th Anniversary

June 11, 1998 – X-Men vs. Street Fighter is released by Capcom.

June 29, 1998 – Banjo-Kazooie is released by Nintendo.

15th Anniversary

June 26, 2003 – Star Wars Galaxies is released by LucasArts.

June 26, 2003 – Viewtiful Joe is released by Capcom.

10th Anniversary

June 12, 2008 – Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is released by Konami.

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5th Anniversary

June 5, 2013 – State of Decay is released by Microsoft.

June 14, 2013 – The Last of Us is released by Sony.

July

45th Anniversary

July 16, 1973 – Atari releases its second game, Space Race.

40th Anniversary

July 22, 1978 – SNK enters the video game industry.

July 25, 1978 – Koei enters the video game industry.

35th Anniversary

July 1983 – Bomberman is released by Hudson Soft.

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July 15, 1983 – Nintendo releases the Famicom console.

July 15, 1983 – Sega releases the SG-1000 console.

30th Anniversary

July 1988 – Nintendo releases the first issue of Nintendo Power magazine.

July 20, 1988 – Bionic Commando is remade by Capcom for home consoles.

15th Anniversary

July 1, 2003 – Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne is released by Blizzard.

July 15, 2003 – Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is released by LucasArts.

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July 17, 2003 – Mega Man X7 is released by Capcom.

July 28, 2003 – Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour is released by Nintendo.

August

30th Anniversary

August 1988 – Altered Beast is released by Sega.

25th Anniversary

August 1993 – Daytona USA is released by Sega.

August 6, 1993 – Secret of Mana is released by Square.

20th Anniversary

August 21, 1998 – Tom Clancy’s Rainbox Six is released by Red Storm Entertainment.

August 31, 1998 – Mega Man Legends is released by Capcom.

10th Anniversary

August 6, 2008 – Braid is released by Number None.

September

25th Anniversary

September 6, 1993 – Master of Orion is released by MicroProse.

September 23, 1993 – Sonic CD is released by Sega.

September 24, 1993 – Myst is released by Broderbund.

20th Anniversary

September 1998 – Dance Dance Revolution is released by Konami.

September 9, 1998 – Spyro the Dragon is released by Sony.

September 28, 1998 – Pokemon Red and Blue are released in North America by Nintendo.

September 30, 1998 – Fallout 2 is released by Interplay.

15th Anniversary

September 12, 2003 – Valve launches Steam.

September 17, 2003 – Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy is released by LucasArts.

10th Anniversary

September 16, 2008 – Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is released by LucasArts.

September 22, 2008 – Mega Man 9 is released by Capcom.

5th Anniversary

September 4, 2013 – Outlast is released by Red Barrels.

September 10, 2013 – Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs is released by Frictional Games.

September 17, 2013 – Grand Theft Auto V is released by Rockstar Games.

October

40th Anniversary

October 1978 – Namco releases its first arcade game, Gee Bee.

30th Anniversary

October 1988 – Ninja Gaiden is released by Tecmo.

October 9, 1988 – The North American version of Super Mario Bros. 2 (originally Doki Doki Panic in Japan) is released by Nintendo.

October 23, 1988 – Super Mario Bros. 3 is released in Japan by Nintendo.

October 29, 1988 – Sega releases the Genesis home console.

25th Anniversary

October 1993 – Virtua Fighter is released by Sega.

October 7, 1993 – Ridge Racer is released by Namco.

20th Anniversary

October 20, 1998 – Metal Gear Solid is released by Konami.

October 21, 1998 – Turok 2: Seeds of Evil is released by Acclaim Entertainment.

October 21, 1998 – Nintendo releases the Game Boy Color handheld console.

October 30, 1998 – Grim Fandango is released by LucasArts.

15th Anniversary

October 14, 2003 – Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne is released by Rockstar Games.

October 21, 2003 – Castlevania: Lament of Innocence is released by Konami.

