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Atari 2600 Video Game Release Dates for 1989

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Information compiled by Duane Alan Hahn.

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January 1989

 

February 1989

 

March 1989

 

April 1989

 

May 1989

Dark Chambers (Atari) BG

Double Dunk (Atari) BG

Rampage (Activision) BG

 

June 1989

 

July 1989

 

August 1989

 

September 1989

 

October 1989

Double Dragon (Activision) DSEBG

Glacier Patrol (Telegames) DSEBG

BMX Air Master (TNT Games) DSEBG

 

November 1989

 

December 1989

Off The Wall (Atari) DSEBG

Radar Lock (Atari) DSEBG

Road Runner (Atari) SEBG

Secret Quest (Atari) SEBG

 

Need a Month 1989

Universal Chaos (Telegames)

Page last updated on: 2018y_05m_20d_1618t

Below is an incomplete list of Atari 2600 video game release dates by month in the USA for the year 1989 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 1989. 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 If you were lucky, you had an encyclopedia set at home, but it would probably be many decades out of date.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 1989

January 1989

 

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

“Girl You Know It’s True” by Milli Vanilli  (Jan 7)   YouTube

“Paradise City” by Guns N' Roses  (Jan 14)   YouTube

“Stand” by R.E.M.  (Jan 21)   YouTube   70%

“You Got It” by Roy Orbison  (Jan 21)   YouTube

“Orinoco Flow” by Enya  (Jan 21)   YouTube

“She Drives Me Crazy” by Fine Young Cannibals  (Jan 28)   YouTube   60%

“Walk The Dinosaur” by Was (Not Was)  (Jan 28)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for February >

January 1989

 

New at the Movies

The Accidental Tourist  (Jan 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Moonwalker  (Jan 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   [Home video premier. Not released in theaters in the USA.]

Beaches  (Jan 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

DeepStar Six  (Jan 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Experts  (Jan 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Gleaming the Cube  (Jan 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Pumpkinhead  (Jan 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Talk Radio  (Jan 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The January Man  (Jan 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Felix the Cat: The Movie  (Jan 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Cohen and Tate  (Jan 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Mississippi Burning  (Jan 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Physical Evidence  (Jan 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Three Fugitives  (Jan 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

January 1989

 

New on TV

The Arsenio Hall Show  Syndication  (Jan 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Inside Edition  Syndication  (Jan 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Pat Sajak Show  CBS  (Jan 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

A Fine Romance  ABC  (Jan 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Nightingales  NBC  (Jan 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Couch Potatoes [game show]  Syndication  (Jan 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Shining Time Station  PBS  (Jan 29)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

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February 1989

February 1989

 

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

“Eternal Flame” by Bangles  (Feb 4)   YouTube   65%

“24/7” by Dino  (Feb 4)   YouTube

“The Look” by Roxette  (Feb 11)   YouTube

“End Of The Line” by Traveling Wilburys  (Feb 11)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for March >

February 1989

 

New at the Movies

Dangerous Liaisons  (Feb 24)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Gone with the Wind [re-release]  (Feb 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Her Alibi  (Feb 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects  (Feb 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Who's Harry Crumb?  (Feb 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Cousins  (Feb 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Fly II  (Feb 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Tap  (Feb 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure  (Feb 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The 'Burbs  (Feb 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Mighty Quinn  (Feb 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

True Believer  (Feb 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt  (Feb 24)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Bert Rigby, You're a Fool  (Feb 24)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Toxic Avenger Part II  (Feb 24)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

February 1989

 

New on TV

Coach  ABC  (Feb 28)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

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March 1989

March 1989

 

