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Data East Corporation

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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.

Credited on 155 Games from 1979 to 2021

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Data East Arcade 1 (2021 on Evercade)
Doukoku Soshite...: Remastered (2018 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PS Vita)
16-Bit Collection: Data East Vol. 1 (2017 on SNES)
Data East Arcade Classics (2010 on Wii)
Magical Drop Touch (2009 on Android, iPhone)
Oretachi Game Center Zoku: Trio the Punch (2007 on PlayStation 2)
Oretachi Game Center Zoku: BurgerTime (2005 on PlayStation 2)
Revive...: Sosei (1999 on Dreamcast)
Magical Drop F (1999 on PS Vita, PlayStation, PlayStation 3...)
Magical Drop (1999 on WonderSwan)
Tantei Jinguji Saburo: Early Collection (1999 on PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PS Vita...)
Zombie Revenge (1999 on Dreamcast, Arcade)
Tantei Jingūji Saburō: Yume no Owari ni (1998 on PSP, PS Vita, SEGA Saturn...)
Doukoku Soshite... (1998 on SEGA Saturn)
Winter Heat (1997 on SEGA Saturn, Arcade)
Side Pocket 3: 3D Polygon Billiard Game (1997 on SEGA Saturn, PSP, PlayStation 3...)
Tantei Jingūji Saburō: Mikan no Rupo (1996 on PS Vita, SEGA Saturn, PlayStation...)
Sōkyūgurentai (1996 on PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Arcade)
Wizardry VI & VII Complete (1996 on SEGA Saturn)
Magical Drop II (1996 on SNES, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD...)

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History +

June 25th, 2003

Data East declares bankruptcy. Public only made aware on 8th July 2003.

April 20th, 1976

Data East founded.

Trivia +

Company address in 1988:

Data East USA, Inc.

470 Needles Drive

San Jose, California 95112

United States

Related Web Sites +

  • Data East Corporation
    official site
  • Data East Games
    In 2007 G-mode released this website focusing on licensing Data East Games to the world market. G-mode a mobile content provider in Japan has made use of their Data East License and are looking to bring back these retro classics

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