- 1987 in video gaming
Capcomreleases the "Street Fighter" arcade game, the first in a long series of games.
Namcoreleases " Wonder Momo", which is their last 8-bit game, " Yokai Douchuuki", which is their first 16-bit game, " Dragon Spirit", "Blazer", " Quester", " Pac-Mania", " Galaga '88" and " Final Lap".
KonamiCorporation releases "Metal Gear" in Japan, as well as " Castlevania" and "Contra". All three games were the beginning of some of Konami's most popular franchises.
Nintendoreleases " The Legend of Zelda" in America and Europe, the first of one of their longest-running and most popular series of games.
Nintendoreleases in January for the Famicom Disk Systemin Japan only. The game would go unreleased in America for nearly two years afterwards.
Taito Corporationreleases the "Double Dragon" arcade game, the first in a long series of games.
Hironobu Sakaguchireleases "Final Fantasy" for the Famicom in Japan. This was originally intended to be the company's last game, since it was facing bankruptcy, but the game's major success allowed them to turn it into a prolific series ironically titled " Final Fantasy". It was released in the U.S.A. 3 years later.
LucasArtsreleases " Maniac Mansion", the first game to use the SCUMMengine, innovating the point-and-clickinterface for the adventure gamegenre.
Capcomreleases the first "Mega Man" game in the long-standing series for the NES/Famicom.
FTL Gamesreleases "Dungeon Master".
Incentive Softwarereleases "Driller" a milestone in 3D gaming and a precursor to modern first-person 3D games.
Ocean Softwarereleases "Head Over Heels", an isometric arcade adventure, to critical acclaim and huge popularity.
Segareleases " Phantasy Star" on the Sega Master System, it was one of the first RPGs to have a Sci-Fi/Fantasy setting and also the first to bear a female protagonist.
Namcodevelops the Namco System 1arcade system board.
* At the end of the year, Namco also releases the
Namco System 2arcade system board.
October 30— NEC releases the PC Engineconsole in Japan.
* Acorn releases the
Acorn Archimedeshome computer, which brought the game " Zarch" (later known on other platforms as Virus) to prominence.
Atari Corp.releases the XEGame System ( XEGS) home console.
Sega Master Systemreleased in Japan.
* The VGA standard developed for
IBM's new PS/2 line gave the PC the potential for 256-color graphics.
AdLibset an early defacto standard for sound cards with its card based on the Yamaha YM3812sound chip. (This would last until the introduction of Creative Labs' Sound Blasterin 1989.)
* New companies:
Maxis, GametekInc., Apogee Software, Ltd., Empire InteractivePLC
Electronic Artsacquires Batteries Included.
* Warner Communications'
Atari Gamesestablishes the Tengen division.
Nintendoof America, Inc. v. Blockbuster Entertainment lawsuit: Nintendo sues Blockbuster for photocopying complete NESmanuals for its rental games. Nintendo wins the suit, and Blockbuster includes original manuals with its rentals.
* SSI President
Joel Billingsacquires the license to the Dungeons and Dragons role playing game, setting the stage for the Gold Boxline of D&D games.
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