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Release Date Quick List

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Below is an incomplete list of Atari 2600 video game release dates by month in the USA for the year 1988 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 1988. 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 If you were lucky, you had an encyclopedia set at home, but it would probably be many decades out of date.

 

 

Link Colors

Links that jump to other places on this page are blue. Links that lead to other pages online are red.

 

 

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.

 

 

Not Set in Stone

Most of the release dates below are not set in stone. Games will be moved as better information is found, so be sure to check back once in a while.

 

 

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. It usually took around 6 months for a programmer to make an Atari VCS game back then and that's not counting the time it took to make the manuals, boxes, and cartridges.

 

 

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 1988

January 1988

 

Skate Boardin’ (Absolute Entertainment)

Best Guess. The game was shipped in January according to Computer Entertainer.

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Trivia:

The original name of this game was Rad Boardin’ according to Computer Entertainer (V6N3 Jun 87 p12).

January 1988

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Father Figure” by George Michael  (Jan 16)   YouTube

“Wishing Well” by Terence Trent D'Arby  (Jan 16)   YouTube   75%

“I Get Weak” by Belinda Carlisle  (Jan 16)   YouTube

“Just Like Paradise” by David Lee Roth  (Jan 16)   YouTube

“(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay” by Michael Bolton  (Jan 23)   YouTube

“I Heard It Through The Grapevine” by The California Raisins  (Jan 23)   YouTube

“It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” by R.E.M.  (Jan 30)   YouTube   70%

New on Top 100 Radio for February >

January 1988

 

New at the Movies

Cop  (Jan 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Couch Trip  (Jan 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

For Keeps  (Jan 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Braddock: Missing in Action III  (Jan 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

January 1988

 

New on TV

High Mountain Rangers  CBS  (Jan 2)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Blackout  CBS  (Jan 4)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   [game show]

Trivia: Nick Jr. begins as a block of Nickelodeon programming for younger children.   Nickelodeon  (Jan 4)   YouTube   Wikipedia: 1988 Events

48 Hours  CBS  (Jan 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Wonder Years  ABC  (Jan 31)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

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February 1988

February 1988

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Man In The Mirror” by Michael Jackson  (Feb 6)   YouTube   65%

“When We Was Fab” by George Harrison  (Feb 6)   YouTube   70%

“You Will Know” by Stevie Wonder  (Feb 6)   YouTube

“Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car” by Billy Ocean  (Feb 13)   YouTube   60%

“Electric Blue” by Icehouse  (Feb 13)   YouTube

“Thinking Of You” by Earth, Wind and Fire  (Feb 13)   YouTube   [Didn’t hear it back then, but I might have liked it.]

“What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong  (Feb 20)   YouTube   [re-released because it was in the movie Good Morning, Vietnam.]

“Where Do Broken Hearts Go” by Whitney Houston  (Feb 27)   YouTube

“Naughty Girls (Need Love Too)” by Samantha Fox  (Feb 27)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for March >

February 1988

 

New at the Movies

She's Having a Baby  (Feb 5)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Unbearable Lightness of Being  (Feb 5)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Action Jackson  (Feb 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Shoot to Kill  (Feb 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Bloodsport  (Feb 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Frantic  (Feb 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Hairspray  (Feb 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

February 1988

 

New on TV

America's Most Wanted  Fox  (Feb 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Day by Day  NBC  (Feb 29)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

In the Heat of the Night  NBC  (Mar 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Supercarrier  ABC  (Mar 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Probe  ABC  (Mar 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Aaron's Way  NBC  (Mar 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Eisenhower and Lutz  CBS  (Mar 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Coming of Age  CBS  (Mar 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Trial and Error  CBS  (Mar 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

February 1988

 

History

     

    Text below from Computer Entertainer (February 1988)

     

    Classic Atari 2600 Games Revived by Activision

    Activision has recently re-released some classic Atari 2600 games of their own, plus some titles originally done by Imagic. The newly added titles are THE ACTIVISION DECATHLON, ROBOT TANK, ATLANTIS, DEMON ATTACK, and MOONSWEEPER. These games are distributed primarily to nationwide toy store chains, such as Toys 'R' Us and Kaybee Toys.

