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1982 was the peak year for the golden age of arcade games and the second generation of game consoles, prior to the 1983 crash.

The year's highest-grossing video game worldwide was Namco's blockbuster Pac-Man for the second year in a row. The best-selling home system was Nintendo's Game & Watch for the third year in a row.

Financial performance[]

The video game industry reached a new peak in 1982, especially in North America, before the industry crashed in 1983.[1] However, the arcade markets in Japan,[2][3] Spain[4] and the United Kingdom were already experiencing decline in 1982, foreshadowing the larger North American industry crash that followed in 1983.[5][6]

The following table lists the annual sales and revenue generated by the electronic games industry this year, including video games and electro‑mechanical games. See sections below for breakdown of revenue estimates.

Industry Products Market Unit sales
(est.)
Annual revenue (est.) Ref
Nominal Inflation
Electronic games United States 117,612,000+ $16,405,747,000 $52,000,000,000
Japan 18,160,000+ $4,057,700,000 $13,000,000,000
Arcade games Worldwide 673,000+ $14,694,000,000 $46,000,000,000
Arcade Arcade games United States 673,000 $12,000,000,000 $38,000,000,000 [7][8]
Japan $2,300,000,000 $7,300,000,000 [9]
Arcade video games United Kingdom $140,000,000 $440,000,000 [10][11]
Electro‑mechanical games Worldwide 673,000+ $764,000,000 $2,400,000,000
Arcade Electro‑mechanical games United States 33,000 $464,000,000 $1,500,000,000 [12]
Japan $300,000,000 $950,000,000 [9]
Video games Worldwide 138,479,000+ $21,252,447,000 $67,000,000,000
Arcade Arcade video games United States 640,000 $11,000,000,000 $35,000,000,000 [7][8][13]
Japan $2,000,000,000 $6,300,000,000 [14]
United Kingdom $140,000,000 $440,000,000 [10][11]
Worldwide 640,000+ $14,000,000,000 $44,000,000,000 [15][16]
Console Video game consoles United States 10,356,000 $1,204,257,000 $3,800,000,000 [17]
Japan 160,000 [18]
United Kingdom $52,000,000 $160,000,000 [11]
Worldwide 12,256,000 $1,256,257,000 $4,000,000,000 [17][19][11]
Console game cartridges United States 90,000,000+ $1,500,000,000 $4,700,000,000 [20][21][8]
United Kingdom 1,000,000+ $28,000,000 $88,000,000 [11][22]
Console market United States 100,356,000+ $3,800,000,000 $12,000,000,000
Japan 160,000+ $1,210,000,000 $3,800,000,000 [18][23]
Canada $150,000,000 $500,000,000 [24]
Europe $800,000,000 $2,500,000,000 [25]
United Kingdom 1,000,000+ $80,000,000 $250,000,000 [11]
Worldwide 101,516,000+ $6,040,000,000 $19,000,000,000
Handheld Handheld games Japan 16,000,000 $514,700,000 $1,600,000,000 [18][26]
United States 6,583,000 $371,000,000 $1,200,000,000 [17][8]
Handheld LCD games Japan 10,000,000 [18]
United Kingdom $59,000,000 $190,000,000 [11]
Handheld games Worldwide 22,583,000+ $944,700,000 $3,000,000,000
Computer Computer games United States 10,000,000 $234,747,000 $740,000,000 [27][17]
Japan 2,000,000 $33,000,000 $100,000,000 [n 1]
Worldwide 12,000,000+ $267,747,000 $850,000,000
Video games United States 117,579,000 $15,405,747,000 $49,000,000,000
Japan 18,160,000+ $3,757,700,000 $12,000,000,000
United Kingdom 1,000,000+ $280,000,000 $880,000,000 [11][10][22]
Electronic games Worldwide 139,152,000+ $21,946,447,000 $69,000,000,000

Highest-grossing video games[]

The highest-grossing video game of 1982 was Pac-Man, which had accumulated an arcade revenue of $6 billion worldwide ($19 billion adjusted for inflation) by 1982.[28][29] The following titles were the highest-grossing video games worldwide in 1982. See sections below for breakdown of revenue estimates.

Rank Title Company Worldwide revenue (est.) Revenue breakdown (est.) Genre
Nominal Inflation Arcade Home
1 Pac-Man Namco $2,400,000,000 $7,600,000,000 $2,000,000,000 $390,000,000 Maze
2 Donkey Kong Nintendo $1,400,000,000 $4,400,000,000 $1,200,000,000 $200,000,000 Platformer
3 Ms. Pac-Man Namco $1,000,000,000 $3,200,000,000 $1,000,000,000 Maze
4 Space Invaders Taito $650,000,000 $2,100,000,000 $600,000,000 $45,000,000 Shmup
5 Galaga Namco $530,000,000 $1,700,000,000 $530,000,000
Defender Williams $530,000,000 $1,700,000,000 $420,000,000 $110,000,000
7 Dig Dug Namco $520,000,000 $1,600,000,000 $520,000,000 Maze
8 Frogger Konami / Sega $500,000,000 $1,600,000,000 $400,000,000 $100,000,000 Action
9 Centipede Atari $450,000,000 $1,400,000,000 $450,000,000 Shmup
10 Zaxxon Sega $400,000,000 $1,300,000,000 $400,000,000 $2,400,000 Shmup
11 Pole Position Namco $360,000,000 $1,100,000,000 $360,000,000 Racing
12 Donkey Kong Jr. Nintendo $330,000,000 $1,000,000,000 $280,000,000 $45,000,000 Platformer
13 Asteroids Atari $230,000,000 $730,000,000 $180,000,000 $51,000,000 Shmup
14 Tron Midway $220,000,000 $690,000,000 $220,000,000 Action
15 Tempest Atari $210,000,000 $660,000,000 $215,000,000 Shmup
16 Turbo Sega $170,000,000 $540,000,000 $170,000,000 Racing
17 Pengo Sega $150,000,000 $470,000,000 $150,000,000 Puzzle
18 Wizard of Wor Midway $140,000,000 $440,000,000 $130,000,000 Maze
19 Time Pilot Konami $130,000,000 $410,000,000 $130,000,000 Shmup
Stargate Williams $130,000,000 $410,000,000 $130,000,000 Shmup

Highest-grossing arcade games[]

The following titles were the highest-grossing arcade games worldwide in 1982. See sub-sections below for breakdown of revenue estimates.

Rank Title Company Worldwide revenue (est.) Revenue breakdown (est.) Genre
Nominal Inflation Japan USA
1 Pac-Man Namco $2,000,000,000[28] $6,300,000,000 $63,000,000 $1,000,000,000 Maze
2 Donkey Kong Nintendo $1,200,000,000 $3,800,000,000 $110,000,000 $1,100,000,000 Platformer
3 Ms. Pac-Man Namco $1,000,000,000 $3,200,000,000 $1,000,000,000 Maze
4 Space Invaders Taito $600,000,000 $1,900,000,000 $3,000,000 $600,000,000
6 Galaga Namco $530,000,000 $1,700,000,000 $150,000,000 $380,000,000 Shmup
6 Dig Dug Namco $520,000,000 $1,600,000,000 $330,000,000 $190,000,000 Maze
7 Centipede Atari $450,000,000 $1,400,000,000 $450,000,000 Shmup
8 Defender Williams $420,000,000 $1,300,000,000 $420,000,000 Shmup
9 Zaxxon Sega $400,000,000 $1,300,000,000 $400,000,000 Shmup
10 Frogger Konami / Sega $400,000,000 $1,300,000,000 $400,000,000 Action
11 Pole Position Namco $360,000,000 $1,100,000,000 $360,000,000 Racing
12 Donkey Kong Jr. Nintendo $280,000,000 $880,000,000 $83,000,000 $200,000,000 Platformer
13 Tron Midway $220,000,000 $690,000,000 $220,000,000 Action
14 Tempest Atari $210,000,000 $660,000,000 $210,000,000 Shmup
15 Asteroids Atari $180,000,000 $570,000,000 $180,000,000
16 Turbo Sega $170,000,000 $540,000,000 $23,000,000 $142,000,000 Racing
17 Pengo Sega $150,000,000 $470,000,000 $140,000,000 $9,000,000 Puzzle
18 Wizard of Wor Midway $140,000,000 $440,000,000 $140,000,000 Maze
19 Time Pilot Konami $130,000,000 $410,000,000 $130,000,000 Shmup
Stargate Williams $130,000,000 $410,000,000 $130,000,000 Shmup
21 Grand Champion Taito $120,000,000 $380,000,000 $5,000,000 $117,000,000 Racing
Jungle King Taito $120,000,000 $380,000,000 $120,000,000 Platformer
Qix Taito $120,000,000 $370,000,000 $118,000,000 Puzzle
24 Omega Race Midway $110,000,000 $330,000,000 $106,000,000 Shmup
25 Robotron: 2084 Williams $100,000,000 $320,000,000 $100,000,000

