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Atari 2600 Video Game Release Dates for 1984

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Information compiled by Duane Alan Hahn.

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Release Date Quick List

January

 

February

 

March

Millipede (Atari)

Oscar’s Trash Race (Atari) BG

Beamrider (Activision) BG

H.E.R.O. (Activision) BG

Pitfall II (Activision) BG

Private Eye (Activision) BG

Out Of Control (Avalon Hill) BG

Shuttle Orbiter (Avalon Hill) BG

Berenstain Bears (Coleco) BG

 

April

Crystal Castles (Atari)

Taz (Atari)

Front Line (Coleco) BG

Espial (Tigervision) BG

 

May

James Bond 007 (Parker Bros) BG

River Patrol (Tigervision) BG

 

June

Roc’n Rope (Coleco) EBG

Gyruss (Parker Bros) EBG

Star Wars: TAG (Parker Bros) EBG

 

July

 

August

Gremlins (Atari) EBG

Stargate (Atari) EBG

 

September

 

October

Frogger II (Parker Bros) BG

Montezuma’s Revenge (Parker Bros) BG

Mr. Do!’s Castle (Parker Bros) EBG

 

November

 

December

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Below is an incomplete list of Atari 2600 video game release dates by month in the USA for the year 1984 along with lists of top 40 music, movies, and TV shows to help summon your treasured memories of the Atari 2600 and the 1980s with the bonus of recreating the magical feelings of that special time. If you were too young or not even born yet, play the songs in the order they are listed and watch short video clips or commercials for the movies and TV shows (in order) and you might start to feel what it was like back then in 1984. There were no smartphones or an Internet full of knowledge and entertainment at your fingertips. If you wanted to know something, you had to go to the library and try to find the information in a book. If you were lucky, you had an encyclopedia set at home, but it would probably be many decades out of date.

 

 

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Quick List and Index

For those who only want release dates and nothing else, there is a Release Date Quick List. This page also has an Index.

 

 

Best Guess

Many games are marked as a best guess. Some guesses are worse than others. Below is a list of the types of guesses that can be on this page.

 

Best Guess (BG): At least one magazine or newsletter mentioned the month a game was released or supposed to be released.

 

Extreme Best Guess (EBG): A vague mention of the release month in a magazine or newsletter.

 

Super Extreme Best Guess (SEBG): The Video Game Update newsletter only had a review for the game (no release month mentioned), so it's a semi-educated wild guess. The review could have happened the same month the game was released or the review could have been published a month or more later.

 

Desperate Super Extreme Best Guess (DSEBG): There might be an ad in a magazine to go on if we're lucky. It's a desperate semi-educated wild guess.

 

 

Copyright Date

Remember, the date on the box, cartridge, manual, and copyright screen can be different from the actual release date. For example, Atari 2600 Pac-Man was released in March/April of 1982, but the box, cart, manual, and copyright screen have 1981 as the copyright date.

 

 

YouTube

To help make your experience even more enjoyable, most items have a link next to them that will lead you to related search results at YouTube where you might find video game commercials, gameplay footage, music videos, and clips from TV shows or movies.

 

 

You Can Help

If you find a mistake, or have more information to add, such as month/year release dates for games, please contact me. Every little bit of credible information helps, no matter how insignificant you think it might be. Thanks for your help.

 

 

 

 

January 1984

January 1984

 

New on Top 40 Radio  [In the Approximate Order They Hit the Top 40]

“Remember The Nights” by The Motels   YouTube

“So Bad” by Paul McCartney   YouTube

“Wrapped Around Your Finger” by The Police   YouTube

“99 Luftballons” by Nena   YouTube

“Jump” by Van Halen   YouTube

“I Want A New Drug” by Huey Lewis & The News   YouTube

“Bang Your Head (Metal Health)” by Quiet Riot   YouTube

“Give It Up” by K.C.   YouTube

“New Moon On Monday” by Duran Duran   YouTube

“Thriller” by Michael Jackson   YouTube

“Girls Just Want To Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper   YouTube

January 1984

 

New at the Movies

Hot Dog… The Movie  (January 13)   YouTube   IMDb

Broadway Danny Rose  (January 27)   YouTube   IMDb

The Lonely Guy  (January 27)   YouTube   IMDb

January 1984

 

New on TV

Night Court  NBC  (January 4)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Blue Thunder  ABC  (January 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Master  NBC  (January 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Airwolf  CBS  (January 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer  CBS  (January 28)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

January 1984

 

History

     

    Text below from The Video Game Update (January 1984)

     

    Availability Update

    (Based on projected release dates by manufacturers. May change without notice.)

