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Data East (データイースト dēta īsuto) was a Japanese video game company, also known as DECO (Data East Corporation, データイースト株式会社 dēta īsuto kabushikigaisha). Their Japanese headquarters were in Tokyo, while their American subsidiary Data East USA was headquartered in San Jose, California. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...   , literally Eastern capital) is a unique subnational administrative region of Japan with characteristics of both a prefecture and a city. ... Nickname: Location of San Jose within Santa Clara County, California. ...

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History

Data East was founded by Tetsuo Fukuda on April 20, 1976 as an electronic engineering company which focused on integrating interchangeable tapes inside arcade game devices, allowing video games operators to replace a game from a machine without having to replace the cabinet itself. Realizing the money that could be made within the interactive content, Data East began developing arcade video games in 1979 and established a U.S division, after most of their chief competitors like Sega and Taito had already established a market presence. While making games, Data East released a series of interchangeable systems compatible with their arcade games, notably the DECO Cassette System and the Multi Conversion Kit, but these products would soon become infamous among their users due to their numerous technical problems. By 1985 Data East would shift away from interchangeability to concentrate themselves on video games only. April 20 is the 110th day of the year (111th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... In telecommunication, an interchangeability is a condition which exists when two or more items possess such functional and physical characteristics as to be equivalent in performance and durability, and are capable of being exchanged one for the other without alteration of the items themselves, or of adjoining items, except for... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Sega Corporation ) is a Japanese multinational video game software and hardware developing company, and a former home computer and console manufacturer. ... The Taito Corporation (タイトー株式会社, taitou kabushikigaisha) TYO: 9646 is a Japanese developer of video game software and arcade hardware. ... The System Startup Screen The DECO cassette system was introduced in 1980 by Data East and was the first standardised arcade system that allowed arcade owners to change games. ... Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ...


Data East proved to be one of the more successful and long-lasting companies in the business, surviving the video game crash of 1983 in reasonably good shape and going on to release dozens of games for both arcade and home console systems over the next two decades. Some of the most famous games from their 1980s heyday included Karate Champ, Heavy Barrel, Burgertime, Bad Dudes, RoboCop, Bump 'n' Jump, and Ring King. Data East also purchased licenses to manufacture and sell arcade games created by other companies (in exchange for a cut of the profits, of course). Their most successful licensed games included Kid Niki: Radical Ninja, Kung Fu Master and Vigilante, all licensed from Irem, and Commando, licensed from Capcom. They had a brief stint as a Neo-Geo arcade licensee in the mid-1990s. E.T. for the Atari 2600 is used as a symbol of the crash and is sometimes considered a co-conspirator in causing the crash, along with the Atari 2600 version of Pac-Man. ... Karate Champ (original title: 空手道 Karate Dô, The Way of Karate) is a 1984 arcade game developed by Technos Japan Corporation for Data East. ... Heavy Barrel is a 1987 run and gun arcade game by Data East. ... Burgertime ( バーガータイム) is a 1982 Japanese arcade game created by Data East Corporation for its DECO Cassette System. ... Bad Dudes is a 1988 arcade game by Data East. ... RoboCop is a 1987 cyberpunk, action movie and satire of business-driven capitalism, directed by Paul Verhoeven. ... NES version screenshot Bump n Jump is a game was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1988, but versions of the game have also been released on the arcade in 1982, Atari 2600 and Intellivision in 1983, and the Colecovision in 1984. ... Ring King is the title of a video game released for the Nintendo Entertainment System and allowed the player to pick from various fictional characters and duke it out with the computer or a second player in a boxing ring. ... Kung Fu Master was an arcade game developed by the Japanese company Irem Corporation in 1984 and manufactured under licence in the United States by Data East USA, Inc. ... Vigilante is an arcade game released by Irem in 1988, and released in the US by Data East. ... Irem (アイレム) is a Japanese video game console developer and publisher and formerly a developer and manufacturer of arcade games as well. ... Commando (戦場の狼/Senjou no Ookami [Battlefield Wolf]) is a vertically-scrolling shoot em up released in 1985. ... For the original NASA meaning, see capsule communicator. ... Neo-Geo is the name of a cartridge-based arcade and home video game system released in 1990 by Japanese game company SNK. The system offered comparatively colorful 2D graphics and high-quality sound. ...


Data East also made pinball tables from 1987 through 1996, and included innovations such as the first pinball to have stereo sound. In designing pinball machines they showed a strong preference for using high-profile (but expensive) licensed properties, rather than creating totally original machines, which did not help the financial difficulties the company began experiencing from 1990 on. Some of the properties that Data East licensed for their pinball tables included Guns N' Roses, Star Wars, Back to the Future, Batman, RoboCop, The Simpsons, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The pinball division was created in 1985 by purchasing the pinball division of Stern Electronics and its factory and assets. Amidst plummeting sales across the entire pinball market, Data East chose to exit the pinball business and sold the factory to Sega in 1996. The company's American video game division, Data East USA, had already been transferred to Sega as part of a debt settlement in 1994 ( thus ending the existence of Data East outside Japan ). The pinball factory changed hands one more time, with Gary Stern purchasing the factory outright in 1999 and renaming it Stern Pinball. Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Label for 2. ... Guns N Roses was a pinball machine based on the rock group Guns N Roses. ... Star Wars is an epic science fantasy saga and fictional universe created by George Lucas during the late 1970s. ... This article is about the first film in the Back to the Future trilogy. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... RoboCop is a 1987 cyberpunk, action movie and satire of business-driven capitalism, directed by Paul Verhoeven. ... The Simpsons is a 1990 pinball game released by Data East Pinball. ... The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. ... Stern is the name of two different but related arcade gaming companies: Stern Electronics, Inc. ... Sega Corporation ) is a Japanese multinational video game software and hardware developing company, and a former home computer and console manufacturer. ... Stern is the name of two different but related arcade gaming companies. ...


