1988 in video gaming
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Notable releases 
- January 8, Konami releases Super Contra, as well as the NES version of Metal Gear in North America and the PAL Region.
- September 1, Nintendo revamps Doki Doki Panic and releases it as Super Mario Bros. 2, for the Nintendo Entertainment System in America and the PAL region. This game would be released in Japan as Super Mario USA in 1992.
- October 5, Origin Systems releases Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny. This was the first game in the Ultima series to implement a time-of-day system with day/night cycles and daily schedules for non-player characters.
- October 23, Nintendo releases Super Mario Bros. 3 for the Famicom in Japan.
- December 24, Capcom releases Mega Man 2 in Japan, the highest-selling installment to date (August 2006) in the entire Mega Man franchise with a total of 1.5 million copies sold. It was honored in Nintendo Power's Top 200 Nintendo Games Ever list, coming in at number 33.
- Namco releases World Stadium, Assault, which is the first game to use sprite scaling and massive sprite rotation, Assault Plus, Berabow Man, Marchen Maze, Bakutotsu Kijuutei, which is the sequel to Baraduke, Ordyne, Metal Hawk, World Court, Splatterhouse, which is the first game to get a parental advisory disclaimer, Mirai Ninja, Face Off and Phelios.
- Pool of Radiance (SSI), the first of the "Gold Box" games, the first computer RPG based on Advanced Dungeons & Dragons.
- Superior Software release Exile on the Acorn Electron and BBC Micro. A complex arcade adventure, the game is credited as the first with a full physics engine and is later ported to Amiga, Atari ST and C64.
- Altered Beast (Sega, arcade), later ported to the Mega Drive/Genesis where it was packaged with the console in North America and Europe.
- Sega releases Phantasy Star for the Sega Master System, the first in the company's most successful series of role-playing video games.
- Electronic Arts releases John Madden Football for the Apple II, starting its highly successful line of American football games.
- Nintendo releases Zelda II: The Adventure of Link in December. The game had been released nearly two years earlier in Japan on the Famicom Disk System, before America even saw the first The Legend of Zelda.
- Micronics releases '89 Dennou Kyuusei Uranai in December; which allows players to predict what their lives will be like in the then-futuristic year of 1989.
- Martech releases Rex on the ZX Spectrum, a run-and-gun style game with multiple weapon power-ups