    January

    Kick Man (CBS) [unreleased]

    Targ (CBS) [unreleased]

     

    February

    Wings (CBS) [unreleased]

     

    Note: Any program noted with an “x” indicates it has shipped prior to our going to print. May not be in national distribution yet, however.

     

     

    Text below from The Video Game Update (January 1984)

     

     

    CHANGES

    For our readers who want to know “what's happened to...”, here's an update on various games. The board games (e.g. RISK, CHESS, and MONOPOLY) are still in development and have been bumped to the second half of '84. Meanwhile, JAMES BOND 007 has “gone back to the drawing board” as they want to expand the interest beyond that of the originally planned tie-in with the recent Bond film, Octupussy. Parker Bros, plans scenes from several Bond films. Don't look for that title until at least the second quarter of the year.

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February 1984

February 1984

 

New on Top 40 Radio  [In the Approximate Order They Hit the Top 40]

“Here Comes The Rain Again” by Eurythmics   YouTube

“Got A Hold On Me” by Christine McVie   YouTube

“Automatic” by Pointer Sisters   YouTube

“Footloose” by Kenny Loggins   YouTube

“Somebody's Watching Me” by Rockwell   YouTube

“Fields Of Fire” by Big Country   YouTube

“Runner” by Manfred Mann's Earth Band   YouTube

“The Politics Of Dancing” by Re-flex   YouTube

“Livin' In Desperate Times” by Olivia Newton-John   YouTube

“Hold Me Now” by Thompson Twins   YouTube

“New Song” by Howard Jones   YouTube

“Adult Education” by Daryl Hall & John Oates   YouTube

February 1984

 

New at the Movies

Blame it on Rio  (February 17)   YouTube   IMDb

Footloose  (February 17)   YouTube   IMDb

February 1984

 

History

     

    Text below from The Video Game Update (February 1984)

     

     

    GYRUSS DEBUTS FROM PARKER BROS

    Parker Bros, debuted their home translation of GYRUSS, the hit arcade game. Although not all formats were completed and ready to show, what we did see looked like Parker Bros, may have another hit on their hands! They plan versions for 2600, 5200, ColecoVision, C64, and Atari computers. Meanwhile, they worked faster than expected on the brand new version of JAMES BOND 007 and will start shipping in various formats as soon as this month! The tie-in with Octopussy is totally gone. Segments included in this new version include “The Spy Who Loved Me”, “For Your Eyes Only”, “Moonraker”, “Diamonds Are Forever”, and “Live and Let Die”. Only after the player has successfully negotiated all five adventures can he be awarded the opportunity of attaining the 007 rating. In order to inherit the Bond number, players must decode a diabolical puzzle designed by Dr. No to test the intuitive skills of Bond.

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March 1984

March 1984

 

Millipede (Atari)

Scheduled for March release according to Atari Age and it was shipped in March according to The Video Game Update. Millipede was reviewed in the May 1984 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

Atari Age (V2N5 Mar/Apr p19)

Atari Age (V2N5 Mar/Apr p6)

The Video Game Update

News:

Electronic Games (May 84 p23)

Electronic Games (Nov 84 p64)

Tips & Tricks:

Atarian (May/Jun 89 p20)

March 1984

 

Beamrider (Activision)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Beamrider was reviewed in the April 1984 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

The Video Game Update

Ads:

What Would You Do If - Electronic Games (Sep 84)

March 1984

 

H.E.R.O. (Activision)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. H.E.R.O. was reviewed in the February 1984 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

The Video Game Update

Reviews:

Electronic Games (Sep 84 p72)

Ads:

