1989 in video gaming

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Events[edit | edit source]

Hardware[edit | edit source]

Business[edit | edit source]

  • Hasbro, Inc. acquires elements of Coleco Industries, Inc.
  • Trinity Acquisition Corporation founded (renamed THQ in 1990)
  • Nintendo of America, Inc. vs. Tengen
    • Nintendo sues Tengen over the Tetris video game copyrights. Tengen loses and recalls all its Tetris games.
    • November - Nintendo sues Tengen over production of unlicensed Nintendo games. Tengen loses. (Tengen originally sued Nintendo on December 12, 1988 for antitrust violations.)
  • Nintendo v. Camerica Ltd. Nintendo sues Camerica over patent violations related to the Game Genie for the NES console. Camerica wins the suit.
  • Nintendo in business for 100 years.

Video game releases[edit | edit source]

Name Release Date Category Region(s) Platform(s)

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Hardware releases[edit | edit source]

Name Release Date Category Region(s)
Game Boy April 21, 1989 Handheld Japan
Game Boy August, 1989 Handheld United States
Genesis August 14, 1989 Home Console North America
Genesis Controller August 14, 1989 Controller North America
Lynx 1989 Handheld North America
PC-Engine 1989 Home Console Asia
PC-Engine CD-ROM² 1989 Peripheral Asia
PC-Engine Controller 1989 Controller Asia
TurboGrafx-16 August 29, 1989 Home Console North America