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1983 In Video Gaming

List of years in video gaming (table)


  • Events 1
  • Business 2
  • Notable releases 3
    • Games 3.1
    • Hardware 3.2
  • References 4



Notable releases


Personal computer


  • 15 July, Sega releases the SG-1000 console in Japan,[30] on the same day as the Famicom.
  • 15 July, 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).
  • 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.
  • 16 June, Microsoft Japan releases MSX, an early standardized home computer architecture.
  • June, Mattel Electronics releases the Aquarius home computer, originally designed by Radofin Electronics Far East.[31]
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Coleco releases the Adam home computer.[32]
  • Sega releases the SC-3000, a personal computer version of the SG-1000 console, in Japan.[30]


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