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Atari 2600 Video Game Release Dates for 1986

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Information compiled by Duane Alan Hahn.

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May

 

June

Track & Field (Atari) EBG

 

July

 

August

 

September

 

October

Jr. Pac-Man (Atari) EBG

 

November

Midnight Magic (Atari) EBG

Solaris (Atari) EBG

 

December

Tax Avoiders (Am. VG) SEBG

 

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Below is an incomplete list of Atari 2600 video game release dates by month in the USA for the year 1986 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 1986. 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 If you were lucky, you had an encyclopedia set at home, but it would probably be many decades out of date.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 1986

January 1986

 

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

“Super Bowl Shuffle” by The Chicago Bears Shufflin’ Crew  (Jan 11)   YouTube

“These Dreams” by Heart  (Jan 18)   YouTube

“What You Need” by INXS  (Jan 18)   YouTube

“Nikita” by Elton John  (Jan 18)   YouTube

“King For A Day” by Thompson Twins  (Jan 18)   YouTube   70%

“Russians” by Sting  (Jan 18)   YouTube   65%

“(How To Be A) Millionaire” by ABC  (Jan 18)   YouTube   70%

“Manic Monday” by Bangles  (Jan 25)   YouTube   55%

“Sanctify Yourself” by Simple Minds  (Jan 25)   YouTube

“No Easy Way Out” by Robert Tepper  (Jan 25)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for February >

January 1986

 

New at the Movies

Black Moon Rising  (Jan 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Adventures of the American Rabbit  (Jan 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Clan of the Cave Bear  (Jan 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Heathcliff: The Movie  (Jan 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Hey There, It’s Yogi Bear! [re-release]  (Jan 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Iron Eagle  (Jan 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Runaway Train  (Jan 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Troll  (Jan 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

My Chauffeur  (Jan 24)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Down and Out in Beverly Hills  (Jan 31)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Murphy’s Romance  (Jan 31)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Power  (Jan 31)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Youngblood  (Jan 31)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

January 1986

 

New on TV

Blacke’s Magic  NBC  (Jan 5)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Bruce Forsyth’s Hot Streak [game show]  ABC  (Jan 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Redd Foxx Show  ABC  (Jan 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Planet Earth  PBS  (Jan 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Trivia: CNN is the only news service to broadcast the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster nationally.  CNN  (Jan 28)   YouTube   Wikipedia: 1986 Events

New on Top 100 Radio for February >

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February 1986

February 1986

 

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

“R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A. (A Salute To 60’s Rock)” by John Cougar Mellencamp  (Feb 1)   YouTube

“Tender Love” by Force M.D.’s  (Feb 1)   YouTube

“Calling America” by Electric Light Orchestra [ELO]  (Feb 1)   YouTube

“I’m Not The One” by The Cars  (Feb 1)   YouTube   70%

“Goodbye Is Forever” by Arcadia  (Feb 1)   YouTube

“Lying” by Peter Frampton  (Feb 1)   YouTube

“Life’s What You Make It” by Talk Talk  (Feb 1)   YouTube

“Rock Me Amadeus” by Falco  (Feb 8)   YouTube   75%

“Addicted To Love” by Robert Palmer  (Feb 8)   YouTube   65%

“Your Love” by The Outfield  (Feb 15)   YouTube

“Something About You” by Level 42  (Feb 15)   YouTube   85%

“Kiss” by Prince & The Revolution  (Feb 22)   YouTube

“What Have You Done For Me Lately” by Janet Jackson  (Feb 22)   YouTube

“I Can’t Wait” by Stevie Nicks  (Feb 22)   YouTube

“I Think It’s Love” by Jermaine Jackson  (Feb 22)   YouTube

“Overjoyed” by Stevie Wonder  (Feb 22)   YouTube   75%

“A Little Bit Of Love (Is All It Takes)” by New Edition  (Feb 22)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for March >

February 1986

 

New at the Movies

F/X  (Feb 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Hannah and Her Sisters  (Feb 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Delta Force  (Feb 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Knights of the City  (Feb 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Quicksilver  (Feb 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

