- January: SEGA releases Heavyweight Champ, the first video game to feature hand-to-hand fighting. It uses controls that simulate throwing actual punches.
- February: SEGA releases Road Race, a racing game that introduces pseudo-3D, forward-scrolling, third-person graphics.
- April: Taito releases Speed Race Twin, a sequel to Speed Race that allows simultaneous two-player competitive dual-screen gameplay and uses colour graphics.
- April: Atari releases Breakout, which inspires a number of Breakout clones.
- August: SEGA releases Man T.T., also known as Moto-Cross, an early motorbike racing game, using a pseudo-3D, forward-scrolling, third-person perspective, similar to Road Race. It also introduces haptic feedback, causing the handlebars to vibrate during collisions. SEGA-Gremlin re-brands it as Fonz.
- October: Atari Inc. releases Night Driver, an early example of a first-person perspective racing video game.
- Spencer, Spanner, The Tao of Beat-'em-ups, EuroGamer, Feb 6 2008, Accessed Feb 23, 2009
- Ashcraft, Brian, (2008) Arcade Mania! The Turbo-Charged World of Japan's Game Centers, (Kodansha International), p. 94
- Nadia Oxford, 20 Years of Street Fighter, 1UP.com, 12/11/2007
- Road Race at Museum of the Game
- Speed Race Twin at Museum of the Game
- Moto-Cross at Museum of the Game
- Mark J. P. Wolf (2008), The video game explosion: a history from PONG to PlayStation and beyond, p. 39, ABC-CLIO, ISBN 0-313-33868-X
- Fonz at Museum of the Game
Video game releases
|Magnavox Odyssey 300||1976||Dedicated Console||North America|
|Magnavox Odyssey 500||1976||Dedicated Console||North America|
|Telstar||1976||Dedicated Console||North America|
|Telstar Classic||1976||Dedicated Console||North America|