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

“Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler  (Mar 4)   YouTube

“Funky Cold Medina” by Tone Loc  (Mar 4)   YouTube

“Iko Iko” by The Belle Stars  (Mar 4)   YouTube   55%

“Let The River Run” by Carly Simon  (Mar 4)   YouTube

“Forever Your Girl” by Paula Abdul  (Mar 11)   YouTube

“After All” by Cher And Peter Cetera  (Mar 11)   YouTube

“Cult Of Personality” by Living Colour  (Mar 11)   YouTube   50%

“Like A Prayer” by Madonna  (Mar 18)   YouTube

“Rock On” by Michael Damian  (Mar 18)   YouTube

“Everlasting Love” by Howard Jones  (Mar 18)   YouTube   55%

“Soldier Of Love” by Donny Osmond  (Mar 25)   YouTube

“Every Little Step” by Bobby Brown  (Mar 25)   YouTube   65%

“Voices Of Babylon” by The Outfield  (Mar 25)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for April >

March 1989

 

New at the Movies

Dream a Little Dream  (Mar 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Farewell to the King  (Mar 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Lean on Me  (Mar 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Skin Deep  (Mar 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen  (Mar 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Chances Are  (Mar 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Jacknife  (Mar 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

New York Stories  (Mar 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Police Academy 6: City Under Siege  (Mar 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Fletch Lives  (Mar 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Leviathan  (Mar 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Rescuers  (Mar 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Rooftops  (Mar 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Dead Bang  (Mar 24)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

976-EVIL  (Mar 24)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Troop Beverly Hills  (Mar 24)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Heathers  (Mar 31)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Sing  (Mar 31)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

March 1989

 

New on TV

Hard Time on Planet Earth  CBS  (Mar 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers  Disney Channel  (Mar 4 or 5)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Anything but Love  ABC  (Mar 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Cops  Fox  (Mar 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Men  ABC  (Mar 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Quantum Leap  NBC  (Mar 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

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April 1989

April 1989

 

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

“I'll Be Loving You (Forever)” by New Kids On The Block  (Apr 1)   YouTube

“Electric Youth” by Debbie Gibson  (Apr 1)   YouTube

“Miss You Like Crazy” by Natalie Cole  (Apr 15)   YouTube

“This Time I Know It's For Real” by Donna Summer  (Apr 22)   YouTube

“Baby Don't Forget My Number” by Milli Vanilli  (Apr 29)   YouTube

“I Won't Back Down” by Tom Petty  (Apr 29)   YouTube   65%

“Pop Singer” by John Cougar Mellencamp  (Apr 29)   YouTube

“The Mayor Of Simpleton” by XTC  (Apr 29)   YouTube   55%

New on Top 100 Radio for May >

April 1989

 

New at the Movies

Cyborg  (Apr 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Dead Calm  (Apr 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Dream Team  (Apr 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Major League  (Apr 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Disorganized Crime  (Apr 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Say Anything...  (Apr 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

She's Out of Control  (Apr 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Winter People  (Apr 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Pet Sematary  (Apr 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Red Scorpion  (Apr 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

See You in the Morning  (Apr 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Speed Zone  (Apr 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Criminal Law  (Apr 28)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Horror Show  (Apr 28)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

K-9  (Apr 28)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Loverboy  (Apr 28)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Miss Firecracker  (Apr 28)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Scandal  (Apr 28)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Teen Witch  (Apr 28)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

April 1989

 

New on TV

The Jim Henson Hour  NBC  (Apr 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Rescue 911  CBS  (Apr 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

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May 1989

May 1989

 

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

“If You Don't Know Me By Now” by Simply Red  (May 6)   YouTube

“Good Thing” by Fine Young Cannibals  (May 6)   YouTube

“Into The Night”  [re-recorded version] by Benny Mardones  (May 6)   YouTube

“Be With You” by Bangles  (May 6)   YouTube

“Crazy About Her” by Rod Stewart  (May 13)   YouTube  [See also “I’m Your Baby Tonight” and X-Men]

“Send Me An Angel '89” by Real Life  (May 13)   YouTube

“Toy Soldiers” by Martika  (May 20)   YouTube

“In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel  (May 20)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for June >

May 1989

 

New at the Movies

Field of Dreams  (May 5)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Listen to Me  (May 5)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Signs of Life  (May 5)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Earth Girls Are Easy  (May 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

