Anyone interested in any of Data East's titles, like Karnov, Joe & Mac series (also known as Caveman Ninja), Fighter's History series, Bump 'n' Jump, Ring King, Heavy Barrel, Burgertime, The Cliffhanger: Edward Randy, Captain America and the Avengers, Metal Max series, Magical Drop series, Bloody Wolf, Trio the Punch - Never Forget Me..., Chelnov (known as Atomic Runner), Mutant Fighter (arcade) / Death Blade (SFC), Tumblepop, and Bad Dudes?
Last Edit: Nov 1, 2007 13:35:07 GMT -5 by parrothead
I like Burger Time. I didn't know Data East made it. lol Ring King is quite infamous for its...in-between round antics...but I haven't played it. Karnov is bloody hard! One of the few games where your hero is not all that attractive...on purpose! Karate Champ is also one of the earliest fighters in existance, which was quickly ripped off...until Street Fighter II evolved the concept to the next level.
Post by parrothead on Feb 18, 2009 23:58:23 GMT -5
In the arcade version of Ring King (a.k.a. King of Boxer in Europe), they don't look as questionable as in the NES version.
Anyway, I checked out the website of G-Mode (current owner of most of Data East's games) and noticed that there were some problems. They showed the 1988 Cobra Command arcade game and said it is also known as Thunder Storm in Japan, but Thunder Storm is the 1984 laserdisc game released outside of Japan as Cobra Command.
Another problem I've encountered was in the BurgerTime characters section, they only showed Peter Pepper (from the original BurgerTime) and Peter Pepper Jr. (from Super BurgerTime?), but where's Frank N. Furter from the Game Boy game, BurgerTime Deluxe? No wonder why most of the Game Boy line was ignored.
The largest problem was that there are several other Data East games missing in their list. So, I e-Mailed them this message:
Dear Data East administrator,
I've been researching information about Data East's history of games, while preserving them in one of the most popular websites, Wikipedia. After I did that, I looked at the list of Data East games you bought the rights to, and noticed there are some missing Data East games. I'm not talking about Chelnov (a.k.a. Atomic Runner) and the Hercules no Eikō series (both owned by Paon), the Metal Max series (owned by Createch and Atlus) and the Tantei Jingūji Saburō (owned by WorkJam and Aksys Games). I'm talking about these other Data East games missing in your list (excluding licensed games):
Captain Silver The Cliffhanger: Edward Randy (sometimes called "Cliff Hanger: Edward Randy" or simply "Edward Randy") Dark Legend Dark Lord Dashin' Desperados (this is the SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive port of Spin Master/Miracle Adventure you were talking about, but this is not a port at all. It's completely different; however, the characters look virtually identical.) Diet Go! Go! Dragon Gun Fighter's History: Mizoguchi Kiki Ippatsu!! Garyo Retsuden Heavy Smash High Seas Havoc (a.k.a. "Captain Lang" in Japan, "Cap'N Havoc" in Europe) Hippodrome Hop A Tic Tac Toe Karnov Night Slashers Nail 'n' Scale Panic! (known in Japan as "Switch") Performan Ring King (a.k.a. King of Boxer in Europe and Family Boxing in Japan. Owned by Woodplace Inc.? Namco?) Road Blaster (released for the SEGA CD/Mega CD by Wolfteam, and later released along with the laserdisc Cobra Command game in one Sony Playstation disc.) Scrum Try Skull Fang Ku-u-ga Gaiden Soccer League - Winner's Cup Stadium Hero (which is a series) Street Hoop Suiko Enbu: Outlaws of the Lost Dynasty Suiko Enbu: Fuun Saiki Vapor Trail: Hyper Offense Formation Werewolf: The Last Warrior Windjammers Wolf Fang Zippy Bug
I believe this list might help you know if you are missing any other Data East games. I don't know if any of these games are being held by Paon, Createch, Atlus, WorkJam, Aksys Games or any other company, and I don't know if any of these are licensed or not.
And I have another question: After I saw this, I thought Player One controls Blade (the one wearing white pants) and Player Two controls Striker (the one wearing green pants).
If you can't use this information because I'm not one of your employees, then that's fine, but I've been seriously working hard on preserving as much of Data East's history as possible. I would appreciate it if you would use this information I give you.
The next day, they replied to me with this message:
A pleasure to know that there are Data East enthusiasts still out there, and because of it we were able to compile and create our website to what it is today.
In regards to your inquiries about Data East licensing, we are slowly bringing out all the games that we have purchased and are aware that a lot of games that Data East created are still is not displayed on our site. Our back catalogue of titles is a pretty big list.
Your work has helped me, and our team to maintain the history of Data East and continue to look for support from the internet and gaming community to improve our site.
Thank you for your support
Alex Kameda (a.k.a. Naohiro Kameda) G-mode
e-Mailing a representative or someone like that feels the same way as asking the same kind of person at other big name video game companies like Nintendo and SEGA, but Mr. Kameda sounds pretty serious, kind and didn't say anything like "Thank you for your cooperation, but we are not allowed to do that." I really hope this helped them out.
Last Edit: Feb 18, 2009 23:58:55 GMT -5 by parrothead
I remember playing Tumble Pop in an arcade once. Fairly awesome I must say. As for Bloody Wolf, Lizard Dude from TMK kept telling us all to play it back when it was released on the VC, so it must be some kinda good.