Arkanoid was released in July 1986 in Japan.
Arkanoid has remained a popular game and is commonly cloned by aspiring game developers in freeware and shareware titles. Many companies have also regularly cloned the game in arcades.
Arkanoid's popularity led to it being featured in "Rainbow Islands - The Story of Bubble Bobble 2
", which has a whole level (four stages in all) dedicated to the game, including DOH as the level boss.
Nick Mollison holds the official record for this game on extremely hard settings with 1,156,930 points on September 7, 2008.
Zack Hample holds the official record for this game on normal settings with 1,658,110 points on March 13, 2000.
An Arkanoid unit appears on the sitcom 'Married... With Children'; Season 6, Episode 4 (Cheese, Cues and Blood).
Taito America's Arkanoid
Taito's Tournament Arkanoid
Game Corporation's Arkanoid
Game Corporation's Block
Two-Bits Score's Arkanoid Plus
SPA Co.'s Block II