See No Evil, Hear No Evil  (May 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

How I Got into College  (May 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Fright Night Part 2  (May 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Miracle Mile  (May 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Road House  (May 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade  (May 24)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Pink Cadillac  (May 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

My Mom's a Werewolf  (May ?)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

June 1989

 

History

     

    Text below from Computer Entertainer The Newsletter (June 1989)

     

    Availability Update

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

     

    May [from Jun 89 availability update]

    x - Dark Chambers (Atari)

    x - Rampage (Activision)

    x - Double Dunk (Atari)

     

    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 1989

June 1989

 

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

“Express Yourself” by Madonna  (Jun 3)   YouTube   75%

“On Our Own” by Bobby Brown  (Jun 10)   YouTube

“Batdance” by Prince  (Jun 17)   YouTube

“Dancing In Heaven (Orbital Be-Bop)” by Q-Feel  (Jun 17)   YouTube

“Cold Hearted” by Paula Abdul  (Jun 24)   YouTube

“The End Of The Innocence” by Don Henley  (Jun 24)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for July >

June 1989

 

New at the Movies

No Holds Barred  (Jun 2)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Renegades  (Jun 2)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Vampire's Kiss  (Jun 2)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Dead Poets Society  (Jun 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier  (Jun 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Ghostbusters II  (Jun 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Batman  (Jun 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids  (Jun 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Great Balls of Fire!  (Jun 30)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Karate Kid Part III  (Jun 30)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

June 1989

 

New on TV

McGee and Me!  Syndication  (Jun 4)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Tales from the Crypt  HBO  (Jun 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

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July 1989

July 1989

 

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

“Tell Me I’m Not Dreaming” by Robert Palmer  (Jul 1)   YouTube

“Right Here Waiting” by Richard Marx  (Jul 8)   YouTube

“If I Could Turn Back Time” by Cher  (Jul 8)   YouTube

“Hangin' Tough” by New Kids On The Block  (Jul 15)   YouTube

“Bust A Move” by Young M.C.  (Jul 29)   YouTube

“Runnin' Down A Dream” by Tom Petty  (Jul 29)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for August >

July 1989

 

New at the Movies

Weekend at Bernie's  (Jul 5)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Lethal Weapon 2  (Jul 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Licence to Kill  (Jul 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Peter Pan [re-release]  (Jul 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

UHF  (Jul 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Do the Right Thing  (Jul 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

When Harry Met Sally...  (Jul 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan  (Jul 28)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Turner & Hooch  (Jul 28)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills  (Jul ?)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

July 1989

 

New on TV

Seinfeld  NBC  (Jul 5)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Hey Dude  Nickelodeon  (Jul 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

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August 1989

August 1989

 

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

“It's Not Enough” by Starship  (Aug 5)   YouTube

“Oh Daddy” by Adrian Belew  (Aug 5)   YouTube

“What About Me” by Moving Pictures  (Aug 12)   YouTube

“Cherish” by Madonna  (Aug 19)   YouTube   55%

“Don't Shut Me Out” by Kevin Paige  (Aug 19)   YouTube  [Seems like he was trying to sound like George Michael and Robbie Nevil.]

“Partyman” by Prince  (Aug 26)   YouTube   55%

New on Top 100 Radio for September >

August 1989

 

New at the Movies

Parenthood  (Aug 2)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Lock Up  (Aug 4)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Abyss  (Aug 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child  (Aug 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Uncle Buck  (Aug 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Blood Red  (Aug 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Casualties of War  (Aug 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives!  (Aug 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Cookie  (Aug 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Adventures of Milo and Otis  (Aug 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Package  (Aug 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Relentless  (Aug 30)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

August 1989

 

New on TV

Primetime Live  ABC  (Aug 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Saved by the Bell  NBC  (Aug 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Open House  Fox  (Aug 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

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September 1989

September 1989

 

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

“Miss You Much” by Janet Jackson  (Sep 2)   YouTube   55%  [Related video: Polka Your Eyes Out.]