Japan[]

In Japan, the following titles were the highest-grossing arcade games of 1982 in terms of coin drop earnings. The list includes video games (VG) and electro-mechanical games (EM games).[30][31]

Rank Title Company Points[31] Coin drop earnings (est.) Genre Type Gen
Nominal[n 2] Inflation
1 Pole Position Namco 145 $360,000,000 $1,100,000,000 Racing VG 16-bit
2 Dig Dug Namco 131 $330,000,000 $1,000,000,000 Maze VG 8-bit
3 Galaga Namco 58 $150,000,000 $470,000,000 Shmup
4 Pengo Sega 56 $140,000,000 $440,000,000 Puzzle
5 Time Pilot Konami 50 $130,000,000 $410,000,000 Shmup
6 Donkey Kong Nintendo 42 $110,000,000 $350,000,000 Platformer
7 Front Line Taito 34 $85,000,000 $270,000,000 Shooter
8 Donkey Kong Jr. Nintendo 33 $83,000,000 $260,000,000 Platformer
9 Burnin' Rubber Data East 26 $65,000,000 $210,000,000 Racing
10 Mr. Do! Universal 21 $53,000,000 $170,000,000 Maze
11 Hamburger Data East 20 $50,000,000 $160,000,000 Platformer
12 Janputer Sanritsu 18 $45,000,000 $140,000,000 Mahjong
13 Taikyoku Mahjong Nichibutsu 17 $43,000,000 $140,000,000
14 Hanaputer Nichibutsu 16 $40,000,000 $130,000,000
15 Pro Tennis Data East 15 $38,000,000 $120,000,000 Sports
16 Mahjong Ron II Sanritsu 13 $33,000,000 $100,000,000 Mahjong VG 8-bit
Yama Nobori Game Komaya 13 $33,000,000 $100,000,000 Action EM EM
18 Koi Koi Sanritsu 12 $30,000,000 $95,000,000 Mahjong VG 8-bit
19 Knock Down Namco 11 $28,000,000 $88,000,000 Boxing EM EM
20 Hana Awase Seta 10 $25,000,000 $79,000,000 Mahjong VG 8-bit
Rock'n Roll Komaya 10 $25,000,000 $79,000,000 EM EM
22 Turbo Sega 9 $23,000,000 $73,000,000 Racing VG 8-bit
Monaco GP Sega 9 $23,000,000 $73,000,000
Zoom 909 Sega 9 $23,000,000 $73,000,000 TPS
25 Pac-Man Namco 8 $20,000,000 $63,000,000 Maze VG 8-bit
Okashi Daisakusen Namco 8 $20,000,000 $63,000,000 Mole EM EM
27 Group Skill Diga Sega 7 $18,000,000 $57,000,000 Crane EM EM
28 Pooyan Konami 6 $15,000,000 $47,000,000 Shooter VG 8-bit
Dōbutsu Land[n 3] Kato[n 4] 6 $15,000,000 $47,000,000 EM EM
20 SubRoc-3D Sega 5 $13,000,000 $41,000,000 FPS VG 8-bit
Pro Golf Data East 5 $13,000,000 $41,000,000 Sports
Oshaberi Ōmu[n 5] Kato 5 $13,000,000 $41,000,000 Prize EM EM
23 Jump Bug Coreland 4 $10,000,000 $32,000,000 Action VG 8-bit
Moon Patrol Irem 4 $10,000,000 $32,000,000 Driving
New Space Crane Sankyo 4 $10,000,000 $32,000,000 Crane EM EM
26 Super Pac-Man Namco 3 $8,000,000 $25,000,000 Maze VG 8-bit
Popeye Nintendo 3 $8,000,000 $25,000,000 Platformer
Monster Bash Sega 3 $8,000,000 $25,000,000 Horror
Tutankham Konami 3 $8,000,000 $25,000,000 Action ADV
Mr. Mogura TOGO 3 $8,000,000 $25,000,000 Mole EM EM
Mogura Taiji TOGO 3 $8,000,000 $25,000,000
Kero Pakkun[n 6] Komaya 3 $8,000,000 $25,000,000 Action
Oyama no Crane[n 7] Komaya 3 $8,000,000 $25,000,000 Crane
Shoot Away Namco 3 $8,000,000 $25,000,000 FPS
Zero Sen[n 8] Sammy 3 $8,000,000 $25,000,000
Biorhythm[n 9] Uni[n 10] 3 $8,000,000 $25,000,000
Jupiter[n 11] Data East 3 $8,000,000 $25,000,000
38 Alpine Ski Taito 2 $5,000,000 $16,000,000 Sports VG 8-bit
Grand Champion Taito 2 $5,000,000 $16,000,000 Racing
KO Punch Sega 2 $5,000,000 $16,000,000 Boxing
Putting Mate Tehkan 2 $5,000,000 $16,000,000 Sports EM EM
42 Ponpoko Sigma 1 $3,000,000 $9,000,000 Platformer VG 8-bit
Lady Bug Universal 1 $3,000,000 $9,000,000 Maze
Moon Cresta Nichibutsu 1 $3,000,000 $9,000,000 Shmup
Galaxian Namco 1 $3,000,000 $9,000,000
Space Invaders Bally 1 $3,000,000 $9,000,000 Pinball EM
The Driver Kasco 1 $3,000,000 $9,000,000 Driving
Pitch In Namco 1 $3,000,000 $9,000,000 Sports
Batting Chance Namco 1 $3,000,000 $9,000,000
The Karate Takara[n 12] 1 $3,000,000 $9,000,000 Strength
Rock 'N Ban Ban Taito 1 $3,000,000 $9,000,000 Mole
Strike Zone Taito 1 $3,000,000 $9,000,000 Sports
Crane 77 Taito 1 $3,000,000 $9,000,000 Crane
Frog Hunter Handa[n 13] 1 $3,000,000 $9,000,000 FPS
Udezumō[n 14] Komaya 1 $3,000,000 $9,000,000 Sports
Mahō Emi-chan[n 15] Kato 1 $3,000,000 $9,000,000
Kōhaku Game[n 16] UA[n 17] 1 $3,000,000 $9,000,000
Robo-chan[n 18] UA 1 $3,000,000 $9,000,000
Earnings 910 $2,300,000,000 $7,300,000,000
Video games 797 $2,000,000,000[14] $6,300,000,000
Electro-mechanical 113 $300,000,000 $950,000,000

United States[]

In the United States, the following titles were the highest-grossing arcade games in 1982. See tables below for breakdown of revenue estimates.

