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1989 in video gaming

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Events[edit | edit source]

Hardware[edit | edit source]

Business[edit | edit source]

  • Hasbro, Inc. acquires elements of Coleco Industries, Inc.
  • Trinity Acquisition Corporation founded (renamed THQ in 1990)
  • Nintendo of America, Inc. vs. Tengen
    • Nintendo sues Tengen over the Tetris video game copyrights. Tengen loses and recalls all its Tetris games.
    • November - Nintendo sues Tengen over production of unlicensed Nintendo games. Tengen loses. (Tengen originally sued Nintendo on December 12, 1988 for antitrust violations.)
  • Nintendo v. Camerica Ltd. Nintendo sues Camerica over patent violations related to the Game Genie for the NES console. Camerica wins the suit.
  • Nintendo in business for 100 years.

Video game releases[edit | edit source]

Name Release Date Category Region(s) Platform(s)
1943: The Battle of Midway June 20, 1989 Video Game Japan Famicom
720° 1989 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia 1989 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Nightmare on Elm Street October, 1989 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System, DOS
A-10 Tank Killer 1989 Video Game International Amiga, DOS
Abadox: The Deadly Inner War December 15, 1989 Video Game Japan Family Computer
Act-Fancer: Cybernetick Hyper Weapon May, 1989 Video Game Japan Arcade
Action Fighter 1989 Video Game Europe Atari ST
Action Fighter 1989 Video Game United Kingdom Amiga, Atari ST
Action Fighter 1989 Video Game United Kingdom Amstrad CPC
Adventures of Dino Riki September, 1989 Video Game North America NES
Adventures of Lolo April, 1989 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Adventures of Tom Sawyer 1989 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Adventures of Tom Sawyer February 6, 1989 Video Game Japan Famicom
After Burner 1989 Video Game International MS-DOS
After Burner 1989 Video Game Europe Amiga
After Burner 1989 Video Game North America NES, Amiga
After Burner March 30, 1989 Video Game Japan Famicom
After Burner April 26, 1989 Video Game Japan Sharp X68000
After Burner 1989 Video Game Japan FM Towns
Air Fortress 1989 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
Air Fortress September, 1989 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Al Unser Jr.'s Turbo Racing January 31, 1989 Video Game Japan Famicom
Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle 1989 Video Game North America Genesis
Alien Crush 1989 Video Game North America TurboGrafx-16
Alien Syndrome 1989 Video Game North America Microsoft Windows
Alien Syndrome 1989 Video Game Japan ZX Spectrum
All American Football 1989 Video Game North America Arcade
All-Pro Basketball December, 1989 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
All-Pro Basketball July 21, 1989 Video Game Japan Famicom
Altered Beast 1989 Video Game Europe Atari ST, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, Master System
Altered Beast 1989 Video Game North America Amiga, Commodore 64, Genesis, Master System
Altered Beast September 22, 1989 Video Game North America TurboGrafx-16
Altered Beast September 22, 1989 Video Game North America TurboGrafx CD
Altered Beast 1989 Video Game South Africa Master System
Amagon April, 1989 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
AmeriDarts 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Anticipation October 25, 1989 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
Archon 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Artist Tool September 29, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Baby Boomer 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Bad News Baseball December 15, 1989 Video Game Japan Family Computer
Bad Street Brawler August, 1989 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Bari Bari Densetsu November 29, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Batman Returns 1989 Video Game Europe Master System
Batman: The Video Game 1989 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Batman: The Video Game December 22, 1989 Video Game Japan Family Computer
Battle Shark July 19, 1989 Video Game International Arcade
Benkei Gaiden July 22, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Blast Off 1989 Video Game Japan Arcade
Blazing Lazers 1989 Video Game North America TurboGrafx 16
Blazing Lazers July 7, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Bloody Wolf September 1, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Blue Lightning 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
BMX Airmaster 1989 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Bomberman January, 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Bonk's Adventure December 16, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Break In August 10, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Bubble Bobble 1989 Video Game North America Commodore 64, Microsoft Windows
Bullfight Ring no Hasha December 8, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Burning Force 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
California Games 1989 Video Game North America Master System
Cameltry 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Captain Comic 1989 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Castlequest September, 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse December 22, 1989 Video Game Japan Famicom
Castlevania: The Adventure December 15, 1989 Video Game North America Game Boy
Castlevania: The Adventure October 27, 1989 Video Game Japan Game Boy
Chase H.Q. 1989 Video Game North America ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, Amiga, Atari ST, Nintendo Entertainment System
China Warrior 1989 Video Game North America TurboGrafx 16
Clash at Demonhead January 27, 1989 Video Game Japan Famicom
Cobra: Kokuryuoh no Densetsu March 4, 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Conflict December 1, 1989 Video Game Japan Family Computer
Cower, Hounds! 1989 Video Game Japan Arcade
Crack Down 1989 Video Game North America Arcade
Cratermaze October 31, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Crystal Mines 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Cyber Cross June 23, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Daichikun Crisis November 22, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Dead Moon February 22, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Death Bringer 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Deep Blue 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Deep Blue March 31, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Defender of the Crown 1989 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Desert Commander June, 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Digital Champ: Battle Boxing October 13, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Dominator 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Don Doko Don 1989 Video Game North America Arcade