TerrorVision  (Feb 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Wildcats  (Feb 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Parting Glances  (Feb 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

9½ Weeks  (Feb 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Hitcher  (Feb 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Pretty in Pink  (Feb 28)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Salvador  (Feb 28)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

February 1986

 

New on TV

Sidekicks  ABC  (Feb 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Trivia: Rod Roddy becomes the permanent announcer of The Price Is Right, replacing the deceased Johnny Olsen.  CBS  (Feb 17)   YouTube   Wikipedia: 1986 Events

You Again?  NBC  (Feb 24)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

New on Top 100 Radio for March >

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March 1986

March 1986

 

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

“West End Girls” by Pet Shop Boys  (Mar 1)   YouTube   85%

“So Far Away” by Dire Straits  (Mar 1)   YouTube

“Heart’s On Fire” by John Cafferty  (Mar 1)   YouTube

“Twist My Arm” by Pointer Sisters  (Mar 1)   YouTube

“Now And Forever (You And Me)” by Anne Murray  (Mar 1)   YouTube

“I Can’t Wait” by Nu Shooz  (Mar 8)   YouTube   60%

“If You Leave” by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark  (Mar 8)   YouTube

“Bad Boy” by Miami Sound Machine  (Mar 8)   YouTube   70%

“I Do What I Do” by John Taylor  (Mar 8)   YouTube

“Great Gosh A’Mighty” by Little Richard  (Mar 8)   YouTube

“Why Can’t This Be Love” by Van Halen  (Mar 15)   YouTube

“Harlem Shuffle” by The Rolling Stones  (Mar 15)   YouTube

“Take Me Home” by Phil Collins  (Mar 15)   YouTube   65%

“Right Between The Eyes” by Wax  (Mar 15)   YouTube

“On My Own” by Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald  (Mar 22)   YouTube

“All I Need Is A Miracle” by Mike + The Mechanics  (Mar 22)   YouTube

“Stick Around” by Julian Lennon  (Mar 22)   YouTube

“Shot In The Dark” by Ozzy Osbourne  (Mar 22)   YouTube

“Greatest Love Of All” by Whitney Houston  (Mar 29)   YouTube

“Is It Love” by Mr. Mister  (Mar 29)   YouTube

“Never As Good As The First Time” by Sade  (Mar 29)   YouTube

“Rough Boy” by ZZ Top  (Mar 29)   YouTube

“Absolute Beginners” by David Bowie  (Mar 29)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for April >

March 1986

 

New at the Movies

Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation  (Mar 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Highlander  (Mar 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Nomads  (Mar 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Sleeping Beauty [re-release]  (Mar 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Crossroads  (Mar 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Gung Ho  (Mar 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords  (Mar 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Just Between Friends  (Mar 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Police Academy 3: Back in Training  (Mar 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Rad  (Mar 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Money Pit  (Mar 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Lucas  (Mar 28)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

March 1986

 

New on TV

Valerie/Valerie’s Family/The Hogan Family  NBC  (Mar 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Matlock  NBC  (Mar 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Fast Times  CBS  (Mar 5)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Perfect Strangers  ABC  (Mar 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Mr. Sunshine  ABC  (Mar 28)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

New on Top 100 Radio for April >

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April 1986

April 1986

 

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

“Holding Back The Years” by Simply Red  (Apr 5)   YouTube

“Move Away” by Culture Club  (Apr 5)   YouTube

“I Wanna Be A Cowboy” by Boys Don’t Cry  (Apr 5)   YouTube

“Tomorrow Doesn’t Matter Tonight” by Starship  (Apr 5)   YouTube

“All The Things She Said” by Simple Minds  (Apr 5)   YouTube   65%

“Live To Tell” by Madonna  (Apr 12)   YouTube   60%

“Crush On You” by The Jets  (Apr 12)   YouTube

“No One Is To Blame” by Howard Jones  (Apr 12)   YouTube

“Be Good To Yourself” by Journey  (Apr 12)   YouTube

“Mothers Talk” by Tears For Fears  (Apr 12)   YouTube   70%

“Pretty In Pink” by Psychedelic Furs  (Apr 12)   YouTube

“Hands Across America” by Voices Of America  (Apr 12)   YouTube

“There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)” by Billy Ocean  (Apr 19)   YouTube

