The Japanese arcade scene famously exploded in 1978 when Space Invaders became a nation phenomenon, allegedly leading to a temporary shortage of ¥100 coins.
Seeing the success these new micro-computer based systems had, Nintendo also started releasing a string of arcade video games, with many different titles appearing in 1978 and 1979.
Nintendo produced these games mostly in-house, but also distributed licensed games from other game makers, like Sega and Namco.
|Nintendo / Namco Bomb Bee-N (1979)|
The game shown here is one of the earliest examples (if not the first) of a third-party game released on a Nintendo system.
Bomb Bee was designed by Namco. A version of this game - called Bomb Bee-N (ボムベーN) - was designed to run on Nintendo arcade cabinets. The 'N' in this name indicated it was the Nintendo version.