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- February: Taito releases Basketball, an early example of sprite graphics, used to represent player characters and baskets. The same month, Midway licenses the game for a North American release under the title TV Basketball, making it the first Japanese game licensed for North American release.
- November: Taito releases Speed Race, designed by Tomohiro Nishikado. It introduces scrolling sprite graphics with collision detection, and features a racing wheel controller. Midway releases it as Wheels and Racer in the United States.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 http://allincolorforaquarter.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/video-game-firsts.html
- ↑ Basketball at Museum of the Game
- ↑ http://www.arcade-history.com/?n=speed-race&page=detail&id=19475
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Bill Loguidice & Matt Barton (2009), Vintage games: an insider look at the history of Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario, and the most influential games of all time, p. 197, Focal Press, ISBN 0-240-81146-1
- ↑ Speed Race at Museum of the Game