Rank Title Company Gross revenue (est.) Revenue breakdown (est.) Genre
Nominal Inflation Unit sales Coin drop
1 Donkey Kong [32] Nintendo $1,100,000,000 $3,500,000,000 $100,000,000 $1,000,000,000 Platformer
2 Ms. Pac-Man [33][34][35] Namco $1,000,000,000 $3,200,000,000 $150,000,000 $750,000,000 Maze
3 Pac-Man [33] Namco $1,000,000,000 $3,200,000,000 $1,000,000,000
4 Space Invaders Taito $600,000,000 $1,900,000,000 $600,000,000 Shmup
5 Centipede [33] Atari $450,000,000 $1,400,000,000 $50,000,000 $400,000,000
6 Defender [34] Williams $420,000,000 $1,300,000,000 $20,000,000 $400,000,000
7 Zaxxon [34] Sega $400,000,000 $1,300,000,000 $53,000,000 $300,000,000 Shmup
8 Frogger Konami / Sega $400,000,000 $1,300,000,000 $100,000,000 $300,000,000 Action
9 Galaga Namco $380,000,000 $1,200,000,000 $110,000,000 $330,000,000
10 Tron Midway $220,000,000 $690,000,000 $30,000,000 $190,000,000 Action
11 Tempest Atari $210,000,000 $660,000,000 $15,000,000 $200,000,000 Shmup
12 Donkey Kong Jr. Nintendo $200,000,000 $630,000,000 $50,000,000 $150,000,000 Platformer
13 Dig Dug Namco $190,000,000 $600,000,000 $42,000,000 $150,000,000 Maze
14 Asteroids Atari $180,000,000 $570,000,000 $180,000,000 Shmup
15 Turbo Sega $142,000,000 $450,000,000 $22,000,000 $120,000,000 Racing
16 Wizard of Wor Midway $140,000,000 $440,000,000 $140,000,000 Maze
17 Stargate Williams $130,000,000 $410,000,000 $20,000,000 $110,000,000 Shmup
18 Jungle King Taito $120,000,000 $380,000,000 $36,000,000 $83,000,000 Platformer
19 Qix Taito $118,000,000 $370,000,000 $18,000,000 $100,000,000 Puzzle
20 Grand Champion Taito $117,000,000 $370,000,000 $20,000,000 $97,000,000 Racing
21 Omega Race Midway $106,000,000 $330,000,000 $13,000,000 $93,000,000 Shmup
22 Robotron: 2084 Williams $100,000,000 $320,000,000 $20,000,000 $83,000,000 Maze
23 Vanguard Tose / SNK $94,000,000 $300,000,000 $94,000,000 Shmup
24 Kangaroo Sun Denshi $75,000,000 $240,000,000 $20,000,000 $55,000,000 Platformer
25 Tutankham Konami $74,000,000 $230,000,000 $20,000,000 $54,000,000 Action ADV
26 Mr & Mrs Pac-Man Bally $71,000,000 $220,000,000 $15,000,000 $56,000,000 Pinball
27 Make Trax ADK $68,000,000 $210,000,000 $12,000,000 $56,000,000 Maze
28 Eliminator Sega $67,000,000 $210,000,000 $12,000,000 $55,000,000 Shmup
29 Space Fury Sega $65,000,000 $210,000,000 $10,000,000 $55,000,000
Kick-Man Midway $65,000,000 $210,000,000 $12,000,000 $53,000,000
31 Space Duel Atari $62,000,000 $200,000,000 $13,000,000 $49,000,000
Moon Patrol Irem $62,000,000 $200,000,000 $20,000,000 $42,000,000 Driving
33 Venture Exidy $60,000,000 $190,000,000 $6,000,000 $54,000,000 Action
34 Mouse Trap Exidy $53,000,000 $170,000,000 $53,000,000 Maze
35 Joust Williams $46,000,000 $150,000,000 $20,000,000 $26,000,000 Action
36 Naughty Boy Jaleco $41,000,000 $130,000,000 $10,000,000 $31,000,000
37 Gravitar Atari $33,000,000 $104,000,000 $11,000,000 $22,000,000 Shmup
38 Lady Bug Universal $24,000,000 $76,000,000 $4,000,000 $20,000,000 Maze
39 Alpine Ski Taito $23,000,000 $73,000,000 $4,000,000 $19,000,000 Sports
Bosconian Namco $23,000,000 $73,000,000 $4,000,000 $19,000,000 Shmup
41 Amidar Konami $22,000,000 $69,000,000 $4,000,000 $18,000,000 Maze
Red Alert Irem $22,000,000 $69,000,000 $4,000,000 $18,000,000 Shmup
43 005 Sega $21,000,000 $66,000,000 $4,000,000 $17,000,000 Stealth
The Pit Zilec $21,000,000 $66,000,000 $4,000,000 $17,000,000 Maze
45 Space Dungeon Taito $20,000,000 $63,000,000 $4,000,000 $16,000,000 Shooter
Eyes Rock-Ola $20,000,000 $63,000,000 $6,000,000 $14,000,000 Maze
47 SubRoc-3D Sega $19,000,000 $60,000,000 $4,000,000 $15,000,000 FPS
Looping Venture $19,000,000 $60,000,000 $4,000,000 $15,000,000 Action
49 Lil' Hustler Konami $18,000,000 $57,000,000 $4,000,000 $14,000,000 Sports
Thief Pacific $18,000,000 $57,000,000 $4,000,000 $14,000,000 Maze
51 Victory Exidy $16,000,000 $51,000,000 $4,000,000 $12,000,000 Shmup
52 Pengo Sega $9,000,000 $28,000,000 $4,000,000 $4,600,000 Puzzle

Unit sales[]

The following titles were the year's best-selling arcade games in terms of US hardware unit sales.

Rank Title Company Unit sales[36] Sales revenue (est.) Genre
Gross[1] Ref
1 Ms. Pac-Man Namco 75,000[37] $150,000,000 Maze
2 Frogger Konami / Sega 57,000[38] $100,000,000 Action
3 Donkey Kong Nintendo 44,000[39][40] $100,000,000 [41] Platformer
4 Galaga Namco 25,000[42][40] $50,000,000 Shmup
5 Donkey Kong Jr. Nintendo 25,000[43] $50,000,000 Platformer
6 Centipede Atari 22,519[44][40] $50,000,000 [45] Shmup
7 Zaxxon Sega 22,000[38] $53,000,000 [46] Shmup
8 Dig Dug Namco 20,045[44] $42,000,000 [45] Maze
9 Tron Midway 20,000[47] $30,000,000 [48] Action
10 Jungle King Taito 18,000[44] $36,000,000 Platformer
11 Turbo Sega 11,000[49] $22,000,000 Racing
12 Mr & Mrs Pac-Man Bally 10,600[50] $15,000,000 [51] Pinball
13 Joust Williams 10,000+[52] $20,000,000 Action
Robotron: 2084 Williams 10,000+[53] $20,000,000 Shmup
Stargate Williams 10,000+[54] $20,000,000
16 Defender Williams 10,000[55][40] $20,000,000 Shmup
Grand Champion Taito 10,000[56] $20,000,000 Racing
Tutankham Konami 10,000[57] $20,000,000 Action ADV
Moon Patrol Irem 10,000[58][59] $20,000,000 Driving
20 Kangaroo Sun Denshi 9,803[45] $20,000,000 Platformer
21 Qix Taito 9,000[60][40] $18,000,000 Puzzle
22 Omega Race Midway 6,700[38][40] $13,000,000 Shmup
23 Tempest Atari 6,590[44][40] $15,000,000 [45]
24 Space Duel Atari 6,000+[45] $13,000,000 [45] Shmup
25 Make Trax ADK 6,000+[60] $12,000,000 Maze
Eliminator Sega 6,000+[60] $12,000,000 Shmup
Kick-Man Midway 6,000+[61] $12,000,000
28 Gravitar Atari 5,427[62] $11,000,000 Shmup
29 Space Fury Sega 5,000+[63][40] $10,000,000
30 Naughty Boy Jaleco 5,000[42] $10,000,000 Action
31 Venture Exidy 3,000+[63][40] $6,000,000
32 Eyes Rock-Ola 3,000[49] $6,000,000 Maze
33 The Pit Zilec 2,193[64] $4,000,000
34 Alpine Ski Taito 2,000+[56] $4,000,000 Sports
Lady Bug Universal 2,000+[61] $4,000,000 Maze
Bosconian Namco 2,000+[61] $4,000,000 Shmup
Lil' Hustler Konami 2,000+[61] $4,000,000 Sports
Amidar Konami 2,000+[61] $4,000,000 Maze
Red Alert Irem 2,000+[65] $4,000,000 Shmup
Thief Pacific 2,000+[61] $4,000,000 Maze
005 Sega 2,000+[61] $4,000,000 Stealth
Looping Venture 2,000+[66] $4,000,000 Action
Wild Western Taito 2,000+[67] $4,000,000 Shooter
Reactor Gottlieb 2,000+[68] $4,000,000 Action
Victory Exidy 2,000+[68] $4,000,000 Shmup
Solar Fox Midway 2,000+[57] $4,000,000 Action
Space Dungeon Taito 2,000+[57] $4,000,000 Shooter
SubRoc-3D Sega 2,000+[59] $4,000,000 FPS
Blue Print Zilec 2,000+[59] $4,000,000 Maze
50 Pengo Sega 2,000[44] $4,000,000 Puzzle
51 Frenzy Stern 800[38] $2,000,000 Shmup
52 Slither GDI 500[69] $1,000,000

Coin drop[]

The following titles were the year's highest-earning arcade games in terms of US coin drop earnings.

