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Below is an incomplete list of Atari 2600 video game release dates by month in the USA for the year 1987 along with lists of top 100 music (selected hits in the order they charted), new movies at the theater, and new 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 video clips or commercials for the movies and TV shows (in order) and you might get a sense of what it was like living from month to month back in 1987. There were no smartphones with 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 If you were lucky, you had an encyclopedia set at home, but it would probably be many decades out of date.
Links that jump to other places on this page are blue. Links that lead to other pages online are red.
For those who only want release dates and nothing else, the game entries are listed in the Page Table of Contents. This page also has an Index to help you find a specific game. There's also an Atari 2600 NTSC Game Index for 1977 to 1991.
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.
Many games are marked as a best guess. Some guesses are worse than others. Below is a list of the types of guesses that might 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 or newspaper ads have been found.
Extreme Best Guess (EBG): A vague mention of the release month in a magazine, newsletter, or newspaper.
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 or newspaper to go on if we're lucky. It's a desperate semi-educated wild guess.
I signed up for the most expensive subscription option at Newspapers.com in November of 2020 so I could finally look up games for myself. As I find the earliest newspaper ads for a game, I'll add a green check mark for that entry to indicate that the definitive release date has probably been found for that game.
≈ ✔ An almost equal symbol with a green check mark means that the game might have been available in some areas in the previous month. The entry is close enough.
☹ ✔ A sad face with a green check mark means that I couldn't find any useful newspaper ads, but there is enough evidence showing that the entry probably belongs in that month.
✳ A green eight spoked asterisk means that the entry might need to be moved if more information is found, but ads or news items suggest that the entry might be close enough to the correct month.
??? Three orange question marks indicate that I searched the newspapers and couldn't find anything helpful, so a more accurate release date for that game still needs to be found.
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.
To help make your experience more enjoyable, most items listed on this page have a link to related search results at YouTube (YT) where you can watch music videos, scenes from movies, or clips from TV shows. The movies and TV shows listed on this page also have links to web sites such as the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) and Wikipedia (WP).
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.
“Jacob’s Ladder” by Huey Lewis & The News (Jan 17) YT
“Don’t Dream It’s Over” by Crowded House (Jan 17) YT 70%
“Let’s Wait Awhile” by Janet Jackson (Jan 17) YT
“Mandolin Rain” by Bruce Hornsby & The Range (Jan 17) YT 65%
“Respect Yourself” by Bruce Willis (Jan 17) YT
“Come Go With Me” by Exposé (Jan 24) YT
“The Final Countdown” by Europe (Jan 24) YT
“Let’s Go” by Wang Chung (Jan 24) YT
“The Honeythief” by Hipsway (Jan 24) YT
“Ronnie’s Rapp” by Ron & The D.C. Crew (Jan 24) YT
“Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship (Jan 31) YT
“The Finer Things” by Steve Winwood (Feb 7) YT
“Stone Love” by Kool & The Gang (Feb 7) YT
“What You Get Is What You See” by Tina Turner (Feb 7) YT
“Smoking Gun” by Robert Cray Band (Feb 7) YT
“Lean On Me” by Club Nouveau (Feb 14) YT
“The Lady In Red” by Chris DeBurgh (Feb 14) YT
“Tonight, Tonight, Tonight” by Genesis (Feb 14) YT
“Walking Down Your Street” by Bangles (Feb 14) YT 75%
“Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You” by Glenn Medeiros (Feb 14) YT
