1988 in video gaming

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Console Hardware Releases[edit | edit source]

Game Releases[edit | edit source]

  • Namco releases World Stadium, Assault, which is the first game to use sprite scaling and massive sprite rotation, Assault Plus, Berabow Man, Marchen Maze, Bakutotsu Kijuutei, which is the sequel to Baraduke, Ordyne, Metal Hawk, World Court, Splatterhouse, which is the first game to get a parental advisory disclaimer, Mirai Ninja, Face Off and Phelios.
  • Electronic Arts releases John Madden Football for the Apple II, starting its highly successful line of American football games. It is also the first major football game to feature full 11-man teams.
  • Capcom releases Mega Man 2 in Japan, the highest-selling installment to date (August 2006) in the entire Mega Man franchise with a total of 1.5 million copies sold. It was honored in Nintendo Power's Top 200 Nintendo Games Ever list, coming in at number 33. As well, it is considered by many fans as the best game in the Classic series.
  • Pool of Radiance (SSI), the first of the "Gold Box" games, the first computer RPG based on Advanced Dungeons & Dragons.
  • Origin Systems releases Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny. This was the first game in the Ultima series to implement a time-of-day system with day/night cycles and daily schedules for non-player characters.
  • Altered Beast (SEGA, arcade), later ported to the Mega Drive/Genesis where it was packaged with the console in North America and Europe.
  • SEGA releases Phantasy Star for the Master System, the first in the company's most successful series of RPGs.
  • Nintendo releases Super Mario Bros. 3 for the Famicom in Japan.

Key Events[edit | edit source]

Video game releases[edit | edit source]

