The Zelda series began.

This page consists of Nintendo-related events that occured in 1986.

Timeline

  • January 31 - About 6.2 million Famicom units have been shipped.[1]
  • February 21 - Nintendo releases the Famicom Disk System (FDS) in Japan alongside The Legend of Zelda. It is later reported that Nintendo's future games will only be available for the Disk System, and that Nintendo's reason for this decision is that the limitations of ROM cartridges at the time did not allow them to make games that could surpass those they already put out on the market.[1]
  • April - Kensuke Tanabe joins Nintendo.
  • April 14 - Nintendo releases Nazo no Murasame-jō.
  • April 15: It is reported that Nihon Bussan became a third-party publisher for the Famicom.[2]
  • June 3 - Nintendo releases the FDS game Super Mario Bros. 2 in Japan. This version was first officially made playable outside of Japan on the Wii's Virtual Console in 2007.
  • August: Nintendo releases the PlayChoice-10.[3]
  • August 6 - Nintendo releases Metroid in Japan.

NES released in Europe.

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  • September 1 - Nintendo launches the NES throughout Europe.
  • December 19 - Nintendo releases Kid Icarus in Japan.

Third party publisher guide

Japan (debuts)
Publisher First game System Release date
Toei Animation Baltron FC 1986-03-19March 19, 1986
Nihon Bussan MagMax FC 1986-03-19March 19, 1986
Tecmo Mighty Bomb Jack FC 1986-04-24April 24, 1986
Tokyo Shoseki Keisan Game FC 1986-04-25April 25, 1986
Data East B-Wings FC 1986-06-03June 3, 1986
Royal Industries I Am a Teacher: Super Mario Sweater FDS 1986-08-27August 27, 1986
SNK ASO: Armored Scrum Project FC 1986-09-03September 3, 1986
Victor Banana FC 1986-09-08September 8, 1986
Kawada Othello FDS 1986-10-13October 13, 1986
Imagineer Ginga Denshō: Galaxy Odyssey FDS 1986-11-06November 6, 1986
Vic Tokai Aigiina no Yogen: From the Legend of Balubalouk FC 1986-11-21November 21, 1986
VAP Ganso Saiyuki: Super Monkey Daiboken FC 1986-11-21November 21, 1986
K Amusement Ikari FC 1986-11-26November 26, 1986
Takara The Transformers: Mystery of Convoy FC 1986-12-05December 5, 1986
Use Hottaman no Chitei Tanken FC 1986-12-06December 6, 1986
HAL Laboratory Gall Force FDS 1986-12-10December 10, 1986
Towa Chiki Sherlock Holmes: Hakushaku Reijo Yukai Jiken FDS 1986-12-11December 11, 1986
CBS/Sony Seikima II: Akuma no Gyakushu! FC 1986-12-25December 25, 1986
Fuji Television All Night Nippon Super Mario Bros. FDS 19861986
North America (debuts)
Publisher First game Release date
Data East Tag Team Wrestling 1986-10October 1986
Bandai Chubby Cherub 1986-10October 1986
M.U.S.C.L.E.
Ninja Kid
Capcom 1942 1986-11November 1986
Commando
Ghosts 'n Goblins
Konami Gradius 1986-12December 1986
Japan (last games)
Publisher Last game System Release date
Royal Industries I Am a Teacher: Teami no Kiso FDS 1986-09-26September 26, 1986

Character debuts

Games released in 1986

Vs. System (North America)

Nintendo Entertainment System

Please select a region.

86 games were released in Japan.

