Video Games 1985 – 80s Part VI
Video Games 1985
For the third Golden Joystick Awards (held in 1986), The Way of the Exploding Fist takes Game of the Year for 1985. The sixth Arcade Awards are held, for games released during 1983-1984, with Star Wars winning best arcade game. Space Shuttle wins the best console game, Ultima III: Exodus best computer game and Zaxxon best standalone game award.
Games featured in this video:
Space Harrier (Arcade)
Ghosts’n Goblins (Arcade)
Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo NES)
Battle City (Nintendo NES)
Wrecking Crew (Nintendo NES)
Lunar Ball (Famicom)
Bard’s Tale (Apple II)
Seven Cities of Gold (Amiga)
Cauldron (Commodore 64)
Racing Destruction Set (Commodore 64)
Zorro (Home Computers)
Terra Cresta (Arcade)
Section Z (Arcade)
Green Beret (Arcade)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Arcade)
H.E.R.O (Sega SG-1000)
Great Soccer (Sega Mark III / Master System)
City Connection / Cruisin’ (Arcade)
Mat Mania (Arcade)
Little Computer People (Commodore 64)
One On One (Amiga)
Dragon Slayer II – Xanadu (PC-88)
Hydlide II – Shine of Darkness (PC-88)
King’s Quest II (Sierra On-Line)
Yie Ar Kung Fu (Famicom)
Hyper Olympic / Track & Field (Famicom)
Buggy Boy / Speed Buggy (Arcade)
Ring King / King of Boxer (Arcade)
Home Consoles 1985
Nintendo releases the Family Computer Robot, a peripheral for their Family Computer video game console in Japan. In the United Stated, Nintendo Entertainment System video game console is launched for a limited test market. It is packed along with the R.O.B. (Robotic Operating Buddy) peripheral to present the console as entertainment system. Meanwhile, Sega Mark III home video game console is launched in Japan.
Home Computers 1985
Commodore releases their final 8-bit computer, the Commodore 128. Atari releases the 520ST, the first personal computer with a bit-mapped, color GUI. Commodore releases the Amiga personal computer.
Sega releases the Sega Space Harrier arcade hardware (also known as Sega Hang-On). It is the first of Sega’s “Super Scaler” arcade system boards that allow pseudo-3D sprite-scaling at high frame rates.
Computer Video Games 1985
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar popularizes the use of dynamic morality systems. Dragon Slayer II: Xanadu, became a foundation for the action role-playing game genre. It is combining real-time action combat with character statistics. It also features gameplay elements such as a Karma morality meter, and proto-Metroidvania style exploration. Hydlide II: Shine of Darkness, an early action role-playing game that also features an alignment morality meter.
Console Video Games 1985
Namco releases Battle City for the Famicom (which is based on their older 1980 arcade game of Tank Battalion). Nintendo releases Super Mario Bros., which eventually sells 40 million copies, making it the best-selling video game of all time until 2008. It introduces Princess Peach, Toad and Bowser to the Mario series. More than that, it features common enemies and powerups including Goombas, Koopas, Super Mushrooms, Fire Flowers and Starmen. Meanwhile, Nintendo releases Duck Hunt for the Famicom.
Arcade Video Games 1985
Konami releases Yie Ar Kung-Fu, which lays the foundations for modern fighting games. Tehkan releases Gridiron Fight, an American football sports game featuring the use of dual trackball controls. Capcom releases Commando, a vertically-scrolling on-foot shooter which inspires many games with similar themes. Sega releases Hang-On by Yu Suzuki. It is the first of Sega’s Super Scaler games. You need to use your body to control your motorbike.
Other Arcade Video Games 1985
Sega releases Space Harrier by Yu Suzuki and AM2. It further develops the pseudo-3D “Super Scaler” sprite-scaling graphics of Hang-On. It also features an analog flight stick for movement. With the ability to register movement in any direction and measure the degree of push, player could move character at different speeds. Atari Games releases Gauntlet, which is highly-profitable, letting players insert additional quarters for more health. Capcom releases Ghosts ‘n Goblins. It was one of the most popular arcade games of the year and went on to spawn a series of later games.
Namco releases Sky Kid, a side-scrolling shooter allowing two players to play simultaneously. In addition, Tehkan releases Tehkan World Cup, which lays the foundations for association soccer games with an above view of the field.