Donkey Kong Classics August 10, 1989 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
Double Dragon July 23, 1989 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Double Dragon 1989 Video Game North America Atari 7800
Double Dribble December 13, 1989 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
Double Dungeons 1989 Video Game North America TurboGrafx 16
Double Dungeons September 29, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde April, 1989 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Dragon Quest August, 1989 Video Game North America NES
Dragon Spirit 1989 Video Game North America TurboGrafx-16
Dragon Spirit April 14, 1989 Video Game Japan Family Computer
Drakkhen 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Dungeon Explorer 1989 Video Game North America TurboGrafx 16
Dungeon Explorer March 4, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Escape from the Planet of the Robot Monsters 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
ESWAT Cyber Police September, 1989 Video Game Japan Arcade
Evert & Lendl Top Players' Tennis October 13, 1989 Video Game Japan Family Computer
F-1 Dream August 25, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
F-1 Pilot March 23, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
F1 Triple Battle December 23, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Famista '89 July 29, 1989 Video Game Japan Family Computer
Fantasy Zone 1989 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System, Sharp X68000
Faxanadu November 16, 1989 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Fester's Quest 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Fire Pro Wrestling 2nd Bout June 22, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Fire Pro Wrestling Combination Tag June 22, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Flipull 1989 Video Game North America Arcade
Four Trax 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Fun School 2 for 6 to 8 Year Olds 1989 Video Game United Kingdom Acorn Electron, BBC Micro, ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Amiga, MS-DOS
Fun School 2 for Over-8s 1989 Video Game United Kingdom Acorn Electron, BBC Micro, ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Amiga, MS-DOS
Fun School 2 for Under-6s 1989 Video Game United Kingdom Acorn Electron, BBC Micro, ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Amiga, MS-DOS
Galaga '88 1989 Video Game North America TurboGrafx 16
Ganbare! Golf Boys March 28, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Garfield: A Week of Garfield April 7, 1989 Video Game Japan Family Computer
Godzilla: Monster of Monsters! October, 1989 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Golden Axe December 22, 1989 Video Game North America Arcade, Genesis
Golden Axe December 22, 1989 Video Game Japan Arcade, Mega Drive
Golf (1985) November 28, 1989 Video Game Japan Game Boy
Hanii Inza Sukai March 1, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Hoops 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Hydlide 1989 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Ikari Warriors 1989 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Insector X August, 1989 Video Game United States Arcade
James Bond 007: Licence to Kill 1989 Video Game International Commodore 64, Commodore 128, Amiga, ZX Spectrum, MSX, DOS
Jinmu Denshou Yaksa June 28, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Kaizou Chounin Shubibinman March 18, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Keith Courage in Alpha Zones 1989 Video Game North America TurboGrafx-16
King's Knight 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Knight Rider Special July 22, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Kore ga Pro Yakyuu '89 December 8, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Legendary Axe 1989 Video Game North America TurboGrafx 16
Little Ninja Brothers 1989 Video Game Japan Family Computer
Mahjong Gakuen November 24, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Maison Ikkoku August 4, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Makai Hakkenden Shada April 1, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Mashou Denki La Valeur December, 1989 Video Game Japan NEC PC-8801
Master Chu And The Drunkard Hu 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Mega Man 2 1989 Video Game North America Undefined
Mig 29 Soviet Fighter 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Military Madness 1989 Video Game North America TurboGrafx 16
Military Madness February 9, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Monster Party June, 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Mother July 27, 1989 Video Game Japan Famicom
Moto Roader 1989 Video Game North America TurboGrafx-16
Mr. Heli no Daibouken December 1, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Naxat Open May 30, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
NBA Live 99 October 31, 1989 Video Game North America PlayStation, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 64
Neutopia November 17, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
NFL Football 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Ninja Warriors June 30, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Off the Wall 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Oliver & Company 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Ordyne September 8, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Out Live March 17, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
P-47 March 20, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Pete Rose Baseball 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Pipe Mania 1989 Video Game International Amiga, Atari ST, MS-DOS
Plotting December 15, 1989 Video Game Japan Famicom
Populous June 5, 1989 Video Game North America PC-Engine
Power Drift 1989 Video Game Europe Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum
Power Drift 1989 Video Game North America Commodore 64
Power Golf 1989 Video Game North America TurboGrafx 16
Power Golf May 25, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Power League II August 18, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Prince of Persia 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Q*Bert 1989 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy
