- 1986 in video gaming
Namcoreleases " Sky Kid Deluxe", " Hopping Mappy", " Toy Pop", " The Return of Ishtar", which is the sequel to " Tower of Druaga", " Genpei Tōma Den", and "Rolling Thunder".
August 6— " Metroid" by Makoto Kanoh, the first in the Metroid series.
February 21— " The Legend of Zelda" (designed by Shigeru Miyamotofor the Nintendo Famicom Disk System), the first in The Legend of Zelda series, a spiritual forerunner of console role-playing games
Arkanoid" (Taito, arcade), spawned many sequels and remakes
Bubble Bobble" (Taito, arcade), spawned many sequels
*"" was released in October
*"Dragon Quest" (
Enix, Famicom), usually considered the foremost console role-playing game, the first in a series that has been phenomenally successful in Japan
Namcoreleases the Namco System '86arcade system board
Atarireleases the Atari 7800home console two years after its original test market date
Segareleases the Sega Master Systemhome console in the United States; releases the " Out Run" arcade game
*Sharp releases the
Twin Famicomhome console
Nintendoreleases the Famicom Disk System(an add-on for the Famicom) in Japan only
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