Sky Kid was released in December 1985 in Japan.
After Namco ended its partnerships with both Midway and Atari, they started to release games in the United States. Releases such as "Gaplus
", "Galaga 3
", and "Dig Dug II
" were some games that Namco released. Since the big arcade collapse of the early 80's had claimed quite a few arcade companies, Namco managed to fill the gap. Sky Kid was a game that didn't enjoy great success in the United States. The game, however, did show that Namco was on the right track as far as games they released. Featuring cartoon-like graphics and different types of missions, Sky Kid would form the basis of several other Namco games based on the same type of gameplay. To this day, Namco is either releasing new arcade games or it is releasing old classics for the different gaming systems.
Sky Kid is the first game from Namco to allow play for two players simultaneously.