1983 in video gaming
1983 was the year when the American home gaming market began to crash (see North American video game crash of 1983), with more game systems and games than the market could support, and quality control from the console companies being absent. In Japan, the Nintendo Famicom would make its debut.
Business[edit | edit source]
- The US arcade game market's revenues drop to $6.4 billion in 1983 (equivalent to $15.2 billion in 2021).
Notable Releases[edit | edit source]
Games[edit | edit source]
- March: Bally Midway releases Journey, the first game with digitized sprites.
- May: SEGA releases Astron Belt, the first laserdisc video game, which uses pre-rendered, computer-animated film footage as backdrops, overlaid with sprite graphics.
- May: Atari brings Star Wars to the arcades in the form of a 3D vector graphics simulation of the movie's attack on the Death Star sequence and featuring digitized samples of voices from the movie.
- June: Data East releases Bega's Battle, one of the first video games to use cel-animated video instead of computer generated graphics. It was also the first game to use full motion video cut scenes.
- June: Cinematronics releases Dragon's Lair, one of the first video games to use cel-animated video instead of computer generated graphics.
- December: Libble Rabble is released by Namco. It runs on the Namco Libble Rabble hardware, Namco's second arcade system board to use a 16-bit processor.
- Nihon Falcom released Panorama Toh (Panorama Island), an early action role-playing game for the PC-88. It was developed by Yoshio Kiya, who would go on to create the Dragon Slayer and Brandish series of action RPGs.
- Mike J. Henry released Benji's Space Rescue, an action science-fiction game for the Commodore 64.
- ASCII released the Sharp X1 computer game Bokosuka Wars, an early tactical RPG.
Console Hardware[edit | edit source]
Key Events[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- libble rabble [coin-op] arcade video game, namco, ltd. (1983). Arcade-history.com (2008-04-04). Retrieved on 2013-02-28
- Sam Derboo (June 2, 2013), Dark Age of JRPGs (7): Panorama Toh ぱのらま島 - PC-88 (1983), Hardcore Gaming 101
- Bokosuka Wars, GameSpot
- Bokosuka Wars (translation), Nintendo
Video game releases[edit | edit source]
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Hardware releases[edit | edit source]
|Family Computer||July 15, 1983||Home Console||Japan|
|Family Computer Controller||July 15, 1983||Peripheral, Controller||Japan|
|Nintendo Entertainment System||July 15, 1983||Home Console||Japan|
|SG-1000||July 15, 1983||Console||Japan|