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March 1988

March 1988

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Pink Cadillac” by Natalie Cole  (Mar 5)   YouTube

“Anything For You” by Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine  (Mar 12)   YouTube

“Shattered Dreams” by Johnny Hates Jazz  (Mar 19)   YouTube   75%

“Breakaway” or “I Can’t Break Away” by Big Pig  (Mar 19)   YouTube

“Always On My Mind” by Pet Shop Boys  (Mar 26)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for April >

March 1988

 

New at the Movies

And God Created Woman  (Mar 4)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Moving  (Mar 4)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Prison  (Mar 4)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Switching Channels  (Mar 4)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Masquerade  (Mar 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Off Limits  (Mar 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Stand and Deliver  (Mar 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

D.O.A.  (Mar 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Milagro Beanfield War  (Mar 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach  (Mar 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw  (Mar 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Stars and Bars  (Mar 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Biloxi Blues  (Mar 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Fox and the Hound [re-release]  (Mar 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Johnny Be Good  (Mar 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Beetlejuice  (Mar 30)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

March 1988

 

New on TV

Just in Time  ABC  (Apr 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

China Beach  ABC  (Apr 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Just the Ten of Us  ABC  (Apr 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

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April 1988

April 1988

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“I Still Believe” by Brenda K. Starr  (Apr 2)   YouTube

“Jack The Lad” by 3 Man Island  (Apr 2)   YouTube

“Nite And Day” by Al B. Sure!  (Apr 9)   YouTube   80%

“Together Forever” by Rick Astley  (Apr 16)   YouTube

“Hands To Heaven” by Breathe  (Apr 16)   YouTube

“Circle In The Sand” by Belinda Carlisle  (Apr 16)   YouTube

“Da' Butt” by E.U.  (Apr 16)   YouTube

“Pour Some Sugar On Me” by Def Leppard  (Apr 23)   YouTube

“Nothin' But A Good Time” by Poison  (Apr 23)   YouTube

“Supersonic” by J.J. Fad  (Apr 23)   YouTube

“The Valley Road” by Bruce Hornsby & The Range  (Apr 30)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for May >

April 1988

 

New at the Movies

Bright Lights, Big City  (Apr 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Seventh Sign  (Apr 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

18 Again!  (Apr 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Above the Law  (Apr 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Bad Dreams  (Apr 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Appointment with Death  (Apr 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Brain Damage  (Apr 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Colors  (Apr 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Moderns  (Apr 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Plain Clothes  (Apr 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Return to Snowy River  (Apr 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Casual Sex?  (Apr 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Return of the Killer Tomatoes  (Apr 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Critters 2: The Main Course  (Apr 29)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Sunset  (Apr 29)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

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May 1988

May 1988

 

Crossbow (Activision)

Desperate Super Extreme Best Guess. According to Computer Entertainer The Newsletter, Crossbow was supposed to be released in 1987, then it was delayed month after month until it was eventually scheduled for a possible May 1988 release in the May and June 1988 issues. In the July 1988 issue, Crossbow was no longer on the list. Problem is that I didn't get a dandy little x next to the game as officially being shipped. Until more information is found, I'll just leave the game here in May.

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May 1988

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Dirty Diana” by Michael Jackson  (May 7)   YouTube

“Rush Hour” by Jane Wiedlin  (May 7)   YouTube

“I Should Be So Lucky” by Kylie Minogue  (May 7)   YouTube

“New Sensation” by INXS  (May 14)   YouTube

“Love Changes (Everything)” by Climie Fisher  (May 14)   YouTube

“Parents Just Don't Understand” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince  (May 21)   YouTube   55%

“Fat” by “Weird Al” Yankovic  (May 21)   YouTube   60%

“Sign Your Name” by Terence Trent D'Arby  (May 28)   YouTube   60%

New on Top 100 Radio for June >

May 1988

 

New at the Movies

The House on Carroll Street  (May 4)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Dead Heat  (May 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Salsa  (May 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Shakedown  (May 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood  (May 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Maniac Cop  (May 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Nest  (May 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Call Me  (May 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Willow  (May 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Crocodile Dundee II  (May 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Rambo III  (May 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Killer Klowns from Outer Space  (May 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

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June 1988

June 1988

 

Commando (Activision)

Best Guess using info from Computer Entertainer The Newsletter. Commando was reviewed in the July 1988 issue of Computer Entertainer The Newsletter.

Info:

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Atarimania

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Computer Entertainer The Newsletter

Preview:

Atarian (May/June 89 p4)

June 1988

 

California Games (Epyx)

Best Guess using info from Computer Entertainer The Newsletter. California Games was reviewed in the July 1988 issue of Computer Entertainer The Newsletter.

