Television Shows Turned Arcade Games: The Fonz

Television Shows Turned Arcade Games: The Fonz

Oh Happy Days!

"Happy Days" is one hit television show that many people will remember. It aired on ABC television from 1974 to 1984. The original series was the brain-child of Gary Marshall and it showed the perfect live in America during that time. 
 
The show was based in Wisconsin and the main focus of the show was the Cunningham family. The father Howard was acted by Tom Bosley. The mother Marion was acted by Marion Ross. The son Richie was acted by Ron Howard, with the younger sister Joanie, played by Erin Moran. Richie was also friends with Arthur “the Fonz” Fonzarelli, played by Henry Winkler. The show was quite popular during its run, so it would be natural that an arcade game would be created about it. 
“Fonz” was created in 1976, just when the show had aired. It showed The Fonz on his motorcycle and gamers had to race and challenge other motorcycle riders. The arcade game was created by Sega and it was a single player game. 
 
In order to win, The Fonz had to make it to the finish line first without crashing into other riders. This would require the gamer to ride the motorcycle as fast as possible. However, the potential to skid and crash increased when this happened. 
 
The arcade game did have handlebars that could simulate the feeling of really driving a motorcycle and the handlebars would vibrate if a crash did occur. As the game was created early in the season of “Happy Days”, this arcade game only focused on what The Fonz was wearing and showed him racing his motorcycle.