Unable to escape their mounting financial problems, Data East filed for reorganization in 1999 and resumed making video games. For the following three and a half years, Data East sold negative ion generators and licensed some of their old games to other companies; all of this in hope of collecting enough money to be able to make video games again and return to the competition. Unfortunately, the company's restructuring efforts weren't enough to put back the financial problems brought by the 1990s and in April 2003 Data East filed for bankruptcy and were finally declared bankrupt by a Tokyo district court on June 25, 2003. The news was released to the public two weeks later, on July 8. Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... An ion is an atom or group of atoms that normally are electrically neutral and achieve their status as an ion by loss (or addition) of (an) electron(s). ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... This article or section needs additional references or sources to improve its verifiability. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 2003 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Notice of closure stuck on the door of a computer store the day after its parent company, Granville Technology Group Ltd, declared bankruptcy (strictly, put into administration - see text) in the UK. Bankruptcy is a legally declared inability or impairment of ability of an individual or organizations to pay their...


Data East's intellectual properties were acquired in February 2004 by G-Mode, a Japanese mobile game content provider. For the 2006 film, see Intellectual Property (film). ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Mobile content is any type of media formatted for mobile phones, like ringtones, graphics, games and movies. ...


Games

Al Unser Jr. ... Bad Dudes is a 1988 arcade game by Data East. ... Bloody Wolf, known in Japan as Narazumono Sentō Butai: Bloody Wolf («Ruffian Combat Force: Bloody Wolf») and Battle Rangers in Europe, is a run and gun arcade game released by Data East in 1988. ... Boogie Wings is a shootem up arcade game released by Data East in 1992. ... Burgertime ( バーガータイム) is a 1982 Japanese arcade game created by Data East Corporation for its DECO Cassette System. ... Captain America and the Avengers is the title of a side-scrolling coin-op arcade game released by Data East in 1991 and based on the Marvel Comics series The Avengers. ... Captain Silver was a platform game by Data East. ... Caveman Games is an NES Olympic-style game where cavemen participate in athletic events. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Fighters History (ファイタース ヒストリ) is a 2D fighting game released by Data East. ... Fighters History (ファイタース ヒストリ) is a 2D fighting game released by Data East. ... High Seas Havoc, known in Japan as Captain Lang and in Europe as Captn Havoc, is a video game that was made for the Sega Genesis/Sega Megadrive by Data East. ... A Hippodrome (Gr. ... Joe & Mac (Tatakae Genshijin: Joe & Mac in Japan, also known as Caveman Ninja) is an arcade game by Data East that was later adapted for the Super NES, Mega Drive/Genesis, Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy, Amiga and PC. It stars the green-haired Joe and the blue-haired Mac... Karate Champ (original title: 空手道 Karate Dô, The Way of Karate) is a 1984 arcade game developed by Technos Japan Corporation for Data East. ... Karnov is a 1987 arcade game by Data East. ... Magical Drop is a series of (arguably bishōjo) puzzle games, primarily for the Neo Geo and Super Nintendo, developed by Data East. ... Metal Max was the first of a Series or RPG Video games. ... Midnight Resistance is a 1990 arcade game produced by Data East. ... Night Slashers title screen Night Slashers is an arcade game that was released in 1993. ... Ring King is the title of a video game released for the Nintendo Entertainment System and allowed the player to pick from various fictional characters and duke it out with the computer or a second player in a boxing ring. ... Road Avenger (known as Road Blaster FX in Japan) was a Sega CD release that took the style of Interactive Video (as seen in titles such as Dragons Lair) and brought it to the world of driving. ... Robocop is a video game released in 1989 by Data East for the Nintendo Entertainment System. ... Shadowrun is an action RPG for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System adapted from the pen and paper RPG Shadowrun by FASA. // Overview The player takes on the role of Jake Armitage, a courier who is shot and nearly killed in the streets of Seattle in the year 2050 by a... Side Pocket is a Billiards (Pool) video game made by Data East in 1987. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Tattoo Assassins is a 1994 fighting game by Data East. ... Tumblepop is an arcade game platform game by Data East released in 1991. ... WindJammers (also known as Flying Power Disc in Japan) is an arcade game released by Data East on the Neo Geo arcade system in 1994. ...

Reference

  • Neomega forums posting on Data East's closure, July 8

External links

  • DEEP: The Data East Emustatus Project
  • "Goodbye Data East - Another old video game company bites the dust", a tribute of sorts on Data East
  • Internet Pinball Database
  • List of arcade games made by the company, incorrectly under the Nihon Bussan/AV Japan label
  • List of arcade and pinball games made by the company under the Data East label
  • Data East Corporation entry at MobyGames

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