1987 in video gaming
1987 has seen many sequels and prequels in video games and several new titles such as The Legend of Zelda, Contra, Street Fighter and Metal Gear.
- February 20, Konami releases Contra
- July 1, Irem releases scrolling shooter R-Type.
- July, Technōs Japan releases Double Dragon to arcades, distributed internationally by Taito.
- August 30, Capcom releases Street Fighter, the first game of the series.
- Taito releases Rastan and Operation Wolf.
- Namco releases Wonder Momo, which is their last 8-bit game, Yokai Dochuki, which is their first 16-bit game, Dragon Spirit, Blazer, Quester, Pac-Mania, Galaga '88 and Final Lap.
- Atari Games releases RoadBlasters, Xybots, and APB.
- January 14, Nintendo releases Zelda II: The Adventure of Link for the Famicom Disk System in Japan only. The game would go unreleased in America for nearly two years afterwards.
- February 12, Infocom releases Bureaucracy from author Douglas Adams.
- July 5, the Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards adventure is released by Sierra Entertainment.
- July 7, Konami releases Metal Gear for the MSX2 home computer platform in Japan and Europe.
- August 22, Nintendo releases The Legend of Zelda in America and Europe, a year after being available in Japan.
- August 28, Konami releases Castlevania II: Simon's Quest, the second Castlevania title released for the NES.
- October, Nintendo releases Mike Tyson's Punch-Out for NES/Famicom.
- October, LucasArts releases Maniac Mansion, the first game to use the SCUMM engine, innovating the point-and-click interface for the adventure game genre.
- November 14, Sierra On-Line releases Space Quest II: Vohaul's Revenge, the second game in the Space Quest series.
- December 17, Capcom releases the first Mega Man game in the long-standing series for the NES/Famicom.
- December 18, Square's Hironobu Sakaguchi releases Final Fantasy for the Famicom in Japan. Originally intended to be the company's last release, the game's success resulted in a prolific series. It was released in the U.S.A. 3 years later.
- December 20, Sega releases Phantasy Star on the Master System, featuring a female protagonist.
- FTL Games releases Dungeon Master for the Atari ST.
- Sierra On-Line releases Police Quest: In Pursuit of the Death Angel, the first game in the Police Quest series.
- MIDI Maze for the Atari ST is a first person shooter allowing up to 16 computers to be networked via the built-in MIDI ports for deathmatch-style fights.
- Incentive Software releases Driller, a first person game using 3D filled polygons.
- Ocean Software releases Head Over Heels, an isometric arcade adventure, for several 8-bit home computers.
- MicroProse releases Sid Meier's Pirates!, the first game from Meier with his name in the title.
Hardware 1987 in games
This page lists board and card games, wargames, miniatures games, and tabletop role-playing games published in 1987. For video games, see 1987 in video gaming. Atari XEGS
The Atari XE Video Game System (Atari XEGS) is a home video game console released by Atari Corporation in 1987. Based on Atari's 8-bit 65XE computer, the XEGS is compatible with the existing Atari 8-bit computer software library. Additionally, it is able to operate as either a stand-alone console or as a full computer with the addition of its specially designed keyboard. In computer mode, it may utilize the majority of peripherals released for Atari's 8-bit computer line. Atari packaged the XEGS as a basic set consisting of only the console and joystick, and as a deluxe set consisting of the console, keyboard, joystick and light gun.
The XEGS was supported by new titles, such as Barnyard Blaster and Bug Hunt, plus cartridge ports of older games, such as Fight Night (Accolade, 1985), Lode Runner (Brøderbund, 1983), Necromancer (Synapse Software, 1982), and Ballblazer (Lucasfilm Games, 1985). Hoshi Wo Miru Hito
Hoshi wo Miru Hito (星をみるひと?, "People who watch stars") is a 1987 Japanese video game for the Famicom home console. Developed by Another and published by HOT B, it is based on the 1984 video game Psychic City. The game is a science fiction role playing video game where players use psychic powers to defeat enemies.
Reviewers noted the often confusing and highly difficult gameplay. It is often referred to as a "kusoge" game.
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