Info:

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Computer Entertainer The Newsletter

June 1988

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“1-2-3” by Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine  (Jun 4)   YouTube   55%

“Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman  (Jun 4)   YouTube

“Do You Love Me” by The Contours  (Jun 4)   YouTube

“Rag Doll” by Aerosmith  (Jun 4)   YouTube

“Roll With It” by Steve Winwood  (Jun 11)   YouTube

“Colors” by Ice-T  (Jun 11)   YouTube

“I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That” by Elton John  (Jun 18)   YouTube

“The Twist (Yo Twist)” by Fat Boys & Chubby Checker  (Jun 18)   YouTube

“I Hate Myself For Loving You” by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts  (Jun 25)   YouTube

“Please Don’t Go Girl” by New Kids On The Block  (Jun 25)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for July >

June 1988

 

New at the Movies

Big  (Jun 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Funny Farm  (Jun 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Big Business  (Jun 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Poltergeist III  (Jun 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Presidio  (Jun 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Puss in Boots  (Jun 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Bull Durham  (Jun 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Great Outdoors  (Jun 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Red Heat  (Jun 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Waxwork  (Jun 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Who Framed Roger Rabbit  (Jun 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Coming to America  (Jun 29)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

June 1988

 

History

     

    Text below from Computer Entertainer The Newsletter (July 1988)

     

    Availability Update

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

     

    June [from Jul 88 availability update]

    x - California Games (Epyx)

    x - Commando (Activision)

     

    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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July 1988

July 1988

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Simply Irresistible” by Robert Palmer  (Jul 2)   YouTube

“Monkey” by George Michael  (Jul 9)   YouTube   60%

“Nobody's Fool” by Kenny Loggins  (Jul 9)   YouTube

“Hole In My Heart (All The Way To China)” by Cyndi Lauper  (Jul 9)   YouTube

“Coming To America” by The System  (Jul 9)   YouTube

“Perfect World” by Huey Lewis & The News  (Jul 16)   YouTube

“What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy)” by Information Society  (Jul 16)   YouTube   65%

“It Would Take A Strong Strong Man” by Rick Astley  (Jul 16)   YouTube   50%

“One Good Woman” by Peter Cetera  (Jul 23)   YouTube

“Another Part Of Me” by Michael Jackson  (Jul 23)   YouTube   80%

“Time And Tide” by Basia  (Jul 23)   YouTube   55%

“Don't Worry Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin  (Jul 30)   YouTube   60%

“Don't Be Cruel” by Cheap Trick  (Jul 30)   YouTube   55%

“Chains Of Love” by Erasure  (Jul 30)   YouTube   75%

New on Top 100 Radio for August >

July 1988

 

New at the Movies

License to Drive  (Jul 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Short Circuit 2  (Jul 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Arthur 2: On the Rocks  (Jul 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

It Couldn't Happen Here  (Jul 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Dead Pool  (Jul 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Bambi  [re-release]  (Jul 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Die Hard  (Jul 15/22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Midnight Run  (Jul 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Big Top Pee-wee  (Jul 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Caddyshack II  (Jul 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Mr. North  (Jul 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Cocktail  (Jul 29)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Monkey Shines  (Jul 29)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking  (Jul 29)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

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August 1988

August 1988

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Forever Young” by Rod Stewart  (Aug 6)   YouTube

“Red Red Wine” [re-release] by UB40  (Aug 13)   YouTube

“Wild, Wild West” by The Escape Club  (Aug 20)   YouTube

“Another Lover” by Giant Steps  (Aug 20)   YouTube   70%

“It Takes Two” by Rob Base & D.J. E-Z Rock  (Aug 20)   YouTube

“The Loco-Motion” by Kylie Minogue  (Aug 27)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for September >

August 1988

 

New at the Movies

The Blob  (Aug 5)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

A Fish Called Wanda  (Aug 5)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Rescue  (Aug 5)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Vibes  (Aug 5)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Clean and Sober  (Aug 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Last Temptation of Christ  (Aug 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Mac and Me  (Aug 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Tucker: The Man and His Dream  (Aug 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Young Guns  (Aug 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Married to the Mob  (Aug 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master  (Aug 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Betrayed  (Aug 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Hero and the Terror  (Aug 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Hot to Trot  (Aug 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Stealing Home  (Aug 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

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September 1988

September 1988

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Groovy Kind Of Love” by Phil Collins  (Sep 3)   YouTube

“Kokomo” by The Beach Boys  (Sep 3)   YouTube   60%

“The Promise” by When In Rome  (Sep 3)   YouTube

“Look Away” by Chicago  (Sep 24)   YouTube

“Bad Medicine” by Bon Jovi  (Sep 24)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for October >