“Your Wildest Dreams” by The Moody Blues  (Apr 19)   YouTube

“Tuff Enuff” by The Fabulous Thunderbirds  (Apr 19)   YouTube

“Nothin’ At All” by Heart  (Apr 19)   YouTube

“Under The Influence” by Vanity  (Apr 19)   YouTube

“Who’s Johnny (Short Circuit Theme)” by El DeBarge  (Apr 26)   YouTube

“A Different Corner” by George Michael  (Apr 26)   YouTube

“Vienna Calling (The New ‘86 Edit)” by Falco  (Apr 26)   YouTube

“Rain On The Scarecrow” by John Cougar Mellencamp  (Apr 26)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for May >

April 1986

 

New at the Movies

Miracles  (Apr 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Dr. Otto and the Riddle of the Gloom Beam  (Apr 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Band of the Hand  (Apr 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Critters  (Apr 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Off Beat  (Apr 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Violets Are Blue  (Apr 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

At Close Range  (Apr 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Desert Bloom  (Apr 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Legend  (Apr 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Murphy’s Law  (Apr 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

8 Million Ways to Die  (Apr 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

April 1986

 

New on TV

Return to Mayberry  NBC  (Apr 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vaults  Syndication  (Apr 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

New on Top 100 Radio for May >

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May 1986

May 1986

 

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

“Digging Your Scene” by The Blow Monkeys  (May 3)   YouTube

“Like No Other Night” by 38 Special  (May 3)   YouTube

“Sledgehammer” by Peter Gabriel  (May 10)   YouTube   75%

“Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins  (May 10)   YouTube   60%

“When The Heart Rules The Mind” by GTR  (May 10)   YouTube

“Don Quichotte” by Magazine 60  (May 10)   YouTube

“Living On Video” by Trans-X  (May 10)   YouTube

“Don’t Walk Away” by Robert Tepper  (May 10)   YouTube

“Mad About You” by Belinda Carlisle  (May 17)   YouTube

“Nasty” by Janet Jackson  (May 17)   YouTube

“We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off” by Jermaine Stewart  (May 17)   YouTube   65%

“One Hit (To The Body)” by The Rolling Stones  (May 17)   YouTube

“Like A Rock” by Bob Seger  (May 24)   YouTube

“You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song)” by Jeffrey Osborne  (May 24)   YouTube

“Dreams” by Van Halen  (May 24)   YouTube

“Mountains” by Prince & The Revolution  (May 24)   YouTube

“Headed For The Future” by Neil Diamond  (May 24)   YouTube   68%

“Female Intuition” by Mai Tai  (May 24)   YouTube

“Invisible Touch” by Genesis  (May 31)   YouTube   70%

“Love Touch” by Rod Stewart  (May 31)   YouTube

“Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots Of Money)” by Pet Shop Boys  (May 31)   YouTube

“Take It Easy” by Andy Taylor  (May 31)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for June >

May 1986

 

New at the Movies

Blue City  (May 2)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Saving Grace  (May 2)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Dangerously Close  (May 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Fire with Fire  (May 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Short Circuit  (May 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Top Gun  (May 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Crawlspace  (May 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Cobra  (May 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Poltergeist II: The Other Side  (May 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Jake Speed  (May 30)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

May 1986

 

New on TV

North and South: Book II [miniseries]  ABC  (May 4)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Trivia: Cher calls David Letterman an A-hole during a taping of Late Night with David Letterman  NBC  (May 22)   YouTube   Wikipedia: 1986 Events

The Canned Film Festival  Syndication  (May 28)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

New on Top 100 Radio for June >

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June 1986

June 1986

 

Track & Field (Atari)

Extreme Best Guess using info from Computer Entertainer The Newsletter. Track & Field was reviewed in the August 1986 issue of Computer Entertainer The Newsletter.

