Video Games 1988: In July, Nintendo releases the first issue of Nintendo Power magazine. New companies like Eurocom, Image Works, Koeo, Stormfront, Visual Concepts, Walt Disney Computer Software were formed. In October, Sega Mega Drive was released in Japan.
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Hardware of 1988
Namco releases the Namco System 21, the first arcade system board specifically designed for 3D polygon graphics. Nintendo buys the rights to Bandai’s Family Trainer and re-releases it as the Power Pad. Sega Mega Drive was released in Japan. Read more about Sega here: History of Sega
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The Super Nintendo Entertainment System is a 16-bit home video game console developed by Nintendo. It was released in 1990 in Japan and South Korea, 1991 in North America, 1992 in Europe and Australasia (Oceania), and 1993 in South America.
Video Games of 1988
Arcade Games of 1988
Namco releases Assault, which may be the first game to use hardware rotation of sprites and the background. Namco also releases Winning Run, the first polygonal 3D arcade racing game. Splatterhouse by Namco is the first game to get a parental advisory disclaimer. Sega releases infamous Altered Beast which was later ported to the Mega Drive/Genesis. Capcom releases Ghouls ‘n Ghosts, the sequel to Ghosts ‘n Goblins. Also, Technōs Japan releases Double Dragon II: The Revenge, the first sequel to Double Dragon.
Williams releases the violent, drug-themed NARC, beginning a run of major hits for the company. And if that was not enough, Namco also releases World Stadium, Berabow Man, Marchen Maze, Bakutotsu Kijuutei, Ordyne, Metal Hawk, World Court, Mirai Ninja, Face Off and Phelios.
Console Games of 1988
Nintendo revamps Doki Doki Panic and releases it as Super Mario Bros. 2 for the Nintendo Entertainment System in America and the PAL region. Nintendo also releases Super Mario Bros. 3 for the Famicom in Japan. For the Americans, Nintendo releases Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. The game had been released nearly two years earlier in Japan on the Famicom Disk System.
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The Nintendo Entertainment System is an 8-bit home video game console that was developed and manufactured by Nintendo. It was initially released in Japan as the Family Computer on July 15, 1983, and was later released in New York City in 1985, and throughout the U.S as well as in Europe and Australia during 1986 and 1987.
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Tecmo releases Ninja Gaiden for the NES/Famicom. Capcom releases Mega Man 2 in Japan, eventually becoming the highest-selling installment of the entire Mega Man franchise. Bionic Commando was released for NES/Famicom, also by Capcom.
Sega releases Phantasy Star outside Japan for the Sega Master System, the first in the company’s most successful series of role-playing video games.
Computer Games of 1988
Electronic Arts releases Wasteland. 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. 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.
Pool of Radiance the first of the SSI Gold Box games is released, the first computer RPG officially based on Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. Superior Software release Exile on the Acorn Electron and BBC Micro. A complex arcade adventure, it is the first with a full physics engine.
Electronic Arts releases John Madden Football for the Apple II, starting its highly successful line of American football games.
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The Sega Genesis, known as the Mega Drive in regions outside of North America, is a 16-bit home video game console developed and sold by Sega. The Genesis was Sega’s third console and the successor to the Master System. Sega released the console as the Mega Drive in Japan in 1988, followed by North America as the Genesis in 1989.