Name Release Date Category Region(s) Platform(s)
1943: The Battle of Midway October, 1988 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
32 in 1 Game Cartridge 1988 Bundle Europe Atari 2600
Action Fighter 1988 Video Game United Kingdom Amiga
Advanced Dungeons and Dragons: Heroes of the Lance 1988 Video Game North America DOS
After Burner 1988 Video Game International Master System
After Burner 1988 Video Game Europe Commodore 64
After Burner 1988 Video Game North America Commodore 64
Ai Sensei no Oshiete: Watashi no Hoshi March 26, 1988 Video Game Japan Famicom
Aighina no Yogen: From the Legend of Balubalouk 1988 Video Game Europe Commodore 64
Aighina no Yogen: From the Legend of Balubalouk 1988 Video Game North America Commodore 64
Akira December 24, 1988 Video Game Japan Famicom
Alien Crush September 14, 1988 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Alien Fires: 2199 AD 1988 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Alien Syndrome 1988 Video Game Europe Atari ST, CPC, MSX, Master System
Alien Syndrome 1988 Video Game North America Amiga, Commodore 64, Master System, NES
Alien Syndrome December 2, 1988 Video Game Japan Famicom
Altered Beast 1988 Video Game Europe MSX, ZX Spectrum
Altered Beast 1988 Video Game North America Arcade
Altered Beast 1988 Video Game Japan Arcade
Altered Beast 1988 Video Game Japan Mega Drive
Amagon December 2, 1988 Video Game Japan Famicom
Anticipation 1988 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Appare! Gateball December 22, 1988 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Area 51: Site 4 1988 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Armed Formation F 1988 Video Game North America Arcade
Assault (1988) April, 1988 Video Game Japan Arcade
Athletic World June 15, 1988 Video Game Europe NES
Batman: The Caped Crusader 1988 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Bionic Commando December, 1988 Video Game North America NES
Bionic Commando 1988 Video Game Australia NES
Bionic Commando July 20, 1988 Video Game Japan Famicom
Birdie Try 1988 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Blades of Steel July 22, 1988 Video Game Japan Famicom
Blaster Master 1988 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Blaster Master June 17, 1988 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Bloody Wolf 1988 Video Game Japan Arcade
Bubble Bobble November, 1988 Video Game North America NES
Bubble Bobble July 2, 1988 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Bump 'n' Jump December, 1988 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
California Games 1988 Video Game Europe Amiga, Master System
California Games 1988 Video Game North America Atari 2600, NES
Castlevania December 19, 1988 Video Game Europe NES
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest December 1, 1988 Video Game North America NES
Chopper I 1988 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Contra 1988 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Contra February 9, 1988 Video Game Japan Family Computer
Crime Buster 1988 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Crossbow (1983) 1988 Video Game North America Atari 2600, Atari 7800, Atari 8-bit
Donkey Kong 1988 Video Game International Atari 7800
Donkey Kong April 8, 1988 Video Game Japan Family Computer Disk System
Donkey Kong Jr. 1988 Video Game North America Atari 7800
Donkey Kong Jr. July 19, 1988 Video Game Japan Famicom Disk System
Double Dragon June, 1988 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Double Dragon April 8, 1988 Video Game Japan Famicom
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde April 8, 1988 Video Game Japan Family Computer
Dragon Spirit December 16, 1988 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Dynamite Dux 1988 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Fantasy Zone 1988 Video Game North America TurboGrafx-16
Final Blow 1988 Video Game International Undefined
Final Fantasy II December 17, 1988 Video Game Japan Family Computer
Fire Bam February 1, 1988 Video Game Japan Famicom Disk System
First Queen 1988 Video Game Japan NEC PC-9801, Sharp X68000
Friday the 13th April, 1988 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Galaga '88 July 15, 1988 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Ghostbusters 1988 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Godzilla: Monster of Monsters! December 9, 1988 Video Game Japan NES
Gradius November 30, 1988 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
Gun.Smoke December 23, 1988 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Gun.Smoke February, 1988 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Gun.Smoke January 27, 1988 Video Game Japan Famicom Disk System
Ikari Warriors II: Victory Road April, 1988 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Ikari Warriors II: Victory Road April 16, 1988 Video Game Japan Undefined
John Madden Football (1988) 1988 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Karate Champ July 22, 1988 Video Game Japan Famicom
Keith Courage in Alpha Zones August 30, 1988 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Kid Kool 1988 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Kung Fu Heroes March, 1988 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Last Duel 1988 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Legendary Axe September 23, 1988 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Legendary Wings July, 1988 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Leisure Suit Larry Goes Looking for Love (In Several Wrong Places) 1988 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Life and Death 1988 Video Game North America DOS
Maniac Mansion September 13, 1988 Video Game Japan Famicom
Mega Man 2 1988 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Metal Gear June, 1988 Video Game North America NES
Metal Hawk 1988 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Metroid January 15, 1988 Video Game Europe NES
Missing in Action November 14, 1988 Video Game International Arcade
Netrek 1988 Video Game International Windows
Ninja Gaiden December 9, 1988 Video Game Japan Famicom
Ninja Spirit 1988 Video Game Japan Arcade
Parodius April 28, 1988 Video Game Japan MSX
Power Drift August, 1988 Video Game Japan Arcade
Pro Yakyuu World Stadium May 20, 1988 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
R-Type March 25, 1988 Video Game Japan PC-Engine (Part 1)
R-Type June 3, 1988 Video Game Japan PC-Engine (Part 2)
R.C. Pro-Am April 15, 1988 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
R.C. Pro-Am February, 1988 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Rad Racer January 15, 1988 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
Rally Bike 1988 Video Game International Arcade
Rambo III 1988 Video Game Europe Commodore 64
Rygar 1988 Video Game Japan Master System
Saint Seiya: Ougon Densetsu Kanketsu Hen May 30, 1988 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Samurai Sword November 15, 1988 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Sengoku Mahjong July 8, 1988 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Snatcher November 13, 1988 Video Game Japan NES PC-8801
Snatcher December 13, 1988 Video Game Japan MSX2
Space Harrier 1988 Video Game Europe Atari ST
Space Harrier 1988 Video Game North America Atari ST
Space Harrier July 25, 1988 Video Game Japan PC-8801
Space Harrier October 14, 1988 Video Game Japan PC Engine, TurboGrafx-16
Splatterhouse 1988 Video Game Japan Arcade
Super Baseball 1988 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Super Dodge Ball July 26, 1988 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Super Mario Bros. 2 October 9, 1988 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Super Thunder Blade October 29, 1988 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Syvalion 1988 Video Game Undefined Undefined
The Black Bass October 18, 1988 Video Game Japan Famicom
The Guardian Legend February 5, 1988 Video Game Japan Family Computer
The Last Ninja 2: Back with a Vengeance 1988 Video Game North America Undefined
The Main Event 1988 Video Game Undefined Undefined
The New Zealand Story 1988 Video Game North America Undefined
Thunder Cross 1988 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Toobin' 1988 Video Game Undefined Undefined
U.S. Championship V'Ball October, 1988 Video Game North America Arcade
Universal Chaos 1988 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Vigilante February, 1988 Video Game Japan Arcade
Vindicators 1988 Video Game North America Arcade
Wild Gunman February 15, 1988 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
World Class Baseball June 24, 1988 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
World Court 1988 Video Game Japan Arcade
Xevious 1988 Video Game North America NES
Xexyz August 26, 1988 Video Game Japan Famicom
Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished 1988 Video Game Europe Genesis
Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished 1988 Video Game North America Genesis
Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished August 26, 1988 Video Game Japan Famicom
Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished October 15, 1988 Video Game Japan Genesis
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link September 26, 1988 Video Game Europe NES
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link December 1, 1988 Video Game North America NES

Hardware releases[edit | edit source]

Name Release Date Category Region(s)
Family Computer Network System September, 1988 Peripheral Japan
Mega Drive October 29, 1988 Home Console Japan
Mega Drive Controller October 29, 1988 Controller Japan
PC-Engine CD-ROM² December 4, 1988 Peripheral Japan