1987 in video gaming

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Console Hardware Releases[edit | edit source]

Game Releases[edit | edit source]

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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 September, 1987 Video Game North America NES
3-D WorldRunner March 12, 1987 Video Game Japan Famicom Disk System
Adventures of Dino Riki February 10, 1987 Video Game Japan Famicom
After Burner 1987 Video Game North America Arcade
After Burner December 12, 1987 Video Game Japan Master System
After Burner II 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Airball 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Ajax 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Alien Syndrome 1987 Video Game North America Arcade
Alien Syndrome 1987 Video Game Japan Master System
Anacreon: Reconstruction 4021 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Ark Area 1987 Video Game Japan Arcade
Arkanoid August, 1987 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Asteroids 1987 Video Game North America Atari 7800
Athena 1987 Video Game Europe Commodore 64
Athena 1987 Video Game North America Commodore 64
Athena 1987 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Athena June 5, 1987 Video Game Japan Famicom
Athletic World July, 1987 Video Game North America NES
Avengers February, 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Balloon Fight March 12, 1987 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
Battlantis 1987 Video Game North America Arcade
Beyond Zork: The Coconut of Quendor September 15, 1987 Video Game North America Release 47
Beyond Zork: The Coconut of Quendor September 17, 1987 Video Game North America Release 49
Beyond Zork: The Coconut of Quendor September 23, 1987 Video Game North America Release 51
Beyond Zork: The Coconut of Quendor December 21, 1987 Video Game North America Release 57
Bikkuriman World October 30, 1987 Video Game Japan PC Engine
Black Panther 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Blades of Steel 1987 Video Game International Arcade
Blades of Steel 1987 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Blazer 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Bubble Bobble 1987 Video Game Europe Amiga, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, ZX Spectrum
Bubble Bobble 1987 Video Game North America MSX2
Bubble Bobble October 30, 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Bug Hunt 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
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 NES
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest August 28, 1987 Video Game Japan Famicom
China Warrior November 21, 1987 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Chip Shot: Super Pro Golf 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Climber 5 1987 Video Game North America Atari 8-bit
Clu Clu Land February 15, 1987 Video Game Europe NES
Continental Circus 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Contra February 20, 1987 Video Game Japan Arcade
Cruise Missile 1987 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Deadly Towers September, 1987 Video Game North America 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 NES
Double Dragon July, 1987 Video Game North America Arcade
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 Famicom
Faxanadu November 17, 1987 Video Game Japan Famicom
Final Fantasy December 18, 1987 Video Game Japan Family Computer
Galaga '88 1987 Video Game North America Arcade
Gotcha! The Sport! November, 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Gradius January 1, 1987 Video Game Europe Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC
Gradius January 8, 1987 Video Game Europe ZX Spectrum
Gradius March 28, 1987 Video Game Japan Sharp X68000
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
J.J. & Jeff November 30, 1987 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Jaseikin Necromancer October 30, 1987 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Jikuu Yuuden Debias November 27, 1987 Video Game Japan Famicom
JJ December, 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Kid Icarus February 15, 1987 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
Kid Icarus July, 1987 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Kid Niki 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Kid Niki October 2, 1987 Video Game Japan Undefined
La Abadía del Crimen 1987 Video Game Spain Undefined
Les Chevaliers du Zodiaque: La Legende d'Or 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Les Chevaliers du Zodiaque: La Legende d'Or August 10, 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 NES
Namco Quester 1987 Video Game Japan Arcade
Ninja-Kid II 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Oids 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 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Rad Racer August 7, 1987 Video Game Japan Famicom
Rastan 1987 Video Game Japan Arcade
RoadBlasters 1987 Video Game North America Arcade
Rygar 1987 Video Game North America Commodore 64, NES
Rygar April 14, 1987 Video Game Japan Famicom
Shadowgate 1987 Video Game North America Mac OS
Skate Boardin' 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Sky Kid September, 1987 Video Game North America NES
Space Harrier 1987 Video Game Europe Mark III, Master System, Commodore 64
Space Harrier March, 1987 Video Game Japan PC-6001, PC-6601
Space Harrier September, 1987 Video Game Japan X68000
Space Harrier December, 1987 Video Game Japan FM77AC
Space Quest II: Vohaul's Revenge November 14, 1987 Video Game International Windows
Spy Hunter II 1987 Video Game International Arcade
Street Fighter 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Summer Games 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Super Mario Bros. May 15, 1987 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
Super Mario Bros. 1987 Video Game Australia Nintendo Entertainment System
Super Pro Decathlon 1987 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Tecmo Bowl 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 Kage August, 1987 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
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 Famicom
The Three Stooges 1987 Video Game North America Undefined
Thunder Blade 1987 Video Game North America Undefined
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 NES
Volleyball March, 1987 Video Game North America NES
Volleyball (1987) March, 1987 Video Game North America NES
Winter Games 1987 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Winter Games September, 1987 Video Game North America NES
Wonder Momo 1987 Video Game Japan Arcade
Wrecking Crew October 15, 1987 Video Game Europe NES
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
Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished June 26, 1987 Video Game Japan X1
Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished August 28, 1987 Video Game Japan PC-9801
Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished October 8, 1987 Video Game Japan FM-7
Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished December 10, 1987 Video Game Japan MSX2
Yume Koujou Doki Doki Panic July 10, 1987 Video Game Japan Famicom
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link January 14, 1987 Video Game Japan Famicom

Hardware releases[edit | edit source]

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