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Dark Chambers (Atari) BG
Double Dunk (Atari) BG
Rampage (Activision) BG
Double Dragon (Activision) DSEBG
Glacier Patrol (Telegames) DSEBG
BMX Air Master (TNT Games) DSEBG
Off The Wall (Atari) DSEBG
Radar Lock (Atari) DSEBG
Road Runner (Atari) SEBG
Secret Quest (Atari) SEBG
Universal Chaos (Telegames)
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Atari 2600 Game History: 1989
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 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 1989. 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 If you were lucky, you had an encyclopedia set at home, but it would probably be many decades out of date.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 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.
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. I'll add three orange question marks (???) for an entry to 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.
“Girl You Know It’s True” by Milli Vanilli (Jan 7) YT
“Paradise City” by Guns N' Roses (Jan 14) YT
“Stand” by R.E.M. (Jan 21) YT 70%
“You Got It” by Roy Orbison (Jan 21) YT
“Orinoco Flow” by Enya (Jan 21) YT
“She Drives Me Crazy” by Fine Young Cannibals (Jan 28) YT 60%
“Walk The Dinosaur” by Was (Not Was) (Jan 28) YT
“Eternal Flame” by Bangles (Feb 4) YT 65%
“24/7” by Dino (Feb 4) YT
“The Look” by Roxette (Feb 11) YT
“End Of The Line” by Traveling Wilburys (Feb 11) YT
“Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler (Mar 4) YT
“Funky Cold Medina” by Tone Loc (Mar 4) YT
“Iko Iko” by The Belle Stars (Mar 4) YT 55%
“Let The River Run” by Carly Simon (Mar 4) YT
“Forever Your Girl” by Paula Abdul (Mar 11) YT
“After All” by Cher And Peter Cetera (Mar 11) YT
“Cult Of Personality” by Living Colour (Mar 11) YT 50%
“Like A Prayer” by Madonna (Mar 18) YT
“Rock On” by Michael Damian (Mar 18) YT
“Everlasting Love” by Howard Jones (Mar 18) YT 55%
“Soldier Of Love” by Donny Osmond (Mar 25) YT
“Every Little Step” by Bobby Brown (Mar 25) YT 65%
“Voices Of Babylon” by The Outfield (Mar 25) YT
“I'll Be Loving You (Forever)” by New Kids On The Block (Apr 1) YT
“Electric Youth” by Debbie Gibson (Apr 1) YT
“Miss You Like Crazy” by Natalie Cole (Apr 15) YT
“This Time I Know It's For Real” by Donna Summer (Apr 22) YT
“Baby Don't Forget My Number” by Milli Vanilli (Apr 29) YT
“I Won't Back Down” by Tom Petty (Apr 29) YT 65%
“Pop Singer” by John Cougar Mellencamp (Apr 29) YT
“The Mayor Of Simpleton” by XTC (Apr 29) YT 55%
“If You Don't Know Me By Now” by Simply Red (May 6) YT
“Good Thing” by Fine Young Cannibals (May 6) YT
“Into The Night” [re-recorded version] by Benny Mardones (May 6) YT
“Be With You” by Bangles (May 6) YT
“Send Me An Angel '89” by Real Life (May 13) YT
“Toy Soldiers” by Martika (May 20) YT
“In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel (May 20) YT
(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.
“Express Yourself” by Madonna (Jun 3) YT 75%
“On Our Own” by Bobby Brown (Jun 10) YT
“Batdance” by Prince (Jun 17) YT
“Dancing In Heaven (Orbital Be-Bop)” by Q-Feel (Jun 17) YT
“Cold Hearted” by Paula Abdul (Jun 24) YT
“The End Of The Innocence” by Don Henley (Jun 24) YT
“Tell Me I’m Not Dreaming” by Robert Palmer (Jul 1) YT
“Right Here Waiting” by Richard Marx (Jul 8) YT
“If I Could Turn Back Time” by Cher (Jul 8) YT
“Hangin' Tough” by New Kids On The Block (Jul 15) YT
“Bust A Move” by Young M.C. (Jul 29) YT
“Runnin' Down A Dream” by Tom Petty (Jul 29) YT
“It's Not Enough” by Starship (Aug 5) YT
“Oh Daddy” by Adrian Belew (Aug 5) YT
“What About Me” by Moving Pictures (Aug 12) YT
“Cherish” by Madonna (Aug 19) YT 55%
“Partyman” by Prince (Aug 26) YT 55%
“Sowing The Seeds Of Love” by Tears For Fears (Sep 2) YT 95%
“Love In An Elevator” by Aerosmith (Sep 2) YT
“Me So Horny” by 2 Live Crew (Sep 9) YT
“Cover Girl” by New Kids On The Block (Sep 16) YT
“(It's Just) The Way That You Love Me” [re-release] by Paula Abdul (Sep 23) YT
“Back To Life” by Soul II Soul Featuring Caron Wheeler (Sep 23) YT
“Poison” by Alice Cooper (Sep 23) YT
“Don't Know Much” by Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville (Sep 30) YT
“Get On Your Feet” by Gloria Estefan (Sep 30) YT
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.
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.
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.
“Blame It On The Rain” by Milli Vanilli (Oct 7) YT
“We Didn't Start The Fire” by Billy Joel (Oct 14) YT 55%
“How Am I Supposed To Live Without You” by Michael Bolton (Oct 28) YT
“Free Fallin'” by Tom Petty (Nov 4) YT
“Another Day In Paradise” by Phil Collins (Nov 4) YT
“Rhythm Nation” by Janet Jackson (Nov 11) YT 65%
“Oh Father” by Madonna (Nov 11) YT
“Janie's Got A Gun” by Aerosmith (Nov 25) YT
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.
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.
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.
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.
“Personal Jesus” by Depeche Mode (Dec 9) YT 65%
“A Girl Like You” by The Smithereens (Dec 9) YT
“Opposites Attract” by Paula Abdul & The Wild Pair (Dec 16) YT
“Here We Are” by Gloria Estefan (Dec 16) YT
“Roam” by The B-52's (Dec 23) YT 55%
“Here And Now” by Luther Vandross (Dec 23) YT
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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.
Atari 2600 Game History: 1989
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