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1989 in video gaming
                                     

ⓘ 1989 in video gaming

1989 has seen many sequels and prequels in video games and several new titles such as Phantasy Star II, Golden Axe and Bonks Adventure, and Super Mario Land

                                     

1. Events

  • Universal Pictures releases The Wizard on December 15. The film, starring Fred Savage, features the games Contra, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Double Dragon, and Super Mario Bros. 3.
  • Game of the Year at the Golden Joystick Awards is won by Operation Wolf 8-bit and Speedball 16-bit.
  • CSG Imagesoft and Sony hold regional Super Dodge Ball contests in Los Angeles July 15–16 and 29–30, Chicago August 5–6, New York City September 9–10 and 16–17, Boston September 23–24, and Seattle October 14–15. Finalists from each region enter the "Super Dodge Ball World Cup" in Seattle on October 27–28, where the winners receive an assortment of Sony products as prizes.
  • The Consumer Electronics Show CES is held at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 7–10. Nintendo announces that it would release 40 new NES titles through its licensees in 1989, while Sega announces 20 titles that include several translations of arcade games. Peripherals unveiled and demonstrated at this event include Broderbunds U-Force, Beeshus Zoomer, and Nintendos Power Pad. The next CES is held in Chicago in June.
  • The Galaxy of Electronic Games show, produced by Pinnacle Productions, opens at the San Jose Convention Center in November 17–19. The show features a display of more than 300 computer and video games and a 2.500 square foot area of arcade games.
  • In August, Capcom donates $50.000 worth of video game equipment and Capcom titles to pediatric wards of California hospitals.
                                     

2.1. Notable releases Arcade

  • May, Sega releases Golden Axe, the first game in the Golden Axe series.
  • September, Atari Games releases S.T.U.N. Runner in arcades, a 3D polygonal vehicle combat/racing game.
  • February, Atari Games releases the Hard Drivin arcade game, with filled polygon 3D graphics, physics simulation, and a force-feedback steering wheel.
                                     

2.2. Notable releases Home

  • October 3, Broderbund releases Prince of Persia for the declining Apple II, having been in development since 1985. Ports to other systems turn the game into a hit.
  • Wes Cherry writes Solitaire and Robert Donner writes Minesweeper, which are bundled with Microsoft Windows starting from version 3.
  • July 27, Nintendo releases Mother in Japan, the first of a trilogy of role-playing games produced by celebrity writer Shigesato Itoi.
  • July 11, Capcom releases Mega Man 2 in more countries US.
  • October 3, Maxis releases Will Wrights SimCity, the first of the "Sim" games and a revolutionary real-time software toy.
  • Three-Sixty Pacific releases computer wargame Harpoon.
  • April 21, Nintendo releases Super Mario Land on the Game Boy, introducing Princess Daisy to the Mario series.
  • August, Nintendo of America introduces Enixs Dragon Warrior franchise to North America.
  • Tengen releases an unlicensed version of the Tetris video game, which is recalled after Nintendo sues Tengen.
  • June, Lucasfilm Games releases puzzle game Pipe Mania, which lives on in other titles as a visual representation of computer or security system hacking.
  • December 15, Hudson Soft releases Bonks Adventure, introducing the TurboGrafx-16 mascot and starting the Bonk franchise.
  • December 6, Strategic Studies Group releases Warlords which was one of the first fantasy turn-based strategy game.
  • September 14, Capcom releases DuckTales for NES based on the Disney animated TV series of the same name.
  • Psygnosis releases difficult platformer Shadow of the Beast, demonstrating the capabilities of the Amiga and helping sales of the computer.
  • December 15, Techno Soft releases Herzog Zwei for the Mega Drive in Japan, laying the foundations for the real-time strategy genre.
  • March 21, Sega releases Phantasy Star II, a landmark title for the role-playing video game genre.
  • August 26, Nintendo releases the Zelda Game & Watch.
  • Spectrum Holobytes Vette! for PC and Macintosh features a 3D flat-shaded rendition of San Francisco.
  • Sega releases Wonder Boy III: The Dragons Trap.
  • December 22, Konami releases Castlevania III: Draculas Curse, the third and final game from series for NES.
  • Atari Corporation supports the aging Atari 2600 with a new batch of cartridges, including Secret Quest.
  • May 12, Konami releases Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for NES, one of the first video games based on the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series, being released after the shows second season.
  • June 5, Bullfrog releases Populous, one of the first commercially successful god games.


                                     

2.3. Notable releases Hardware

  • October 14 - The Mega Drive is released in North America as the Sega Genesis.
  • Mattel releases the Power Glove controller for the NES home console.
  • August 29 - NECs PC-Engine released in North America as the TurboGrafx-16.
  • October 11 - Atari Corporation releases the Lynx handheld console with color and backlighting.
  • Nintendo releases the Game Boy handheld console.
                                     

2.4. Notable releases Business

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