ⓘ 1988 in video gaming

                                     

ⓘ 1988 in video gaming

1988 saw many sequels and prequels in video games and several new titles such as Super Contra, Super Mario Bros 2, Assault, Altered Beast, Mega Man 2, Double Dragon II: The Revenge,and Super Mario Bros 3

                                     

1. Events

  • Out Run wins Game of the Year at the Golden Joystick Awards, for the year 1987.
  • July - Nintendo releases the first issue of Nintendo Power magazine.
  • June - Nintendo releases the last issue #7 of Nintendo Fun Club News.
                                     

2. Business

  • Nintendo vs. Camerica lawsuit: Nintendo sues Camerica over the clone production of an Advantage joystick controller for the NES console.
  • Activision renamed to Mediagenic.
  • New companies: Eurocom, Image Works, Koeo, Stormfront, Visual Concepts, Walt Disney Computer Software
  • Defunct: Aackosoft, Coleco, Sente, Spectravideo
                                     

3.1. Notable releases Arcade

  • Williams releases the violent, drug-themed NARC, beginning a run of major hits for the company.
  • December, Technōs Japan releases Double Dragon II: The Revenge, the first sequel to Double Dragon, released during the previous year.
  • December, Namco releases Winning Run, the first polygonal 3D arcade racing game.
  • April, Namco releases Assault, which may be the first game to use hardware rotation of sprites and the background.
  • Atari Games releases an official arcade version of Tetris as well as Cyberball and Toobin.
  • Namco releases World Stadium, 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.
  • August, Sega releases Altered Beast, later ported to the Mega Drive/Genesis where it was packaged with the console in North America and Europe.
  • December, Capcom releases Ghouls n Ghosts, the sequel to Ghosts n Goblins.


                                     

3.2. Notable releases Home

  • January 2, Electronic Arts releases Wasteland video game
  • September 1, Nintendo revamps Doki Panic and releases it as Super Mario Bros. 2, for the Nintendo Entertainment System in America and the PAL region. Birdo made her debut in this game and released in Japan as Super Mario USA in 1992.
  • Pool of Radiance the first of the SSI Gold Box games is released, the first computer RPG officially based on Advanced Dungeons & Dragons.
  • January 5, shareware game The Adventures of Captain Comic is one of the first NES-style scrolling platformers for the PC, setting the stage for a subsequent shareware platformer boom.
  • December 17, Square Co. releases Final Fantasy II for the Famicom Disk System as the second installment of the Final Fantasy series.
  • AMC Verlag releases Herbert for the Atari 8-bit family.
  • July 20, Capcom releases Bionic Commando, for NES/Famicom based on the 1987 arcade game of the same title.
  • January 8, Konami releases Super Contra.
  • Electronic Arts releases John Madden Football for the Apple II, starting its highly successful line of American football games.
  • December 24, Capcom releases Mega Man 2 in Japan, eventually becoming the highest-selling installment of the entire Mega Man franchise with a total of 1.5 million copies sold.
  • January 14, 1988 Konami Releases Konami Wai World the first ever crossover game features cast of all star characters from various video game franchises & non-video game properties such as characters from blockbuster movies.
  • Pioneer Plague makes use of the Amigas 4096 color Hold-And-Modify mode, something not thought possible for animated games.
  • October 5, Origin Systems releases Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny, which includes a time-of-day system and daily schedules for non-player characters.
  • August, Treasure Island Dizzy is released by Codemasters.
  • March 1988, R.C. Pro-Am is released and becomes a hit for the NES, drawing attention to UK developer Rare.
  • Superior Software release Exile on the Acorn Electron and BBC Micro. A complex arcade adventure, it is the first with a full physics engine.
  • January 29, the first commercial versions of Tetris are released.
  • December 9, Tecmo releases Ninja Gaiden for the NES/Famicom.
  • October 23, Nintendo releases Super Mario Bros. 3 for the Famicom in Japan. First appearance of the Koopalings.
  • Interplays animated chess program Battle Chess is released for the Amiga, then widely ported.
  • December 1, Nintendo releases Zelda II: The Adventure of Link in America. The game had been released nearly two years earlier in Japan on the Famicom Disk System, before America even saw the first The Legend of Zelda.
  • Sega releases Phantasy Star outside Japan for the Sega Master System, the first in the companys most successful series of role-playing video games.
  • February 10, Enix releases Dragon Quest III.
                                     

3.3. Notable releases Hardware

  • October 29 - Sega Mega Drive released in Japan.
  • Namco releases the Namco System 21, the first arcade system board specifically designed for 3D polygon graphics.
  • Nintendo buys the rights to Bandais Family Trainer and re-releases it as the Power Pad.