Computer Video Games 1986
Commodore releases Mind Walker for the Amiga. It keeps running, unmodified, on all versions of the Amiga hardware and OS. Electronic Arts releases open-ended space exploration adventure game Starflight, which goes on to sell a million copies. Sierra On-Line expands their “Quest” line with King’s Quest III: To Heir Is Human and Space Quest I: The Sarien Encounter. Activision releases Labyrinth: The Computer Game. Developed by Lucasfilm Games, this is the first of the LucasArts adventure games. New World Computing releases Might and Magic Book One: The Secret of the Inner Sanctum for the Apple II, the first installment in the Might and Magic series.
Arcade Video Games 1986
Namco releases Sky Kid Deluxe, their first game to use a Yamaha YM2151 FM sound chip. SNK releases Ikari Warriors, which shares many elements with Taito’s Front Line from 1982, but adds two-player simultaneous play and visuals closer to 1985’s Commando. It’s SNK’s breakthrough game in the US. Namco releases The Return of Ishtar, which is the sequel to The Tower of Druaga. Ten years after Atari’s Breakout, Taito releases Arkanoid, which adds power-ups and unique levels and generally reinvigorates the concept. Taito Corporation releases Bubble Bobble. Sega releases the Out Run racing game. Namco releases Genpei Tōma Den. Namco releases Rolling Thunder, distributed outside Japan by Atari Games.
Console Video Games 1986
Nintendo releases The Legend of Zelda (designed by Shigeru Miyamoto for the Family Computer Disk System), the first game in The Legend of Zelda series. Enix releases Dragon Quest for the Famicom, which is usually considered the foremost Japanese role-playing video game, and is the first game in a series that has been phenomenally successful in Japan. Nintendo releases Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels as the sequel to the Super Mario Bros. The game was not released in North America, partially because it was deemed too difficult.
Nintendo releases Metroid by Makoto Kano, the first in the Metroid series. Hudson Soft releases Adventure Island. Konami releases Akumajō Dracula for the Famicom Disk System, the first game in the Castlevania series. Nintendo releases Kid Icarus. Meanwhile, Sega releases Alex Kidd in Miracle World, It is the first game in the Alex Kidd series created for this character, and the most popular of all Alex Kidd games. Alex Kidd