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Data East Retro Appreciation Thread

Post by Prof Mango B Coconut » Mon Jul 01, 2013 3:52 pm

I was playing Magical Drop 3 earlier and it reminded me of all the terrific games Data East produced and what a shame it is that they went belly-up. It's also a massive shame no-one seems to be doing anything with their IP or doing any retro compilations or remakes, except for the short lived Virtual Console outings and the apparently-not-very-good Magical Drop V.

Anyway, here's to Data East!
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Post by TwoHeadedBoy » Mon Jul 01, 2013 3:56 pm

Ooh, Data East! They did Spin Master - my absolute favourite Neo Geo game. Yo-yo-based platform beat-em-up sort of thing.

And it had a sequel (maybe?) of sorts on the Mega Drive - Dashin' Desperadoes, the best non-Micro Machines multiplayer game of that generation. Two cowboys racing across platform levels, split-screen, and tripping or bombing or flattening each other so that they can get to the girl first. Love it to bits.
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Re: Data East Retro Appreciation Thread

Post by Hitman_HalStep » Mon Jul 01, 2013 4:08 pm

the first game that springs to the mind is bad dudes Vs dragon ninja,a brilliant if basic arcade game,and of course the joe and mac game.
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Re: Data East Retro Appreciation Thread

Post by HalcyonDaze00 » Mon Jul 01, 2013 4:11 pm

Hitman_HalStep wrote:the first game that springs to the mind is bad dudes Vs dragon ninja,a brilliant if basic arcade game,and of course the joe and mac game.
my 1st thought was also Dragon Ninja, fighting on the trucks with "Data East" written on them, great game!

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Re: Data East Retro Appreciation Thread

Post by Prof Mango B Coconut » Mon Jul 01, 2013 4:28 pm

One of my favourite memories is playing the Game Boy version of Side Pocket on a camping holiday in Wales; I missed the trip up Snowden thanks to being so engrossed. Happily, I remember it being quite misty that day so there wasn't much to see anyway :)
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Re: Data East Retro Appreciation Thread

Post by RodimusPrime » Mon Jul 01, 2013 4:29 pm

I am actualy a big fan of them

Bad dudes vs Dragonninka was a game I always loved, I just loved the look of it and wanted it for ages, the screenshots of fighting on top of trucks on the first level always made me want the game.

It helps that they did one of my favourite megadrive games, Two Crude Dudes.

and of course the great Robocop arcade game.

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Re: Data East Retro Appreciation Thread

Post by theantmeister » Mon Jul 01, 2013 4:32 pm

RodimusPrime wrote:and of course the great Robocop arcade game.
Both of Data East's Robocop arcade games are awesome. They're exactly what you would want from a Robocop arcade game.

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Post by The Laird » Mon Jul 01, 2013 6:01 pm

They also made the following classics:

BurgerTime
Sly Spy: Secret Agent
Karate Champ
Captain America and the Avengers
Bump 'n' Jump
Karnov
Lock 'n' Chase
Side Pocket
The Real Ghostbusters
Two Crude Dudes
Vapor Trail
Windjammers

All brilliant games :D

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Re: Data East Retro Appreciation Thread

Post by ArchaicKoala » Tue Jul 02, 2013 3:50 am

I've always been a big fan of *puts on garbled voice* 'Side Pocket' on the Megadrive.
My dad and I would spend hours playing it, I was useless at the game as I could never get used to spinning the ball for trick shots but my dad on the other hand was absolutely amazing at it!


Another favourite was 'Two Crude Dudes' (I think that was data east anyway...)

What could be better than being able to pick up a car and launch it at the enemy? :twisted:

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Post by koopa42 » Tue Jul 02, 2013 3:59 am

Bad Dudes simply for the tagline 'the president has been kidnapped by ninjas'

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Post by nakamura » Tue Jul 02, 2013 5:17 am

Didn't they make Midnight Resistance and use the tagline 'Winners don't use drugs'?
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Re: Data East Retro Appreciation Thread

Post by thebear » Tue Jul 02, 2013 6:54 am

Here's their full list according to the ever reliable Wiki

Robocop and Bad Dudes probably took the most of my money!