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June 1986

 

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

“Glory Of Love (Theme From The Karate Kid Part II)” by Peter Cetera  (Jun 7)   YouTube   55%

“Modern Woman” by Billy Joel  (Jun 7)   YouTube

“All The Love In The World” by The Outfield  (Jun 7)   YouTube

“Hyperactive” by Robert Palmer  (Jun 7)   YouTube

“In The Shape Of A Heart” by Jackson Browne  (Jun 7)   YouTube

“Higher Love” by Steve Winwood  (Jun 14)   YouTube

“Words Get In The Way” by Miami Sound Machine  (Jun 14)   YouTube   57%

“Sweet Freedom” by Michael McDonald  (Jun 14)   YouTube   60%

“Rumors” by Timex Social Club  (Jun 14)   YouTube

“Take My Breath Away (Love Theme From Top Gun)” by Berlin  (Jun 21)   YouTube

“Baby Love” by Regina  (Jun 21)   YouTube

“Suzanne” by Journey  (Jun 21)   YouTube

“A Kind Of Magic” by Queen  (Jun 21)   YouTube

“Papa Don’t Preach” by Madonna  (Jun 28)   YouTube

“Venus” by Bananarama  (Jun 28)   YouTube   70%

“The Captain Of Her Heart” by Double  (Jun 28)   YouTube   70%

“Rumbleseat” by John Cougar Mellencamp  (Jun 28)   YouTube

“Rock ‘N’ Roll To The Rescue” by The Beach Boys  (Jun 28)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for July >

June 1986

 

New at the Movies

Invaders from Mars  (Jun 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Raw Deal  (Jun 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

SpaceCamp  (Jun 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off  (Jun 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Back to School  (Jun 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Manhattan Project  (Jun 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Mona Lisa  (Jun 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Never Too Young to Die  (Jun 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Legal Eagles  (Jun 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Karate Kid Part II  (Jun 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

My Little Pony: The Movie  (Jun 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

American Anthem  (Jun 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Labyrinth  (Jun 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Running Scared  (Jun 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Ruthless People  (Jun 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

New on Top 100 Radio for July >

June 1986

 

History

     

    Text below from Computer Entertainer The Newsletter (July 1986)

     

    Availability Update

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

     

    June [from Jul 86 availability update]

    x - Track & Field (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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July 1986

July 1986

 

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

“Friends And Lovers” by Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson  (Jul 5)   YouTube

“The Edge Of Heaven” by Wham!  (Jul 5)   YouTube

“Man Size Love” by Klymaxx  (Jul 5)   YouTube

“Yankee Rose” by David Lee Roth  (Jul 5)   YouTube

“That Was Then, This Is Now” by The Monkees  (Jul 5)   YouTube

“Point Of No Return” by Nu Shooz  (Jul 5)   YouTube

“Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)” by Glass Tiger  (Jul 12)   YouTube   67%

“Two Of Hearts” by Stacey Q  (Jul 12)   YouTube   52%

“Dancing On The Ceiling” by Lionel Richie  (Jul 19)   YouTube

“Money$ Too Tight (to Mention)” by Simply Red  (Jul 19)   YouTube

“Walk This Way” by Run-D.M.C. & Aerosmith  (Jul 26)   YouTube

“All Cried Out” by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force  (Jul 26)   YouTube

“Love Zone” by Billy Ocean  (Jul 26)   YouTube

“Missionary Man” by Eurythmics  (Jul 26)   YouTube

“Velcro Fly” by ZZ Top  (Jul 26)   YouTube

“Every Little Kiss” by Bruce Hornsby & The Range  (Jul 26)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for August >

July 1986

 

New at the Movies

About Last Night  (Jul 2)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Big Trouble in Little China  (Jul 2)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Great Mouse Detective  (Jul 2)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Psycho III  (Jul 2)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Under the Cherry Moon  (Jul 4)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Club Paradise  (Jul 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Aliens  (Jul 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Vamp  (Jul 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Echo Park  (Jul 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Haunted Honeymoon  (Jul 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Heartburn  (Jul 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Maximum Overdrive  (Jul 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Out of Bounds  (Jul 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Patriot  (Jul 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Robotech: The Movie  (Jul 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Nothing in Common  (Jul 30)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