“Sowing The Seeds Of Love” by Tears For Fears  (Sep 2)   YouTube   95%

“Love Shack” by The B-52's  (Sep 2)   YouTube   75%  [Related video: Polka Your Eyes Out.]

“Love In An Elevator” by Aerosmith  (Sep 2)   YouTube

“Dr. Feelgood” by Mötley Crüe  (Sep 2)   YouTube  [Related video: Polka Your Eyes Out.]

“Me So Horny” by 2 Live Crew  (Sep 9)   YouTube

“Cover Girl” by New Kids On The Block  (Sep 16)   YouTube

“(It's Just) The Way That You Love Me” [re-release] by Paula Abdul  (Sep 23)   YouTube

“Back To Life” by Soul II Soul Featuring Caron Wheeler  (Sep 23)   YouTube

“Poison” by Alice Cooper  (Sep 23)   YouTube

“Right Back Where We Started From” by Sinitta  (Sep 23)   YouTube   [Compare.]

“Don't Know Much” by Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville  (Sep 30)   YouTube

“Get On Your Feet” by Gloria Estefan  (Sep 30)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for October >

September 1989

 

New at the Movies

Kickboxer  (Sep 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Big Picture  (Sep 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Sea of Love  (Sep 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

West Side Story [re-release]  (Sep 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Black Rain  (Sep 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Sex, Lies, and Videotape  (Sep 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

In Country  (Sep 29)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Johnny Handsome  (Sep 29)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

September 1989

 

New on TV

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero  Syndication  (Sep 2)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Eureeka's Castle  Nick Jr.  (Sep 4)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!  Syndication  (Sep 4)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

American Gladiators  Syndication  (Sep 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Captain N: The Game Master  NBC  (Sep 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Beetlejuice  ABC  (Sep 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Byron Allen  Syndication  (Sep 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

3rd Degree [game show]  Syndication  (Sep 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Chicken Soup  ABC  (Sep 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Life Goes On  ABC  (Sep 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Wolf  CBS  (Sep 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The California Raisin Show  CBS  (Sep 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Dink, the Little Dinosaur  CBS  (Sep 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Island Son  CBS  (Sep 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Rude Dog  CBS  (Sep 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Ring Raiders  Syndication  (Sep 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Camp Candy  NBC  (Sep 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Sister Kate  NBC  (Sep 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Alien Nation  Fox  (Sep 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Everyday with Joan Lunden  Syndication  (Sep 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Hard Copy  Syndication  (Sep 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Famous Teddy Z  CBS  (Sep 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Major Dad  CBS  (Sep 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The People Next Door  CBS  (Sep 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Top of the Hill  CBS  (Sep 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

A Peaceable Kingdom  CBS  (Sep 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Doogie Howser, M.D.  ABC  (Sep 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Young Riders  ABC  (Sep 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Nutt House  NBC  (Sep 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Baywatch  NBC  (Sep 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Hardball  NBC  (Sep 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Family Matters  ABC  (Sep 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Free Spirit  ABC  (Sep 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Snoops  CBS  (Sep 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Saturday Night with Connie Chung  CBS  (Sep 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Booker  Fox  (Sep 24)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Homeroom  ABC  (Sep 24)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

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October 1989

October 1989

 

Double Dragon (Activision)

Desperate Super Extreme Best Guess. Computer Entertainer The Newsletter claimed that Double Dragon was supposed to be released in the fourth quarter of 1989 and that seems to be true. I moved to Ohio in October of 1989 and bought this new Atari 2600 game for my semi-girlfriend and mailed it to her, so it was available in October for sure.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

News:

Games Checklist #1 - Atarian (Jul/Aug 89 p29)

Games Checklist #2 - Atarian (Sep/Oct 89 p29)

Preview:

Atarian (May/Jun 89 p4)

Review:

GAMEPRO (Dec 89 p48)

October 1989

 

