Video Games 1987: Intro
Video Games 1987: Nintendo continues to dominate the home console market. Despite offering more powerful hardware, Master System is nowhere near with the game library. Put on your leisure suit and land on a carry, 1987 is here.
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Events of 1987
Nintendo sues Blockbuster for photocopying complete NES manuals for its rental games. Nintendo wins the suit, and Blockbuster includes original manuals with its rentals. Watch video to know more about it
Hardware of 1987
IBM launches the PS/2 line of computers which introduces VGA graphics and 3.5 inch floppy drives to PCs. Sega Master System was released in Europe and Japan. NEC releases the PC-Engine console in Japan. Commodore releases the lower-cost Amiga 500 which became a significant gaming machine, particularly in Europe, and becomes the best-selling model. Atari Corporation however releases the XE Game System, or Atari XEGS, a repackaged 65XE computer which is the last in the Atari 8-bit family.
AdLib sets a new standard for PC audio with its Yamaha YM3812-based sound card. Namco develops the Namco System 1 arcade system board, followed later in the year by the Namco System 2.
Games of 1987
Computer Video Games 1987
Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards adventure is released by Sierra Entertainment. Konami releases Metal Gear for the MSX2 home computer platform in Japan and Europe. LucasArts releases Maniac Mansion, the first game to use the SCUMM engine, innovating the point-and-click interface for the adventure game genre.
Sierra On-Line releases Space Quest II: Vohaul’s Revenge, the second game in the Space Quest series.
Arcade Video Games 1987
Konami releases Contra. Capcom releases Street Fighter, the first game of the series. Taito releases Rastan and Operation Wolf. Namco releases Wonder Momo, which is their last 8-bit game, Yokai Dochuki, which is their first 16-bit game, Dragon Spirit, Blazer, Quester, Pac-Mania, Galaga ’88 and Final Lap. Atari Games releases RoadBlasters, Xybots, and APB. Technos Japan Corp. releases the Double Dragon arcade game, which is distributed internationally by the Taito Corporation.
Console Video Games 1987
Nintendo releases The Legend of Zelda in America and Europe, a year after being available in Japan. Nintendo also releases Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, however it was released for the Famicom Disk System in Japan only. The game would go unreleased in America for nearly two years afterwards. Konami releases Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest, It is the second Castlevania title released for the NES, following the original Castlevania. Nintendo releases Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out for NES/Famicom.
Capcom releases the first Mega Man game in the long-standing series for the NES/Famicom. Square’s Hironobu Sakaguchi releases Final Fantasy for the Famicom in Japan. This was originally intended to be the company’s last game, since it was facing bankruptcy, but the game’s major success allowed them to turn it into a prolific series ironically titled Final Fantasy. It was released in the U.S.A. 3 years later. Sega releases Phantasy Star on the Master System, featuring a female protagonist.
- point-and-click interface for the adventure game genre
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