New on Top 100 Radio for August >

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August 1986

August 1986

 

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

“Stuck With You” by Huey Lewis & The News  (Aug 2)   YouTube

“Dreamtime” by Daryl Hall  (Aug 2)   YouTube

“Heaven In Your Eyes” by Loverboy  (Aug 2)   YouTube

“Press” by Paul McCartney  (Aug 2)   YouTube

“Ruthless People” by Mick Jagger  (Aug 2)   YouTube

“Spirit In The Sky” by Doctor & The Medics  (Aug 2)   YouTube

“When I Think Of You” by Janet Jackson  (Aug 9)   YouTube   75%

“You Can Call Me Al” by Paul Simon  (Aug 9)   YouTube   70%

“A Matter Of Trust” by Billy Joel  (Aug 9)   YouTube

“Love Walks In” by Van Halen  (Aug 9)   YouTube

“Twist And Shout ” by The Beatles  (Aug 9)   YouTube

“Love Always” by El DeBarge  (Aug 9)   YouTube

“Private Number” by The Jets  (Aug 9)   YouTube

“Wrap It Up” by The Fabulous Thunderbirds  (Aug 9)   YouTube

“Lonely Is The Night” by Air Supply  (Aug 9)   YouTube

“I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On” by Robert Palmer  (Aug 16)   YouTube   65%

“Throwing It All Away” by Genesis  (Aug 16)   YouTube   70%

“Take Me Home Tonight” by Eddie Money  (Aug 16)   YouTube

“Sweet Love” by Anita Baker  (Aug 16)   YouTube   55%

“Paranoimia” by The Art Of Noise with Max Headroom  (Aug 16)   YouTube   55%

“Heartbeat” by Don Johnson  (Aug 23)   YouTube

“Earth Angel” by New Edition  (Aug 23)   YouTube

“True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper  (Aug 30)   YouTube

“Typical Male” by Tina Turner  (Aug 30)   YouTube

“I’ll Be Over You” by Toto  (Aug 30)   YouTube

“Girl Can’t Help It” by Journey  (Aug 30)   YouTube

“In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel  (Aug 30)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for September >

August 1986

 

New at the Movies

Choke Canyon  (Aug 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Flight of the Navigator  (Aug 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives  (Aug 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Good to Go  (Aug 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Howard the Duck  (Aug 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

One Crazy Summer  (Aug 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

She’s Gotta Have It  (Aug 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Transformers: The Movie  (Aug 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Half Moon Street  (Aug 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Armed and Dangerous  (Aug 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Fly  (Aug 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Manhunter  (Aug 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Extremities  (Aug 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Stand by Me  (Aug 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2  (Aug 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Shanghai Surprise  (Aug 30)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

New on Top 100 Radio for September >

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September 1986

September 1986

 

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

“You Give Love A Bad Name” by Bon Jovi  (Sep 6)   YouTube

“Emotion In Motion” by Ric Ocasek  (Sep 6)   YouTube

“Wild Wild Life” by Talking Heads  (Sep 6)   YouTube

“25 Or 6 To 4” by Chicago  (Sep 6)   YouTube

“Human” by The Human League  (Sep 13)   YouTube   55%

“Word Up” by Cameo  (Sep 13)   YouTube   72%

“The Rain” by Oran ‘Juice’ Jones  (Sep 13)   YouTube

“Can’t Wait Another Minute” by Five Star  (Sep 13)   YouTube

“The Way It Is” by Bruce Hornsby & The Range  (Sep 20)   YouTube   55%

“The Next Time I Fall” by Peter Cetera & Amy Grant  (Sep 20)   YouTube   68%

“I Am By Your Side” by Corey Hart  (Sep 20)   YouTube

“What About Love” by ‘Til Tuesday  (Sep 20)   YouTube

“California Dreamin’” by The Beach Boys  (Sep 20)   YouTube

“Walk Like An Egyptian” by Bangles  (Sep 27)   YouTube   90%

“Amanda” by Boston  (Sep 27)   YouTube

“Freedom Overspill” by Steve Winwood  (Sep 27)   YouTube

“Jumpin’ Jack Flash” by Aretha Franklin  (Sep 27)   YouTube

“Goin’ Crazy!” by David Lee Roth  (Sep 27)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for October >

