1985 in video gaming

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Events[edit | edit source]

Notable releases[edit | edit source]

  • Brøderbund releases Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, the first game of the prolific Carmen Sandiego series
  • Nintendo releases Super Mario Bros. on September 13, 1985. Before the year was over Super Mario Bros. became the highest selling game of the year, selling 10 million copies, then eventually selling 40 million copies making it the best-selling video game of all time until 2008.
  • Namco releases Dig Dug II, Metro-Cross, Baraduke, Motos, Battle City (video game), and Sky Kid.
  • Alexey Pajitnov creates the Tetris video game in the USSR. Nintendo released its most popular versions (for the NES and Game Boy) in 1989.
  • Atari Games releases Gauntlet (by Ed Logg), the first dungeon crawl arcade game.
  • Ghosts 'n Goblins by Tokuro Fujiwara (Capcom, arcade), one of the most popular arcade games of the year, spawned a series of later games
  • Adventure Construction Set by Stuart Smith and Racing Destruction Set by Rick Koenig are both released by Electronic Arts and become hits, following on the success of 1982's Pinball Construction Set by Bill Budge.
  • Elite Systems UK releases Roller Coaster, a platformer in the mould of the previous year's best seller, Jet Set Willy. Roller Coaster was the first game to ever simulate fairground rides.
  • Bubble Bus software release the popular arcade adventure Starquake for several 8-bit computers. In later years, it is ported to 16-bit platforms.
  • Pete Cooke's ambitious, sprawling science-fiction game Tau Ceti is published in the United Kingdom.
  • The Learning Company releases the first commercial version of The Oregon Trail on the Apple II.

Hardware[edit | edit source]

  • Atari releases the 520ST personal computer
  • Commodore releases the Amiga personal computer
  • INTV Corp. releases the INTV III home console
  • Telegames releases the Dina home console, a ColecoVision clone
  • Nintendo does a limited test release of the NES video game console in the United States and the Robotic Operating Buddy (ROB) robot and video game for the NES home console
  • SEGA's SG-1000 Mark III released in Japan

Business[edit | edit source]

Video game releases[edit | edit source]

Name Release Date Category Region(s) Platform(s)
10-Yard Fight October 18, 1985 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
10-Yard Fight August 30, 1985 Video Game Japan Family Computer
4-D Warriors 1985 Video Game North America Arcade
A View to A Kill: The Computer Game 1985 Video Game Europe Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, MSX, ZX Spectrum
A View to A Kill: The Computer Game 1985 Video Game North America Commodore 64
A View to A Kill: The Computer Game 1985 Video Game Japan MSX
Alcazar: The Forgotten Fortress 1985 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Alternate Reality: The City 1985 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Angel Kids 1985 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Balloon Fight January 22, 1985 Video Game Japan Family Computer
Clu Clu Land October 18, 1985 Video Game North America NES
Donkey Kong Jr. Math October 18, 1985 Video Game North America NES
Elevator Action July 28, 1985 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Excitebike October 18, 1985 Video Game North America NES
Exed exes 1985 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Exed Exes 1985 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Fantasy Zone 1985 Video Game North America Arcade
Formation Z 1985 Video Game Europe MSX
Formation Z 1985 Video Game Japan MSX
Formation Z April 4, 1985 Video Game Japan Famicom
Ghostbusters 1985 Video Game North America Apple II, Atari 2600
Ghosts 'n Goblins 1985 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Gradius September, 1985 Video Game Europe Arcade
Gradius 1985 Video Game North America Arcade
Gradius May 29, 1985 Video Game Japan Arcade
Gun.Smoke 1985 Video Game International Arcade
Gun.Smoke November, 1985 Video Game North America Arcade
Gyromite October 18, 1985 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Gyromite August 13, 1985 Video Game Japan Famicom
Hardball! 1985 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Hydlide 1985 Video Game Europe MSX2
Hydlide May, 1985 Video Game Japan Fujitsu FM-7
Hydlide November, 1985 Video Game Japan NEC PC-9801
Hydlide 1985 Video Game Japan MSX, MSX2
I, Robot 1985 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Ice Climber October, 1985 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Ice Climber January 30, 1985 Video Game Japan Family Computer
Impossible Mission 1985 Video Game Undefined Undefined
James Bond 007: A View to a Kill 1985 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows, Apple II
Karate Champ 1985 Video Game Europe Commodore 64
Karate Champ October 12, 1985 Video Game North America Apple II, Commodore 64
Konami's Ping Pong 1985 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Metro-Cross 1985 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Monopoly (series) 1985 Series Undefined Undefined
Ninja Princess 1985 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Shanghai Kid 1985 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Shao-Lin's Road April, 1985 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Sky Kid December 1, 1985 Video Game Japan Arcade
Space Harrier October, 1985 Video Game International Arcade
Super Mario Bros. 1985 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Super Mario Bros. September 13, 1985 Video Game Japan Nintendo Entertainment System
Super Punch-Out 1985 Video Game Undefined Undefined
The Legend of Kage October, 1985 Video Game Japan Arcade
Time Gal 1985 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Trivia Master 1985 Video Game Undefined Undefined
TwinBee March 5, 1985 Video Game Japan Arcade
Wild Gunman October 18, 1985 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Will: The Death Trap II September, 1985 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Wrecking Crew October 18, 1985 Video Game North America NES

Hardware releases[edit | edit source]

Name Release Date Category Region(s)
Master System October 20, 1985 Home Console Japan
Nintendo Entertainment System October 18, 1985 Home Console North America
SG-1000 Mark III October 20, 1985 Console Japan