Title Company Release Units[36] Coin drop earnings (est.)
Earnings per unit Annual earnings[n 19]
Donkey Kong Nintendo 1981-07[70] 85,000[39] $12,000 $1,000,000,000
Ms. Pac-Man Namco 1982-02[71] 75,000[37] $10,000 $750,000,000
Pac-Man Namco 1980-10[72] 100,000[73][74] $10,000 $1,000,000,000
Space Invaders Taito 1978-10[75] 72,000[76] $9,000 $600,000,000[77]
Centipede Atari 1981-06[78] 40,000[44] $10,000 $400,000,000
Defender Williams 1981-03[79] 40,000[55] $11,000 $400,000,000
Zaxxon Sega 1982-01[80] 22,000[38] $9,400 $300,000,000
Frogger Konami / Sega 1981-09[81] 30,000[38] $10,000 $300,000,000
Galaga Namco 1981-10[82] 30,000[42] $11,000 $330,000,000
Tron Midway 1982-08[83] 20,000[47] $9,500 $190,000,000
Tempest Atari 1981-10[44] 20,000[44] $10,000 $200,000,000
Donkey Kong Jr. Nintendo 1982-06[84] 25,000[43] $6,100 $150,000,000
Dig Dug Namco 1982-04[83] 20,045[44] $7,300 $150,000,000
Asteroids Atari 1979-11[85] 20,000[62] $9,000 $180,000,000
Turbo Sega 1982-01[83] 11,000[49] $11,000 $120,000,000
Stargate Williams 1981-11[44] 10,000+[86] $11,000 $110,000,000
Wizard of Wor Midway 1981-06[87] 15,000[88] $9,000 $140,000,000
Qix Taito 1981-09[89] 10,000[60] $10,000 $100,000,000
Grand Champion Taito 1981-12[83] 10,000[56] $9,700 $97,000,000
Jungle King Taito 1982-08[90] 18,000[44] $4,600 $83,000,000
Omega Race Midway 1981-08[83] 9,700[38] $9,600 $93,000,000
Robotron: 2084 Williams 1982-03[44] 10,000+[91] $8,300 $83,000,000
Vanguard Tose / SNK 1981-08[92] 10,360[93] $9,100 $94,000,000
Tutankham Konami 1982-07[94] 10,000[57] $5,400 $54,000,000
Kangaroo Sun Denshi 1982-06[45] 9,803[45] $5,600 $55,000,000
Mr & Mrs Pac-Man Bally 1982-04[50] 10,600[50] $5,300 $56,000,000
Make Trax ADK 1981-10[83] 6,000+[60] $9,300 $56,000,000
Eliminator Sega 1981-12[83] 6,000+[60] $9,200 $55,000,000
Space Fury Sega 1981-06[95] 6,000+[63] $9,100 $55,000,000
Kick-Man Midway 1982-01[83] 6,000+[61] $8,800 $53,000,000
Space Duel Atari 1982-02[45] 6,000+[45] $8,200 $49,000,000
Moon Patrol Irem 1982-08[83] 10,000[58][59] $4,200 $42,000,000
Venture Exidy 1981-08[96] 6,000+[63] $9,000 $54,000,000
Mouse Trap Exidy 1981-12[83] 6,000+[61] $8,900 $53,000,000
Joust Williams 1982-10[83] 10,000+[52] $2,600 $26,000,000
Naughty Boy Jaleco 1982-05[83] 5,000[42] $6,200 $31,000,000
Gravitar Atari 1982-08[45] 5,427[62] $4,000 $22,000,000
Alpine Ski Taito 1982-01[97] 2,000+[56] $9,600 $19,000,000
Lady Bug Universal 1981-12[98] 2,000+[61] $9,800 $20,000,000
Bosconian Namco 1981-12[99] 2,000+[61] $9,400 $19,000,000
Amidar Konami 1982-01[100] 2,000+[61] $9,000 $18,000,000
Red Alert Irem 1981-10[83] 2,000+[65] $9,000 $18,000,000
005 Sega 1982-01[83] 2,000+[61] $8,700 $17,000,000
The Pit Zilec 1982-03[83] 2,193[64] $7,600 $17,000,000
Space Dungeon Taito 1982-02[101] 2,000+[57] $8,000 $16,000,000
Eyes Rock-Ola 1982-07[83] 3,000[49] $4,800 $14,000,000
SubRoc-3D Sega 1982-03[102] 2,000+[59] $7,700 $15,000,000
Looping Venture 1982-04[103] 2,000+[66] $7,700 $15,000,000
Lil' Hustler Konami 1981-12[83] 2,000+[61] $7,000 $14,000,000
Thief Pacific 1982-04[83] 2,000+[61] $7,000 $14,000,000
Victory Exidy 1982-02[83] 2,000+[68] $6,000 $12,000,000
Pengo Sega 1982-10[104] 2,000[44] $2,300 $4,600,000
Solar Quest Cinematron 1981-10[83] 2,000+[105] $9,200 $18,000,000
Turtles (600) Konami 1981-10[106] 2,014[107] $8,700 $18,000,000
Wild Western Taito 1982-05[83] 2,000+[67] $6,400 $13,000,000
Reactor Gottlieb 1982-07[83] 2,000+[68] $4,600 $9,200,000
Solar Fox Midway 1982-08[83] 2,000+[57] $3,800 $7,600,000
Frenzy Stern 1982-05[83] 800[38] $6,200 $5,000,000
Blue Print Zilec 1982-11[83] 2,000+[59] $1,500 $3,000,000
Slither GDI 1982-08[83] 500[69] $4,700 $2,400,000

Play Meter provided the following average weekly coin drop earnings per arcade hardware unit.