Not Necessarily - Electronic Games - Magazine (Jul 84)

March 1984

 

Pitfall II: Lost Caverns (Activision)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Pitfall II: Lost Caverns was reviewed in the February 1984 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

The Video Game Update

Reviews:

Electronic Games (Jul 84 p68)

News:

Electronic Fun (Mar 84 p80)

Electronic Games (May 84 p23)

Ads:

Looks Like You're Ready - Electronic Games (May 84)

March 1984

 

Private Eye (Activision)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Private Eye was reviewed in the February 1984 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

The Video Game Update

Reviews:

Electronic Games (Feb 85 p67)

March 1984

 

Out Of Control (Avalon Hill)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Out Of Control was reviewed in the March 1984 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

The Video Game Update

News:

From The Video Game Update (Aug 83): “Avalon Hill has told us they will ship a new 2600-compatible game in October named OUT OF CONTROL. In this game, you will control your spaceship through a racetrack in space—around pylons, etc.. Once through the course, you must hit ten different objects with the ship and then go through a docking sequence The game will feature 14 different ‘tracks’ with two speed variations.”

March 1984

 

Shuttle Orbiter (Avalon Hill)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Shuttle Orbiter was reviewed in the February 1984 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

The Video Game Update

News:

From The Video Game Update (Aug 83): “A second game, SHUTTLE ORBITER, is also planned for October. This is a multi-screen, timed contest where you control a space shuttle in orbit around earth and you must build a space station . It involves docking with an orbiting factory so your astronaut can get pieces for the space station, and then rendezvous with the station to add the piece(s) you've brought. It will feature 4 play levels.”

March 1984

 

Berenstain Bears (Coleco)   [Kid Vid Voice Module Required]

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. [Not reviewed in TVGU.]

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

The Video Game Update

Articles:

Shake It Up - STARLOG (Mar 84 p40)

March 1984

 

New on Top 40 Radio  [In the Approximate Order They Hit the Top 40]

“Girls” by Dwight Twilley   YouTube

“Miss Me Blind” by Culture Club   YouTube

“Radio Ga-Ga” by Queen   YouTube

“Don't Let Go” by Wang Chung   YouTube

“Hello” by Lionel Richie   YouTube

“Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now) ” by Phil Collins   YouTube

“Love Somebody” by Rick Springfield   YouTube

“Red, Red Wine” by UB40   YouTube

“Tonight” by Kool & The Gang   YouTube

“Eat It” by Weird Al Yankovic   YouTube

“They Don't Know” by Tracey Ullman   YouTube

“Head Over Heels” by The Go-Go's   YouTube

“Leave It” by Yes   YouTube

“Don't Answer Me” by Alan Parsons Project   YouTube

“You Might Think” by The Cars   YouTube

“One In A Million” by The Romantics   YouTube

“Hyperactive” by Thomas Dolby   YouTube

“To All The Girls I've Loved Before” by Julio Iglesias & Willie Nelson   YouTube

“The Authority Song” by John Cougar Mellencamp   YouTube

March 1984

 

New at the Movies

Against All Odds  (March 2)   YouTube   IMDb

This is Spinal Tap  (March 2)   YouTube   IMDb

Children of the Corn  (March 9)   YouTube   IMDb

Splash  (March 9)   YouTube   IMDb

The Ice Pirates  (March 16)   YouTube   IMDb

Police Academy  (March 23)   YouTube   IMDb

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes  (March 30)   YouTube   IMDb

Romancing the Stone  (March 30)   YouTube   IMDb

March 1984

 

New on TV

a.k.a. Pablo  ABC  (March 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Kate and Allie  CBS  (March 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Shaping Up  ABC  (March 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous  Syndication  (March 31)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

March 1984

 

History

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April 1984

April 1984

 

Crystal Castles (Atari)

Scheduled for April release according to Atari Age. It was shipped in March according to The Video Game Update. Crystal Castles was reviewed in the May 1984 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

Atari Age (V2N5 Mar/Apr p19)

Atari Age (V2N5 Mar/Apr p7)

The Video Game Update

Reviews:

Atarian (Jul/Aug 89 p6)