Glacier Patrol (Telegames)

Desperate Super Extreme Best Guess. This game wasn't listed in the first Atarian (Jul/Aug 89) games checklist, but it was listed in the second Atarian (Sep/Oct 89) games checklist, so it was either released in September or October. I'm putting it in October for now. According to a post at AtariAge, bfstats purchased Glacier Patrol direct from Telegames in 1989.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

News:

Games Checklist #1 - Atarian (Jul/Aug 89 p29)

Games Checklist #2 - Atarian (Sep/Oct 89 p29)

Review:

Atarian (Sep/Oct 89 p15)

Ads:

Introducing Telegames - Atarian (Sep/Oct 89 p15)

October 1989

 

BMX Air Master (TNT Games)   [re-released by Atari]

Desperate Super Extreme Best Guess. Atari's sales activity for 01/01/89 - 01/01/90 shows that 2,448 units were sold. That proves Atari got the rights to the game in 1989 and was already selling it that year. According to a post at AtariAge, bfstats purchased the TNT version of BMX Air Master direct from Atari in August of 1990, so that means Atari didn't start selling their red label version of the game until after August 1990.

BMX Air Master wasn't listed in the first Atarian (Jul/Aug 89) games checklist, but it was listed in the second Atarian (Sep/Oct 89) games checklist, so it was either released in September or October. I'm putting it in October for now.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Trivia:

TNT had a Huffy bike sweepstakes in the manual that ended on February 28, 1990.

News:

Games Checklist #2 - Atarian (Sep/Oct 89 p29)

October 1989

 

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

“Blame It On The Rain” by Milli Vanilli  (Oct 7)   YouTube

“We Didn't Start The Fire” by Billy Joel  (Oct 14)   YouTube   55%

“Pump Up The Jam” by Technotronic Featuring Felly  (Oct 14)   YouTube  [Related: Polka Your Eyes Out.]

“How Am I Supposed To Live Without You” by Michael Bolton  (Oct 28)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for November >

October 1989

 

New at the Movies

The Punisher  (Oct 5)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

An Innocent Man  (Oct 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Drugstore Cowboy  (Oct 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Puppet Master  (Oct 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Breaking In  (Oct 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Fabulous Baker Boys  (Oct 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers  (Oct 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Look Who's Talking  (Oct 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Fat Man and Little Boy  (Oct 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Gross Anatomy  (Oct 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Next of Kin  (Oct 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Bear  (Oct 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Immediate Family  (Oct 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Wes Craven's Shocker  (Oct 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Worth Winning  (Oct 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

October 1989

 

New on TV

Mancuso, F.B.I.  NBC  (Oct 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

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November 1989

November 1989

 

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

“Free Fallin'” by Tom Petty  (Nov 4)   YouTube

“Another Day In Paradise” by Phil Collins  (Nov 4)   YouTube

“Rhythm Nation” by Janet Jackson  (Nov 11)   YouTube   65%

“Oh Father” by Madonna  (Nov 11)   YouTube

“Janie's Got A Gun” by Aerosmith  (Nov 25)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for December >

November 1989

 

New at the Movies

Crimes and Misdemeanors  (Nov 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Dad  (Nov 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Phantom of the Opera  (Nov 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Second Sight  (Nov 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Henry V  (Nov 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Best of the Best  (Nov 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Communion  (Nov 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Staying Together  (Nov 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

All Dogs Go to Heaven  (Nov 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Harlem Nights  (Nov 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Little Mermaid  (Nov 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Prancer  (Nov 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Back to the Future Part II  (Nov 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Steel Magnolias  (Nov 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

November 1989

 

New on TV

America's Funniest Home Videos  ABC  (Nov 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

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December 1989

December 1989

 

Off The Wall (Atari)

Desperate Super Extreme Best Guess Computer Entertainer The Newsletter claimed that Off The Wall was supposed to be released in the fourth quarter of 1989. Atari's sales activity for 01/01/89 - 01/01/90 shows that 4,968 units were sold. That might prove the game was sold in 1989 (if it wasn't just preorders from stores). I'm putting the game in December for now. I'll move it to a different month if somebody finds evidence that it was released before December.