Title Publisher Release Date Source
Aigiina no Yogen: Balubalouk no Densetsu Yori Vic Tokai 1986-11-21November 21, 1986 GameFAQs [1]
Argus Jaleco 1986-04-17April 17, 1986 GameFAQs [2]
Arkanoid Taito 1986-12-26December 26, 1986 GameFAQs [3]
ASO: Armored Scrum Object SNK 1986-09-03September 3, 1986 GameFAQs [4]
Atlantis no Nazo Sunsoft 1986-04-17April 17, 1986 GameFAQs [5]
B-Wings Data East 1986-06-03June 3, 1986 GameFAQs [6]
Babel no Tou Namco 1986-07-18July 18, 1986 GameFAQs [7]
Baltron Toei Animation 1986-03-19March 19, 1986 GameFAQs [8]
Banana Victor 1986-09-08September 8, 1986 GameFAQs [9]
Bird Week Toshiba EMI 1986-06-03June 3, 1986 GameFAQs [10]
Buggy Popper Data East 1986-10-08October 8, 1986 GameFAQs [11]
Castle Excellent ASCII 1986-11-28November 28, 1986 GameFAQs [12]
Choplifter Jaleco 1986-06-26June 26, 1986 GameFAQs [13]
Circus Charlie Soft Pro 1986-03-04March 4, 1986 GameFAQs [14]
Cosmo Genesis ASCII 1986-12-23December 23, 1986 GameFAQs [15]
Crazy Climber Nichibutsu 1986-12-26December 26, 1986 GameFAQs [16]
Daiva Story 6: Imperial of Nirsartia Toshiba EMI 1986-12-05December 5, 1986 GameFAQs [17]
Dig Dug II Namco 1986-04-18April 18, 1986 GameFAQs [18]
Doraemon Hudson Soft 1986-12-12December 12, 1986 GameFAQs [19]
Dragon Ball: Shenron no Nazo Bandai 1986-11-27November 27, 1986 GameFAQs [20]
Dragon Quest Enix 1986-05-27May 27, 1986 GameFAQs [21]
Family Trainer: Athletic World Bandai 1986-11-12November 12, 1986 GameFAQs [22]
Family Trainer: Running Stadium Bandai 1986-12-23December 23, 1986 GameFAQs [23]
Ganbare Goemon! Karakuri Douchuu Konami 1986-07-30July 30, 1986 GameFAQs [24]
Ganso Saiyuuki: Super Monkey Daibouken Vap 1986-11-21November 21, 1986 GameFAQs [25]
Gegege no Kitaro: Youkai Daimakyou Bandai 1986-04-17April 17, 1986 GameFAQs [26]
Ghostbusters Tokuma Shoten 1986-09-22September 22, 1986 GameFAQs [27]
Gradius Konami 1986-04-25April 25, 1986 GameFAQs [28]
Gyrodine Taito 1986-03-13March 13, 1986 GameFAQs [29]
Hokuto no Ken Toei Animation 1986-08-10August 10, 1986 GameFAQs [30]
Hottaman no Chisoko Tanken Use 1986-12-06December 6, 1986 GameFAQs [31]
Hydlide Special Toshiba EMI 1986-03-18March 18, 1986 GameFAQs [32]
Ikari K Amusement Leasing 1986-11-26November 26, 1986 GameFAQs [33]
Jajamaru no Daibouken Jaleco 1986-08-22August 22, 1986 GameFAQs [34]
Kage no Densetsu Taito 1986-04-18April 18, 1986 GameFAQs [35]
Kanshakudama Nage Kantarou no Toukaidou Gojuusan Tsugi Sunsoft 1986-07-03July 3, 1986 GameFAQs [36]
Keisan Game: Sansuu 1 Toshi Tokyo Shoseki 1986-04-25April 25, 1986 GameFAQs [37]
Keisan Game: Sansuu 2 Toshi Tokyo Shoseki 1986-04-25April 25, 1986 GameFAQs [38]
Keisan Game: Sansuu 3 Toshi Tokyo Shoseki 1986-04-25April 25, 1986 GameFAQs [39]
Keisan Game: Sansuu 4 Toshi Tokyo Shoseki 1986-10-30October 30, 1986 GameFAQs [40]
Keisan Game: Sansuu 5+6 Toshi Tokyo Shoseki 1986-10-30October 30, 1986 GameFAQs [41]
Kidou Senshi Z-Gundam: Hot Scramble Bandai 1986-08-28August 28, 1986 GameFAQs [42]
King Kong 2: Ikari no Megaton Punch Konami 1986-12-18December 18, 1986 GameFAQs [43]
