Creator / Jaleco

Jaleco is a long-lived but underappreciated Japanese video game company.

The company was originally founded in 1973 by Yoshiaki Kanazawa under the name Japan Leisure Company,note  and produced electromechanical games in its early years. The company produced its first video Arcade Game in 1982, and soon after that shortened its name to Jaleco. In the mid-1980s, Jaleco began releasing home video games on the MSX and Famicom, focusing mainly on ports of arcade games, ports and localizations of various Western-developed games, and the Moero!! series of Sports Games. Thus began Jaleco's most prolific period, though many of the games they released on arcades and 8-bit and 16-bit consoles, including original titles, had their developed outsourced to TOSE, Natsume, Arc and many lesser-known independent companies.

An American subsidiary, Jaleco USA, began doing business in 1988. Jaleco USA went to unusual lengths to modify Japanese games to appeal to American tastes.

In October 2000, several years after unceremoniously quitting the arcade business, Jaleco was acquired by the Hong Kong company Pacific Century CyberWorks. For the next four years, the Japanese division was operated as PCCW Japan, while the American division became known as Jaleco Entertainment and published of some of the most strangely misconceived games for the Xbox and Nintendo GameCube.

PCCW sold Jaleco in 2005 to Sandringham Fund SPC, who in 2006 incorporated a new video game company called Jaleco Ltd. so that the shell of the old Jaleco could be converted into a holding company for unrelated businesses. Jaleco's video game releases began to dwindle away, and in 2009, Jaleco Ltd. was sold for one yen to their online partner company Game Yarou. Jaleco still exists today, despite only releasing one new game since 2010.

Games published by Jaleco include:

  • 64th Street: A Detective Story
  • Arm Champs (and its' sequel, Arm Champs II)
  • Astyanax
  • Avenging Spirit
  • Bases Loaded series
  • Bio Senshi Dan
  • A Boy and His Blob (JP publisher)
  • B.O.T.S.S.: Battle of the Solar System (3D game from the early 1990s developed by MicroProse; involves Humongous Mecha, hence the name)
  • Butasan
  • Carrier
  • Chimera Beast (unreleased)
  • Cisco Heat
  • City Connection
  • Cyberball (NES version)
  • Darius R (published by PCCW Japan)
  • Dragon Seeds
  • EDF: Earth Defense Force (including the SNES version)
  • Exerion
  • The Ignition Factor
  • Ikari no Yosai (Fortified Zone / Operation Logic Bomb)
  • Irritating Stick (US publisher)
  • Jazz Jackrabbit (GBA version)
  • King Arthur's World
  • Kingdom Under Fire The Crusaders (JP publisher)
  • Maniac Mansion (NES/Famicom versions)
  • Momoko 120%
  • Monty on the Run (Famicom Disk System port)
  • Nectaris: Military Madness (PlayStation remake, US publisher)
  • Nightcaster II: Equinox
  • Ninja Jajamaru-kun series
  • P-47: The Freedom Fighter
  • Pinball Quest
  • Pizza Pop!
  • PROM (as a electric pinball game based off the 2011 Disney movie of the same name starring Aimee Teegarden as Nova Prescott; released in Japan only; features the music of "Young Blood" by The Naked and Famous)
  • Rampart (NES version)
  • Racket Attack
  • Robo Warrior (US publisher)
  • Rod Land
  • R-Type III (US publisher)
  • Rushing Beat trilogy (Rival Turf, Brawl Brothers, and The Peace Keepers)
  • Saint Dragon
  • Shatterhand
  • Super Bubble Pop
  • Tokyo Highway Battle (US publisher)
  • Tetris Plus
  • Totally Rad
  • Urusei Yatsura: Lum no Wedding Bell ("Lum's Wedding Bell"; Japan-only Famicom gamenote )
  • Whomp 'Em
  • Wizards And Warriors (JP publisher)

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