September 1986

 

New at the Movies

River’s Edge  (Sep 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

‘night, Mother  (Sep 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Avenging Force  (Sep 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Blue Velvet  (Sep 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Men’s Club  (Sep 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Down by Law  (Sep 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Name of the Rose  (Sep 24)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Boy Who Could Fly  (Sep 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Crocodile Dundee  (Sep 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

That’s Life!  (Sep 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

September 1986

 

New on TV

WWF Superstars of Wrestling  Syndication  (Sep 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Flintstone Kids  ABC  (Sep 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Saturday Morning Schedule

Ghostbusters  Syndication  (Sep 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Nightlife  Syndication  (Sep 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Oprah Winfrey Show  Syndication  (Sep 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

SilverHawks  Syndication  (Sep 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Superior Court   Syndication  (Sep 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Wizard  CBS  (Sep 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

It’s Garry Shandling’s Show  Showtime  (Sep 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Our House  NBC  (Sep 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Easy Street  NBC  (Sep 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Kissyfur  NBC  (Sep 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Saturday Morning Schedule

The Real Ghostbusters  ABC  (Sep 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Saturday Morning Schedule

Pound Puppies  ABC  (Sep 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Saturday Morning Schedule

Pee-wee’s Playhouse  CBS  (Sep 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Saturday Morning Schedule

Teen Wolf  CBS  (Sep 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Saturday Morning Schedule

Wildfire  CBS  (Sep 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Saturday Morning Schedule

At the Movies  Syndication  (Sep 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The New Adventures of Jonny Quest  Syndication  (Sep 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Rambo: The Force of Freedom  Syndication  (Sep 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Head of the Class  ABC  (Sep 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Crime Story  NBC  (Sep 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

L.A. Law  NBC  (Sep 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Starman  ABC  (Sep 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

The Ellen Burstyn Show  ABC  (Sep 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Heart of the City  ABC  (Sep 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Life With Lucy  ABC  (Sep 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Dennis the Menace  Syndication  (Sep 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Zoobilee Zoo  Syndication  (Sep 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Together We Stand  CBS  (Sep 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

ALF  NBC  (Sep 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Sledge Hammer!  ABC  (Sep 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Our World  ABC  (Sep 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Kay O’Brien  CBS  (Sep 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

The New Mike Hammer  CBS  (Sep 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Amen  NBC  (Sep 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

WWF Wrestling Challenge  Syndication  (Sep 28)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Designing Women  CBS  (Sep 29)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

New on Top 100 Radio for October >

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October 1986

October 1986

 

Jr. Pac-Man (Atari)

Extreme Best Guess using info from Computer Entertainer The Newsletter. [Not reviewed in CETN.]

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

Computer Entertainer The Newsletter

October 1986

 

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

“Everybody Have Fun Tonight” by Wang Chung  (Oct 4)   YouTube   80%

“True Blue” by Madonna  (Oct 4)   YouTube   55%

“To Be A Lover” by Billy Idol  (Oct 4)   YouTube

“Stand By Me” by Ben E. King  (Oct 4)   YouTube

“Love Will Conquer All” by Lionel Richie  (Oct 4)   YouTube

“C’est La Vie” by Robbie Nevil  (Oct 11)   YouTube   80%

“Don’t Get Me Wrong” by The Pretenders  (Oct 11)   YouTube

“Shake You Down” by Gregory Abbott  (Oct 18)   YouTube

“Hip To Be Square” by Huey Lewis and the News  (Oct 18)   YouTube   70%

“You Know I Love You…Don’t You?” by Howard Jones  (Oct 18)   YouTube

“Foolish Pride” by Daryl Hall  (Oct 18)   YouTube

“Is This Love” by Survivor  (Oct 25)   YouTube

“Love Is Forever” by Billy Ocean  (Oct 25)   YouTube

“The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades” by Timbuk 3  (Oct 25)   YouTube   65%

