1983 in video gaming

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List of years in video gaming

1983 has seen many sequels and prequels in video games and several new titles such as Mario Bros., Pole Position II and Spy Hunter.

Events[edit]

Business[edit]

Notable releases[edit]

Games[edit]

Arcade
Personal computer
Console

Hardware[edit]

Arcade
Console
  • July 15, Sega releases the SG-1000 console in Japan,[31] on the same day as the Famicom.
  • July 15, Nintendo releases the Family Computer (Famicom) console in Japan. Shortly after its release, complaints begin to surface about rampant system instability, prompting Nintendo to issue a product recall and to rerelease the machine with a new motherboard.[2] It would later be released worldwide as the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).
  • October, Casio ships the Casio PV-1000 in Japan. It does not remain on the market for long.
  • GameLine, a combination modem and dialup game distribution service for the Atari 2600, is announced but never ships.
Personal computer
  • January, Apple Computer releases the Apple IIe, which becomes their most popular 8-bit machine.
  • June 16, Microsoft Japan releases MSX, an early standardized home computer architecture.
  • March, Atari releases the poorly received 1200XL computer. Late in the year it and the rest of the Atari 8-bit family are replaced by the 600XL and 800XL.
  • June, Mattel Electronics releases the Aquarius home computer, originally designed by Radofin Electronics Far East.[32]
  • October. Coleco releases the Adam home computer.[33] It is only on the market for 15 months.
  • October, Mattel discontinues the Aquarius.
  • Acorn Computers release the Acorn Electron, a cut down version of their BBC Micro to compete in the under £200 home computer market. Problems in manufacture see only 1 in 8 presales being delivered for the Christmas market.
  • Sega releases the SC-3000, a personal computer version of the SG-1000 console, in Japan.[31]

References[edit]

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  28. ^ "Road Racers". CRASH (16): 45. May 1985. 
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