Template:Video game release

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This template is used in conjunction with {{Infobox video game}} to summarize release date information for computer or video game articles.

Syntax[change source]

Using named parameters[change source]

The following parameters may be specified to display release dates for multiple regions in a single call (however, the order is always defined as below and cannot be changed manually in a single call):

Japanese region release
North American region release
PAL region release (or, if they differ: EU=date: European release, AUS=date: Australasian (Australia and New Zealand) release)
World-wide release (in contrast to the International version, this is where the title is available for multiple regions simultaneously, occurs often for digitally distributed titles)
International version release (this is not a synonym for World-wide: See link to ensure you know what an International version is)

Regional release dates should be listed in chronological order, which the editor has to use separate calls for if they do not follow the order above.

Use {{Start date}} for the earliest of the dates only.

Alternate syntax[change source]

Using two parameters {{Video game release | [[region]] | date }}

Wikilinked region name. For brevity, should be formatted as a piped link, e.g. [[Japan|JPN]]'.
  • It is also possible to combine multiple regions in this parameter, for release dates which are the same between several regions -- e.g. [[Europe|EU]] / [[North America|NA]]
Release date (should not be wikilinked). Use {{Start date}} for the earliest of the dates only.

Using three parameters (for backwards compatibility) {{Video game release | region | ID | date }}

region | ID
Name and abbreviation for the region (Japan, North America, etc.) to which the release date applies. This is essentially the same format as a piped link, minus the surrounding brackets.
Release date (should not be wikilinked). Use {{Start date}} for the earliest of the dates only.

Examples[change source]

'''Super Nintendo Entertainment System'''<br />
{{Video game release|JP|{{Start date|1995|03|11}}|NA|August 22, 1995}}
'''PlayStation'''<br />
{{Video game release|JP|{{Start date|1999|11|2}}|NA|June 29, 2001}}
'''Nintendo DS'''<br />
{{Video game release|NA|{{Start date|2008|11|25}}|JP|November 27, 2008|PAL|Early 2009}}
{{Video game release|WW|{{Start date|2008|11|25}}}} (For Worldwide release dates)

Super Nintendo Entertainment System

  • JP: March 11, 1995 (1995-03-11)
  • NA: August 22, 1995


  • JP: November 2, 1999 (1999-11-02)
  • NA: June 29, 2001

Nintendo DS

  • NA: November 25, 2008 (2008-11-25)
  • JP: November 27, 2008
  • PAL: Early 2009
  • WW: November 25, 2008 (2008-11-25)
'''Famicom'''<br />
{{Video game release|JP|{{Start date|1988|12|17}}}}
'''PlayStation Portable'''<br />
{{Video game release|JP|{{Start date|2007|06|07}}|NA|July 2, 2007|EU|February 8, 2008}}


  • JP: December 17, 1988 (1988-12-17)

PlayStation Portable

  • JP: June 7, 2007 (2007-06-07)
  • NA: July 2, 2007
  • EU: February 8, 2008

See also[change source]

  • {{vgrtbl}} — for use in sortable tables.
  • {{vgrtbl-bl}} — for use in sortable tables and with bullets.
  • {{vgrtbl-tx}} — for use in sortable tables, with bullets, and for plain text not dates.
  • {{vgrelease new}} — an enhanced version of this template.