This Day in Video Game History – September 9th, 1999 – Sega Sports NFL2K Released

Sega’s latest football series, which would become a beloved sports franchise, had its first release on this day in history.

Developed by Visual Concepts and published by Sega, NFL2K was released for the Sega Dreamcast alongside the console’s launch on September 9th, 1999.

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Courtesy: SEGA / NFL

The game was the only football game on the Dreamcast, since the system did not get supported by Electronic Arts.

It received extremely positive reviews from critics for its graphics, gameplay, and commentary. That commentary, uniquely, was provided by voice actors Terry McGovern, Jay Styne and Marcia Perry.

The series would continue on the Dreamcast through NFL2K2, and move to other consoles following the end of Sega’s hardware era.

The series continued until NFL2K5, when Electronic Arts made an exclusive deal with the NFL and NFLPA for video game rights.

NFL2K5 is still considered by some to be one of the best football video games of all time.


This Day in Television History – September 9th, 1995 – Freakazoid! Debuts

A unique, comedy-based superhero animated series made its debut on this day in television history.

Freakazoid!, created by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini along with Tom Ruegger, made its debut on Kids WB on September 9th, 1995.

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Courtesy: Warner Bros.

The animated series was about a young teenager named Dexter who can transform into an eccentric superhero named Freakazoid thanks to a computer virus. The series features many fourth-wall-breaking gags, surreal jokes, references to comics and other media and more.

The lead character is voiced by Paul Rugg, with other voices provided by Ed Asner, Craig Ferguson, Tress MacNeille, Ricardo Montalbon, and more.

The show would last for two seasons, with 24 episodes airing through 1997. Freakazoid! would later be released on DVD.

This Day in Video Game History – September 9th, 1999 – Sonic Adventure Released

The first fully-3D adventure in the popular Sonic the Hedgehog franchise was released on this day in history.

Sonic Adventure, developed by Sonic Team and released by Sega, was released as a launch title for Sega’s new Dreamcast console in North America on September 9th, 1999.

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Sonic Adventure, developed by Sonic Team and released by Sega, was released as a launch title for Sega’s new Dreamcast console in North America on September 9th, 1999. (Courtesy: Sega)

The game allows the player to play as one of six different characters in a storyline that crosses over and combines. Sonic and Tails feature traditional platforming across 3D stages, while other characters such as Amy Rose, Big the Cat and Knuckles feature other styles of gameplay.

In the game, the characters face Eggman, who has released a new monster named Chaos, who becomes stronger with each Chaos Emerald found.

There is also a virtual pet sub-game where the character raises unique creatures named Chao.

Sonic Adventure was the first fully 3D game in the Sonic franchise, after the limited levels included in the Saturn release, Sonic Jam. The game also featured a full voice cast for the first time, led by Ryan Drummond and also featuring Corey Bringas, Jennifer Douillard, and Michael McGaharn.

The game was a hit and received a good amount praise from fans and critics. Once the Dreamcast was discontinued, Sonic Adventure was enhanced and released for systems like the GameCube. It was later available for download on systems like Xbox 360.

This Day in Television History – September 9th, 1995 – Animaniacs’ “Super Strong Warner Siblings” Airs

One popular 90s kid’s show makes fun of another in an episode that aired on this day in television history.

super strong warner siblings animaniacs

Courtesy: Warner Bros.

“Super Strong Warner Siblings” is an Animaniacs short from the show’s 3rd season featuring the main characters of the series, the Warner Brothers and their Sister Dot. It first aired on September 9th, 1995 and was written by Paul Rugg.

The episode is a parody of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, a massive hit at the time. The Warners must protect the WB studios from a dangerous threat!

Power Rangers was on the competition of Kids WB (where Animaniacs aired) at the time, Fox Kids.

This Day in TV History – September 4th, 1999 – Pokemon’s “Princess vs. Princess” Airs

During a special festival dedicated to women, two opposing female characters join a tournament to win a special prize on an episode of the Pokemon anime that aired on this day in television history.

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Courtesy: Nintendo / The Pokemon Company / VIS Media / 4Kids

“Princess vs. Princess” is the 50th episode of the Pokemon anime’s first season to air in the United States. It would debut on September 4th, 1999.

In the episode, it’s the Queen of the Princess Festival, a holiday dedicated to women. Misty joins a tournament taking place during the festival, but so does Jessie of Team Rocket!

This Day in Video Game History – September 1st, 1998 – Bomberman Hero Released

A Bomberman game of a different kind was released on this day in history.

Bomberman Hero, developed by Hudson Soft and published by Nintendo, was released on the Nintendo 64 in North America on September 1st, 1998.

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Courtesy: HudsonSoft / Nintendo

Unlike other games in the series known for their arena-based multiplayer, Bomberman Hero is a single-player 3D platformer. In the game, Bomberman must set out to rescue a princess who has been captured—a princess with stolen data from an evil empire.

The player directs Bomberman through a variety of 3D worlds, defeating enemies and avoiding obstacles along the way. Mini-games can be unlocked through stellar performance in the stages.

The game was later released for the Wii’s Virtual Console service.

This Day in Video Game History – August 31st, 2000 – Sydney 2000 Released for Dreamcast

A video game based on the Olympics was released on this day in history.

sydney 2000 dreamcast video game

Courtesy: IOC / Sega / Eidos Interactive

Developed by Attention to Detail and published by Eidos, Sydney 2000 was released for the Sega Dreamcast on August 30th, 2000. The game was also released for the original Playstation and Windows Personal Computers.

The game, set at the 2000 Olympics hosted by Sydney, Australia allows a player to take part in a variety of Olympic events. In the Olympic mode, a player must attempt to qualify for the events, as well as do training mini-games to enhance their performance.

Some of the events include the 100m Sprint, Javelin Throw, Triple Jump, 10m Platform Diving, Skeet Shooting, and 100m Freestyle Swimming among others. Dwight Stones and Marty Liquori provide full TV-style play-by-play commentary for the events.