King's Knight Square 1986-09-18September 18, 1986 GameFAQs [44]
Layla DB Soft 1986-12-20December 20, 1986 GameFAQs [45]
Madoola no Tsubasa: The Wing of Madoola Sunsoft 1986-12-18December 18, 1986 GameFAQs [46]
Magmax Nihon Bussan 1986-03-18March 18, 1986 GameFAQs [47]
Makaimura Capcom 1986-06-13June 13, 1986 GameFAQs [48]
Mappy-Land Namco 1986-11-26November 26, 1986 GameFAQs [49]
Mashou Irem 1986-12-15December 15, 1986 GameFAQs [50]
Meikyuu Kumikyoku: Miron no Daibouken Hudson Soft 1986-11-13November 13, 1986 GameFAQs [51]
Metro-Cross Namco 1986-12-16December 16, 1986 GameFAQs [52]
Mighty Bomb Jack Tecmo 1986-04-24April 24, 1986 GameFAQs [53]
Mississippi Satsujin Jiken: Murder on the Mississippi Jaleco 1986-10-31October 31, 1986 GameFAQs [54]
Musashi no Ken: Tadaima Shugyou Chuu Taito 1986-08-08August 8, 1986 GameFAQs [55]
Nagagutsu o Haita Neko: Sekai Isshuu 80 Nichi Dai Bouken Toei Animation 1986-11-21November 21, 1986 GameFAQs [56]
Ninja Hattori Kun: Ninja wa Shuugyou Degogiru no Maki Hudson Soft 1986-03-05March 5, 1986 GameFAQs [57]
Othello Kawada 1986-11-13November 13, 1986 GameFAQs [58]
Pro Yakyuu Family Stadium Namco 1986-12-10December 10, 1986 GameFAQs [59]
Seicross Nihon Bussan 1986-05-19May 19, 1986 GameFAQs [60]
Seikima II: Akuma no Gyakushuu CBS/Sony Group 1986-12-24December 24, 1986 GameFAQs [61]
Senjou no Ookami Capcom 1986-09-27September 27, 1986 GameFAQs [62]
Sherlock Holmes: Hakushaku Reijou Yuukai Jiken Towa Chiki 1986-12-11December 11, 1986 GameFAQs [63]
Sky Kid Namco 1986-08-22August 22, 1986 GameFAQs [64]
Solomon no Kagi Tecmo 1986-07-30July 30, 1986 GameFAQs [65]
SonSon Capcom 1986-02-08February 8, 1986 GameFAQs [66]
Space Hunter Kemco 1986-09-25September 25, 1986 GameFAQs [67]
Spy vs. Spy Kemco 1986-04-26April 26, 1986 GameFAQs [68]
Sqoon Irem 1986-06-26June 26, 1986 GameFAQs [69]
Star Soldier Hudson Soft 1986-06-13June 13, 1986 GameFAQs [70]
Super Chinese Namco 1986-06-20June 20, 1986 GameFAQs [71]
Super Pitfall Pony Canyon 1986-09-05September 5, 1986 GameFAQs [72]
Super Star Force: Jikuureki no Himitsu Tecmo 1986-11-11November 11, 1986 GameFAQs [73]
Super Xevious: Ganpu no Nazo Namco 1986-09-19September 19, 1986 GameFAQs [74]
Tag Team Pro Wrestling Namco 1986-04-02April 2, 1986 GameFAQs [75]
Takahashi Meijin no Bouken Jima Hudson Soft 1986-09-12September 12, 1986 GameFAQs [76]
Takeshi no Chousenjou Taito 1986-12-10December 10, 1986 GameFAQs [77]
Tatakai no Banka Capcom 1986-12-24December 24, 1986 GameFAQs [78]
Terra Cresta Nihon Bussan 1986-09-27September 27, 1986 GameFAQs [79]
The Goonies Konami 1986-02-21February 21, 1986 GameFAQs [80]
Tiger-Heli Pony Canyon 1986-12-05December 5, 1986 GameFAQs [81]
Toki no Tabibito: Time Stranger Kemco 1986-12-26December 26, 1986 GameFAQs [82]
Transformers: Convoy no Nazo Takara 1986-12-05December 5, 1986 GameFAQs [83]
TwinBee Konami 1986-01-04January 4, 1986 GameFAQs [84]
Urusei Yatsura: Lum no Wedding Bell Jaleco 1986-10-23October 23, 1986 GameFAQs [85]
Valkyrie no Bouken: Toki no Kagi Densetsu Namco 1986-08-01August 1, 1986 GameFAQs [86]

