1983 in video gaming

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1983 was the year when the American home gaming market began to crash (see North American video game crash of 1983), with more game systems and games than the market could support, and quality control from the console companies being absent. In Japan, the Nintendo Famicom would make its debut.

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Console Hardware[edit | edit source]

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Video game releases[edit | edit source]

Name Release Date Category Region(s) Platform(s)
10-Yard Fight 1983 Video Game International Arcade
3D Crazy Coaster 1983 Video Game North America Vectrex
3D Narrow Escape 1983 Video Game North America Vectrex
A.D. 2083 1983 Video Game North America Arcade
Action Force 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Advanced Dungeons and Dragons: Treasure of Tarmin 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
AnimAction 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Antarctic Adventure 1983 Video Game North America ColecoVision
Art Master 1983 Video Game North America Vectrex
Astérix (1983) 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Atic Atac 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Bank Heist 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Battlezone 1983 Video Game North America Atari 2600
BC's Quest for Tires 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Benji's Space Rescue 1983 Video Game United Kingdom Commodore 64
Blue Print 1983 Video Game North America Atari 2600, Atari 5200
Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Bump 'n' Jump 1983 Video Game North America Atari 2600, Intellivision, ColecoVision
Buzz Bombers 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Cakewalk 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
China Syndrome 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Cloak & Dagger 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Clowns 1983 Video Game International Commodore 64
Congo Bongo 1983 Video Game Japan Arcade
Crash Dive 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Cross Force 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Crossbow (1983) 1983 Video Game North America Arcade
Crystal Castles 1983 Video Game North America Arcade
Deep Scan 1983 Video Game International Atari 2600
Defender 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Demolition Herby 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Dig Dug 1983 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Discs of TRON 1983 Video Game North America Arcade
Dolphin 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Donkey Kong June 1, 1983 Video Game International Atari 8-bit
Donkey Kong 1983 Video Game International TI-99/4A
Donkey Kong 1983 Video Game International PC Booter
Donkey Kong 1983 Video Game International Commodore 64, Commodore VIC-20
Donkey Kong July 15, 1983 Video Game Japan Family Computer
Donkey Kong Jr. 1983 Video Game North America Intellivision, ColecoVision
Donkey Kong Jr. July 15, 1983 Video Game Japan Famicom
Donkey Kong Jr. Math December 12, 1983 Video Game Japan Famicom
Dracula (1983) 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Dragon's Lair June 19, 1983 Video Game North America Arcade
Elevator Action 1983 Video Game International Arcade
Evolution 1983 Video Game North America ColecoVision
Exerion 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Fathom 1983 Video Game North America Atari 2600, Intellivision, ColecoVision
Frogger 1983 Video Game Europe Magnavox Odyssey 2
Frogger 1983 Video Game North America Atari 2600, Atari 5200, ColecoVision
Frostbite 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Gas Hog 1983 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Gateway to Apshai 1983 Video Game North America ColecoVision
Gauntlet (1983) 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Gigolo 1983 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Glacier Patrol 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Gravitar 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Guzzler 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Gyruss 1983 Video Game North America Arcade
Halloween 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Happy Trails 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Heads Up 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Ice Trek 1983 Video Game North America Intellivision
James Bond 007 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Jumpman Junior 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Jungle Fever 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
K.C. Munchkin 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
K.C.'s Krazy Chase 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Kangaroo 1983 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Kangaroo 1983 Video Game North America Atari 5200
Karate 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Killer Bees 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Kool-Aid Man 1983 Video Game North America Intellivision, Atari 2600
Krull September, 1983 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Laser Gates 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Malagai 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Mario Bros. 1983 Video Game North America Arcade, Atari 2600
Masters of the Universe: The Power Of He-Man 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Mega Zone 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Melody Blaster 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Melody Master 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Mind Strike 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Miner 2049er II 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Moria 1983 Video Game International OpenVMS
Motocross (Intellivision) 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Mountain King 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Mr. Basic Meets Bits n Bytes 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Mr. Do! 1983 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Ms. Pac-Man 1983 Video Game North America Atari 5200
Neutron Star 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Nightmare (Magnavox Odyssey 2) 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Ocean City Defender 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Pac & Pal 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Pac-Man 1983 Video Game North America Intellivision
Pengo 1983 Video Game North America Atari 2600, Atari 5200
Pepsi Invaders 1983 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Pinball (Intellivision) 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Pole Position II 1983 Video Game North America Arcade
Popeye 1983 Video Game North America Atari 2600, Intellivision
Popeye 1983 Video Game Brazil Magnavox Odyssey 2
Q*Bert 1983 Video Game Europe Magnavox Odyssey 2
Q*Bert 1983 Video Game North America Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Intellivision, ColecoVision, Commodore 64
Q*Bert 1983 Video Game Brazil Magnavox Odyssey 2
Q*Bert's Qubes 1983 Video Game North America Arcade
Quadrun 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Quest for Quintana Roo 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Quick Step 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
River Raid 1983 Video Game North America Intellivison
Robin Hood 1983 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Rubik's Cube 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Senjyo 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Sir Lancelot 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Sky Skipper 1983 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Smurfs Save the Day 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Sorcerer 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Sorcerer's Apprentice 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Space Warp 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Spacemaster X-7 1983 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Spider Fighter 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Spy Hunter (1983) 1983 Video Game North America Arcade
Squish 'Em 1983 Video Game North America Atari, Commodore 64
Star Castle 1983 Video Game North America Vectrex
Star Fox (1983) 1983 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator 1983 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Stonkers 1983 Video Game United Kingdom ZXSpectrum
Stronghold (1983) 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Subterranea 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Super Bee 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Super Cobra 1983 Video Game Europe Magnavox Odyssey 2
Super Cobra 1983 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Super Cobra 1983 Video Game North America Intellivision
Swordquest: Waterworld February, 1983 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Tag Team Wrestling 1983 Video Game International Undefined
Task Force 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
The Mousing Cat 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Trans American Rally 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Turtles 1983 Video Game North America Magnavox Odyssey 2
Turtles 1983 Video Game Brazil Magnavox Odyssey 2
Tutankham 1983 Video Game North America Atari 2600, ColecoVision, Intellivision
UFO 1983 Video Game Brazil Magnavox Odyssey²
UFO 1983 Video Game Japan Magnavox Odyssey²
Vastar 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Wacko 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Wall Defender 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
War Room 1983 Video Game North America ColecoVision
X-Man 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Z-Tack 1983 Video Game Undefined Undefined

Hardware releases[edit | edit source]

Name Release Date Category Region(s)
Family Computer July 15, 1983 Console Japan
Nintendo Entertainment System July 15, 1983 Home Console Japan
SG-1000 July 15, 1983 Console Japan