The late 90s was a golden age of video games. From the intense action-packed games to the innocent puzzles, they had it all. However, some games vanished without a trace. Discontinued 90s video games, once popular and loved by gamers, are now lost in the bin of history. Join us on a nostalgic trip down memory lane as we explore the reasons behind some of the most beloved 90s games that disappeared.
Glover was released in 1998 by Hasbro Interactive. It was a platformer game where players controlled a magical glove named Glover who had to maneuver through various levels. Glover could transform into different objects depending on the level, and the end goal was always to save his land, the Crystal Kingdom.
The game did not receive as much attention as it deserved, and production stopped in 2001 after the developers filed for bankruptcy. Glover was not the only game that suffered this fate.
2. Tonic Trouble
Tonic Trouble was developed by Ubisoft and released in 1999. The game was a 3D platformer game where the player controlled a creature named Ed. Ed was sent to Earth to stop the villainous Grogh and save the world from his evil soda. The game was praised for its imaginative storyline and unique gameplay, but it did not sell as well as expected. Ubisoft did not renew the trademark, and the game vanished without a trace.
3. Space Station Silicon Valley
Space Station Silicon Valley was developed by DMA Design (now Rockstar North) and released in 1998. The game was a puzzle-platformer that followed the story of an astronaut named Dan Danger who had to navigate his way through a space station. Players controlled a microchip that could be inserted into various animals, such as penguins and sheep, and use their abilities to solve puzzles. The game was a hit on Nintendo 64 and PlayStation, but the developer could not secure funding for a sequel, and the game was discontinued.
4. Jet Force Gemini
Jet Force Gemini was developed by Rare and released in 1999 for the Nintendo 64. It was a third-person shooter game where players controlled a team of three characters who had to save the galaxy from an evil alien race. The game was praised for its graphics, innovative gameplay, and story. However, the game’s sales were not as expected, and Microsoft acquired Rare in 2002, leaving the game without a sequel.
Banjo-Tooie was developed by Rare and released in 2000 for the Nintendo 64. It was a sequel to the popular Banjo-Kazooie game, and it followed the story of Banjo and Kazooie as they tried to stop their arch-nemesis, Gruntilda, from enacting her evil plan. Although the game was a commercial success, the developer could not secure funding for a sequel due to Microsoft’s acquisition of Rare.
Discontinued 90s video games tug at the heartstrings of gamers worldwide. These games deserve a special place on our bookshelves and in our hearts. The reasons behind their discontinuation may be unclear, but their charm and allure persist to this day. No matter how many years pass, we will always remember Glover, Tonic Trouble, Space Station Silicon Valley, Jet Force Gemini, Banjo-Tooie, and all the other 90s games that vanished without a trace.
So, it’s time to hit the resale stores to find these gems and relive your childhood memories! Who knows, maybe, someday, these games will make a comeback!