Title Release Average weekly coin drop earnings per unit
1/1
[105]
1/15
[65]
2/1
[63]
2/15
[60]
3/1
[108]
3/15
[109]
4/1
[61]
4/15
[61]
5/1
[56]
5/15
[110]
6/1
[111]
6/15
[66]
7/1
[67]
7/15
[67]
8/1
[67]
8/15
[68]
9/1
[112]
9/15
[113]
10/1
[57]
10/15
[57]
11/1
[58]
11/15
[114]
12/1
[114]
12/15
[59]
1/1
[115]
Annual
Pac-Man 1980-10[72] $220 $216 $213 $218 $209 $209 $203 $206 $216 $214 $210 $209 $194 $193 $180 $199 $216 $216 $188 $191 $202 $181 $168 $178 $170 $10,000
Donkey Kong 1981-07[70] $288 $285 $268 $260 $255 $250 $255 $250 $241 $243 $245 $231 $226 $215 $196 $204 $194 $199 $198 $183 $197 $181 $168 $173 $170 $12,000
Ms. Pac-Man 1982-02[71] $163 $155 $256 $234 $243 $240 $243 $246 $239 $235 $243 $223 $224 $228 $230 $220 $217 $227 $213 $187 $186 $197 $10,000
Space Invaders 1978-10[75] $171 $171 $166 $163 $155 $151 $160 $161 $162 $161 $174 $190 $179 $184 $176 $184 $187 $192 $188 $179 $187 $181 $168 $173 $170 $9,000
Centipede 1981-06[78] $221 $228 $227 $225 $214 $204 $203 $202 $205 $199 $193 $201 $179 $184 $176 $184 $208 $192 $188 $179 $187 $181 $168 $173 $170 $10,000
Defender 1981-03[79] $218 $216 $213 $215 $197 $198 $193 $179 $187 $182 $175 $190 $265 $253 $236 $241 $219 $219 $207 $194 $191 $181 $168 $173 $170 $11,000
Galaga 1981-10[82] $238 $256 $256 $243 $229 $239 $221 $205 $215 $212 $209 $201 $186 $210 $184 $218 $217 $221 $205 $195 $207 $203 $196 $198 $186 $11,000
Frogger 1981-09[81] $264 $243 $241 $228 $218 $216 $201 $196 $192 $187 $179 $190 $179 $184 $176 $184 $187 $192 $188 $179 $187 $181 $168 $173 $170 $10,000
Tempest 1981-10[44] $266 $259 $264 $254 $228 $217 $214 $199 $206 $198 $189 $197 $179 $184 $176 $184 $187 $192 $188 $179 $187 $181 $168 $173 $170 $10,000
Zaxxon 1982-01[80] $171 $166 $163 $155 $151 $160 $161 $162 $326 $296 $279 $179 $184 $176 $184 $187 $192 $188 $179 $187 $181 $168 $173 $170 $9,400
Tron 1982-08[83] $171 $166 $163 $155 $151 $160 $161 $162 $161 $174 $190 $179 $184 $176 $219 $240 $262 $231 $231 $238 $216 $193 $186 $179 $9,500
Asteroids 1979-11[85] $171 $171 $166 $163 $155 $151 $160 $161 $162 $161 $174 $190 $179 $184 $176 $184 $187 $192 $188 $179 $187 $181 $168 $173 $170 $9,000
Donkey Kong Jr. 1982-06[84] $190 $179 $184 $176 $184 $187 $192 $188 $253 $281 $243 $229 $226 $208 $6,100
Dig Dug 1982-04[83] $161 $162 $161 $217 $219 $250 $243 $209 $202 $202 $203 $201 $188 $187 $193 $170 $179 $170 $7,300
Wizard of Wor 1981-06[87] $175 $171 $166 $163 $155 $151 $160 $161 $162 $161 $174 $190 $179 $184 $176 $184 $187 $192 $188 $179 $187 $181 $168 $173 $170 $9,000
Turbo 1982-01[83] $171 $166 $163 $250 $278 $231 $225 $257 $262 $269 $253 $230 $231 $202 $219 $214 $207 $204 $190 $198 $181 $181 $181 $170 $11,000
Stargate 1981-11[44] $171 $295 $265 $259 $235 $202 $236 $232 $220 $224 $216 $211 $197 $207 $188 $184 $197 $206 $195 $190 $187 $181 $168 $173 $170 $11,000
Qix 1981-09[89] $287 $267 $250 $241 $230 $207 $199 $205 $172 $177 $174 $190 $179 $184 $176 $184 $187 $192 $188 $179 $187 $181 $168 $173 $170 $10,000
Grand Champion 1981-12[83] $171 $171 $166 $163 $155 $213 $160 $228 $229 $298 $174 $190 $179 $184 $176 $184 $187 $192 $188 $179 $187 $181 $168 $173 $170 $9,700
Vanguard 1981-08[92] $191 $193 $167 $164 $155 $151 $160 $161 $162 $161 $174 $190 $179 $184 $176 $184 $187 $192 $188 $179 $187 $181 $168 $173 $170 $9,100
Omega Race 1981-08[83] $240 $233 $216 $214 $188 $181 $160 $161 $162 $161 $174 $190 $179 $184 $176 $184 $187 $192 $188 $179 $187 $181 $168 $173 $170 $9,600
Robotron: 2084 1982-03[44] $151 $160 $161 $162 $161 $266 $246 $231 $237 $230 $222 $203 $229 $215 $193 $198 $202 $176 $168 $170 $8,300
Jungle King 1982-08[90] $187 $192 $188 $188 $228 $267 $267 $236 $230 $214 $4,600
Mr & Mrs Pac-Man 1982-04[50] $161 $162 $183 $174 $179 $161 $161 $129 $145 $141 $130 $117 $125 $114 $116 $109 $101 $122 $5,300
Make Trax 1981-10[83] $250 $190 $185 $182 $164 $151 $160 $161 $162 $161 $174 $190 $179 $184 $176 $184 $187 $192 $188 $179 $187 $181 $168 $173 $170 $9,300
Eliminator 1981-12[83] $260 $220 $184 $181 $151 $160 $161 $218 $161 $174 $190 $179 $184 $176 $184 $187 $192 $188 $179 $187 $181 $168 $173 $170 $9,200
Space Fury 1981-06[95] $171 $187 $175 $171 $155 $151 $160 $161 $162 $161 $174 $190 $179 $184 $176 $184 $187 $192 $188 $179 $187 $181 $168 $173 $170 $9,100
Kangaroo 1982-06[45] $190 $179 $184 $176 $217 $233 $229 $197 $193 $194 $181 $166 $173 $170 $5,600
Tutankham 1982-07[94] $184 $176 $184 $187 $300 $273 $254 $224 $200 $226 $202 $192 $5,400
Venture 1981-08[96] $171 $171 $173 $163 $155 $151 $160 $161 $162 $161 $174 $190 $179 $184 $176 $184 $187 $192 $188 $179 $187 $181 $168 $173 $170 $9,000
Mouse Trap 1981-12[83] $288 $224 $206 $198 $179 $164 $165 $161 $174 $190 $179 $184 $176 $184 $187 $192 $188 $179 $187 $181 $168 $173 $170 $8,900
Kick-Man 1982-01[83] $171 $166 $163 $155 $194 $184 $172 $163 $162 $174 $190 $179 $184 $176 $184 $187 $192 $188 $179 $187 $181 $168 $173 $170 $8,800
Space Duel 1982-02[45] $163 $155 $151 $160 $161 $209 $219 $203 $190 $179 $184 $176 $184 $187 $192 $188 $179 $187 $181 $168 $173 $170 $8,200
Moon Patrol 1982-08[83] $184 $187 $192 $188 $179 $190 $240 $227 $229 $215 $4,200
Naughty Boy 1982-05[83] $161 $174 $190 $179 $184 $176 $184 $207 $192 $188 $251 $194 $181 $168 $173 $170 $6,200
Joust 1982-10[83] $179 $187 $181 $168 $288 $242 $2,600
Gravitar 1982-08[45] $184 $187 $192 $188 $179 $212 $211 $196 $192 $170 $4,000
Lady Bug 1981-12[98] $171 $171 $166 $163 $155 $151 $200 $265 $245 $230 $233 $198 $179 $184 $176 $184 $187 $192 $188 $179 $187 $181 $168 $173 $170 $9,800
Alpine Ski 1982-01[97] $171 $166 $163 $155 $151 $160 $161 $306 $281 $239 $206 $220 $211 $179 $205 $187 $192 $188 $179 $187 $181 $168 $173 $170 $9,600
Bosconian 1981-12[99] $171 $171 $166 $163 $155 $151 $160 $258 $196 $224 $174 $190 $179 $184 $176 $184 $187 $192 $188 $179 $187 $181 $168 $173 $170 $9,400
Solar Quest 1981-10[83] $203 $208 $200 $163 $160 $151 $160 $161 $162 $161 $174 $190 $179 $184 $176 $184 $187 $192 $188 $179 $187 $181 $168 $173 $170 $9,200
Amidar 1982-01[100] $171 $166 $163 $155 $151 $160 $230 $224 $204 $182 $190 $179 $184 $176 $184 $187 $192 $188 $179 $187 $181 $168 $173 $170 $9,000
Red Alert 1981-10[83] $171 $186 $166 $163 $155 $151 $160 $161 $162 $161 $174 $190 $179 $184 $176 $184 $187 $192 $188 $179 $187 $181 $168 $173 $170 $9,000
Turtles (600) 1981-10[106] $194 $172 $163 $155 $151 $160 $161 $162 $161 $174 $190 $179 $184 $176 $184 $187 $192 $188 $179 $187 $181 $168 $173 $170 $8,700
005 1982-01[83] $171 $166 $163 $155 $151 $160 $168 $162 $161 $174 $190 $179 $184 $176 $184 $187 $192 $188 $179 $187 $181 $168 $173 $170 $8,700
Space Dungeon 1982-02[101] $163 $155 $151 $160 $161 $162 $161 $174 $190 $179 $184 $176 $184 $187 $192 $188 $195 $187 $181 $168 $173 $170 $8,000
The Pit 1982-03[83] $151 $160 $161 $162 $161 $174 $238 $206 $196 $192 $206 $187 $192 $188 $179 $187 $181 $168 $173 $170 $7,600
SubRoc-3D 1982-03[102] $151 $160 $161 $162 $161 $174 $190 $179 $184 $176 $184 $187 $192 $188 $179 $187 $181 $168 $278 $263 $7,700
Looping 1982-04[103] $151 $160 $161 $162 $161 $174 $193 $217 $217 $222 $238 $194 $220 $188 $179 $187 $181 $168 $173 $170 $7,700
Lil' Hustler 1981-12[83] $232 $194 $206 $176 $190 $179 $184 $176 $184 $187 $192 $188 $179 $187 $181 $168 $173 $170 $7,000
Thief 1982-04[83] $228 $162 $226 $196 $190 $179 $184 $176 $184 $187 $192 $188 $179 $187 $181 $168 $173 $170 $7,000
Eyes 1982-07[83] $184 $176 $184 $210 $192 $188 $213 $187 $181 $196 $206 $170 $4,800
Victory 1982-02[83] $161 $174 $190 $179 $184 $176 $217 $187 $192 $188 $179 $187 $181 $168 $173 $170 $6,000
Wild Western 1982-05[83] $177 $174 $190 $179 $250 $195 $257 $218 $192 $188 $179 $190 $181 $168 $173 $170 $6,400
Reactor 1982-07[83] $184 $176 $250 $187 $192 $188 $179 $187 $181 $168 $173 $170 $4,600
Solar Fox 1982-08[83] $184 $187 $192 $188 $219 $187 $181 $168 $173 $170 $3,800
Frenzy 1982-05[83] $161 $194 $202 $179 $184 $202 $184 $200 $192 $188 $200 $187 $181 $170 $205 $170 $6,200
Pengo 1982-10[104] $179 $187 $181 $168 $173 $213 $2,300
Blue Print 1982-11[83] $181 $168 $198 $188 $1,500
Slither 1982-08[83] $184 $187 $192 $188 $285 $226 $280 $223 $261 $230 $4,700
Video games $171 $171 $166 $163 $155 $151 $160 $161 $162 $161 $174 $190 $179 $184 $176 $184 $187 $192 $188 $179 $187 $181 $168 $173 $170 $5,700[116]

United Kingdom[]

In the United Kingdom, popular arcade games during the year included Namco's maze game Pac-Man, Nintendo's platformer title Donkey Kong and Konami's action-adventure game Tutankham.[117]

Best-selling home systems[]

Rank System(s) Manufacturer Type Generation Sales Ref
USA Worldwide
1 Game & Watch Nintendo Handheld 4-bit 9,400,000 [118][119]
2 Atari 2600 (Atari VCS) Atari Console Second 5,100,000 6,200,000 [120][19]
3 Coleco Mini-Arcade Coleco Dedicated N/A 3,000,000 3,000,000 [121]
4 Intellivision Mattel Console Second 1,300,000 1,800,000 [19]
5 Timex Sinclair 1000 Timex Sinclair Computer 8-bit 750,000 800,000 [122][123]
6 Atari 400 / Atari 800 Atari Computer 8-bit 600,000 [124]
7 ColecoVision Coleco Console Second 550,000 550,000 [125][126]
8 Commodore VIC-20 Commodore Computer 8-bit 550,000 [123]
9 TI-99/4A TI Computer 16-bit 425,000 [123]
10 Nelsonic Game Watch Nelsonic Handheld N/A 500,000+ 500,000+ [127]
Magnavox Odyssey² Magnavox Console Second 300,000 500,000 [19]
Annual sales
Video game consoles Console 10,356,000 12,256,000 [17][19][11]
Personal computers Computer 2,015,000 2,800,000 [123][124]

Best-selling home video games[]

The following titles were the best-selling home video games worldwide in 1982. See tables below for breakdown of sales and revenue estimates.