“You Be Illin’” by Run DMC  (Oct 25)   YouTube

“Don’t Stand So Close To Me ‘86” by The Police  (Oct 25)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for November >

October 1986

 

New at the Movies

Tough Guys  (Oct 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Deadly Friend  (Oct 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Jumpin’ Jack Flash  (Oct 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Peggy Sue Got Married  (Oct 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

True Stories  (Oct 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Color of Money  (Oct 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Soul Man  (Oct 24)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Trick or Treat  (Oct 24)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Children of a Lesser God  (Oct 31)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Let’s Get Harry  (Oct 31)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

October 1986

 

New on TV

Better Days  CBS  (Oct 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

My Sister Sam  CBS  (Oct 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Double Dare  Nickelodeon  (Oct 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Trivia: The Fox Broadcasting Company (then abbreviated as FBC; now Fox) launches as the fourth commercial broadcast television network in the USA.  Fox  (Oct 9)   YouTube   Wikipedia: 1986 Events

The Late Show with Joan Rivers  Fox  (Oct 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

New on Top 100 Radio for November >

October 1986

 

History

     

    Text below from Computer Entertainer The Newsletter (November 1986)

     

    Availability Update

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

     

    October [from Nov 86 availability update]

    x - Pac Man Jr. (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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November 1986

November 1986

 

Midnight Magic (Atari)

Extreme Best Guess using info from Computer Entertainer The Newsletter. Midnight Magic was reviewed in the April 1987 issue of Computer Entertainer The Newsletter.

Info:

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Atarimania

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Catalog

Computer Entertainer The Newsletter

November 1986

 

Solaris (Atari)

Extreme Best Guess using info from Computer Entertainer The Newsletter. Solaris was reviewed in the January 1987 issue of Computer Entertainer The Newsletter.

Info:

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Atarimania

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Catalog

Computer Entertainer The Newsletter

November 1986

 

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

“Notorious” by Duran Duran  (Nov 1)   YouTube

“Land Of Confusion” by Genesis  (Nov 1)   YouTube   85%

“Touch Me (I Want Your Body)” by Samantha Fox  (Nov 1)   YouTube

“Control” by Janet Jackson  (Nov 1)   YouTube

“Someday” by Glass Tiger  (Nov 1)   YouTube

“Victory” by Kool & The Gang  (Nov 1)   YouTube

“Coming Around Again” by Carly Simon  (Nov 1)   YouTube   70%

“All I Wanted” by Kansas  (Nov 1)   YouTube

“Falling In Love (Uh-Oh)” by Miami Sound Machine  (Nov 1)   YouTube   65%

“Goldmine” by Pointer Sisters  (Nov 1)   YouTube

“Goin’ To The Bank” by Commodores  (Nov 1)   YouTube

“Daydream Believer” by The Monkees  (Nov 1)   YouTube

“At This Moment” by Billy Vera & The Beaters  (Nov 1)   YouTube   [This song made a comeback thanks to the TV show Family Ties.]

“Will You Still Love Me?” by Chicago  (Nov 15)   YouTube   55%

“You Got It All” by The Jets  (Nov 15)   YouTube   55%

“Stop To Love” by Luther Vandross  (Nov 15)   YouTube

“This Is The Time” by Billy Joel  (Nov 15)   YouTube

“Keep Your Hands To Yourself” by Georgia Satellites  (Nov 22)   YouTube

“War (Live)” by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band  (Nov 22)   YouTube

“Change Of Heart” by Cyndi Lauper  (Nov 29)   YouTube

“Big Time” by Peter Gabriel  (Nov 29)   YouTube   80%

“Love You Down” by Ready For The World  (Nov 29)   YouTube

“Brand New Lover” by Dead Or Alive  (Nov 29)   YouTube

“Caught Up In The Rapture” by Anita Baker  (Nov 29)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for December >

November 1986

 