News:

Electronic Games (Nov 84 p64)

April 1984

 

Taz (Atari)

Scheduled for April release according to Atari Age and it was shipped in March according to The Video Game Update. Taz was reviewed in the February 1984 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

Atari Age (V2N5 Mar/Apr 84 p8)

The Video Game Update

News:

Electronic Games (May 84 p23)

April 1984

 

Front Line (Coleco)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Front Line was reviewed in the April 1984 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

The Video Game Update

News:

From Videogaming (Nov 83 p6): “Coleco projects a December release for a 2600 version of Front Line, the arcade hand-to-hand and tank game.”

April 1984

 

Espial (Tigervision)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. [Not reviewed in TVGU.]

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

The Video Game Update

News:

From The Video Game Update (Sep 83): “Tigervision has just licensed four titles from Orca Corp. of Tokyo, Japan. Among the games planned for eventual conversion by Tigervision are: ESPIAL (which ranks number 6 in Japan arcades), a high resolution graphic space attack game. Use your full fire power to destroy the massive scrolling spy space station; SUPER CRUSH, an auto demolition derby; SKY LANCER, a 21st century space warrior game; and CHANGES, touted as the ultimate maze game.”

 

From The Video Game Update (Jan 84): “Tigervision has told us of plans for four new games that will be shown at C.E.S. Planned for multiple systems (2600, TI994/A, C64, Atari computers, and IBM PCjr), they include CHANGES in which you guide a caterpiller through a maze infested with monster insects; SUPER CRUSH, has you driving in a demolition race car; SKY LANCER is a game in which you are abandoned in space with only a laser gun to defend yourself; and ESPIAL has you as a space attack pilot flying over a gigantic Starship. By the way, RIVER PATROL is now planned to only be available for the 2600.”

 

Electronic Games (Jan 84 p14)

 

Electronic Games (May 84 p23)

April 1984

 

New on Top 40 Radio  [In the Approximate Order They Hit the Top 40]

“The Longest Time” by Billy Joel   YouTube

“No More Words” by Berlin   YouTube

“Holding Out For A Hero” by Bonnie Tyler   YouTube

“Borderline” by Madonna   YouTube

“Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper   YouTube

“Oh, Sherrie” by Steve Perry   YouTube

“Let's Hear It For The Boy” by Deniece Williams   YouTube

“It's My Life” by Talk Talk   YouTube

“Illegal Alien” by Genesis   YouTube

“Sister Christian” by Night Ranger   YouTube

“Heart Of Rock & Roll” by Huey Lewis & The News   YouTube

“Rock You Like A Hurricane” by Scorpions   YouTube

“The Reflex” by Duran Duran   YouTube

April 1984

 

New at the Movies

Hard To Hold  (April 6)   YouTube   IMDb

Moscow on the Hudson  (April 6)   YouTube   IMDb

Up the Creek  (April 6)   YouTube   IMDb

Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter  (April 13)   YouTube   IMDb

Iceman  (April 13)   YouTube   IMDb

April 1984

 

New on TV

Double Trouble  NBC  (April 4)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Duck Factory  NBC  (April 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

My Little Pony  Syndication  (April 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

April 1984

 

History

     

    Text below from The Video Game Update (April 1984)

     

    Availability Update

    (Based on projected release dates by manufacturers. May change without notice.)

     

    Second Quarter [compiled from Apr 84, Mar 84, and Feb 84 availability updates]

    Changes (Tigervision) [unreleased]

    Espial (Tigervision)

    x - Frontline (Coleco)

    River Patrol (Tigervision)

    Scraper Caper (Tigervision) [unreleased]

    Sky Lancer (Tigervision) [unreleased]

    Super Crush (Tigervision) [unreleased]

    Tower Of Mystery (Mattel) [unreleased]

    Treasure Of Tarmin (Mattel) [unreleased]

     

    Note: Any program noted with an “x” indicates it has shipped prior to our going to print. May not be in national distribution yet, however.

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May 1984

May 1984

 

River Patrol (Tigervision)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. [Not reviewed in TVGU.]

