1987 in video games

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List of years in video games

1987 has seen many sequels and prequels in video games, such as Dragon Quest II, as well as new titles such as Contra, Double Dragon, Final Fantasy, Metal Gear, Phantasy Star, Street Fighter, The Last Ninja, After Burner and R-Type. The Legend of Zelda was also introduced outside of Japan.

Financial performance[edit]

Highest-grossing arcade games[edit]

Japan[edit]

The following titles were the highest-grossing arcade games of 1987 in Japan, according to the first annual Gamest chart.[1]

Rank Large arcade cabinet Table arcade cabinet
1 Out Run R-Type
2 After Burner 1943: The Battle of Midway
3 Darius Double Dragon
4 Super Hang-On Dragon Spirit
5 Street Fighter Flying Shark
Thunder Ceptor II Yokai Dochuki

United Kingdom[edit]

In the United Kingdom, the following titles were the top-grossing games on the monthly arcade charts in 1987. The charts were compiled by Electrocoin,[2] Euromax,[3] and Deith Leisure.[4]

Month Title Developer Distributor Genre Ref
February Out Run Sega Sega Driving [2]
March [5]
April Bubble Bobble Taito Electrocoin Platformer [3]
May
June
July Double Dragon Technōs Japan Taito Beat 'em up [4]
August [6]
September After Burner Sega Combat flight simulator [7]
October Operation Wolf Taito Light gun shooter [8]
November 1942 Capcom Scrolling shooter [9]
December Operation Wolf Taito Light gun shooter [10]

United States[edit]

In the United States, the following titles were the top-grossing arcade games on the monthly RePlay arcade charts.

Month Upright arcade cabinet Software conversion kit Ref
January Out Run Gauntlet II [11]
February Championship Sprint [12]

Best-selling home video games[edit]

Japan[edit]

The following titles were the best-selling home video games on the Japan game charts published by Family Computer Magazine (Famimaga) and Famicom Tsūshin (Famitsu) in 1987.

Chart Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Ref
January Meikyū Kumikyoku (Famicom) Pro Yakyū: Family Stadium (Famicom) Un­known [13]
February Dragon Quest II (Famicom) Family Computer Golf: Japan Course (FC) Un­known [14]
March Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known
April Sanma no Meitantei (Famicom) Argus no Senshi (Famicom) Family Jockey (Famicom) [15][16]
May Kinnikuman 2 (FDS) Un­known Un­known Yūshi no Monshō (FDS) [16][17]
June Bug-tte Honey (Famicom) Un­known Un­known Un­known [17]
July Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known
August Un­known Un­known Saint Seiya: Ōgon Densetsu (Famicom) Dracula II: Noroi no Fūin (FC) [18]
September Shin Onigashima (FDS) Un­known Un­known Un­known
October Un­known Un­known Side Pocket (Famicom) Momotaro Densetsu (FC) [19]
November Famicom Grand Prix: F-1 Race (FDS) Un­known Un­known Un­known
December Un­known Un­known Nakayama Miho no Tokimeki High School (FDS) [20]

Note: Chunsoft's Dragon Quest II released for the Famicom in late January 1987 and sold 500,000 copies upon launch in Japan.[21]

United Kingdom[edit]

Out Run was the best-selling game of 1987 in the United Kingdom.[22] With the 8-bit home computer ports released in December 1987, it became the fastest-selling games in the UK, where over 200,000 copies were sold within two weeks of release,[23] and more than 250,000 by Christmas 1987.[24] The following titles were the top-selling home video games on the monthly Gallup software charts in 1987.