The final version had 5/17/89 on it according to atariprotos.com, so Atari had time to release it before the year was over.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Trivia:

According to Atarian (Jul/Aug 89 p29), Off The Wall was coming soon. According to a post at AtariAge, bfstats purchased Off The Wall direct from Atari in August of 1990 (as soon as he was aware that it was available).

December 1989

 

Radar Lock (Atari)

Desperate Super Extreme Best Guess Computer Entertainer The Newsletter claimed that Radar Lock was supposed to be released in the fourth quarter of 1989. Atari's sales activity for 01/01/89 - 01/01/90 shows that 1,932 units were sold. That might prove the game was sold in 1989 (if it wasn't just preorders from stores). I'm putting the game in December for now. I'll move it to a different month if somebody finds evidence that it was released before December.

The final version had 5/1/89 on it according to atariprotos.com, so Atari had time to release it before the year was over.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

December 1989

 

Road Runner (Atari)

Desperate Super Extreme Best Guess Computer Entertainer The Newsletter claimed that Road Runner was supposed to be released in the fourth quarter of 1989. Atari's sales activity for 01/01/89 - 01/01/90 shows that 4,428 units were sold. That might prove the game was sold in 1989 (if it wasn't just preorders from stores). I'm putting the game in December for now. I'll move it to a different month if somebody finds evidence that it was released before December.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Trivia:

According to Atarian (Jul/Aug 89 p29), Road Runner was coming soon.

Reviews:

GAMEPRO (Nov 89 p44)

December 1989

 

Secret Quest (Atari)

Desperate Super Extreme Best Guess based on a thread at AtariAge. Atari's sales activity for 01/01/89 - 01/01/90 shows that 16,345 units were sold. That might prove the game was sold in 1989 (if it wasn't just preorders from stores). I'm putting the game in December for now. I'll move it to a different month if somebody finds evidence that it was released before December.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Trivia:

According to Atarian (Jul/Aug 89 p29), Secret Quest wasn't available in July/August of 1989.

Review:

Atarian (May/June 89 p7)

December 1989

 

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

“Personal Jesus” by Depeche Mode  (Dec 9)   YouTube   65%

“A Girl Like You” by The Smithereens  (Dec 9)   YouTube

“Opposites Attract” by Paula Abdul & The Wild Pair  (Dec 16)   YouTube

“Here We Are” by Gloria Estefan  (Dec 16)   YouTube

“Roam” by The B-52's  (Dec 23)   YouTube   55%

“Here And Now” by Luther Vandross  (Dec 23)   YouTube

Back to New on Top 100 Radio for January >

December 1989

 

New at the Movies

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation  (Dec 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

She-Devil  (Dec 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The War of the Roses  (Dec 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Blaze  (Dec 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Driving Miss Daisy  (Dec 13 limited, Jan 26 1990 wide)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Wizard  (Dec 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Born on the Fourth of July  (Dec 20 limited, Jan 5 1990 wide)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Roger & Me  (Dec 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Always  (Dec 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Tango & Cash  (Dec 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Akira  (Dec 25 limited)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

December 1989

 

New on TV

The Simpsons  Fox  (Dec 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

First Business  Syndication  (Dec 18)   YouTube   Wikipedia

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Need a Month

??? 1989

 

Universal Chaos (Telegames)

This game wasn't listed in the first Atarian (Jul/Aug 89) games checklist, but it was listed in the second Atarian (Sep/Oct 89) games checklist as coming soon, so it was probably released before the end of 1989. According to a post at AtariAge, bfstats purchased Universal Chaos direct from Telegames in 1989, so it really was available in 1989.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

News:

Games Checklist #2 - Atarian (Sep/Oct 89 p29)

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Internet Movie Database

Wikipedia: Wide-release Movies

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