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

The Video Game Update

News:

From The Video Game Update (Jan 83): “For those of you looking for RIVER PATROL, it has been bumped until January. The company, feeling that this will be a strong title for them, ‘went back to the drawing board’ and have redesigned it into a multi-screen game.”

 

From The Video Game Update (Jan 84): “Tigervision has told us of plans for four new games that will be shown at C.E.S. Planned for multiple systems (2600, TI994/A, C64, Atari computers, and IBM PCjr), they include CHANGES in which you guide a caterpiller through a maze infested with monster insects; SUPER CRUSH, has you driving in a demolition race car; SKY LANCER is a game in which you are abandoned in space with only a laser gun to defend yourself; and ESPIAL has you as a space attack pilot flying over a gigantic Starship. By the way, RIVER PATROL is now planned to only be available for the 2600.”

May 1984

 

New on Top 40 Radio  [In the Approximate Order They Hit the Top 40]

“Jump (For My Love)” by Pointer Sisters   YouTube

“Run, Runaway” by Slade   YouTube

“Self Control” by Laura Branigan   YouTube

“Stay The Night” by Chicago   YouTube

“Love Will Show Us How” by Christine McVie   YouTube

“Tell Me I'm Not Dreaming” by Jermaine Jackson   YouTube

“Eyes Without A Face” by Billy Idol   YouTube

“Who's That Girl” by Eurythmics   YouTube

“It's A Miracle” by Culture Club   YouTube

“Whisper To A Scream (Birds Fly)” by Icicle Works   YouTube

“Dance Hall Days” by Wang Chung   YouTube

“Magic” by The Cars   YouTube

“Dancing In The Dark” by Bruce Springsteen   YouTube

May 1984

 

New at the Movies

Breakin'  (May 4)   YouTube   IMDb

Sixteen Candles  (May 4)   YouTube   IMDb

Firestarter  (May 11)   YouTube   IMDb

The Natural  (May 11)   YouTube   IMDb

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom  (May 23)   YouTube   IMDb

May 1984

 

History

     

    Text below from The Video Game Update (May 1984)

     

    Availability Update

    (Based on projected release dates by manufacturers. May change without notice.)

     

    May

    x - James Bond 007 (Parker Bros)

     

    Note: Any program noted with an “x” indicates it has shipped prior to our going to print. May not be in national distribution yet, however.

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June 1984

June 1984

 

Roc’n Rope (Coleco)

Extreme Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Roc’n Rope was reviewed in the July 1984 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

The Video Game Update

June 1984

 

Gyruss (Parker Brothers)

Extreme Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Gyruss for multiple systems was reviewed in the July 1984 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

The Video Game Update

The Video Game Update

News:

Electronic Games (May 84 p24)

Electronic Games (July 84 p12)

Ads:

Unwind With Gyrus - Electronic Games (July 84)

Unwind With Gyrus - Electronic Games (Sep 84)

June 1984

 

Star Wars: The Arcade Game (Parker Brothers)

Extreme Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Star Wars: The Arcade Game for multiple systems was reviewed in the July 1984 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

The Video Game Update

Reviews:

Computer Games (Nov/Dec 84 p49)

Ads:

Star Wars: The Arcade Game Comes Home - STARLOG (Jul 84)

Star Wars: The Arcade Game Comes Home - Electronic Games (Sep 84)

June 1984

 

New on Top 40 Radio  [In the Approximate Order They Hit the Top 40]

“Legs” by ZZ Top   YouTube

“Music Time” by STYX   YouTube

“I Can Dream About You” by Dan Hartman   YouTube

“What Is Love?” by Howard Jones   YouTube

“Obscene Phone Caller” by Rockwell   YouTube

“When Doves Cry” by Prince   YouTube

“No Way Out” by Jefferson Starship   YouTube

“Doctor! Doctor!” by Thompson Twins   YouTube

“What's Love Got To Do With It” by Tina Turner   YouTube

“Farewell My Summer Love” by Michael Jackson   YouTube

“Romancing The Stone” by Eddy Grant   YouTube

“Breakin'…There's No Stopping Us” by Ollie & Jerry   YouTube

“Sad Songs (Say So Much)” by Elton John   YouTube

“Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr.   YouTube

“Sunglasses At Night” by Corey Hart   YouTube

“I'm Free (Heaven Helps The Man)” by Kenny Loggins   YouTube

“Panama” by Van Halen   YouTube

“State Of Shock” by The Jacksons   YouTube

June 1984

 

