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Konami releases Super Contra, as well as the NES version of in North America and the PAL Region. Metal Gear February 10,
Enix releases . Dragon Quest III April,
Namco releases , which may be the first game to use hardware rotation of sprites and the background. Assault July 20,
Capcom releases , for NES/Famicom based on the 1987 arcade game of the same title. Bionic Commando August,
Sega releases , later ported to the Altered Beast Mega Drive/Genesis where it was packaged with the console in North America and Europe. September 1,
Nintendo revamps and releases it as Doki Doki Panic , for the Super Mario Bros. 2 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 . This was the first game in the Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny series to implement a time-of-day system with day/night cycles and daily schedules for Ultima non-player characters. October 23,
Nintendo releases for the Super Mario Bros. 3 Famicom in Japan. December 1,
Nintendo releases in America. The game had been released nearly two years earlier in Japan on the Zelda II: The Adventure of Link Famicom Disk System, before America even saw the first . The Legend of Zelda December 9,
Tecmo releases for the NES/Famicom. Ninja Gaiden December 17,
Square Co. releases for the Final Fantasy II Famicom Disk System as the second installment of the Final Fantasy series. December 24,
Capcom releases 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 Mega Man 2 Nintendo Power's Top 200 Nintendo Games Ever list, coming in at number 33. December,
Capcom releases , the sequel to Ghouls 'n Ghosts Ghosts 'n Goblins and the second game in the Ghosts 'n Goblins series. December, Namco releases
, the first Winning Run polygonal 3D arcade racing game. December,
Technōs Japan releases , the first sequel to Double Dragon II: The Revenge , released during the previous year. Double Dragon
Namco releases , World Stadium , Berabow Man , Marchen Maze , which is the sequel to Bakutotsu Kijuutei , Baraduke , Ordyne , Metal Hawk , World Court , which is the first game to get a parental advisory disclaimer, Splatterhouse , Mirai Ninja and Face Off . Phelios
( Pool of Radiance SSI), the first of the " Gold Box" games, the first computer RPG based on . Advanced Dungeons & Dragons
Superior Software release on the Exile 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.
Sega releases outside Japan for the Phantasy Star Sega Master System, the first in the company's most successful series of role-playing video games.
Electronic Arts releases for the John Madden Football Apple II, starting its highly successful line of American football games.
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
Hardware [ edit ]