1989 in video gaming

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Events[edit]

The original Game Boy.

Notable releases[edit]

Hardware[edit]

Business[edit]

  • Hasbro, Inc. acquires elements of Coleco Industries, Inc.
  • Trinity Acquisition Corporation founded (renamed THQ in 1990)
  • Nintendo of America, Inc. v. 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 of the Game Genie for the NES console. Camerica wins the suit.