Rank Title Platform Company Sales
(est.)
Gross revenue (est.) Genre Ref
Nominal Inflation
1 Pac-Man Multi-platform Namco 9,661,844 $390,000,000 $1,200,000,000 Maze [128]
2 Donkey Kong Multi-platform Nintendo 6,250,000 $200,000,000 $630,000,000 Platformer [119]
3 Frogger Multi-platform Konami / Sega 5,050,000 $100,000,000 $320,000,000 Action [129][130]
4 Defender Atari 2600 Williams 3,166,790 $110,000,000 $350,000,000 Shmup [131][132]
5 E.T. Atari 2600 Atari 2,637,985 $98,000,000 $310,000,000 Adventure [131][133]
6 Berzerk Atari 2600 Atari 1,828,773 $58,000,000 $180,000,000 Maze [131][132]
7 Space Invaders Atari 2600 Taito 1,413,033 $45,000,000 $140,000,000 Shmup
8 Asteroids Atari 2600 Atari 1,331,956 $51,000,000 $160,000,000 Shmup [131][132]
9 Oil Panic Game & Watch Nintendo 1,250,000 $59,000,000 $190,000,000 Action [118]
Mickey & Donald Game & Watch Nintendo 1,250,000 $59,000,000 $190,000,000
Green House Game & Watch Nintendo 1,250,000 $59,000,000 $190,000,000

Japan[]

In Japan, following titles were the year's best-selling home video games.

Rank Title Platform Company Sales
(est.)
Gross revenue (est.) Genre Ref
Nominal Inflation
1 Oil Panic Game & Watch Nintendo 1,250,000 $59,000,000 $190,000,000 Action [118]
Mickey & Donald Game & Watch Nintendo 1,250,000 $59,000,000 $190,000,000
Green House Game & Watch Nintendo 1,250,000 $59,000,000 $190,000,000
4 Donkey Kong Game & Watch Nintendo 1,250,000 $30,000,000 $95,000,000 Platformer [119]
5 Snoopy Tennis Game & Watch Nintendo 1,200,000 $56,000,000 $180,000,000 Action [118]
6 Donkey Kong Jr. Game & Watch Nintendo 1,200,000 $45,000,000 $140,000,000 Platformer
7 Turtle Bridge Game & Watch Nintendo 1,000,000 $47,000,000 $150,000,000 Action [118]
Fire Attack Game & Watch Nintendo 1,000,000 $47,000,000 $150,000,000
9 Shiri Mahjong Computers Tsukumo 160,000 $2,400,000 $8,000,000 Mahjong
10 Golf Simulation Computers ASCII 140,000 $2,000,000 $6,000,000 Sports

Computer games[]

The following titles were the year's best-selling home computer game software in Japan.

Rank Title Platform Developer Points
[n 20][134]
Sales (est.)
[n 21][135]
Price
[134]
Revenue
(est.)[n 22]
Genre
1 Shiri Mahjong Computers Tsukumo 96 160,000 ¥3,500 $2,400,000 Mahjong
2 Golf Simulation Computers ASCII 80 140,000 ¥2,800 $2,000,000 Sports
3 AX-1 (Arabian Rhapsody) PC-6001 ASCII 66 110,000 ¥3,800 $2,000,000 Action
4 AX-6 (Head On) PC-6001 Sega 51 90,000 ¥2,800 $1,100,000 Driving
5 AX-5 (Orion / Quest) PC-6001 ASCII 50 90,000 ¥2,800 $1,100,000 FPS
6 Flight/Drive Simulation PC-8001 ASCII 46 80,000 ¥3,500 $1,200,000 Sim
7 AX-4 (Car Race) PC-6001 ASCII 45 80,000 ¥2,800 $1,000,000 Racing
8 Graphic Mahjong Computers Compac 35 60,000 ¥3,000 $1,000,000 Mahjong
9 Pac-Man PC-8001 Namco 34 60,000 ¥3,000 $1,000,000 Maze
10 Midway Kaisen NEC PC CSK 31 50,000 ¥3,000 $1,000,000 Strategy
Star Trek Part II PC-8001 Tsukumo 31 50,000 ¥4,200 $1,000,000 Shooter
12 Country Golf PC-8001 Fuji Onkyo 28 50,000 ¥3,000 $1,000,000 Sports
13 Program Library No. 1 Computers ASCII 24 40,000 ¥3,800 $1,000,000
14 Mystery House MZ-2000 Micro Cabin 18 30,000 ¥5,200 $1,000,000 ADV
Heiankyo Alien FM-8 TSG 18 30,000 ¥3,800 $500,000 Maze
Midway NEC PC Hudson 18 30,000 ¥3,000 $400,000 Strategy
Morita / Koyama Othello PC-8801 ASCII 18 30,000 ¥3,500 $400,000 Othello
18 Choplifter Apple II Broderbund 17 30,000 ¥8,500 $1,000,000 Action
Normandy PC-8801 Koei 17 30,000 ¥3,000 $400,000 Strategy
Real Golf Game PC-6001 Compac 17 30,000 ¥4,000 $1,000,000
21 Mahjong 88 PC-8801 SystemSoft 16 30,000 ¥4,500 $1,000,000 Mahjong
Combat PC-8001 Koei 16 30,000 ¥4,500 $1,000,000 Strategy
23 Golf Game PC-6001 ASCII 15 30,000 ¥3,000 $400,000 Sports
Super Baseball PC-8801 Tiny Soft 15 30,000 ¥4,200 $1,000,000
Back Man PC-8001 Tsukumo 15 30,000 ¥3,200 $400,000 Action
Tsume Shogi PC-8001 Basic 15 30,000 ¥4,000 $1,000,000 Shogi
27 Battleship Bismarck Computers CSK 13 20,000 ¥4,200 $400,000 Strategy
28 Othello FM-8 Hudson 12 20,000 ¥3,000 $300,000 Othello
Computer MG PC-8001 ASCII 12 20,000 ¥3,500 $300,000
Night Mission Pinball Apple II SubLogic 12 20,000 ¥10,800 $1,000,000 Pinball
Vivid Graphic Mahjong PC-8801 Compac 12 20,000 ¥3,000 $300,000 Mahjong
32 Zenith Apple II Nasir Gebelli 11 20,000 ¥10,000 $1,000,000 FPS
Mystery House II Sharp MZ Micro Cabin 11 20,000 ¥9,800 $1,000,000 ADV
34 Mahjong PC-8801 Compac 9 20,000 ¥3,500 $300,000 Strategy
Balloon Game PC-6001 Hudson 9 20,000 ¥5,000 $400,000 Action
36 Way Out Apple II Sirius 7 10,000 ¥10,000 $400,000 Strategy
All Cast Star Trek FM-8 Compac 7 10,000 ¥3,000 $100,000
Mahjong A Type PC-8801 Fuji Onkyo 7 10,000 ¥3,500 $100,000 Mahjong
39 Kō Bunkai Hanafuda PC-8801 Symphonic 6 10,000 ¥3,500 $100,000 Card
40 Wakusei Kōmyaku PC-6001 CSK 5 9,000 ¥4,200 $200,000 Strategy
41 Wizardry Apple II Sir Tech 4 7,000 ¥15,000 $400,000 RPG
42 Mahjong Game G60-5 PC-6001 SystemSoft 3 5,000 ¥3,000 $100,000 Mahjong
43 Omotesando Adventure PC-8001 ASCII 2 3,000 ¥3,500 $40,000 ADV
44 Load Over PC-8801 ASCII 1 2,000 ¥3,500 $30,000 Strategy
Polaris MZ-2000 Carry Lab 1 2,000 ¥4,000 $30,000 Action
Annual 976 2,000,000 $33,000,000

United States[]

In the United States, the following titles were the best-selling home video game software in 1982, excluding dedicated handheld games. See tables below for breakdown of sales and revenue estimates.