Quarth November, 1989 Video Game International Arcade
R-Type 1989 Video Game North America TurboGrafx 16
R-Type II December, 1989 Video Game Japan Arcade
Racing Hero 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Radar Lock 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Rambo III 1989 Video Game United States Amiga
Rambo III 1989 Video Game United Kingdom Amiga
Rampage 1989 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Road Runner 1989 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Rock On August 25, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Rocket Ranger 1989 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Secret Quest 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Shadowgate 1989 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Shinobi December 8, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Shiryou Sensen March 24, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
SimCity 1989 Video Game North America DOS, Mac OS, Super Nintendo Entertainment System
SonSon II January 14, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Space Harrier 1989 Video Game Europe Amiga
Space Harrier 1989 Video Game North America Amiga
Space Harrier January 6, 1989 Video Game Japan Family Computer
Spider-Man and Captain America in Doctor Doom's Revenge 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Splatterhouse 1989 Video Game North America Arcade
Stealth ATF October, 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Strider July, 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Strider Hiryū March, 1989 Video Game Japan Arcade
Super Dodge Ball June, 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Super Mario Bros. 2 April 28, 1989 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
Super Mario Bros. 2 May 4, 1989 Video Game Australia Nintendo Entertainment System
Super Mario Land August 1, 1989 Video Game North America Game Boy
Super Mario Land April 21, 1989 Video Game Japan Game Boy
Super Momotaro Dentetsu September 15, 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Super Thunder Blade August 14, 1989 Video Game North America Mega Drive
Susano-O Densetsu April 27, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Tagin Dragon 1989 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Takeda Shingen July 28, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Takin' It to the Hoop December 1, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Tatsu No Ko Fighter October 20, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Tecmo Baseball January, 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Tecmo Bowl February, 1989 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles June, 1989 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Tengai Makyou Ziria June 30, 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Tetris (Nintendo) August, 1989 Video Game North America GB
Tetris (Nintendo) November, 1989 Video Game North America NES
Tetris (Tengen) 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Tetris: The Soviet Mind Game May, 1989 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
The Astyanax 1989 Video Game International Arcade
The Astyanax 1989 Video Game Europe Nintendo Entertainment System
The Astyanax December 21, 1989 Video Game Japan Family Computer
The Black Bass 1989 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
The Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle July, 1989 Video Game North America NES
The Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle February 16, 1989 Video Game Japan Famicom
The Chessmaster 1989 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
The Duel: Test Drive II 1989 Video Game International Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Genesis, Mega Drive, ZX Spectrum
The Final Fantasy Legend December 15, 1989 Video Game Japan Game Boy
The Guardian Legend April, 1989 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
The Hunt for Red October (1987) 1989 Video Game North America Apple IIGS
The Uncanny X-Men 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
To the Earth November, 1989 Video Game North America NES
Tsuru Teruto no Jissen Kabushiki Bi-Game November 10, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Twin Eagle October, 1989 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Twin Hawk 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
U.N. Squadron August, 1989 Video Game North America Arcade
U.S. Championship V'Ball November 10, 1989 Video Game Japan Famicom
Ultima III: Exodus February, 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Vapor Trail: Hyper Offence Formation 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Victory Run 1989 Video Game North America TurboGrafx 16
Vigilante January 14, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Volfied December 27, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Wai Wai Mahjong June 19, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Wheel of Fortune: Junior Edition 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? 1989 Video Game North America Apple II
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? September, 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Willow December, 1989 Video Game North America Nintendo Entertainment System
Winning Shot March 3, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap 1989 Video Game North America Master System
Wonder Momo April 21, 1989 Video Game Japan PC Engine
World Class Baseball 1989 Video Game North America TurboGrafx 16
WWF WrestleMania 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined
X-Men: Madness in Murderworld 1989 Video Game North America Undefined
Xak: The Art of Visual Stage June, 1989 Video Game International NEC PC-8801, NEC PC-9801
Xak: The Art of Visual Stage November, 1989 Video Game Japan MSX2
Xevious June 29, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Ys I & II December 21, 1989 Video Game Japan PC-Engine
Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished 1989 Video Game North America MS-DOS, Apple IIGS
Zero Wing 1989 Video Game Undefined Undefined

Hardware releases[edit | edit source]

Name Release Date Category Region(s)
Game Boy August, 1989 Handheld United States
Game Boy April 21, 1989 Handheld Japan
Genesis August 14, 1989 Home Console North America
Genesis Controller August 14, 1989 Controller North America
Lynx 1989 Handheld North America
PC-Engine 1989 Home Console Asia
PC-Engine CD-ROM² 1989 Peripheral Asia
TurboGrafx-16 August 29, 1989 Home Console North America