New at the Movies

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock  (June 1)   YouTube   IMDb

Ghostbusters  (June 8)   YouTube   IMDb

Gremlins  (June 8)   YouTube   IMDb

Top Secret!  (June 8)   YouTube   IMDb

The Karate Kid  (June 22)   YouTube   IMDb

Rhinestone  (June 22)   YouTube   IMDb

Bachelor Party  (June 29)   YouTube   IMDb

Cannonball Run II  (June 29)   YouTube   IMDb

Conan the Destroyer  (June 29)   YouTube   IMDb

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July 1984

July 1984

 

New on Top 40 Radio  [In the Approximate Order They Hit the Top 40]

“Rock Me Tonite” by Billy Squier   YouTube

“Sexy Girl” by Glenn Frey   YouTube

“Leave A Tender Moment Alone” by Billy Joel   YouTube

“Lights Out” by Peter Wolf   YouTube

“The Warrior” by Scandal   YouTube

“The Glamorous Life” by Sheila E.   YouTube

“Missing You” by John Waite   YouTube

“She Bop” by Cyndi Lauper   YouTube

“If This Is It” by Huey Lewis & The News   YouTube

July 1984

 

New at the Movies

The Gods Must Be Crazy  (July 9)   YouTube   IMDb   [Limited US release of a movie from 1980.]

The Last Starfighter  (July 13)   YouTube   IMDb

The Muppets Take Manhattan  (July 13)   YouTube   IMDb

Best Defense  (July 20)   YouTube   IMDb

Electric Dreams  (July 20)   YouTube   IMDb

Revenge of the Nerds  (July 20)   YouTube   IMDb

Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers  (July 27)   YouTube   IMDb

Meatballs Part II  (July 27)   YouTube   IMDb

Purple Rain  (July 27)   YouTube   IMDb

July 1984

 

History

     

    Text below from The Video Game Update (July 1984)

     

    Availability Update

    (Based on projected release dates by manufacturers. May change without notice.)

     

    Second Quarter

    x - Gyruss (Parker Bros)

    x - Rock N Rope (Coleco)

    x - Star Wars [The Arcade Game] (Parker Bros)

     

    Note: Any program noted with an “x” indicates it has shipped prior to our going to print. May not be in national distribution yet, however.

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August 1984

August 1984

 

Gremlins (Atari)

Extreme Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. [Not reviewed in TVGU.]

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

The Video Game Update

Reviews:

Electronic Games (Nov 84 p71)

Electronic Games (March 85 p67)

August 1984

 

Stargate (Atari)

Extreme Best Guess. Scheduled for June release according to Atari Age, but it was delayed until the third quarter according to The Video Game Update.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

Atari Age (V2N5 Mar/Apr BC)

Atari Age (V2N5 Mar/Apr p7)

The Video Game Update

News:

Electronic Games (Nov 84 p64)

August 1984

 

New on Top 40 Radio  [In the Approximate Order They Hit the Top 40]

“Drive” by The Cars   YouTube

“Dynamite” by Jermaine Jackson   YouTube

“Cruel Summer” by Bananarama   YouTube

“Let's Go Crazy” by Prince & The Revolution   YouTube

“Go Insane” by Lindsey Buckingham   YouTube

“We're Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister   YouTube

“Cover Me” by Bruce Springsteen   YouTube

“I'm So Excited” by Pointer Sisters   YouTube

“Torture” by The Jacksons   YouTube

“Hard Habit To Break” by Chicago   YouTube

August 1984

 

New at the Movies

The Philadelphia Experiment  (August 3)   YouTube   IMDb

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension  (August 10)   YouTube   IMDb

Cloak & Dagger  (August 10)   YouTube   IMDb

Red Dawn  (August 10)   YouTube   IMDb

The Woman in Red  (August 15)   YouTube   IMDb

Dreamscape  (August 17)   YouTube   IMDb

Sheena  (August 17)   YouTube   IMDb

Tightrope  (August 17)   YouTube   IMDb

C.H.U.D.  (August 31)   YouTube   IMDb

August 1984

 

New on TV

Call to Glory  ABC  (August 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

August 1984

 

History

     

    Text below from The Video Game Update (August 1984)

     

    Availability Update

    (Based on projected release dates by manufacturers. May change without notice.)

