Video Games 1989 – 80s Part XI

Video Games of 1989

Be aware of the giant ants in the desert, grab 4 pieces of pizza and go kick some exploding robot ninjas, 1989 is here.

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Games featured in this video:

It Came from the Desert (Amiga By Cinemaware)
Shadow of the Beast (Amiga By Psygnosis)
Astaroth: The Angel of Death (Amiga By Hewson Consultants)
SimCity (Commodore Amiga By Maxis)
Populous (Amiga By Bullfrog Productions)
Stormlord (Amiga / Atari ST By Hewson Consultants)
The Revenge of Shinobi (Sega Mega Drive)
Shadow Dancer (Arcade By Sega)
Golden Axe (Arcade By Sega)
Final Fight (Arcade By Capcom)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Arcade By Konami)
Strider (Arcade By Capcom)
The Legendary Axe (TurboGrafx-16 By Victor Interactive)
Blazing Lazers (PC Engine By Hudson Soft / Compile)
Bonk’s Adventure (PC Engine By Hudson Soft)
Super Mario Land (Nintendo Game Boy)
DuckTales (Nintendo NES By Capcom)
Batman: The Video Game (NES By Sunsoft)
Dragon Warrior (Nintendo NES By Enix)
Willow (Nintendo NES By Capcom)
WWF WrestleMania (NES By Rare / Acclaim)
WWF Superstars (Arcade By Technos Japan)
Wrestle War (Arcade By Sega)
Midnight Resistance (Arcade By Data East)
Phelios (Arcade By Namco)
Dragon Breed (Arcade By Irem)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure
Maniac Mansion (Amiga / Atari ST By Lucasfilm Games)
Manhunter 2: San Fransisco (Home Computers By Evryware)
Space Quest III – The Pirates of Pestulon (DOS By Sierra On-Line)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (MS-DOS By Monarch Software)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (NES By Rare / LJN)
Wizards & Warriors II: Ironsword (Nintendo NES By Zippo Games)
Faxanadu (NES By Nihon Falcom)
Sweet Home (Famicom By Capcom)
River City Ransom (NES By Technos Japan)
Arch Rivals (Arcade By Midway)
Super Monaco GP (Arcade By Sega)
Turbo Out Run (Arcade By Sega)
Sly Spy: Secret Agent (Arcade By Data East)
Crime City (Arcade By Taito)
Bloodwych (Home Computers By Image Works)
Switchblade (Amiga / Atari ST By Core Design & Gremlin)
Rambo III (Sega Mega Drive)
Herzog Zwei (Sega Mega Drive)
Truxton (Sega Mega Drive)
Ghouls ‘n Ghosts (Sega Mega Drive)
Future Wars – Time Travellers (Amiga By Delphine Software)
Rick Dangerous (Amiga By Core Design)
Xenon 2 – Megablast (Amiga By Image Works)
Batman: The Movie (Amiga By Ocean)
Prince of Persia (Apple II By Brøderbund)
Toki (Arcade By TAD Corporation)
Cadash (Arcade By Taito)
E-SWAT Cyber Police (Arcade By Sega)
Ivan “Ironman” Stewart’s Super Off Road (Arcade By Leland Corporation)
The Duel: Test Drive II (Amiga By Accolade)
Mine Sweeper (PC By Robert Donner)
Solitaire (PC By Wes Cherry)
Lakers versus Celtics and the NBA Playoffs (DOS By Electronic Arts)
Mother [Earthbound Zero] (Famicom By Ape / Nintendo)
North & South (Amiga By Infogrames)

I am sorry, I couldn’t fit more games in this list, it already includes two bonus games, making the total number in this list 62.

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New Hardware of 1989

NEC’s PC-Engine released in North America as the TurboGrafx-16. Atari Corporation releases the Lynx handheld console with color and backlighting. Sega Mega Drive released in North America as the Sega Genesis. Nintendo releases the Game Boy handheld console. Mattel releases the Power Glove controller for the NES home console.

Gaming Innovations of 1989
First game to use entirely digitized graphics was released – Exterminator. Same technology was later used for example in Mortal Kombat series.

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Video Games of 1989

Nintendo releases Super Mario Land on the Game Boy. It was the first to introduce Princess Daisy to the Mario series. Bullfrog releases Populous, one of the first commercially successful god games.

In Japan, Nintendo releases Mother, the first of a trilogy of role-playing games produced by celebrity writer Shigesato Itoi. Nintendo of America introduces Enix’s Dragon Warrior franchise to North America.

Capcom releases DuckTales for NES based on the Disney animated TV series of the same name. Brøderbund releases Prince of Persia for the declining Apple II, having been in development since 1985. However, ports to other systems turn the game into a hit.

Maxis releases Will Wright’s Sim City, the first of the “Sim” games and a revolutionary real-time software toy.

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