1987 in video gaming

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Console Hardware Releases[edit | edit source]

Game Releases[edit | edit source]

Key Events[edit | edit source]

Video game releases[edit | edit source]

Name Release Date Category Region(s) Platform(s)
1943: The Battle of Midway June, 1987 Video Game International Arcade
221 B Baker St. 1987 Video Game North America Atari 8-bit
3-D WorldRunner March 12, 1987 Video Game Japan Famicom Disk System
3-D WorldRunner September, 1987 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Adventures of Dino Riki February 10, 1987 Video Game Japan Famicom
After Burner December 12, 1987 Video Game Japan Master System
After Burner 1987 Video Game North America Arcade
After Burner II 1987 Video Game North America Arcade
Air Fortress August 17, 1987 Video Game Japan Family Computer
Airball 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Ajax 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Alien Syndrome October 18, 1987 Video Game Japan Master System
Alien Syndrome 1987 Video Game North America Arcade
Alpha Mission 1987 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
Alpha Mission 1987 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Anacreon: Reconstruction 4021 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
APB 1987 Video Game International Arcade
Ark Area 1987 Video Game Japan Arcade
Arkanoid August, 1987 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Arkanoid: Revenge of Doh 1987 Video Game North America Arcade
Asteroids 1987 Video Game North America Atari 7800
Athena 1987 Video Game Europe Commodore 64
Athena June 5, 1987 Video Game Japan Family Computer
Athena 1987 Video Game North America Commodore 64
Athletic World July, 1987 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Avengers February, 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Balloon Fight March 12, 1987 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
Baseball The Season II 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Bases Loaded June 26, 1987 Video Game Japan Family Computer
Bases Loaded 1987 Video Game International Arcade
Battlantis 1987 Video Game North America Arcade
Beyond Zork: The Coconut of Quendor September 15, 1987 Video Game North America Release 47
Bikkuriman World October 30, 1987 Video Game Japan PC Engine
Bionic Commando (1987) 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Black Panther 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Black Tiger August, 1987 Video Game North America Arcade
Blades of Steel 1987 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Blades of Steel 1987 Video Game International Arcade
Blasteroids 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Blazer 1987 Video Game Japan Arcade
Breakthru November, 1987 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Bubble Bobble 1987 Video Game Europe Amiga, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, ZX Spectrum
Bubble Bobble October 30, 1987 Video Game Japan Famicom Disk System
Bubble Bobble 1987 Video Game North America MSX2
Bug Hunt 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Burgertime 1987 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
California Games 1987 Video Game Europe Amstrad CPC
California Games 1987 Video Game Japan MSX
Captain Silver July, 1987 Video Game International Arcade
Castlevania May, 1987 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest August 28, 1987 Video Game Japan Family Computer
China Warrior November 21, 1987 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Chip Shot: Super Pro Golf 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Choplifter! 1987 Video Game North America Atari 7800
Climber 5 1987 Video Game North America Atari 8-bit
Clu Clu Land February 15, 1987 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
Commando 1987 Video Game North America Intellivision
Continental Circus 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Contra February 20, 1987 Video Game Japan Arcade
Cruise Missile 1987 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Dance Aerobics February 26, 1987 Video Game Japan Family Computer
Darius 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Dark Adventure May 22, 1987 Video Game International Arcade
Deadly Towers September, 1987 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Defender II September 24, 1987 Video Game Japan Family Computer
Devil World July 15, 1987 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
Dig Dug 1987 Video Game North America Intellivision
Diner 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Donkey Kong 3 September 15, 1987 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
Double Dragon July, 1987 Video Game North America Arcade
Double Dribble July 24, 1987 Video Game Japan Family Computer Disk System
Double Dribble September, 1987 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Dr. Chaos June 19, 1987 Video Game Japan Famicom Disk System
Dr. J and Larry Bird Go One on One 1987 Video Game North America Atari 7800
Dragon Quest II January 26, 1987 Video Game Japan Family Computer
Duck Hunt August 15, 1987 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
Dungeon Master 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Elevator Action August, 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Enduro Racer 1987 Video Game International Master System
Exzisus 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Famista '87 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Fantasy Zone 1987 Video Game Japan Family Computer
Faxanadu November 17, 1987 Video Game Japan Family Computer
Final Fantasy December 18, 1987 Video Game Japan Family Computer
Final Lap 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Fist of the North Star April 17, 1987 Video Game Japan Family Computer
Flying Dragon: The Secret Scroll February 14, 1987 Video Game Japan Family Computer
Flying Shark 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Gaia no Monshou September 23, 1987 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Galaga '88 1987 Video Game North America Arcade
"Get Dexter!" 1987 Video Game United Kingdom Atari ST
Gotcha! The Sport! November, 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Gradius January 1, 1987 Video Game Europe Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC
Gradius March 28, 1987 Video Game Japan Sharp X68000
Guerrilla War 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Gun Fight 1987 Video Game North America Commodore 64, Commodore 128
Heavy Barrel 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Heavyweight Champ 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Hogan's Alley December 15, 1987 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
J.J. & Jeff November 30, 1987 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Jaseikin Necromancer October 30, 1987 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Jaws 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Jikuu Yuuden Debias November 27, 1987 Video Game Japan Family Computer
JJ December, 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
