1985 in video gaming
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- March, Namco releases the Dig Dug II arcade game.
- May, Namco releases the Metro-Cross arcade game.
- July, Namco releases the Baraduke arcade game (which is also known as Alien Sector).
- September 9, Namco releases Battle City for the Famicom (which is based on their older 1980 arcade game of Tank Battalion).
- September 13, Nintendo releases Super Mario Bros., which eventually sells 40 million copies, making it the best-selling video game of all time until 2008, and introduced Princess Peach (who was originally known as "Princess Toadstool"), Toad and Bowser to the Mario series, as well as common enemies and powerups including Goombas, Koopas, Super Mushrooms (which were originally known as "Magic Mushrooms"), Fire Flowers and Starmen.
- September 19, Capcom releases Ghosts 'n Goblins by Tokuro Fujiwara, which was originally named Makai-Mura in Japan. It was one of the most popular arcade games of the year, and went on to spawn a series of later games.
- September 20, Namco releases the Motos arcade game.
- October 18, Nintendo releases Duck Hunt for the Famicom.
- November 21, Micronics releases the Japan-exclusive action game Onyanko Town, which had a nonsensical title and fast-paced action.
- December, Namco releases Sky Kid, which was the first game from them to allow two players to play simultaneously.
- Brøderbund releases Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, which was the first game in the prolific Carmen Sandiego series.
- Atari Games releases Gauntlet by Ed Logg, which was the first dungeon crawl arcade game.
- Electronic Arts release Adventure Construction Set by Stuart Smith and Racing Destruction Set by Rick Koenig, which become hits and follow on from the success of 1982's Pinball Construction Set by Bill Budge.
- Elite Systems UK releases Roller Coaster, a platformer in the mould of the previous year's best seller, Jet Set Willy. It was the first video game to ever simulate fairground rides.
- Bubble Bus Software releases the popular arcade adventure game Starquake for several 8-bit computers. In later years, it was ported to 16-bit systems.
- Pete Cooke's ambitious, sprawling science-fiction game Tau Ceti is published in the United Kingdom.
- The Learning Company releases the first commercial version of The Oregon Trail on the Apple II.
- Origin Systems releases Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar, which pioneered the use of dynamic morality systems in computer role-playing games.
- Atari releases the 520ST personal computer.
- Commodore releases the Amiga personal computer.
- INTV Corporation releases the INTV III home console.
- Telegames releases the Dina home console, a ColecoVision clone.
- Nintendo does a limited test release of the NES home console in the United States, as well as the Robotic Operating Buddy (ROB) robot and video game for the system.
- Sega releases the SG-1000 Mark III home console in Japan.
- New companies: Titus Interactive, Code Masters, Westwood Studios, Inc., Square Co., Ltd., Bethesda Softworks Inc.
- Edu-Ware closes; David Mullich and several other laid-off employees form Electric Transit, which becomes the first company to join Electronic Arts' new affiliated publisher program.
- Defunct companies: RDI Video Systems.
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