Ikegami Tsushinki Co., Ltd.
Ikegami Tsushinki Co., Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of video cameras and broadcasting equipment. They were involved with development of arcade game software and hardware in the late '70s and early '80s, producing a number of titles for Sega and Nintendo before leaving the industry. Most notably, the company was responsible for programming Nintendo's breakout hit Donkey Kong
, as well as most other Nintendo arcade games produced up to that point. For Sega, they produced Zaxxon
and Congo Bongo
After the production of Donkey Kong
, a drawn-out legal battle between Ikegami and Nintendo ensued over the copyright status of the game's source code; both companies claimed to own the code, and Ikegami accused Nintendo of illegally copying Donkey Kong
game boards as well as reverse-engineering the game software during the production of Donkey Kong Jr.
The matter was eventually settled out of court in 1990.
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