18 games were released in North America.

Title Publisher Release Date Source
Balloon Fight Nintendo 06June 1986 GameFAQs [87]
Donkey Kong Nintendo 06June 1986 GameFAQs [88]
Donkey Kong 3 Nintendo 06June 1986 GameFAQs [89]
Donkey Kong Jr. Nintendo 06June 1986 GameFAQs [90]
Gumshoe Nintendo 06June 1986 GameFAQs [91]
Mario Bros. Nintendo 06June 1986 GameFAQs [92]
Popeye Nintendo 06June 1986 GameFAQs [93]
Urban Champion Nintendo 06June 1986 GameFAQs [94]
Chubby Cherub Bandai 10October 1986 GameFAQs [95]
M.U.S.C.L.E. Bandai 10October 1986 GameFAQs [96]
Ninja Kid Bandai 10October 1986 GameFAQs [97]
Tag Team Wrestling Data East 10October 1986 GameFAQs [98]
1942 Capcom 11November 1986 GameFAQs [99]
Commando Capcom 11November 1986 GameFAQs [100]
Karate Champ Data East 11November 1986 GameFAQs [101]
Ghosts'n Goblins Capcom 11November 1986 GameFAQs [102]
Gradius Konami 12December 1986 GameFAQs [103]

10 games were released in Europe.

Title Publisher Release Date Source
Donkey Kong Nintendo 1986-10October 1986 GameFAQs [104]
Donkey Kong Jr. Math Nintendo 19861986 GameFAQs [105]
Excitebike Nintendo 1986-09September 1986 GameFAQs [106]
Golf Nintendo 1986-11November 1986 GameFAQs [107]
Ice Climber Nintendo 1986-09September 1986 GameFAQs [108]
Mario Bros. Nintendo 1986-09September 1986 GameFAQs [109]
Pinball Nintendo 1986-09September 1986 GameFAQs [110]
Popeye Nintendo 1986-09September 1986 GameFAQs [111]
Tennis Nintendo 1986-09September 1986 GameFAQs [112]
Urban Champion Nintendo 19861986 GameFAQs [113]

Family Computer Disk System

Please select a region.

34 games were released.

Title Publisher Release Date Source
Mahjong Nintendo 1986-02-21February 21, 1986
Baseball Nintendo 1986-02-21February 21, 1986
Tennis Nintendo 1986-02-21February 21, 1986
Golf Nintendo 1986-02-21February 21, 1986
Soccer Nintendo 1986-02-21February 21, 1986
Super Mario Bros. Nintendo 1986-02-21February 21, 1986
The Legend of Zelda Nintendo 1986-02-21February 21, 1986
The Mysterious Murasame Castle Nintendo 1986-04-14April 14, 1986
Super Mario Bros. 2 Nintendo 1986-06-03June 3, 1986
Volleyball Nintendo 1986-07-21July 21, 1986
Namida no Soukoban Special ASCII 1986-07-30July 30, 1986
Metroid Nintendo 1986-08-06August 6, 1986
I Am a Teacher: Super Mario Sweater Royal Kougyou 1986-08-27August 27, 1986
Koneko Monogatari Pony Canyon 1986-09-19September 19, 1986
Akumajou Dracula Konami 1986-09-26September 26, 1986
I Am a Teacher: Teami no Kiso Royal Kougyou 1986-09-26September 26, 1986
Pro Wrestling Nintendo 1986-10-21October 21, 1986
Ginga Denshou Imagineer 1986-11-06November 6, 1986
Othello Kawada 1986-11-13November 13, 1986
Dead Zone Sunsoft 1986-11-20November 20, 1986
Moero Twinbee: Cinnamon Hakase wo Sukue! Konami 1986-11-21November 21, 1986
Kineko Irem 1986-11-28November 28, 1986
Zanac Pony Canyon 1986-11-28November 28, 1986
Gall Force HAL Laboratory 1986-12-10December 10, 1986
Adian no Tsue Sunsoft 1986-12-12December 12, 1986
Nazo no Kabe: Block Kuzushi Konami 1986-12-13December 13, 1986
Breeder Soft Pro 1986-12-15December 15, 1986
Suishou no Dragon Square 1986-12-15December 15, 1986
Hikari Shinwa: Palutena no Kagami Nintendo 1986-12-19December 19, 1986
Deep Dungeon Square 1986-12-19December 19, 1986
Knight Lore Jaleco 1986-12-19December 19, 1986
Kieta Princess Imagineer 1986-12-20December 20, 1986
Professional Mahjong Goku ASCII 1986-12-25December 25, 1986
Electrician Kemco 1986-12-26December 26, 1986
All Night Nippon Super Mario Bros. Fuji TV 1986-12December 1986

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