“Dominoes” by Robbie Nevil (Feb 14) YT
“Serious” by Donna Allen (Feb 14) YT
“Ship Of Fools (Save Me From Tomorrow)” by World Party (Feb 14) YT
“I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” by Aretha Franklin & George Michael (Feb 21) YT
“Light Of Day” by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts (Feb 21) YT
“How Much Love” by Survivor (Feb 21) YT
“Showing Out (Get Fresh At The Weekend)” by Mel & Kim (Feb 21) YT
“Come As You Are” by Peter Wolf (Feb 28) YT
“The Right Thing” by Simply Red (Feb 28) YT
“It’s Tricky” by Run DMC (Feb 28) YT 60%
“(I Just) Died In Your Arms” by Cutting Crew (Mar 7) YT
“Looking For A New Love” by Jody Watley (Mar 7) YT
“Sign O’ The Times” by Prince (Mar 7) YT
“Meet Me Half Way” by Kenny Loggins (Mar 7) YT
“The Boy In The Bubble” by Paul Simon (Mar 7) YT
“Right On Track” by Breakfast Club (Mar 14) YT
“With Or Without You” by U2 (Mar 21) YT
“La Isla Bonita” by Madonna (Mar 21) YT
“Always” by Atlantic Starr (Mar 28) YT
“You Keep Me Hangin’ On” by Kim Wilde (Mar 28) YT 60%
“Big Love” by Fleetwood Mac (Mar 28) YT
“Heat Of The Night” by Bryan Adams (Mar 28) YT
“Just To See Her” by Smokey Robinson (Mar 28) YT
“Se La” by Lionel Richie (Mar 28) YT
“Songbird” by Kenny G (Apr 4) YT
“I Know What I Like” by Huey Lewis & The News (Apr 4) YT
“Lessons In Love” by Level 42 (Apr 4) YT 70%
“Day-In Day-Out” by David Bowie (Apr 4) YT
“Baby Grand” by Billy Joel & Ray Charles (Apr 4) YT
“Head To Toe” by Lisa Lisa And Cult Jam (Apr 11) YT 60%
“Don’t Disturb This Groove” by The System (Apr 11) YT
“Diamonds” by Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson and Lisa Keith (Apr 11) YT 60%
“Wanted Dead Or Alive” by Bon Jovi (Apr 11) YT
“Endless Nights” by Eddie Money (Apr 11) YT
“I’ll Still Be Loving You” by Restless Heart (Apr 11) YT
“Should I See” by Frozen Ghost (Apr 11) YT
“Shy Girl” by Stacey Q (Apr 11) YT
“We Are What We Are” by The Other Ones (Apr 18) YT
“Go See The Doctor” by Kool Moe Dee (Apr 18) YT
“In Too Deep” by Genesis (Apr 25) YT
“Jammin’ Me” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (Apr 25) YT
“Dirty Water” by Rock And Hyde (Apr 25) YT 70%
“Heart And Soul” by T’Pau (May 2) YT
“Something So Strong” by Crowded House (May 2) YT
“I’d Still Say Yes” by Klymaxx (May 2) YT
“Rock The Night” by Europe (May 2) YT
“Only In My Dreams” by Debbie Gibson (May 9) YT 55%
“Point Of No Return” by Exposé (May 9) YT
“Alone” by Heart (May 16) YT
“I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston (May 16) YT 55%
“Funkytown” by Pseudo Echo (May 16) YT 60%
“Kiss Him Goodbye” by The Nylons (May 16) YT
“Every Little Kiss” by Bruce Hornsby & The Range (May 16) YT
“Flames Of Paradise” by Jennifer Rush & Elton John (May 16) YT
“Shakedown” by Bob Seger (May 23) YT 60%
“The Pleasure Principle” by Janet Jackson (May 23) YT
“Happy” by Surface (May 23) YT
“Why Should I Cry?” by Nona Hendryx (May 23) YT
“Give Me All Night” by Carly Simon (May 23) YT
“Rhythm Is Gonna Get You” by Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine (May 30) YT 70%
“Wot’s It To Ya” by Robbie Nevil (May 30) YT 60%
“Girls, Girls, Girls” by Mötley Crüe (May 30) YT
“Back In The High Life Again” by Steve Winwood (May 30) YT
“Moonlighting (Theme)” by Al Jarreau (May 30) YT
“I Want Your Sex” by George Michael (Jun 6) YT
“Luka” by Suzanne Vega (Jun 6) YT
“Can’t We Try” by Dan Hill & Vonda Shepard (Jun 6) YT
“Rock Steady” by The Whispers (Jun 6) YT
“Cross My Broken Heart” by The Jets (Jun 6) YT
“Mary’s Prayer” by Danny Wilson (Jun 6) YT 60%
“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2 (Jun 13) YT
“Don’t Mean Nothing” by Richard Marx (Jun 13) YT
“Since You’ve Been Gone” by The Outfield (Jun 13) YT
“I Want Action” by Poison (Jun 13) YT
“Living In A Box” by Living In A Box (Jun 20) YT
“Seven Wonders” by Fleetwood Mac (Jun 20) YT
“La Bamba” by Los Lobos (Jun 27) YT
“It’s Not Over (Til It’s Over)” by Starship (Jun 27) YT
“Lies” by Jonathan Butler (Jun 27) YT
“Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake (Jul 4) YT
“When Smokey Sings” by ABC (Jul 4) YT
“Who’s That Girl” by Madonna (Jul 11) YT
“Wipeout” by Fat Boys & Beach Boys (Jul 11) YT
“Love Power” by Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osborne (Jul 11) YT
“Who Found Who” by Jellybean Featuring Elisa Fiorillo (Jul 11) YT
“I’m Bad” by LL Cool J (Jul 11) YT
“I Heard A Rumour” by Bananarama (Jul 18) YT
“Doing It All For My Baby” by Huey Lewis & The News (Jul 18) YT
“One Heartbeat” by Smokey Robinson (Jul 18) YT
“In My Dreams” by REO Speedwagon (Jul 18) YT
“Touch Of Grey” by Grateful Dead (Jul 25) YT
“Jump Start” by Natalie Cole (Jul 25) YT
“Fake” by Alexander O’Neal (Jul 25) YT
“Back To Paradise” by .38 Special (Jul 25) YT
“Didn’t We Almost Have It All” by Whitney Houston (Aug 1) YT
“Lost In Emotion” by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam (Aug 1) YT
“U Got The Look” by Prince & Sheena Easton (Aug 1) YT
“Carrie” by Europe (Aug 1) YT
“I Need Love” by LL Cool J (Aug 1) YT
“Holiday” by The Other Ones (Aug 1) YT 60%
“Don’t Look Down (The Sequel)” by Go West (Aug 1) YT
“Misfit” by Curiosity Killed The Cat (Aug 1) YT
“I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” by Michael Jackson & Siedah Garrett (Aug 8) YT 60%
“Never Let Me Down” by David Bowie (Aug 8) YT
“Be There” by Pointer Sisters (Aug 8) YT
“Oh Yeah” by Yello (Aug 8) YT 60%
“Casanova” by Levert (Aug 15) YT
“Breakout” by Swing Out Sister (Aug 15) YT 78%
“Who Will You Run To” by Heart (Aug 15) YT
“Let Me Be The One” by Exposé (Aug 15) YT
“Paper In Fire” by John Cougar Mellencamp (Aug 15) YT
“One Lover At A Time” by Atlantic Starr (Aug 15) YT
“Something Real (Inside Me/Inside You)” by Mr. Mister (Aug 22) YT
“Victim Of Love” by Bryan Adams (Aug 22) YT
“Dinner With Gershwin” by Donna Summer (Aug 22) YT
“I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tiffany (Aug 29) YT 55%
“Little Lies” by Fleetwood Mac (Aug 29) YT 70%
“Don’t Make Me Wait For Love” by Kenny G (Aug 29) YT
“You Are The Girl” by The Cars (Aug 29) YT
“I Don’t Think That Man Should Sleep Alone” by Ray Parker Jr. (Aug 29) YT
“Happy Together” by The Nylons (Aug 29) YT
“Love Is A House” by Force M.D.’s (Aug 29) YT
Best Guess. The game was shipped in September according to Computer Entertainer. I've only found newspaper ads in 1988 so far.
[Kung-Fu Master was reviewed in the October 1987 issue of Computer Entertainer.]
The best news from Atari is that they, as well as other companies, have started to make more games for the 2600. Desert Falcon, Rad Boardin', Crossbow and re-issues of Zaxxon, Mousetrap, Venture, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr, and Q*bert have been promised from Atari. Summer Games and Winter Games have been announced by Epyx. Kung Fu Master, Commando and a new game from David “Pitfall” Crane all from Activision will soon become available.
“Mony Mony (Live)” by Billy Idol (Sep 5) YT
“I’ve Been In Love Before” by Cutting Crew (Sep 5) YT
“It’s A Sin” by Pet Shop Boys (Sep 5) YT
“That’s What Love Is All About” by Michael Bolton (Sep 5) YT
“Betcha Say That” by Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine (Sep 5) YT
“Causing A Commotion” by Madonna (Sep 12) YT
“Where The Streets Have No Name” by U2 (Sep 12) YT
“Come On, Let’s Go” by Los Lobos (Sep 12) YT
“Let’s Work” by Mick Jagger (Sep 12) YT
“Love Is Contagious” by Taja Sevelle (Sep 12) YT
“Solitude Standing” by Suzanne Vega (Sep 12) YT
“Bad” by Michael Jackson (Sep 19) YT 75%
“The One I Love” by R.E.M. (Sep 19) YT
“Hourglass” by Squeeze (Sep 19) YT 90%
“Boys Night Out” by Timothy B. Schmit (Sep 19) YT
“Waterfall” by Wendy & Lisa (Sep 19) YT
“Heaven Is A Place On Earth” by Belinda Carlisle (Sep 26) YT 52%
“(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” by Bill Medley with Jennifer Warnes (Sep 26) YT
“Should’ve Known Better” by Richard Marx (Sep 26) YT
“Catch Me (I’m Falling)” by Pretty Poison (Sep 26) YT
Best Guess. This game was shipped in October 1987 according to Computer Entertainer.