Month All formats ZX Spectrum Ref
January Gauntlet Olli & Lissa [25][26]
February Un­known Leader Board [27]
March Un­known Feud [28]
April Un­known [29]
May Un­known BMX Simulator [30]
June Un­known Milk Race [4]
July Un­known Barbarian: The Ultimate Warrior [6]
August Un­known Exolon [7]
September Un­known Renegade [8]
October Un­known [31]
November Un­known Game Set and Match [10]
December Out Run [32][33]
1987 Out Run [22]

Top-rated games[edit]

Major awards[edit]

Award Gamest Awards
(Japan, December 1987)[34]
2nd Famimaga Game Awards
(Japan, February 1988)[35]
2nd Famitsu Best Hit Game Awards
(Japan, February 1988)[36]
5th Golden Joystick Awards
(United Kingdom, March 1988)[37]
Game of the Year Darius (arcade) Dragon Quest II (Famicom) Out Run
Arcade Game of the Year N/A N/A
Critics' Choice Awards N/A N/A Tsuppari Ōzumō (Famicom)
Zombie Hunter (Famicom)
Shin Onigashima (Famicom Disk System)
Family Computer Golf (Famicom Disk System)
Bubble Bobble (Famicom)
Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei (Famicom)
N/A
Best Game Design N/A N/A Nakayama Miho no Tokimeki High School (FDS) N/A
Best Playability N/A Dragon Quest II (Famicom) N/A N/A
Best Story N/A N/A Dragon Quest II (Yuji Horii) N/A
Best Graphics After Burner (arcade) N/A Faxanadu (Famicom) N/A
Best 3D Game N/A N/A Highway Star (Rad Racer) N/A
Best Speech Synthesis Genpei Tōma Den (arcade) N/A N/A N/A
Best Music / Sound Darius (arcade) Dragon Quest II (Famicom) Momotaro Densetsu / Exciting Billiards N/A
Best Character / Character Design Athena Asamiya (Psycho Soldier) Dragon Quest II (Famicom) Momotaro Densetsu (Famicom) N/A
Best Developer / Software House Sega N/A N/A U.S. Gold
Best Programmer N/A N/A N/A Jon Ritman
Best Ports N/A N/A Wizardry / Salamander N/A
Best Original Game / Originality N/A Dragon Quest II (Famicom) N/A Nebulus
Most Popular Game / Long Seller Out Run (arcade) N/A Pro Yakyū: Family Stadium (R.B.I. Baseball) N/A
Best Action Game N/A Zelda 2: Adventure of Link (FDS) Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic (Famicom) N/A
Best Shooter N/A Salamander (Famicom) Fantasy Zone (Famicom) N/A
Best Adventure Game N/A Shin Onigashima (FDS) Hokkaidō Rensa Satsujin: Okhotsk ni Kiyu (FC) The Guild of Thieves
Best RPG N/A Dragon Quest II (Famicom) N/A
Best Action RPG N/A N/A Zelda 2: Adventure of Link (FDS) N/A
Best Sports Game N/A Pro Yakyū: Family Stadium (FC) Mike Tyson's Punch-Out! (Famicom) N/A
Best Puzzle Game N/A N/A Shanghai N/A
Best Simulation / Strategy Game N/A N/A SD Gundam World Gachapon Senshi (Famicom) Vulcan
Best Leisure / Casual Games N/A N/A Mezase Pachi Pro: Pachio-kun / Side Pocket N/A
Best Board Game N/A N/A Tetsudou Ou (Famicom) N/A
Best Mahjong Game N/A N/A Professional Mahjong Gokū N/A

Famitsu Platinum Hall of Fame[edit]

The following 1987 video game releases entered Famitsu magazine's "Platinum Hall of Fame" for receiving Famitsu scores of at least 35 out of 40. These are the oldest games in the Famitsu Hall of Fame.[38]

Title Platform Score (out of 40) Developer Publisher Genre
Dragon Quest II Nintendo Family Computer 38 Chunsoft Enix RPG
Zelda 2: Adventure of Link Famicom Disk System 36 Nintendo EAD Nintendo Action RPG

Business[edit]

Notable releases[edit]

Arcade[edit]

Home[edit]

Hardware[edit]

References[edit]

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  24. ^ "License To Thrill?". ACE. Future plc (10): 31. July 1988. ISSN 0954-8076.
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