Video games[edit]

Act-Fancer: Cybernetick Hyper Weapon
Al Unser Jr.'s Turbo Racing
Astro Fighter
Avengers in Galactic Storm
Batman: The Caped Crusader (US release of Ocean product for Amiga)
Bad Dudes VS. Dragon Ninja
Battle Wings (also known as B-WING or B-WINGS)
Bloody Wolf (arcade version known as Battle Rangers in Europe)
Boogie Wings
Boomer Rang'r
BreakThru
BurgerTime series
Burnin' Rubber (a.k.a. Bump 'n' Jump, Buggy Popper)
Captain America and the Avengers
Captain Silver
Caveman Games
Chelnov (also known as Atomic Runner)
China Town
Cobra Command (1984 interactive movie)
Cobra Command (1988 2D shooter)
Congo's Caper
The Cliffhanger: Edward Randy
Dark Lord
Darwin 4078
Dash Galaxy in the Alien Asylum (developed by Beam Software)
Dashin' Desperados
Desert Assault (a.k.a. Desert Storm Gulf War in Europe, Thunder Zone in Japan)
Diet Go! Go!
Donald Land
Dragon Gun
Dragon's Lair (For NTSC Super Nintendo Entertainment System)
Dunk Dream (a.k.a. Street Hoop and Street Slam)
Dunk Dream 95
Express Raider (a.k.a. Western Express)
Fighter's History
Fighter's History Dynamite (known in the PAL regions as Karnov's Revenge)
Fighter's History: Mizoguchi Kiki Ippatsu!
Fire Trap
Gate of Doom (a.k.a. Dark Seal)
Garyo Retsuden
Gondomania
Ghostlop (later renamed by G-Mode as Data East's Ghostlop)
Heavy Barrel
Heavy Smash
Hercules no Eikō series
High Seas Havoc (Captain Lang in Japan, Cap'N Havoc in Europe)
Hippodrome (known in Japan as Fighting Fantasy)
Hop A Tic Tac Toe
Joe & Mac series
Kamikaze Cabbie
Karate Champ
Karnov
Last Mission Coin-op arcade & Commodore 64
Lemmings (Arcade prototype version)
Liberation
Lock 'n' Chase
Lock-On
Locked 'n Loaded
Mad Alien (a.k.a. Mad Rider, Highway Chase)
Magical Drop series
Makai Hakkenden Shada
Metal Clash
Metal Max series
Midnight Resistance
Minnesota Fats: Pool Legend
Mutant Fighter (known as Death Brade for the Super Famicom)
Mysterious Stones
Night Slashers
Nitro Ball
Nail 'n' Scale
Oscar: Psycho-Nics (a.k.a. Psychonics Oscar)
Outlaws Of The Lost Dynasty
OutRunners (Mega Drive version)
Panic! (Switch! in Japan)
Performan (パフォーマン)
Phantom of the Opera
The Real Ghostbusters
Revive... Sosei (リバイヴ ~蘇生~)
Ring King
Road Avenger (arcade version, Road Blaster in Japan)
RoboCop
RoboCop 2
Santa Claus no Takarabako (developed by Musical Plan Ltd.)
Super Break (Data East's first game)
Super Break 2
Scrum Try
Shackled
Shoot Out
Shadowrun
Side Pocket series
Sly Spy (Secret Agent in Japan and Sly Spy: Secret Agent in Europe)
Skull Fang Ku-u-ga Gaiden
Soccer League - Winner's Cup
Spin Master (known in Japan as Miracle Adventure (ミラクルアドベンチャー))
SRD: Super Real Darwin
Stadium Hero series
Street Hoop
Suiko Enbu: Outlaws of the Lost Dynasty
Suiko Enbu: Fuun Saiki
Super Birdie Rush
Tantei Jingūji Saburō series
Tattoo Assassins -Made By Data East Pinball
Trio The Punch - Never Forget Me...
Tumblepop
Two Crude Dudes (also known as Crude Buster)
Vapor Trail: Hyper Offence Formation
Werewolf: The Last Warrior
Windjammers
Wizard Fire (a.k.a. Dark Seal II)
Wolf Fang
Zippy Bug



Pinball games[edit]

Laser War (1987) [1]
Aaron Spelling (mod of Lethal Weapon 3)
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends (1993)
Back to the Future: The Pinball (1990)
Batman (1991)
Checkpoint (1991)
Guns N' Roses (1994)
Hook (1992)
Jurassic Park (1993)
King Kong (1990)[2]
Last Action Hero (1993)
Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)
Maverick (1994)
RoboCop (1990)
Secret Service (1988)
The Simpsons (1990)
Star Trek (1991)
Star Wars (Data East) (1992)
Tales from the Crypt (1993)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1991)
Time Machine (1988)
The Who's Tommy Pinball Wizard (1994)
WWF Royal Rumble (1994)
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Re: Data East Retro Appreciation Thread

Post by merman » Tue Jul 02, 2013 7:01 am

Although the control method is tricky, I did enjoy Fire Trap
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Re: Data East Retro Appreciation Thread

Post by HalcyonDaze00 » Tue Jul 02, 2013 7:29 am

Two Crude Dudes (also known as Crude Buster)
that's a great game, used to love playing this in the arcades

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Re: Data East Retro Appreciation Thread

Post by TwoHeadedBoy » Tue Jul 02, 2013 7:42 am

Ooh, they did Skull Fang? Used to love that one :D
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