1986 in video games

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1986 has seen many sequels and prequels in video games, and several new titles such as Bubble Bobble, Dragon Quest, Legend of Zelda, Metroid and Out Run.

List of years in video games

Highest-grossing arcade gamesEdit

JapanEdit

In Japan, the following titles were the top-grossing arcade video games on the bi-monthly Game Machine charts in 1986.

Chart Table cabinet Upright/cockpit cabinet Ref
January 1 Real Mahjong Haihai Hang-On [1]
January 15 Space Harrier [2]
February 1 [3]
February 15 Major League [4]
March 1 [5]
March 15 Ikari (Ikari Warriors) [6]
April 1 [7]
April 15 Gauntlet [8]
May 1 Space Harrier [9]
May 15 Tokio (Scramble Formation) [10]
June 1 Ikari (Ikari Warriors) [11]
June 15 [12]
July 1 Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun (Renegade) [13]
July 15 [14]
August 1 Arkanoid [15]
August 15 Enduro Racer [16]
September 1 [17]
September 15 [18]
October 1 [19]
October 15 Space Harrier [20]
November 1 Out Run [21]
November 15 [22]
December 1 [23]
December 15 [24]

United StatesEdit

In the United States, the following titles were the top-grossing arcade games of each month in 1986, according to the Play Meter charts.

Month Title Developer Distributor Genre Ref
January Gauntlet Atari Games Atari Games Hack & slash [25]
February [26]
March [27]
April Hang-On Sega AM2 Sega Motorbike racing
May Gauntlet Atari Games Atari Games Hack & slash [28]
June Ikari Warriors SNK Tradewest Run & gun shooter
July
August Quartet Sega Sega Run & gun shooter
September Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known
October Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known
November Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known
December Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known

BusinessEdit

EventsEdit

Notable releasesEdit

Arcade
Console
Computer

HardwareEdit

  1. The 1040ST personal computer, the second in the ST line. With a megabyte of RAM and a price of US$999, it is the first computer with a cost-per-kilobyte of under $1.[32]
  2. The Atari 7800 console two years after its original test market date.
  3. A smaller model Atari 2600 for under US$50. The TV campaign proclaims "The fun is back!"

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Best Hit Games 25" (PDF). Game Machine (in Japanese). No. 274. Amusement Press, Inc. January 1, 1986. p. 35.
  2. ^ "Best Hit Games 25" (PDF). Game Machine (in Japanese). No. 275. Amusement Press, Inc. January 15, 1986. p. 21.
  3. ^ "Best Hit Games 25" (PDF). Game Machine (in Japanese). No. 276. Amusement Press, Inc. February 1, 1986. p. 21.
  4. ^ "Best Hit Games 25" (PDF). Game Machine (in Japanese). No. 277. Amusement Press, Inc. February 15, 1986. p. 21.
  5. ^ "Best Hit Games 25" (PDF). Game Machine (in Japanese). No. 278. Amusement Press, Inc. March 1, 1986. p. 23.
  6. ^ "Best Hit Games 25" (PDF). Game Machine (in Japanese). No. 279. Amusement Press, Inc. March 15, 1986. p. 21.
  7. ^ "Best Hit Games 25" (PDF). Game Machine (in Japanese). No. 280. Amusement Press, Inc. April 1, 1986. p. 21.
  8. ^ "Best Hit Games 25" (PDF). Game Machine (in Japanese). No. 281. Amusement Press, Inc. April 15, 1986. p. 21.
  9. ^ "Best Hit Games 25" (PDF). Game Machine (in Japanese). No. 282. Amusement Press, Inc. May 1, 1986. p. 19.
  10. ^ "Best Hit Games 25" (PDF). Game Machine (in Japanese). No. 283. Amusement Press, Inc. May 15, 1986. p. 21.
  11. ^ "Best Hit Games 25" (PDF). Game Machine (in Japanese). No. 284. Amusement Press, Inc. June 1, 1986. p. 21.
  12. ^ "Best Hit Games 25" (PDF). Game Machine (in Japanese). No. 285. Amusement Press, Inc. June 15, 1986. p. 21.
  13. ^ "Best Hit Games 25" (PDF). Game Machine (in Japanese). No. 286. Amusement Press, Inc. July 1, 1986. p. 25.
  14. ^ "Best Hit Games 25" (PDF). Game Machine (in Japanese). No. 287. Amusement Press, Inc. July 15, 1986. p. 29.
  15. ^ "Best Hit Games 25" (PDF). Game Machine (in Japanese). No. 288. Amusement Press, Inc. August 1, 1986. p. 25.
  16. ^ "Best Hit Games 25" (PDF). Game Machine (in Japanese). No. 289. Amusement Press, Inc. August 15, 1986. p. 21.
  17. ^ "Best Hit Games 25" (PDF). Game Machine (in Japanese). No. 290. Amusement Press, Inc. September 1, 1986. p. 23.
  18. ^ "Best Hit Games 25" (PDF). Game Machine (in Japanese). No. 291. Amusement Press, Inc. September 15, 1986. p. 21.
  19. ^ "Best Hit Games 25" (PDF). Game Machine (in Japanese). No. 292. Amusement Press, Inc. October 1, 1986. p. 21.
  20. ^ "Best Hit Games 25" (PDF). Game Machine (in Japanese). No. 293. Amusement Press, Inc. October 15, 1986. p. 31.
  21. ^ "Best Hit Games 25" (PDF). Game Machine (in Japanese). No. 294. Amusement Press, Inc. November 1, 1986. p. 29.
  22. ^ "Best Hit Games 25" (PDF). Game Machine (in Japanese). No. 295. Amusement Press, Inc. November 15, 1986. p. 25.
  23. ^ "Best Hit Games 25" (PDF). Game Machine (in Japanese). No. 296. Amusement Press, Inc. December 1, 1986. p. 23.
  24. ^ "Best Hit Games 25" (PDF). Game Machine (in Japanese). No. 297. Amusement Press, Inc. December 15, 1986. p. 25.
  25. ^ "National Play Meter". Play Meter. 12 (1): 20–1. January 15, 1986.
  26. ^ "National Play Meter". Play Meter. 12 (2): 30–1. February 1986.
  27. ^ "National Play Meter". Play Meter. 12 (5): 116–7. April 1, 1986.
  28. ^ "National Play Meter". Play Meter. 12 (14): 36–7. August 15, 1986.
  29. ^ Hoffman, Erin (January 19, 2010). "When the Stars Align". The Escapist. Retrieved November 21, 2012.
  30. ^ Jankowski, Filip (April 15, 2019). "The Presence of Female Designers in French Video Game Industry, 1985–1993". Games and Culture. 15 (6): 5. doi:10.1177/1555412019841954. ISSN 1555-4120. S2CID 150836593.
  31. ^ Jankowski, Filip (2017). "Political and Social Issues in French Digital Games, 1982–1993" (PDF). TransMissions. 2: 167.
  32. ^ Robinson, Philip; Edwards, Jon R. (March 1986). "The Atari 1040ST". BYTE. p. 84. Retrieved July 4, 2014.