[Title Match Pro Wrestling was reviewed in the November 1987 issue of Computer Entertainer.]
Activision said it will market two new video games for the Atari 2600 machine produced by Absolute Entertainment of New Jersey.
“Title Match Pro Wrestling” contains body slams, punching, kicking, air-spins and other wrestling moves. Players choose from four different wrestlers and then match up against the computer.
On “Skateboardin': A Radical Adventure on Wheels,” players skateboard through a maze of city streets and overcome obstacles to get to school on time. The game even allows grabbing the back of a truck to pull the skateboarder along.
The products will be in stores in September, said the Mountain View, firm.
“Shake Your Love” by Debbie Gibson (Oct 3) YT
“Brilliant Disguise” by Bruce Springsteen (Oct 3) YT
“Don’t You Want Me” by Jody Watley (Oct 3) YT
“Dude (Looks Like A Lady)” by Aerosmith (Oct 3) YT 55%
“Love Will Find A Way” by Yes (Oct 3) YT
“Satellite” by The Hooters (Oct 3) YT
“Tell It To My Heart” by Taylor Dayne (Oct 10) YT
“We’ll Be Together” by Sting (Oct 10) YT 65%
“Valerie” by Steve Winwood (Oct 10) YT 60%
“Crazy” by Icehouse (Oct 17) YT
“Skeletons” by Stevie Wonder (Oct 17) YT
“I Do You” by The Jets (Oct 17) YT
“Motortown” by The Kane Gang (Oct 17) YT [Didn’t hear it back then, but I might have liked it.]
“Need You Tonight” by INXS (Oct 24) YT
“Got My Mind Set On You” by George Harrison (Oct 24) YT 75%
“Faith” by George Michael (Oct 24) YT
“Is This Love” by Whitesnake (Oct 24) YT
“Cherry Bomb” by John Cougar Mellencamp (Oct 24) YT
“So Emotional” by Whitney Houston (Oct 31) YT
“Pop Goes The World” by Men Without Hats (Oct 31) YT
Best Guess. This game was shipped in October 1987 according to Computer Entertainer. The earliest ads I've found so far were in November.
[Summer Games was reviewed in the November 1987 issue of Computer Entertainer.]
Best Guess. This game was shipped in October 1987 according to Computer Entertainer. The earliest ads I've found so far were in November.
[Winter Games was reviewed in the November 1987 issue of Computer Entertainer.]
“Hungry Eyes” by Eric Carmen (Nov 7) YT
“Candle In The Wind (Live)” by Elton John (Nov 7) YT
“There’s The Girl” by Heart (Nov 7) YT
“I Live For Your Love” by Natalie Cole (Nov 7) YT
“Honestly” by Stryper (Nov 7) YT
“Hazy Shade Of Winter” by Bangles (Nov 14) YT 60%
“Don’t Shed A Tear” by Paul Carrack (Nov 14) YT
“I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man” by Prince (Nov 14) YT
“The Way You Make Me Feel” by Michael Jackson (Nov 21) YT 75%
“I Found Someone” by Cher (Nov 21) YT
“Push It” by Salt ‘N Pepa (Nov 21) YT
“Could’ve Been” by Tiffany (Nov 28) YT
“Seasons Change” by Exposé (Nov 28) YT
“Pump Up The Volume” by M|A|R|R|S (Nov 28) YT
“Everywhere” by Fleetwood Mac (Nov 28) YT 68%
“Because Of You” by The Cover Girls (Nov 28) YT
“Say You Will” by Foreigner (Dec 5) YT 65%
“Tunnel Of Love” by Bruce Springsteen (Dec 5) YT
“What Have I Done To Deserve This” by Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield (Dec 12) YT 80%
“Hot Hot Hot (Radio Edit)” by Buster Poindexter and his Banshees Of Blue (Dec 12) YT 65%
“Hot In The City” by Billy Idol (Dec 12) YT
“Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley (Dec 19) YT
“She’s Like The Wind” by Patrick Swayze Featuring Wendy Fraser (Dec 19) YT
“Twilight World” by Swing Out Sister (Dec 19) YT
“853-5937” by Squeeze (Dec 19) YT
“Rhythm Of Love” by Yes (Dec 19) YT
“I Need A Man” by Eurythmics (Dec 19) YT
“Dear Mr. Jesus” by Powersource (Dec 19) YT
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