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Frogger

Posted on January 14, 2015

Frogger was one of the quintessential video games of the 80s and it is still fun to play today. Here’s our Frogger timeline.

1981
Frogger is created by Japanese video game developing and publishing company, Konami.

Oct. 1981
SEGA is awarded a license to produce Frogger in the United States. The original English title was going to be Highway Crossing Frog but Sega execs settled on the simpler Frogger.

1982
Buckner and Garcia record “Froggy’s Lament,” a song using sound effects from Frogger. They release it on their album, Pac-Man Fever.

1983
SEGA releases Frogger for home computer systems.

1984
Frogger II: Three Deep is released.

1991
Ribbit, a Frogger sequel, is released with updated graphics.

1997
Hasbro Interactive releases a 3D version of Frogger for PlayStation.

April 23, 1998
In episode #174 of the tv series Seinfeld entitled “The Frogger,” George Costanza and Jerry Seinfeld are in a restaurant when George discovers that the Frogger machine in the restaurant is the same one from his childhood and that he still has the highest score. When George finds out the restaurant owner is going to get rid of the machine, he decides to take it. The only problem is that unplugging it will erase his score. As George tries to cross the street with the machine, the viewer is treated to a Seinfeldian version of Frogger, with George Costanza as the frog trying to dodge cars.

1999
A Frogger unit appears in the film Magnolia.

Oct. 1 2000
Hasbro releases Frogger 2: Swampy’s Revenge, the sequel to their 1997 3D Frogger release. It is available for most home gaming systems.

Nov. 18, 2001
Konami releases Frogger: The Great Quest for PlayStation 2 and Windows.

Nov. 23, 2001
Konami releases Frogger’s Adventures: Temple of the Frog for Game Boy Advance.

May 2002
Konami releases Frogger Advance: The Great Quest for Game Boy Advance.

Nov. 5, 2002
Konami releases Frogger’s Adventures 2: The Lost Wand for Game Boy Advance.

July 10, 2003
Konami releases Frogger Beyond for PlayStation 2.

Oct. 2003
Konami releases Frogger’s Journey: The Forgotten Relic for Game Boy Advance.

Oct. 28, 2003
Konami releases Frogger’s Adventures: The Rescue for GameCube.

2003
Frogger is mentioned at the MTV Movie Awards in a sketch parody of The Matrix called “The MTV Movie Awards Reloaded.” Will Ferrell plays “The Architect” and claims to have invented Frogger. He says the name he chose for it was Highway Crossing Frog but the game publisher made him change it to Frogger. What most people watching the sketch didn’t know is that the original working title for Frogger really was Highway Crossing Frog.

Sept. 27, 2005
Konami releases Frogger: Ancient Shadow for PlayStation 2, Xbox, and GameCube. It also releases Frogger: Helmet Chaos for Nintendo DS and PlayStation Portable.

Nov. 5, 2011
A live-action tribute to Frogger called Field Frogger is played at the Come Out and Play Festival in San Francisco.

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