     

    Third Quarter [compiled from Aug 84 and Jul 84 availability updates]

    Choplifter (Atari) [unreleased]

    x - Gremlins (Atari)

    Jr Pac-Man (Atari) [not released until 1986]

    Last Starfighter (Atari) [unreleased (name later changed to Solaris and released Nov 86)]

    Stargate (Atari)

    The A-Team (Atari) [unreleased]

    Tarzan (Coleco) [unreleased]

     

    Note: Any program noted with an “x” indicates it has shipped prior to our going to print. May not be in national distribution yet, however.

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September 1984

September 1984

 

New on Top 40 Radio  [In the Approximate Order They Hit the Top 40]

“Lucky Star” by Madonna   YouTube

“I Just Called To Say I Love You” by Stevie Wonder   YouTube

“Some Guys Have All The Luck” by Rod Stewart   YouTube

“Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)” by Billy Ocean   YouTube

“Bop 'Til You Drop” by Rick Springfield   YouTube

“Strut” by Sheena Easton   YouTube

“On The Dark Side” by John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band   YouTube

“Blue Jean” by David Bowie   YouTube

“Desert Moon” by Dennis DeYoung   YouTube

“Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” by Wham!   YouTube

“I Feel For You” by Chaka Khan   YouTube

“Out Of Touch” by Daryl Hall & John Oates   YouTube

September 1984

 

New at the Movies

Amadeus  (September 19)   YouTube   IMDb

All of Me  (September 21)   YouTube   IMDb

Irreconcilable Differences  (September 28)   YouTube   IMDb

September 1984

 

New on TV

Heathcliff  Syndication  (September 5)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Kids Incorporated  Syndication  (September 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Dragon's Lair  ABC  (September 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Mighty Orbots  ABC  (September 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Pink Panther and Sons  NBC  (September 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Voltron: Defender of the Universe  Syndication  (September 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Snorks  NBC  (September 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Get Along Gang  CBS  (September 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Jim Henson's Muppet Babies  CBS  (September 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Pole Position  CBS  (September 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Pryor's Place  CBS  (September 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

E/R  CBS  (September 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Punky Brewster  NBC  (September 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Transformers  Syndication  (September 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Hunter  NBC  (September 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Highway to Heaven  NBC  (September 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Cosby Show  NBC  (September 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Who's the Boss?  ABC  (September 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Cover Up  CBS  (September 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Paper Dolls  ABC  (September 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Three's a Crowd  ABC  (September 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

It's Your Move  NBC  (September 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Partners in Crime  NBC  (September 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Miami Vice  NBC  (September 28)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Tales from the Darkside  Syndication  (September 30)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Murder, She Wrote  CBS  (September 30)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

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October 1984

October 1984

 

Montezuma’s Revenge (Parker Brothers)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Montezuma’s Revenge was reviewed in the September 1984 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

The Video Game Update

Articles:

Game of the Month - Electronic Games (Dec 84 p59)

Ads:

I Had to Think Quick - Electronic Games (Oct 84)

I Had to Think Quick - Computer Games (Jan/Feb 85)

October 1984

 

New on Top 40 Radio  [In the Approximate Order They Hit the Top 40]

“Purple Rain” by Prince & The Revolution   YouTube

“All Through The Night” by Cyndi Lauper   YouTube

“The War Song” by Culture Club   YouTube

“No More Lonely Nights” by Paul McCartney   YouTube

“Cool It Now” by New Edition   YouTube

October 1984

 

New at the Movies

Teachers  (October 5)   YouTube   IMDb

The Terminator  (October 26)   YouTube   IMDb

October 1984

 

New on TV

Charles in Charge  CBS  (October 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Dreams  CBS  (October 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

V  NBC  (October 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

October 1984

 

History

     

    Text below from The Video Game Update (October 1984)

     

    Availability Update

    (Based on projected release dates by manufacturers. May change without notice.)

