Video Games 1988 – 80s Part X

Video Games of 1988

Finally, a real competition to Nintendo NES arrived – In October, Sega Mega Drive was released in Japan. We would see the full impact on following year, when it was released as Sega Genesis in the United States and another year later, in 1990 it was released in Europe.

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.

Grab your axe or machine gun, and put the glitter in the gate, 1988 is here.

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Games featured in this video:

Contra (Nintendo NES)
Ice Hockey (Nintendo NES)
Blaster Master (Nintendo NES)
Super Mario Bros. 2 (Nintendo NES)
Super Mario Bros. 3 (Famicom)
Narc (Arcade)
Nastar (Arcade)
Ghouls’n Ghosts (Arcade)
Altered Beast (Arcade)
Splatterhouse (Arcade)
War in Middle Earth (Amiga)
Obliterator (Amiga)
Wasteland (Home Computers)
Captain Blood (Atari ST)
Snatcher (MSX2 & PC-8801)
YS: Vanished Omen (Sega Master System)
Double Dragon (Sega Master System)
Miracle Warriors: Seal of the Dark Lord (Sega Master System)
Space Harrier II (Mega Drive)
Altered Beast (Mega Drive)
The Final Round (Arcade)
Ninja Spirit (Arcade)
Forgotten Worlds (Arcade)
Truxton (Arcade)
Ninja Gaiden (Arcade)
Batman: The Caped Crusader (Amiga)
Might and Magic II (PC DOS)
Rambo III (Amiga)
Bard’s Tale II (Amiga)
Manhunter: New York (Home Computers)
Karnov (Nintendo NES)
Metal Gear (Nintendo NES)
Gun.Smoke (Nintendo NES)
Final Fantasy II (Famicom)
Alien Crush (PC Engine)
Dragon Spirit (PC Engine)
R-Type Part I & II (PC Engine)
Superman (Arcade)
Crazy Climber 2 (Arcade)
Super Contra (Arcade)
Haunted Castle (Arcade)
Druid II: Enlightenment (Amiga)
Motor Massacre (Amiga)
Fright Night (Amiga)
Time Bandit (Amiga)
Double Dragon II (Arcade)
Bad Dudes vs. Dragon Ninja (Arcade)
P.O.W. – Prisoners of War (Arcade)
Robocop (Arcade)
The Main Event (Arcade)

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New 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.

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Video 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.

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.

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.

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