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Atari 2600 Game History: 1991
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 1991 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 1991. 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 If you were lucky, you had an encyclopedia set at home, but it would probably be many decades out of date.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.
“Here Comes The Hammer” by M.C. Hammer (Jan 5) YT
“I'll Do 4 U” by Father MC (Jan 12) YT
“Someday” by Mariah Carey (Jan 19) YT
“All This Time” by Sting (Jan 19) YT 55%
“Coming Out Of The Dark” by Gloria Estefan (Jan 26) YT
“Rico Suave” by Gerardo (Feb 2) YT
“You're In Love” by Wilson Phillips (Feb 9) YT
“I've Been Thinking About You” by Londonbeat (Feb 9) YT
“Just The Way It Is, Baby” by The Rembrandts (Feb 9) YT
“Baby Baby” by Amy Grant (Feb 23) YT 70%
“Touch Me (All Night Long)” by Cathy Dennis (Mar 2) YT
“Here We Go” by C & C Music Factory (Mar 2) YT
“Rhythm Of My Heart” by Rod Stewart (Mar 16) YT
“Deep, Deep Trouble” by The Simpsons (Mar 16) YT
“More Than Words” by Extreme (Mar 23) YT
“I Don't Wanna Cry” by Mariah Carey (Apr 6) YT
“I Wanna Sex You Up” by Color Me Badd (Apr 6) YT
“People Are Still Having Sex” by LaTour (Apr 6) YT
“(If There Was) Any Other Way” by Celine Dion (Apr 6) YT
“Bitter Tears” by INXS (Apr 6) YT
“Right Here, Right Now” by Jesus Jones (Apr 13) YT 50%
“Mama Said Knock You Out” by LL Cool J (Apr 13) YT
“Love Is A Wonderful Thing” by Michael Bolton (Apr 20) YT
“Rush Rush” by Paula Abdul (May 11) YT
“P.A.S.S.I.O.N.” by Rythm Syndicate (Jun 1) YT
“It Ain't Over Til It's Over” by Lenny Kravitz (Jun 8) YT 65%
“Every Heartbeat” by Amy Grant (Jun 15) YT
“Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (Jun 15) YT 50%
“(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” by Bryan Adams (Jun 29) YT
“Now That We Found Love” by Heavy D & The Boyz with Aaron Hall (Jun 29) YT
“Learning To Fly” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (Jun 29) YT
“Borrowed Love” by Bingoboys featuring Arnold Jarvis & Princessa (Jun 29) YT
“The Motown Song” by Rod Stewart with The Temptations (Jul 6) YT
“Pump It (Nice An’ Hard)” by Icy Blu (Jul 6) YT
“Monster” by Fred Schneider (Jul 6) YT
“Time, Love And Tenderness” by Michael Bolton (Jul 13) YT
“Unforgettable” by Natalie Cole & Nat King Cole (Jul 13) YT
“You Could Be Mine” by Guns N' Roses (Jul 13) YT [From Terminator 2.]
“Pop Goes The Weasel” by 3rd Bass (Jul 13) YT [Anti-Vanilla Ice song.]
“Good Vibrations” by Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch Featuring Loleatta Holloway (Jul 20) YT
“Things That Make You Go Hmmmm” by C+C Music Factory (Jul 20) YT
“Something To Talk About” by Bonnie Raitt (Jul 20) YT
“Everybody Plays The Fool” by Aaron Neville (Jul 20) YT
“Latin Active” by A Lighter Shade Of Brown Featuring Teardrop & Shiro (Jul 20) YT
“Gotta Have You” by Stevie Wonder (Jul 20) YT 55%
“I Adore Mi Amor” by Color Me Badd (Jul 27) YT
“Shiny Happy People” by R.E.M. (Jul 27) YT 55%
“Hey Stoopid” by Alice Cooper (Jul 27) YT
“Hole Hearted” by Extreme (Aug 3) YT
“Don't Want To Be A Fool” by Luther Vandross (Aug 3) YT
“The One And Only” by Chesney Hawkes (Aug 3) YT
“That's The Way Love Goes” by Young M.C. (Aug 3) YT
“Romantic” by Karyn White (Aug 17) YT
“Let's Talk About Sex” by Salt 'N Pepa (Aug 24) YT
“Emotions” by Mariah Carey (Aug 31) YT
“O.P.P.” by Naughty By Nature (Sep 7) YT
“Can't Stop This Thing We Started” by Bryan Adams (Sep 14) YT
“Finally” by Ce Ce Peniston (Sep 28) YT
“Cream” by Prince & The N.P.G. (Sep 28) YT
“That's What Love Is For” by Amy Grant (Sep 28) YT
Realities with David Hartman Syndication (Sep 9) Google
“Street Of Dreams” by Nia Peeples (Oct 12) YT
“Live For Loving You” by Gloria Estefan (Oct 12) YT
“Top Of The World” by Van Halen (Oct 12) YT
“Skat Strut” by M.C. Skat Kat & The Stray Mob (Oct 12) YT
“No Son Of Mine” by Genesis (Nov 2) YT
“All 4 Love” by Color Me Badd (Nov 9) YT
“2 Legit 2 Quit” by M.C. Hammer (Nov 9) YT
“Wildside” by Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch (Nov 9) YT
“Can’t Let Go” by Mariah Carey (Nov 16) YT
“Ain't Gonna Hurt Nobody” by Kid 'N Play (Nov 16) YT
“Into The Great Wide Open” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (Nov 16) YT
“Black Or White” by Michael Jackson (Nov 23) YT 68%
“I Love Your Smile” by Shanice (Nov 23) YT 55%
“Word To The Badd!!” by Jermaine Jackson (Nov 30) YT
“Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me” by George Michael & Elton John (Dec 7) YT
“Diamonds And Pearls” by Prince & The N.P.G. (Dec 7) YT
“Addams Groove” by M.C. Hammer (Dec 7) YT 50%
“I'm Too Sexy” by Right Said Fred (Dec 21) YT 30%
“To Be With You” by Mr. Big (Dec 21) YT
“Give It Away” by Red Hot Chili Peppers (Dec 21) YT
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