After two years on the air, Henry Winkler’s Arthur “The Fonz” Fonzarelli was the hottest star on Happy Days (the hottest show in the land) and Sega knew it. At the peak of the show’s popularity, the Japanese company unveiled Fonz, one of the first tie-in video arcade games in history.
Gripping a genuine set of motorcycle handlebars, you controlled Fonzie’s bike as he negotiated a tricky city street.
Cranking open the throttle, the bike sped along the banking road, swerving to avoid oncoming bikes and trying to stay off the bank.
The game was a race against the clock, forcing you to rack up enough points in the allotted time – 10 points per second at the slowest speed, 10 points every half-second at top speed – to earn an extended play.
The faster you went, the quicker you earned points – but the dangers came more swiftly as well.
Smashing into another bike cost you three precious seconds, and in an innovative move for the time, an impact also caused the handlebars to vibrate to enhance the game’s realism.