September 1988

 

New at the Movies

Crossing Delancey  (Sep 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Deceivers  (Sep 2)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Eight Men Out  (Sep 2)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Moon over Parador  (Sep 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Running on Empty  (Sep 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Miles from Home  (Sep 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Tougher Than Leather  (Sep 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Messenger of Death  (Sep 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Kansas  (Sep 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Patty Hearst  (Sep 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Sweet Hearts Dance  (Sep 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Daffy Duck's Quackbusters  (Sep 24)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

War Party  (Sep 29)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Bird  (Sep 30)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark  (Sep 30)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Heartbreak Hotel  (Sep 30)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

September 1988

 

New on TV

Fun House [game show]  Syndication  (Sep 5)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Relatively Speaking [game show]  Syndication  (Sep 5)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

A Pup Named Scooby-Doo [animated sat. morn.]  ABC  (Sep 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

ALF: The Animated Series [animated sat. morn.]  NBC  (Sep 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Baby Boom  NBC  (Sep 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley [animated sat. morn.]  NBC  (Sep 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Police Academy [animated]  Syndication  (Sep 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Denver, the Last Dinosaur [animated]  Syndication  (Sep 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Sweethearts [game show]  Syndication  (Sep 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

USA Today: The Television Series  Syndication  (Sep 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Wipeout [game show]  Syndication  (Sep 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Garfield and Friends [animated sat. morn.]  CBS  (Sep 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Hey Vern, It's Ernest! [sat. morn.]  CBS  (Sep 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Superman [animated sat. morn.]  CBS  (Sep 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

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October 1988

October 1988

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Symptoms Of True Love” by Tracie Spencer  (Oct 1)   YouTube

“In Your Room” by Bangles  (Oct 15)   YouTube

“I Don’t Want Your Love” by Duran Duran  (Oct 15)   YouTube

“My Prerogative” by Bobby Brown  (Oct 22)   YouTube

“Welcome To The Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses  (Oct 22)   YouTube

“Hippy Hippy Shake” by The Georgia Satellites  (Oct 22)   YouTube

“Wild World” by Maxi Priest  (Oct 29)   YouTube

“Handle With Care” by Traveling Wilburys  (Oct 29)   YouTube

“Girls Ain’t Nothing But Trouble” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince  (Oct 29)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for November >

October 1988

 

New at the Movies

Alien Nation  (Oct 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Clara’s Heart  (Oct 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Gorillas in the Mist  (Oct 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Memories of Me  (Oct 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Punchline  (Oct 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Accused  (Oct 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Kiss  (Oct 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Another Woman  (Oct 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Night of the Demons  (Oct 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Bat*21  (Oct 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers  (Oct 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Little Dorrit  (Oct 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Mystic Pizza  (Oct 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Tapeheads  (Oct 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Feds  (Oct 28)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

October 1988

 

New on TV

COPS [animated]  Syndication  (Oct 5)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

War of the Worlds  Syndication  (Oct 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Roseanne  ABC  (Oct 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Something Is Out There  NBC  (Oct 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Mission: Impossible  ABC  (Oct 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Midnight Caller  NBC  (Oct 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Tattingers  NBC  (Oct 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Annie McGuire  CBS  (Oct 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Van Dyke Show  CBS  (Oct 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Paradise  CBS  (Oct 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Dirty Dancing CBS (Oct 29)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

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November 1988

November 1988

 

River Raid II (Activision)

Best Guess using info from Computer Entertainer The Newsletter. River Raid II was reviewed in the December 1988 issue of Computer Entertainer The Newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Computer Entertainer The Newsletter

November 1988

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Put A Little Love In Your Heart” by Annie Lennox & Al Green  (Nov 5)   YouTube

“It's Money That Matters” by Randy Newman  (Nov 5)   YouTube

“Smooth Criminal” by Michael Jackson  (Nov 12)   YouTube   70%

“(It's Just) The Way That You Love Me” by Paula Abdul  (Nov 12)   YouTube

“Two Hearts” by Phil Collins  (Nov 19)   YouTube

“What I Am” by Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians  (Nov 26)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for December >

November 1988

 

New at the Movies

Everybody's All-American  (Nov 4)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Good Mother  (Nov 4)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

They Live  (Nov 4)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Child's Play  (Nov 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

A Cry in the Dark  (Nov 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Distant Thunder  (Nov 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Ernest Saves Christmas  (Nov 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Iron Eagle II  (Nov 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Split Decisions  (Nov 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

1969  (Nov 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Chocolate War  (Nov 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Fresh Horses  (Nov 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

