Forcefield Entertainment (株式会社フォースフィールド Kabushikigaisha Fōsufīrudo ) was a Japanese video game developer and publisher of arcade games and home console games and was also an owner of a series of Japanese arcade game centers. The company has produced several non-video game products, such as pachinko machines, trading cards, rocking horses, radios, and lightbulbs. The company was founded in 1952 as Forcefield Electronics and manufactured radios and jukeboxes across Japan. In 1965, the company was renamed to Forcefield Amusements and produced several mechanical arcade games, such as Heli Pilot and Rumbling F-1. With this success, the company renamed itself to simply Forcefield in 1976 and produced its first video arcade game in 1978, Galaxy Shot.
Forcefield renamed itself to Forcefield Entertainment in 2007 since the company began to expand into other products besides video games. Forcefield owned a chain of Japanese arcade game centers, titled Section-F or Section-Forcefield.
On May 13, 2009, Forcefield Entertainment merged together with Jaleco Ltd to form Forcefield Jaleco Holdings. Both company's assets were spun-off into Forcefield Jaleco Holdings and all production of video games by both companies were merged into the new holding company.
The company was first founded in 1952 by Shikoi Nakayama as Forcefield Electronics, and specialized in manufacturing of radios and jukeboxes, as well as repair services for these devices. The company became one of the top radio manufacturers in Japan, and soon expanded into manufacturing television sets in 1960.
As the company grew in stock, Nakayama shifted the company's main focus into producing coin-operated electro mechanical arcade games, such as Heli Pilot and Rumbling F-1. The company gained a larger reputation and more money from this, and soon became the company's sole purpose. In 1978, the company took an interest in video arcade games after the impact that Taito Corporation had with Space Invaders. In response, Forcefield Electronics renamed itself to simply Forcefield that same year, and in December of 1978 released their first coin-operated video arcade game, Galaxy Shot. The company later created several more video arcade games, including Front Attack and Sphere Droid. The company's video products were receiving some money from this, and eventually lead Forcefield to become a full-time video game developer.
The company strayed away from video games in the mid-80's to focus on other types of products, but soon returned to the video game scene in 1986, with the release of Lucky-7 for arcades. The company's biggest game was in 1988, with StarCore. StarCore would go on to be Forcefield's most well-known intellectual property and would recieve several sequels and spin-offs in the years to come. Color Miki, Wrigley and Super Block Breaker would push Forcefield Entertainment up to being a large video game developer, and soon began creating games for home consoles in the following years.
In 2007, after a large restructuring of the company due to low income, the company was renamed to Forcefield Entertainment in an effort to push forth other products besides video games. The company produced their best-selling game in 2009 with Project StarCore, which received universal acclaim for it's originality and addictive gameplay mechanics. Forcefield soon regained much of it's stock after several critically acclaimed releases for various home systems as well as several business decisions.
On May 12, 2009, Forcefield Entertainment merged together with Jaleco Ltd to create "Forcefield Jaleco Holdings, becoming the 12th largest video game entity in Japan. Jaleco's operations and assets were combined with that of Forcefield Entertainment's. The Forcefield Entertainment brand name is still used on various games as well as that of Jaleco's brand name. The original Forcefield Entertainment headquarters is still in use for Forcefield Limited, a division of Forcefield Jaleco that solely focuses on the arcade division. The Section-F arcade centers had very minor effect during the merge and continue to operate under the name.
Video games Edit
Forcefield Entertainment is best known for their video game franchises, examples include; Wrigley, Color Miki, StarCore, Fantastic Journey, Sky Attacker, UFO-Kun and Super Block Breaker.
Forcefield purchased the assets of the now defuct Tori Corporation, the company best known for Exelrate and Counter Attack. Forcefield now owns all holding rights for their games and the rights to the Tori Corporation brand name and logo.
In 2012, Forcefield Jaleco Holdings aquired the rights to the PlayStation video game Harmful Park from Sky Think Systems, giving the company the ownership of the property.
|Forcefield Jaleco Holdings|
|Franchises||Aboto-Kun • Activator • Battlestar Baseball • Bitter Chocolate • Boku Detective Club • City Connection • Color Miki • Command Line • Counter Attack • Cresta • Danger Castle • Derby Racing • Exelrate • Exerion • Fantastic Journey • Flyball • Forcefield Waku Waku • Formula-R • Front Attack • Game Tengoku • Galaxy Shot • Happy Love • Hyper Combat • Hyper Motocross • Lucky-7 • Pulse • Puzzle Club • Quiz Island • Shot • Shooting Tengoku • Sky Attacker • StarCore • Soldier Force • Super Block Breaker • UFO-Kun • Ultra Torque • Wrigley • X-Force|
|Video game development||Forcefield Jaleco Entertainment • Forcefield Limited • Forcefield Korea|
|Other developement||Forcefield Communications • Kotobushi • F-Amusement|
|Defunct||Tori Corporation • Amusement Electronics|
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