Data East Corporation


Data East Corporation was founded on 20th April, 1976. The company was well known as a software publisher and an electronics manufacturer. It released a variety of arcade machines, including one of the first cartridge-based arcade game systems, the Deco Cassette System, which made its debut in 1980.

On the software side, they are most famous for arcade games in mid-1980s and also commissioned PC ports of its most famous games, such as Double Dragon and Platoon. Most of these conversions were done by Quicksilver.

Other notable games are Bad Dudes, Karnov, the Metal Max series, the Fighter's History series and Robocop. Its last known new release was Side Pocket for the WonderSwan in November 1999.

On 25th June 2003 the company declared bankruptcy and this was publicly announced on 8th July 2003. Paon Corporation, Ltd. bought the rights of some of their games, and gradually released them through the Wii's virtual console service.

Contributed by Roger Wilco (1194) on Oct 30, 2003. [revised by : Unicorn Lynx (181365)].