Data East Corporation was founded in 1976, originally as a Japanese manufacturer of parts for UsefulNotes/ArcadeGame hardware. Data East started to develop their own games in 1979, and the next year introduced the DECO Cassette System, the first scheme to distribute arcade games on interchangeable media (cassette tapes) that could be produced at less cost than circuit boards.

Data East USA in many years published games for more systems than its Japanese parent company, and licensed commando and martial-arts games from other Japanese companies to distribute along with Data East's own. Data East also started a {{pinball}} division in the mid-1980s, absorbing some assets and employees from the bankrupt Creator/SternElectronics. By all accounts, their pinball strategy tended towards [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames buying expensive, high-profile properties, then applying them to whatever pinball machines were in development]] at the time.

Data East ran into financial difficulties in the late 1990s, first closing Data East USA and selling Data East Pinball to Creator/{{Sega}}. Data East stopped producing games for arcades in 1997, and for consoles in late 1999. Data East hung on for a few more years, selling electronic components and licensed out some of its old games before succumbing to bankruptcy in 2003. The rights to its old games were then divided among several companies, primarily Paon and mobile game developer G-Mode.

Various former Data East employees went on to found Technos Japan, TAD Corporation and Creator/IdeaFactory.

!!Games created by Data East include:
* ''ABC Monday Night Football'' (SNES)
* ''VideoGame/AtomicRunnerChelnov''
* ''VideoGame/BadDudes''
* ''Bloody Wolf''
* ''VideoGame/BoulderDash'' (arcade and NES versions)
* ''VideoGame/BumpNJump''
* ''VideoGame/BurgerTime''
* ''VideoGame/CaptainAmericaAndTheAvengers''
* ''VideoGame/CaptainSilver''
* ''The Cliffhanger: Edward Randy''
* ''Cobra Command''
* ''VideoGame/CrudeBuster''
* ''VideoGame/CrystalQuest'' (GameBoy version)
* ''VideoGame/DarkSeal'' (also known as ''Gate of Doom'')
** ''Dark Seal II'' (also known as ''Wizard Fire'')
* ''Express Raider''
* ''VideoGame/FightersHistory''
* ''VideoGame/GloryOfHeracles''
* ''The Great Ragtime Show''
* ''VideoGame/HeavyBarrel''
* ''VideoGame/JoeAndMac''
* ''VideoGame/KarateChamp''
* ''VideoGame/{{Karnov}}''
* ''[[VideoGame/LockNChase Lock 'n' Chase]]''
* ''VideoGame/MagicalDrop''
* ''[[VideoGame/MetalSaga Metal Max]]'' (developed by Crea-Tech)
* ''VideoGame/MidnightResistance''
* ''VideoGame/NightSlashers''
* ''Psycho-Nics Oscar''
* ''VideoGame/{{Rampage}}'' (NES version)
* ''[[VideoGame/TheRealGhostbustersDataEast The Real Ghostbusters]]''
* ''Road Blaster''[[note]] Not to be confused with the similarly named 1987 arcade game [=RoadBlasters=] by Atari Games. This UsefulNotes/{{Laserdisc}}-based arcade game was later released for consoles under two different names: "Road Prosecutor" (for the Pioneer [=LaserActive=]), and "Road Avenger" (for the UsefulNotes/SegaCD; this version is known as "Road Blaster FX" in Japan), likely for this reason.[[/note]]
* ''[=RoboCop=]'' (arcade and NES versions)
* ''[=RoboCop=] 2'' (arcade version)
* ''[[Videogame/SengokuSNK Sengoku Densyo]]'' (Super Famicom version)
* ''Shadowrun'' (SNES version; developed by Beam Software)
* ''Side Pocket''
* ''VideoGame/SlySpy''
* ''Spinmaster''
* ''VideoGame/StreetSlam''
* ''Suiko Enbu''
* ''Tag Team Wrestling'' (developed by Technos Japan)
* ''[[VisualNovel/JakeHunter Tantei Jinguji Saburo]]''
* ''VideoGame/TattooAssassins'' (developed by Data East Pinball, now known as Stern Pinball)
* ''VideoGame/TrioThePunch''
* ''VideoGame/TumblePop''
* ''Vapor Trail''
* ''Werewolf: The Last Warrior''
* ''Windjammers''

!!Non-Data East games published by Data East USA:
* ''VideoGame/{{Commando}}''
* ''[[VideoGame/AlphaWaves Continuum]]''
* ''[=DefCon 5=]''
* ''VideoGame/DragonsLair'' (SNES version)
* ''VideoGame/{{Drakkhen}}''
* ''VideoGame/IkariWarriors'' (computer versions)
* ''VideoGame/KidNikiRadicalNinja''
* ''VideoGame/KungFuMaster''
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Turrican}} Mega Turrican]]''
* ''VideoGame/{{OutRun}}ners'' (Genesis version)
* ''VideoGame/{{Panic}}''
* ''Ring King''
* ''Shanghai Kid''
* ''[[VideoGame/HangOn Super Hang-On]]'' (DOS & Macintosh versions)
* ''VideoGame/{{Vigilante}}''

!!Data East pinballs include:
* ''Pinball/TheAdventuresOfRockyAndBullwinkleAndFriends''
* ''Pinball/BackToTheFuture''
* ''[[Pinball/BatmanDataEast Batman]]'', based on the 1989 film
* ''Pinball/{{Checkpoint}}''
* ''Pinball/GunsNRoses''
* ''Pinball/{{Hook}}''
* ''Pinball/JurassicPark''
* ''Pinball/LaserWar''
* ''Pinball/LastActionHero''
* ''Pinball/LethalWeapon3''
* ''Pinball/MaverickTheMovie'', the last table by the company.
* ''Pinball/ThePhantomOfTheOpera''
* ''[[Pinball/Playboy35thAnniversary Playboy 35th Anniversary]]''
* ''Pinball/RoboCop''
* ''Pinball/SecretService''
* ''[[Pinball/TheSimpsonsDataEast The Simpsons]]''
* ''[[Pinball/StarTrekDataEast Star Trek]]''
* ''[[Pinball/StarWarsDataEast Star Wars]]''
* ''Pinball/TalesFromTheCrypt''
* ''Pinball/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles''
* ''[[Pinball/TimeMachineDataEast Time Machine]]''
* ''[[Pinball/TheWhosTommy The Who's Tommy Pinball Wizard]]''
* ''Pinball/WWFRoyalRumble''

!!Tropes associated with Data East:
* CompilationRerelease: "Data East Arcade Classics" for Wii, which contained ''Bad Dudes'', ''Bump n' Jump'', ''Burgertime'', ''Caveman Ninja'', ''Express Raider'', ''Heavy Barrel'', ''Lock n' Chase'', ''Magical Drop III'', ''Peter Pepper's Ice Cream Factory'', ''Side Pocket'', ''Sly Spy'', ''Street Hoop'', ''Super Real Darwin'', ''Two Crude Dudes'', and ''Wizard Fire''.