Rank Title Platform Company Sales
(est.)
Gross revenue (est.) Genre Ref
Nominal Inflation
1 Pac-Man Multi-plat Namco 9,491,844 $380,000,000 $1,200,000,000 Maze [128]
2 Donkey Kong Consoles Nintendo 5,000,000 $165,000,000 $520,000,000 Platformer [119][136]
3 Frogger Multi-plat Sega 5,000,000 $100,000,000 $320,000,000 Action [129][130]
4 Defender Atari 2600 Williams 3,006,790 $100,000,000 $320,000,000 Shmup [131][132]
5 E.T. Atari 2600 Atari 2,637,985 $98,000,000 $310,000,000 Adventure [131][133]
6 Berzerk Atari 2600 Atari 1,798,773 $57,000,000 $180,000,000 Maze [131][132]
7 Space Invaders Atari 2600 Taito 1,373,033 $44,000,000 $140,000,000 Shmup [131][132]
8 Asteroids Atari 2600 Atari 1,331,956 $51,000,000 $160,000,000
9 Pitfall! Atari 2600 Activision 1,000,000 $39,000,000 $120,000,000 Platformer [137][138]
10 Astrosmash Intellivision Mattel 1,000,000 $30,000,000 $95,000,000 Shmup [139][140]
11 Tron: Deadly Discs Intellivision Mattel 975,000 $28,000,000 $88,000,000 Action [141][142][143]
12 Poker & Blackjack Intellivision Mattel 839,400 Card [144]
13 Star Strike Intellivision Mattel 800,000 $31,000,000 $98,000,000 Shmup [145][140]
14 Demon Attack Atari 2600 Imagic 700,000 $20,000,000 $63,000,000 Shmup
15 Megamania Atari 2600 Activision 700,000 $20,000,000 $63,000,000
16 Cosmic Avenger ColecoVision Universal 600,000+ $18,000,000 $57,000,000 Shmup [146][142][140]
17 Empire Strikes Back Atari 2600 Parker 600,000 $20,000,000 $63,000,000 Shmup [147][148]
18 Lock 'n' Chase Intellivision Data East 539,000 $21,000,000 $66,000,000 Maze [149][140]
19 Kaboom! Atari VCS Activision 500,000 $11,000,000 $35,000,000 Action [150][132]
20 Space Hawk Intellivision Mattel 467,900 $13,000,000 $41,000,000 Shmup [151][152]
21 Night Driver Atari 2600 Atari 457,058 $12,000,000 $38,000,000 Racing [131][132]
22 Warlords Atari 2600 Atari 420,924 $13,000,000 $41,000,000 Block
23 Vanguard Atari 2600 SNK 400,000 $10,000,000 $32,000,000 Shmup [131][153]
24 Missile Command Atari 2600 Atari 400,000 $10,000,000 $32,000,000
25 Adventure Atari 2600 Atari 400,000 $10,000,000 $32,000,000 Adventure [154]
Cloudy Mountain Intellivision Mattel 400,000 $10,000,000 $32,000,000 Adventure [149][155]
Star Raiders Atari 2600 Atari 400,000 $10,000,000 $32,000,000 Shmup

Console games[]

The following titles were the best-selling game cartridges for home consoles in the United States between September and December 1982. Points are calculated from Billboard chart rankings.

Title[156] Platform Company Points[n 23] Sep—Dec (est.)[n 24][156]
9/11
[157]
9/25
[158]
10/16
[159]
10/23
[160]
11/6
[161]
11/20
[162]
12/4
[163]
12/18
[164]
12/25
[165]
1/1
[166]
Points Unit sales Gross
Donkey Kong Consoles Nintendo 13 15 15 15 15 14 14 14 14 14 145 2,700,000 $100,000,000
Frogger Atari 2600 Konami / Sega 10 12 12 13 13 13 13 12 12 13 145 2,700,000 $100,000,000
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Atari 2600 Atari 7 13 13 12 145 2,637,985 $98,000,000
Pitfall! Atari 2600 Activision 10 14 14 14 15 15 15 15 15 127 1,000,000 $39,000,000
Pac-Man Atari 2600 Namco 12 11 11 4 8 11 10 10 10 10 114 1,000,000 $30,000,000
Berzerk Atari 2600 Atari 15 14 13 12 12 12 12 8 8 8 114 1,000,000 $30,000,000
Demon Attack Atari 2600 Imagic 5 5 3 2 2 8 8 6 6 7 70 700,000 $20,000,000
Defender Atari 2600 Williams 14 13 10 8 7 6 69 700,000 $20,000,000
Megamania Atari 2600 Activision 6 11 10 11 11 11 9 69 700,000 $20,000,000
The Empire Strikes Back Atari 2600 Parker Bros. 7 6 7 11 6 2 2 3 3 4 55 600,000 $20,000,000
Vanguard Atari 2600 Tose / SNK 38 400,000 $10,000,000
Star Raiders Atari 2600 Atari 9 10 10 9 38 400,000 $10,000,000
RealSports Baseball Atari 2600 Atari 1 1 7 7 6 33 300,000 $10,000,000
Chopper Command Atari 2600 Activision 8 8 8 7 1 33 300,000 $10,000,000
Star Master Atari 2600 Activision 11 9 6 4 33 300,000 $10,000,000
Raiders of the Lost Ark Atari 2600 Atari 4 9 9 11 33 300,000 $10,000,000
Venture Atari 2600 Coleco 4 5 5 5 5 2 2 1 29 300,000 $10,000,000
SwordQuest: EarthWorld Atari 2600 Atari 7 9 5 5 3 29 300,000 $10,000,000
Yar's Revenge Atari 2600 Atari 9 7 5 21 300,000 $10,000,000
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Intellivision Mattel 3 4 4 5 20 300,000 $10,000,000
Dragon Fire Consoles Imagic 20 300,000 $10,000,000
Lock 'n' Chase [167][168] Intellivision Data East 9 9 1 1 20 300,000 $10,000,000
Atlantis Atari 2600 Imagic 3 4 1 1 4 6 19 200,000 $6,000,000
Zaxxon [169] ColecoVision Sega 6 2 8 100,000 $2,400,000
Space Invaders Atari 2600 Taito 6 6 60,000 $2,000,000
B-17 Bomber Intellivision Mattel 3 3 6 60,000 $2,000,000
Night Stalker Intellivision Mattel 2 1 2 5 50,000 $2,000,000
Cosmic Ark Atari 2600 Imagic 4 4 40,000 $1,000,000
Kaboom! Atari 2600 Activision 3 3 30,000 $1,000,000
Star Strike Intellivision Mattel 2 2 20,000 $600,000
Freeway Atari 2600 Activision 1 1 10,000 $300,000

Computer games[]

The following titles were the year's best-selling computer games. Points represent Apple II software sales on the Softalk charts.

