Erbe Software, S.A.

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From 1984 to 1995 Erbe Software was the main distributor of entertainment software in Spain, where they had more than the 50 percent of the market. They also promoted Spanish software development by helping small companies like Topo Soft or MCM to get their products abroad.

Erbe's products were known for their good ports and localizations and a great marketing campaign.

During the 80's Spain's Erbe primarily handled the Spanish publishing of Sinclair Spectrum games originating from the UK. They released around 300 games this way, mainly from Ocean and Gremlin.

In the 90's, Erbe was the only and exclusive distributor for such companies as Sierra On-Line, LucasArts, Infogrames, Acclaim, Adventure Soft and Nintendo. This helped them becoming the most important publisher in Spain.

In 1995 big multinationals (Virgin, EA, Nintendo...) started to establish their own subsidiaries in Spain which caused Erbe to loose partners until its demise in 1999.

Credited on 125 Games from 1984 to 1998

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ARA NGC 6397 (1998 on Windows)
The Curse of Monkey Island (1997 on Windows, Macintosh)
Outlaws (Edicion Limitada) (1997 on Windows)
The Dig (1995 on DOS, Windows, Macintosh...)
Ripley's Believe It or Not!: The Riddle of Master Lu (1995 on DOS, Macintosh)
Star Wars: Dark Forces (1995 on DOS, Windows, PlayStation...)
Star Wars: Rebel Assault II - The Hidden Empire (1995 on DOS, Windows, PlayStation...)
Star Wars: TIE Fighter - Collector's CD-ROM (1995 on DOS, Windows, Macintosh...)
Luigi en Circusland (1994 on DOS)
Star Wars: X-Wing - Collector's CD-ROM (1994 on Linux, DOS, Windows...)
Leisure Suit Larry 6: Shape Up or Slip Out! (1993 on DOS, Windows, Windows 3.x...)
Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle (1993 on DOS, Macintosh)
Star Wars: X-Wing (1993 on DOS)
Call of Cthulhu: Shadow of the Comet (1993 on DOS, Windows, PC-98...)
Best of the Best Championship Karate (1992 on DOS, Game Boy, SNES...)
Axelay (1992 on SNES, Wii, Wii U)
Whirlo (1992 on SNES)
Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis (1992 on Linux, DOS, Windows...)
Alone in the Dark (1992 on DOS, 3DO, Macintosh...)
Eternam (1992 on DOS, Windows, FM Towns...)

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History +


The company ceases its activity and is bought by Ediciones Anaya.


An enormous fire catches the main warehouses of the company, destroying lots of its stock of Nintendo cartridges. It is said that this was the main cause of Nintendo's decision to found a subsidiary in Spain, and the begining of Erbe's demise.


Erbe lowers its prices from 2000 pts to 875 pts, whichs made a good hit towards its competitors. This helps the company to gain a high and superior position in the market, and represents a decisive point in its growth.


Company is founded by Andrew Bagney.

Trivia +

ERBE's address (1985)

Santa Engracia 17,

28010 Madrid,


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