John Elway's Quarterback 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Jr. Pac-Man 1987 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Karnov December 18, 1987 Video Game Japan Family Computer
Kid Icarus February 15, 1987 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
Kid Icarus July, 1987 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Kid Niki October 2, 1987 Video Game Japan Undefined
Kid Niki 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Kung Fu 1987 Video Game North America Atari 2600
La Abadía del Crimen 1987 Video Game Spain Undefined
Learning Fun I 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Learning Fun II 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Leisure Suit Larry 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Les Chevaliers du Zodiaque: La Legende d'Or August 10, 1987 Video Game Japan Family Computer
Les Chevaliers du Zodiaque: La Legende d'Or 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Maniac Mansion 1987 Video Game Europe Amiga, Apple II, Commodore 64, Windows
Maniac Mansion 1987 Video Game North America Amiga, Apple II, Commodore 64, Windows
Mega Man 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Metal Gear July 13, 1987 Video Game Japan MSX
Metroid August 15, 1987 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Midnight Magic 1987 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! November 21, 1987 Video Game Japan Family Computer
Mr. Heli December, 1987 Video Game Japan Arcade
Namco Quester 1987 Video Game Japan Arcade
Ninja-Kid II 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Oids 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Pac-Mania 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Psycho Soldier 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Quarterback 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
R-Type July, 1987 Video Game Japan Arcade
R.B.I. Baseball 1987 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Rack 'Em Up 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Rad Racer August 7, 1987 Video Game Japan Famicom
Rad Racer 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Rastan 1987 Video Game Japan Arcade
Real Sports Boxing 1987 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Ring King September, 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
RoadBlasters 1987 Video Game North America Arcade
Rygar April 14, 1987 Video Game Japan Famicom
Rygar 1987 Video Game North America Commodore 64, Nintendo Entertainment System
Sea Hunt 1987 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Section Z May 25, 1987 Video Game Japan Family Computer Disk System
Section Z July 1, 1987 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Shadowgate 1987 Video Game North America macOS
Shanghai October 30, 1987 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Skate Boardin' 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Sky Fox 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Sky Kid September, 1987 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Slam Dunk: Super Pro Basketball 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Space Harrier 1987 Video Game Europe Mark III, Master System, Commodore 64
Space Harrier March, 1987 Video Game Japan PC-6001, PC-6601
Space Quest II: Vohaul's Revenge November 14, 1987 Video Game International Microsoft Windows
Spiker: Super Pro Volleyball 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Spy Hunter II 1987 Video Game International Arcade
Street Fighter 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Summer Games 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Super Hang-On 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Super Mario Bros. 1987 Video Game Australia Nintendo Entertainment System
Super Mario Bros. May 15, 1987 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
Super Pro Decathlon 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Super Pro Football 1987 Video Game North America Intellivision
Superman (NES) December 22, 1987 Video Game Japan Family Computer
Tecmo Bowl 1987 Video Game North America Arcade
The Goonies 2 March 18, 1987 Video Game Japan Family Computer
The Goonies 2 November, 1987 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
The Goonies II March 18, 1987 Video Game Japan Famicom Disk System
The Goonies II 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
The Hunt for Red October (1987) 1987 Video Game North America Atari ST, Amiga, Amstrad PC1512, Amstrad CPC, Mac OS, ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64
The Karate Kid November, 1987 Video Game International Nintendo Entertainment System
The Legend of Kage 1987 Video Game Europe Amstrad CPC
The Legend of Kage 1987 Video Game North America Commodore 64
The Legend of Zelda November 27, 1987 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
The Legend of Zelda August 22, 1987 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
The Magic of Scheherazade September 3, 1987 Video Game Japan Family Computer
The Three Stooges 1987 Video Game North America Undefined
Thunder Blade 1987 Video Game North America Undefined
Tiger-Heli 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Title Match Pro Wrestling 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Triple Challenge 1987 Video Game North America Intellivision
Trojan February, 1987 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System, DOS
Twin Cobra 1987 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Victory Run December 28, 1987 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Volleyball November 15, 1987 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
Volleyball March, 1987 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Volleyball (1987) March, 1987 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Winter Games 1987 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord December 31, 1987 Video Game Japan MSX-2
Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord December 31, 1987 Video Game North America Commodore 64
Wizards & Warriors December, 1987 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Wonder Momo 1987 Video Game Japan Arcade
Wrecking Crew October 15, 1987 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
Xenophobe 1987 Video Game North America Arcade
Xybots 1987 Video Game International Arcade
Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished June 21, 1987 Video Game Japan PC-8801
Yume Koujou Doki Doki Panic July 10, 1987 Video Game Japan Famicom
Zanac October, 1987 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link January 14, 1987 Video Game Japan Famicom Disk System

Hardware releases[edit | edit source]

Name Release Date Category Region(s)
Atari XE Game System 1987 Console North America
Master System 1987 Home Console Australia
Master System 1987 Home Console Brazil
Master System September, 1987 Home Console Europe
Master System 1987 Home Console South Korea
Nintendo Entertainment System 1987 Home Console Australia
PC-Engine October 30, 1987 Home Console Japan
PC-Engine Controller October 30, 1987 Controller Japan