• Sega announces that it will no longer develop home consoles, in order to focus on game development. The Dreamcast is waiting to finish the production in May. But a lot of games were released for it in the same year.
  • Zylom founded in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
  • Indrema in April closes and its L600 Entertainment System multimedia home console is never released.
  • Activision acquires Treyarch Invention LLC
  • PCCW (Pacific Century CyberWorks Japan Co., Ltd.) acquires VR1 Entertainment
  • Midway Games announces that it will no longer manufacture arcade games
  • November 23 — GamePark releases the GP32 (GamePark 32) wireless-multiplayer multimedia handheld console in South Korea
  • December — Panasonic's Q multimedia console


  • Sega of America Inc. v. Kmart Corporation; Sega sues Kmart over an unpaid debt of over USD$2 million dollars
  • Uri Geller v. Nintendo; Geller sues Nintendo over his resemblance to a Pokémon character. The suit is dismissed.

Notable releases

North American release dates:

Video game sales

The top 10 selling console video games in 2001 in the United States ranked by units sold, according to NPD, were:

Top Grossing Video Games of 2001
Rank Title Platform Publisher
1 Grand Theft Auto III PS2 Rockstar Games
2 Madden NFL 2002 PS2 Electronic Arts
3 Pokémon Crystal GBC Nintendo
4 Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty PS2 Konami
5 Super Mario Advance GBA Nintendo
6 Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec PS2 Sony
7 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 PS2 Activision
8 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 PS1 Activision
9 Pokémon Silver GBC Nintendo
10 Driver 2 PS1 Infogrames

Computer game sales

The top 10 selling computer games in 2001 in the United States ranked by units sold, according to NPD, were:

Top Grossing Computer Games of 2001
Rank Title Publisher
1 The Sims Electronic Arts
2 Roller Coaster Tycoon Infogrames
3 Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone Electronic Arts
4 Diablo II: Lord of Destruction Vivendi Universal
5 The Sims: House Party Electronic Arts
6 The Sims: Livin' Large Electronic Arts
7 The Sims: Hot Date Electronic Arts
8 Diablo II Vivendi Universal
9 Sim Theme Park Electronic Arts
10 Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings Microsoft

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