October 21, 2003 – Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge is released by Microsoft.

October 28, 2003 – Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is released by Ubisoft.

October 29, 2003 – Call of Duty is released by Activision.

10th Anniversary

October 13, 2008 – Dead Space is released by Electronic Arts.

October 21, 2008 – Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia is released by Konami.

October 21, 2008 – Far Cry 2 is released by Ubisoft.

October 21, 2008 – Fable II is released by Microsoft.

October 27, 2008 – LittleBigPlanet is released by Sony.

October 28, 2008 – Fallout 3 is released by Bethesda.

5th Anniversary

October 12, 2013 – Pokemon X and Y are released by Nintendo.

October 14, 2013 – The Wolf Among Us is released by Telltale Games.

October 25, 2013 – Batman: Arkham Origins is released by WB.

October 29, 2013 – Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is released by Ubisoft.

October 29, 2013 – Battlefield 4 is released by Electronic Arts.

November

30th Anniversary

November 1988 – Splatterhouse is released by Namco.

25th Anniversary

November 1993 – Sam & Max Hit the Road is released by LucasArts.

November 5, 1993 – Mega Man 6 is released by Capcom.

November 11, 1993 – Disney’s Aladdin is released by Virgin Interactive Entertainment.

November 15, 1993 – ClayFighter is released by Interplay Productions.

November 23, 1993 – Atari releases the Jaguar home console.

20th Anniversary

November 19, 1998 – Half-Life is released by Valve.

November 20, 1998 – Tomb Raider III is released by Eidos Interactive.

November 21, 1998 – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is released by Nintendo.

November 27, 1998 – Sega releases the Dreamcast home console.

November 30, 1998 – Thief: The Dark Project is released by Eidos Interactive.

15th Anniversary

November 7, 2003 – Mario Kart: Double Dash is released by Nintendo.

November 11, 2003 – Beyond Good & Evil is released by Ubisoft.

November 11, 2003 – Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando is released by Sony.

November 17, 2003 – Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga is released by Nintendo.

November 27, 2003 – Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly is released by Tecmo.

10th Anniversary

November 10, 2008 – Gears of War 2 is released by Microsoft.

November 17, 2008 – Left 4 Dead is released by Valve.

5th Anniversary

November 12, 2013 – XCOM: Enemy Within is released by 2K Games.

November 15, 2013 – Sony releases the PlayStation 4 home console.

November 21, 2013 – Super Mario 3D World is released by Nintendo.

November 22, 2013 – The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is released by Nintendo.

November 22, 2013 – Microsoft releases the Xbox One home console.

December

30th Anniversary

December 1, 1988 – Zelda II: The Adventure of Link is released by Nintendo in North America.

December 17, 1988 – Final Fantasy II is released by Square.

December 24, 1988 – Mega Man 2 is released by Capcom.

25th Anniversary

December 10 – Doom is released by id Software.

December 17 – Mega Man X is released by Capcom.

20th Anniversary

December 1998 – Rockstar Games is founded.

December 3, 1998 – Star Wars: Rogue Squadron is released by LucasArts.

December 21, 1998 – Baldur’s Gate is released by Interplay.

December 23, 1998 – Sonic Adventure is released by Sega.

15th Anniversary

December 2, 2003 – Deus Ex: Invisible War is released by Eidos Interactive.

10th Anniversary

December 18, 2008 – Dissidia Final Fantasy is released by Square Enix.

Miscellaneous

45th Anniversary

1973 – Taito enters the video game industry.

40th Anniversary

1978 – Konami releases its first arcade game, Block Game.

1978 – Magnavox Odyssey 2 is released.

35th Anniversary

1983 – The Video Game Crash of 1983 in North America.

1983 – Spy Hunter is released by Midway.

1983 – Punch-Out!! is released by Nintendo.

30th Anniversary

1988 – Phantasy Star is released by Sega in North America.

25th Anniversary

1993 – NBA Jam is released by Midway.