Other Console Games of 1989
Hudson Soft releases Bonk’s Adventure, introducing the TurboGrafx-16 mascot and starting the Bonk franchise. Techno Soft releases Herzog Zwei for the Mega Drive in Japan. Herzog Zwei is important for laying the foundations for the real-time strategy genre. Konami releases Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse. It was the third and final game from series for NES. Wes Cherry writes Solitaire and Robert Donner writes Minesweeper, which are bundled with Microsoft Windows starting from version 3.
Psygnosis releases difficult platformer Shadow of the Beast, demonstrating the capabilities of the Amiga and helping sales of the computer. Sega releases Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap.
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.
How PC-Engine / Turbografx 16 was born?
Hudson Soft wanted more graphical power to it’s games but Nintendo wasn’t interested. Hudson went to NEC and PC-Engine (JP) / TurboGrafx16 (US) was born. It was extremely successful in Japan where it immediately outsold Famicom but sucked outside of Japan due to horrible marketing strategy. Lots of good games were never released outside of Japan.
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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