Financial performance Edit
Highest-grossing arcade games Edit
was the top-grossing Space Invaders video game worldwide in 1979, having become the  arcade game industry's all-time best-seller by 1979. The following table lists the year's top-grossing  arcade game in Japan, the United Kingdom, United States, and worldwide.
In Japan, the following titles were the highest-grossing
arcade games of 1979, according to the annual chart. Game Machine Taito's was the highest-grossing arcade game for a second year in a row. Space Invaders  
United States Edit
The following titles were the top ten highest-grossing arcade video games of 1979 in the United States, according to
, Cash Box and Play Meter RePlay magazines.
Best-selling home systems Edit Major awards Edit Notable releases Edit
Arcade April –
Sega's dot-eating driving game, , is released. It becomes a popular concept to clone, especially for home systems. Head On August –
Atari releases , the first arcade version of a game concept created on minicomputers ten years earlier. Lunar Lander November –
Atari releases the vector graphics-based , which becomes Atari's second best selling game of all time and displaces Asteroids as the most popular game in the US. Space Invaders November –
Namco releases fixed shooter in full color. Galaxian November –
Vectorbeam releases , a space shooter with a Tail Gunner first-person perspective. December – Nintendo releases
, featuring a Radar Scope pseudo-3D, third-person perspective. Later, 2000 out of 3000 manufactured machines are converted to Donkey Kong.
Cinematronics releases , one of the first fighting games without a boxing theme. Warrior Sega releases the vertically scrolling , featuring full color and day/night driving. It is one of Sega's last discrete logic (no CPU) hardware designs. Monaco GP
Computer Computer June –
Texas Instruments releases the TI-99/4. It is the first home computer with a 16-bit processor and, with TI's TMS9918 video chip, one of the first with hardware sprites. September –
NEC releases the PC-8001, the first in the PC-8000 series of home computers. November – Atari, Inc. releases the first two models in the Atari 8-bit family: the Atari 400 and Atari 800 home computers. They feature custom graphics and sound coprocessors which support sprites, four-channel audio, and programmable display modes. Console Handheld
Space Invaders sold 85,000 arcade cabinets in the United Kingdom between 1978 and 1979.  References Edit
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