High Spirits  (Nov 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Land Before Time  (Nov 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Oliver & Company  (Nov 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Buster  (Nov 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Cocoon: The Return  (Nov 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Full Moon in Blue Water  (Nov 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Hanna's War  (Nov 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Scrooged  (Nov 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

November 1988

 

New on TV

Murphy's Law  ABC  (Nov 2)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Knightwatch  ABC  (Nov 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Murphy Brown  CBS  (Nov 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Raising Miranda  CBS  (Nov 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Almost Grown  CBS  (Nov 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

TV 101  CBS  (Nov 29)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Good Morning, Miss Bliss  Disney Channel  (Nov 30)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

November 1988

 

History

     

    Text below from Computer Entertainer The Newsletter (December 1988)

     

    Availability Update

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

     

    November [from Dec 88 availability update]

    x - River Raid II (Activision)

     

    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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December 1988

December 1988

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Straight Up” by Paula Abdul  (Dec 3)   YouTube

“Wild Thing” by Tone Loc  (Dec 3)   YouTube

“Kiss” by The Art Of Noise Featuring Tom Jones  (Dec 3)   YouTube

“Doctorin' The Tardis” by The Timelords  (Dec 17)   YouTube   65%

Back to New on Top 100 Radio for January >

December 1988

 

New at the Movies

The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!  (Dec 2)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Tequila Sunrise  (Dec 2)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Watchers  (Dec 2)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

My Stepmother Is an Alien  (Dec 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Twins  (Dec 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels  (Dec 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Torch Song Trilogy  (Dec 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

I'm Gonna Git You Sucka  (Dec 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Purple People Eater  (Dec 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Rain Man  (Dec 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Working Girl  (Dec 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Dominick and Eugene  (Dec 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Hellbound: Hellraiser II  (Dec 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Boost  (Dec 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

December 1988

 

History

     

    Text below from Computer Entertainer The Newsletter (December 1988)

     

    Availability Update

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

     

    December [from Dec 88 and Jan 89 availability updates]

    x - Pete Rose Baseball (Absolute Entertainment)

    x - Tomcat F-14 Simulator (Absolute Entertainment)

     

    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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Need a Month

??? 1988

 

Sprintmaster (Atari)

Computer Entertainer The Newsletter claimed that Sprint Master was supposed to be shipped in March of 1989, but Atari's sales activity for 01/01/88 - 01/01/89 shows that 15,084 units were sold in 1988. If that number wasn't just preorders from stores then Computer Entertainer was wrong. According to a post at AtariAge, bfstats purchased Sprint Master from Toys “Я” Us in February of 1989, so it looks like I can trust Atari's sales information.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

??? 1988

 

Super Baseball (Atari)

Computer Entertainer The Newsletter claimed that Super Baseball was supposed to be shipped in March of 1989, but Atari's sales activity for 01/01/88 - 01/01/89 shows that 26,667 units were sold in 1988. If that number wasn't just preorders from stores then Computer Entertainer was wrong.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

News:

Summer Consumer Electronics Show Report - Michigan Atari Magazine (Jul/Aug 88 p14)

Review:

Atarian (May/June 89 p14)

??? 1988

 

Super Football (Atari)

Computer Entertainer The Newsletter claimed that Super Football was supposed to be released in March of 1989, but Atari's sales activity for 01/01/88 - 01/01/89 shows that 24,164 units were sold in 1988. If that number wasn't just preorders from stores then Computer Entertainer was wrong.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

News:

Summer Consumer Electronics Show Report - Michigan Atari Magazine (Jul/Aug 88 p14)

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Pages in this Subsection

Atari 2600 Game History: 1977

Atari 2600 Game History: 1978

Atari 2600 Game History: 1979

Atari 2600 Game History: 1980

Atari 2600 Game History: 1981

Atari 2600 Game History: 1982

Atari 2600 Game History: 1983

Atari 2600 Game History: 1984

Atari 2600 Game History: 1985

Atari 2600 Game History: 1986

Atari 2600 Game History: 1987

Atari 2600 Game History: 1988

Atari 2600 Game History: 1989

Atari 2600 Game History: 1991

Atari 2600 Game Index (NTSC)

Atari 2600 Company List (NTSC)

 

 

 

 

Information Compiled From the Following Sources

Internet Archive

Digital Press Library

Atari Compendium Archives

The Giant List of Classic Game Programmers

I. C. When

Atari History Museum (Atari Historical Society)

AtariAge

Hot 100 Singles Chronology

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).

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