Rank Title Platform Developer Points
[170]
Sales (est.)
[n 25][171][172]
Gross (est.)
[n 26][173][174]
Genre
[175]
Ref
1 Frogger Computers Konami / Sega 199.07 100,000 $3,000,000 Arcade [129][130]
2 Choplifter Apple II Broderbund 1,175.96 90,000 $3,000,000 Arcade [176]
3 Pac-Man Computers Namco 1,055.16 81,000 $3,000,000 Arcade [176]
Snack Attack (Pac-Man) Apple II Namco / DataMost 713.68 60,000 $2,000,000 Arcade [177]
Taxman (Pac-Man) Apple II Namco / DataMost 131.66 10,000 $300,000
Jawbreaker (Pac-Man) Apple II Namco / On-Line 41.39 3,000 $100,000
Ghost Hunter (Pac-Man) Atari 8-bit Namco / Arcade + 8,000 $200,000 Arcade [171][177]
4 Wizardry Apple II Sir-Tech 950.52 80,000 $2,000,000 RPG [178][179]
5 Zork Computers Infocom 67.81 38,405 $1,500,000 Adventure [180][181]
6 K-Razy Shoot-Out Computers K-Byte 35,000 $1,000,000 Arcade [171]
7 Wizardry II: Knight of Diamonds Apple II Sir-Tech 415.46 30,000 $900,000 RPG
8 Castle Wolfenstein Apple II MUSE 407.82 30,000 $900,000 Arcade
9 Star Blazer Apple II Tony Suzuki 407.77 30,000 $900,000
10 Deadline Computers Infocom 82.73 23,388 $1,000,000 Adventure [180][181]
11 MasterType Apple II Lightning Software 258.32 20,000 $600,000 Education
12 Cannonball Blitz Apple II On-Line Systems 243.59 20,000 $600,000 Arcade
13 David's Midnight Magic Apple II Broderbund 209.50 20,000 $600,000
14 Apple Panic (Space Panic) Apple II Universal 202.87 20,000 $600,000
15 A2-PB1 Pinball: Night Mission Apple II SubLogic 197.55 20,000 $600,000
16 Temple of Apshai Computers Automated 20,000 $600,000 RPG [182][183]
17 Zork II Computers Infocom 75.64 16,118 $600,000 Adventure [180][181]
18 Ultima Apple II Lord British 49.47 13,000 $100,000 RPG [171][40]
19 Starcross Apple II Infocom 49.24 10,784 $300,000 Adventure [180]
20 Zork III Computers Infocom 39.14 10,653 $500,000
21 The Arcade Machine Apple II Broderbund 184.71 10,000 $300,000 Arcade
22 Swashbuckler Apple II DataMost 149.87 10,000 $300,000
23 Gorgon Apple II Nasir Gebelli 132.20 10,000 $300,000
24 Canyon Climber (Donkey Kong) Computers Nintendo/DataSoft 28.24 8,300 $200,000 Arcade [171]
25 Serpentine (Jungler) Apple II Konami 95.18 8,000 $200,000 Arcade
26 Bandits Apple II Sirius Software 83.89 7,000 $200,000
27 Raster Blaster Apple II BudgeCo 82.69 7,000 $200,000
28 Photar Computers Softape 6,000+ $200,000 Arcade [171]
29 Sneakers Apple II Sirius Software 78.83 6,000 $200,000 Arcade
30 DOS Boss Apple II Beagle Brothers 72.24 6,000 $200,000 Education
31 Ultima II Apple II Sierra On-Line 71.79 6,000 $200,000 RPG
32 Marauder Apple II On-Line Systems 70.52 6,000 $200,000 Arcade
33 Miner 2049er Apple II Micro Fun 62.03 5,000 $200,000
34 Flight Simulator Apple II SubLogic 61.87 5,000 $200,000 Flight sim
35 Aztec Apple II DataMost 60.68 5,000 $200,000 Arcade
36 Olympic Decathlon Apple II Microsoft 56.84 5,000 $200,000
37 Twerps Apple II Sirius Software 56.27 5,000 $200,000
38 Horizon V Apple II Nasir Gebelli 27.88 5,000 $200,000 Arcade [171]
39 Pool 1.5 Computers Innovative Design 5,000 $200,000 Arcade [184]
40 Wizard and the Princess Computers On-Line Systems 5,000 $200,000 Adventure
41 Bug Attack Apple II Cavalier Software 54.97 4,000 $100,000 Arcade
42 Track Attack Apple II Broderbund 54.02 4,000 $100,000
43 The Mask of the Sun Apple II Ultrasoft 48.49 4,000 $100,000 Adventure
44 Crossfire Apple II On-Line Systems 43.74 3,000 $100,000 Arcade
45 Time Zone Apple II On-Line Systems 42.08 3,000 $100,000 Adventure
46 Escape from Rungistan Apple II Sirius Software 39.35 3,000 $90,000
47 Kabul Spy Apple II Sirius Software 38.48 3,000 $90,000
48 Ulysses and the Golden Fleece Apple II On-Line Systems 33.16 3,000 $90,000
49 Falcons Apple II Picadilly Software 28.77 2,000 $60,000 Arcade
50 Early Games Apple II Early Game 27.53 2,000 $60,000 Education
51 Beer Run Apple II Sirius Software 27.31 2,000 $60,000 Arcade
52 Microwave Apple II Cavalier Computer 25.69 2,000 $60,000
53 Ernie's Quiz Apple II Apple Computer 24.05 2,000 $60,000 Education
54 Mix & Match Apple II Apple Computer 19.51 2,000 $60,000
55 Akalabeth: World of Doom Apple II California Pacific 2,000 $60,000 RPG [185][186]
56 Seafox Apple II Broderbund 18.29 1,000 $30,000 Arcade
57 Tubeway Apple II DataMost 16.53 1,000 $30,000

United Kingdom[]

In the United Kingdom, Computer & Video Games (CVG) magazine began tracking monthly sales from September 1982.[187] The following titles were the year's best-selling game cartridges in the UK. Points are calculated from CVG chart rankings.

Rank Title Platform Company Points
[n 27]
Sales
(est.)[n 28]
Gross revenue (est.)[n 29] Ref
Nominal Inflation
1 Defender Atari VCS Atari 36 160,000 $5,000,000 $16,000,000
2 Pac-Man Atari VCS Namco 25 110,000 $3,000,000 $9,000,000
3 Dungeons & Dragons Intellivision Mattel 20 90,000 $3,000,000 $9,000,000
4 Starmaster Atari VCS Activision 19 85,000 $2,000,000 $6,000,000
5 Lock 'n' Chase Intellivision Data East 18 80,000 $2,000,000 $6,000,000
6 Night Stalker Intellivision Mattel 16 70,000 $2,000,000 $6,000,000
7 Sub Hunt Intellivision Mattel 14 60,000 $2,000,000 $6,000,000
8 B-17 Bomber Intellivision Mattel 11 50,000 $1,000,000 $3,000,000
9 Utopia Intellivision Mattel 10 50,000 $1,000,000 $3,000,000
Frogger Atari VCS Konami / Sega 10 50,000 $1,000,000 $3,000,000
11 Empire Strikes Back Atari VCS Parker Brothers 9 40,000 $1,000,000 $3,000,000
Star Raiders Atari VCS Atari 9 40,000 $1,000,000 $3,000,000
13 Space Invaders Atari VCS Taito 8 40,000 $1,000,000 $3,000,000
14 Berzerk Atari Atari 6 30,000 $1,000,000 $3,000,000
15 Demon Attack Atari VCS Imagic 5 20,000 $1,000,000 $3,000,000
16 Space Hunt Intellivision Mattel 2 10,000 $300,000 $1,000,000
17 Trickshot Atari VCS Imagic 1 5,000 $100,000 $300,000
Pitfall! Atari VCS Activision 1 5,000 $100,000 $300,000
Annual 220 1,000,000+ $28,000,000 $88,000,000 [11][22]

Notes[]

  1. See Computer games section
  2. 797 points equivalent to $2 billion = $2.5 million per point (est.)
  3. ゆかいなどうぶつランド Yukaina Dōbutsu Rando, "Fun Animal Land"
  4. カトウ製作所 Kato Seisakusho
  5. おしゃべりオーム, "Chatting Ohm"
  6. ケロケロパックン Kero Kero Pakkun
  7. ケロケロパックン Oyama no Kurēn, "Mountain Crane"
  8. ゼロ戦, "Zero Fighter"
  9. バイオリズムマシン Baiorizumu Mashin, "Biorhythm Machine"
  10. ユニエンタープライズ Yuni Entāpuraizu, "Uni Enterprise"
  11. ジュピター Jupitā
  12. 宝化学 Takara Kagaku, "Takara Chemical"
  13. 半田機械器具 Handa Kikaikigu, "Handa Machinery"
  14. 腕ずもう, "Arm Wrestling"
  15. まほうつかいエミちゃん Mahō Tsukai Emi-chan, "Magician Emi-chan"
  16. 紅白ゲーム Kōhaku Gēmu, "Red & White Game"
  17. 友栄 Tomoei
  18. ロボちゃん綿菓子機 Robo-chan Wata Kashi-ki, "Robo-chan Cotton Candy Machine"
  19. Annual earnings = units X earnings per unit
  20. Points based on monthly SoftLog chart rankings from LOGiN magazine (May 1982 and December 1982 issues).
    • Rank #1 = 20 points
    • Rank #10 = 11 points
    • Rank #20 = 1 point
  21. 18 points equivalent to 30,000 units (Mystery House) = 1,700 units per point (est.)
  22. Exchange rate: ¥234 per US$
  23. Rank #1 = 15 points
    Rank #15 = 1 point
  24. 127 points (Pitfall) equivalent to 1 million+ units ($39 million+) = 10,000+ units ($300,000+) per point (est.)
  25. 80 units per point (est. average)
    • 27.88 points equivalent to 5,000 units (Horizon V up until June 1982)
    • 81.42 points equivalent to 3,600 units (Taxman up until June 1982)
  26. Average price: $30
  27. Points calculated from CVG chart rankings for September,[187] October,[188] November[189] and December 1982.[190]
    • Rank #1 = 10 points
    • Rank #10 = 1 point
  28. 220 points equivalent to 1 million units = 4,500 units per point (est.)
  29. 220 points equivalent to $28 million = $130,000 per point (est.)

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