     

    Fourth Quarter [compiled from Jan 85, Oct 84, and Aug 84 availability updates]

    Circus Charlie (Parker Bros) [unreleased]

    Elevator Action (Atari) [unreleased]

    x - Frogger II: Threedeep (Parker Bros)

    Mindlink System (Atari) [unreleased]

    x - Montezuma's Revenge (Parker Bros)

    Mr Do's Castle (Parker Bros)

    Peek-A-Boo (Atari) [unreleased]

     

    Note: Any program noted with an “x” indicates it has shipped prior to our going to print. May not be in national distribution yet, however.

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November 1984

November 1984

 

New on Top 40 Radio  [In the Approximate Order They Hit the Top 40]

“The Wild Boys” by Duran Duran   YouTube

“Valotte” by Julian Lennon   YouTube

“We Belong” by Pat Benatar   YouTube

“Hello Again” by The Cars   YouTube

“Centipede” by Rebbie Jackson   YouTube

“Born In The U.S.A.” by Bruce Springsteen   YouTube

“Run To You” by Bryan Adams   YouTube

“Like A Virgin” by Madonna   YouTube

November 1984

 

New at the Movies

The Killing Fields  (November 2)   YouTube   IMDb   [New York]

A Nightmare on Elm Street  (November 9 limited, 16 wide)   YouTube   IMDb

Oh God, You Devil!  (November 9)   YouTube   IMDb

Night of the Comet  (November 16)   YouTube   IMDb

Missing in Action  (November 16)   YouTube   IMDb

Supergirl  (November 21)   YouTube   IMDb

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December 1984

December 1984

 

New on Top 40 Radio  [In the Approximate Order They Hit the Top 40]

“The Boys Of Summer” by Don Henley   YouTube

“You're The Inspiration” by Chicago   YouTube

“Easy Lover” by Phillip Bailey & Phil Collins   YouTube

“I Would Die 4 U” by Prince & The Revolution   YouTube

“I Want To Know What Love Is” by Foreigner   YouTube

“Neutron Dance” by Pointer Sisters   YouTube

“Foolish Heart” by Steve Perry   YouTube

“Careless Whisper” by Wham!   YouTube

“Do They Know It's Christmas” by Band Aid   YouTube

“Method Of Modern Love ” by Daryl Hall & John Oates   YouTube

“Jungle Love” by The Time   YouTube

December 1984

 

New at the Movies

Beverly Hills Cop  (December 5)   YouTube   IMDb

2010  (December 7)   YouTube   IMDb

The Cotton Club  (December 14)   YouTube   IMDb

Dune  (December 14)   YouTube   IMDb

Runaway  (December 14)   YouTube   IMDb

Starman  (December 14)   YouTube   IMDb

Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo  (December 21)   YouTube   IMDb

The Flamingo Kid  (December 21)   YouTube   IMDb

Johnny Dangerously  (December 21)   YouTube   IMDb

Protocol  (December 21)   YouTube   IMDb

December 1984

 

New on TV

Crazy Like a Fox  CBS  (December 30)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

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Atari 2600 Game History: 1982

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Atari 2600 Game History: 1984

 

 

 

 

Information Compiled From the Following Sources

Internet Archive

Digital Press Library

2600 Connection Library

The Giant List of Classic Game Programmers

I. C. When

Atari History Museum (Atari Historical Society)

AtariGuide

AtariAge

Rock on the Net: The Ark Weekly Top 40 Archives

Internet Movie Database

Wikipedia: Wide-release Movies

Wikipedia: List of Years in Television

 

 

 

Index

Related Links

Atari Owners Club Bulletin / VCS Owners Club Bulletin

Find release dates for Atari 2600 games that were sold in the UK.

 

I. C. When

A chronological history of computers, video games, and related technologies (at archive.org).

Interesting Article

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