New at the Movies

52 Pick-Up  (Nov 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Modern Girls  (Nov 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Sid and Nancy  (Nov 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Something Wild  (Nov 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Tai-Pan  (Nov 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Quiet Cool  (Nov 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Heat  (Nov 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Hoosiers  (Nov 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Streets of Gold  (Nov 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

An American Tail  (Nov 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Firewalker  (Nov 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Song of the South [re-release]  (Nov 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Wraith  (Nov 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Mosquito Coast  (Nov 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Nutcracker: The Motion Picture  (Nov 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Solarbabies  (Nov 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home  (Nov 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Eye of the Tiger  (Nov 28)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

November 1986

 

New on TV

The Last Frontier [miniseries]  CBS  (Nov 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Trivia: Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman and Kevin Nealon join the cast of Saturday Night Live.  NBC  (Nov 8)   YouTube   Wikipedia: 1986 Events

New on Top 100 Radio for December >

November 1986

 

History

     

    Text below from Computer Entertainer The Newsletter (December 1986)

     

    Availability Update

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

     

    November [from Dec 86 availability update]

    x - Midnight Magic (Atari)

    x - Solaris (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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December 1986

December 1986

 

Tax Avoiders (American Videogame)

Super Extreme Best Guess based on posts at AtariAge and info from Computer Entertainer The Newsletter.

Info:

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News:

Text below from Computer Entertainer The Newsletter (Jan 87).

    “New” Third-Party Game for 2600

    We recently came across a game called TAX AVOIDERS, apparently a new third-party release for Atari 2600 although it bears a 1983 copyright. Conceived by Darrell Wagner, a licensed tax consultant and former IRS Revenue Agent, and developed by Todd Clark Holm, an independent investment advisor, the game is produced by American Videogame, a division of H & L Schwartz, Inc. The object is to become a millionaire (after taxes) in one year. The first of two screens has you maneuver a stick-figure character along four horizontal lines (levels of bureaucracy), collecting dollar signs and avoiding government red tape symbols. In the second screen, your character attempts to acquire the best of seven Tax Shelter Investments, avoiding audits by the IRS Agent and using the advice of a CPA and an Investment Advisor. Taxes are collected quarterly by automatic withholding the amount depending on which tax-sheltered investment you have in your portfolio. The game is very cleverly conceived but primitively implemented with barely acceptable graphics and less than smooth control. It would be of value chiefly to collectors.

December 1986

 

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

“Open Your Heart” by Madonna  (Dec 6)   YouTube

“Ballerina Girl” by Lionel Richie  (Dec 6)   YouTube

“I’ll Be Alright Without You” by Journey  (Dec 6)   YouTube

“Facts Of Love” by Jeff Lorber Featuring Karyn White  (Dec 6)   YouTube

“Jimmy Lee” by Aretha Franklin  (Dec 6)   YouTube

“Livin’ On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi  (Dec 13)   YouTube   65%

“Somewhere Out There” by Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram  (Dec 20)   YouTube

“(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)” by Beastie Boys  (Dec 20)   YouTube   [Anthem for entitled little scumbag teens who want to smoke and guzzle booze.]

“I Wanna Go Back” by Eddie Money  (Dec 20)   YouTube

“If I Say Yes” by Five Star  (Dec 27)   YouTube

“Someone” by El DeBarge  (Dec 27)   YouTube

Back to New on Top 100 Radio for January >

December 1986

 

New at the Movies

Heartbreak Ridge  (Dec 5)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Crimes of the Heart  (Dec 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Golden Child  (Dec 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

¡Three Amigos!  (Dec 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

King Kong Lives  (Dec 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Lady and the Tramp [re-release]  (Dec 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Little Shop of Horrors  (Dec 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

No Mercy  (Dec 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Platoon  (Dec 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Morning After  (Dec 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

December 1986

 

New on TV

The Cavanaughs  CBS  (Dec 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Dads  ABC  (Dec 5)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Gung Ho  ABC  (Dec 5)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Back to New on Top 100 Radio for January >

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Atari 2600 Game History: 1983

Atari 2600 Game History: 1984

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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)

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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

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