1989 in video gaming

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List of years in video gaming

1989 has seen many sequels and prequels in video games and several new titles such as Phantasy Star II, Golden Axe and Bonk's Adventure, and Super Mario Land

Events[edit]

The original Game Boy.

Notable releases[edit]

Arcade[edit]

Home[edit]

Hardware[edit]

Business[edit]

  • Hasbro, Inc. acquires elements of Coleco Industries, Inc.
  • Trinity Acquisition Corporation founded (renamed THQ in 1990)
  • Nintendo of America, Inc. v. Tengen
  1. Nintendo sues Tengen over the Tetris video game copyrights. Tengen loses and recalls all its Tetris games.
  2. November - Nintendo sues Tengen over production of unlicensed Nintendo games. Tengen loses. (Tengen originally sued Nintendo on December 12, 1988, for antitrust violations.)
  • Nintendo v. Camerica Ltd. Nintendo sues Camerica over patent violations of the Game Genie for the NES console. Camerica wins the suit.

Critically acclaimed titles[edit]

Notable video game releases in 1989 that have accumulated overall critical acclaim from at least three contemporary English-language sources include:

Title Publisher Platform Genre(s) # of Reviews
Populous Electronic Arts Atari ST God 3[3][4][5]
SimCity Maxis Amiga City-building 7[6][7][8][9][10][11][12]
Populous Electronic Arts Amiga God 9[13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21]
Myth: History in the Making System 3 ZX Spectrum Platform 3[22][23][24]
Xenon 2 Megablast Image Works Atari ST Shoot 'em up 7[25][26][27][28][29][30][31]
Xenon 2 Megablast Image Works Amiga Shoot 'em up 8[26][27][28][30][32][33][34][35]
F-16 Combat Pilot Digital Integration Amiga Combat flight simulation 7[36][37][38][39][40][41][42]
Chase H.Q. Ocean Software ZX Spectrum Racing 5[43][44][45][46][47]
Ghouls 'n Ghosts Sega Sega Genesis Platform 4[48][49][50][51]
R-Type II Irem Arcade Shoot 'em up 4[52][53][54][55]
The Revenge of Shinobi Sega Sega Genesis Platform 6[56][57][58][59][60][61]
Batman Ocean Software ZX Spectrum Action-adventure 3[62][63][64]
The Untouchables Ocean Software ZX Spectrum Action-adventure 4[65][66][67][68]
Stunt Car Racer MicroStyle Commodore 64 Racing 4[69][70][71][72]
F-16 Combat Pilot Digital Integration DOS Combat flight simulation 4[41][73][74][75]
Myth: History in the Making System 3 Commodore 64 Platform 4[24][76][77][78]
Forgotten Worlds U.S. Gold Amiga Shoot 'em up 6[79][80][81][82][83][84]
Blazing Lazers Hudson Soft TurboGrafx-16 Shoot 'em up 4[85][86][87][88]
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure Lucasfilm Games DOS Graphic adventure 4[89][90][91][92]
Stunt Car Racer MicroStyle Amiga Racing 7[70][72][93][94][95][96][97]
Interphase Image Works Atari ST First-person shooter 5[98][99][100][101][102]
Forgotten Worlds U.S. Gold Commodore 64 Shoot 'em up 5[79][80][81][83][103]
Phantasy Star II Sega Sega Genesis Role-playing 3[104][105][106]
Golden Axe Sega Sega Genesis Beat 'em up 6[107][108][109][110][111][112]
Ghouls 'n Ghosts U.S. Gold Amiga Platform 4[113][114][115][116]
Interphase Image Works Amiga First-person shooter 9[100][101][102][117][118][119][120][121][122]
The Untouchables Ocean Software Amiga Action-adventure 4[123][124][125][126]
Super Mario Land Nintendo Game Boy Platform 4[127][128][129][130]
Dungeon Explorer Hudson Soft TurboGrafx-16 Action role-playing 4[56][131][132][133]
Forgotten Worlds U.S. Gold ZX Spectrum Shoot 'em up 3[80][81][134]
F-16 Combat Pilot Digital Integration Atari ST Combat flight simulation 4[41][74][75][135]
Stunt Car Racer MicroStyle Atari ST Racing 7[96][136][137][138][139][140][141]
The Untouchables Ocean Software Atari ST Action-adventure 4[142][143][144][145]
Arthur: The Quest for Excalibur Infocom Amiga Interactive fiction 8[146][147][148][149][150][151][152][153]
Strider U.S. Gold Atari ST Platform 7[154][155][156][157][158][159][160]

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