Forcefield Entertainment Ltd. (株式会社フォースフィールドエンターテインメン Kabushiki-gaisha Fōsufīrudo Entāteinmento ) is 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.
The company is best known for their various video game products, such as Wrigley, StarCore, Color Miki, Mr. Robo and Puzzle Club. Forcefield renamed itself to Forcefield Entertainment in 2007 since the company began to expand into other products besides video games. Forcefield currently owns a chain of Japanese arcade game centers, titled Section-F or Section-Forcefield.
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 receive several sequels and spin-offs in the years to come. Color Miki, Wrigley and Super Block Breaker would push Forcefield up to being a large video game developer, and soon began creating games for home consoles in the following years.
In 1993, the company opened up its first amusement park, titled Forcefield Fever Park (or simply Fever Park), and featured several attractions themed around various Forcefield properties. The park had its peak in 1996 with over 2 million visitors before the park was closed in 2003 and the park was demolished later that same year. The area of the park is now an apartment complex.
In the late 1990's, the company was suffering from large financial problems and was putting the company at the risk of closing. In an effort to keep the company standing, Forcefield split apart into two companies; Forcefield Limited and Oiatchi Ltd. Forcefield Limited dealt with the video game business while Oiatchi Ltd. dealt with Pachinko and pachislot machines. Several employees from Forcefield Limited later founded Forcefield Entertainment, which later acquired Forcefield Limited in 2005. Forcefield Entertainment continued to develop video games despite at this point. Oiatchi later dissolved in January 2009 and was folded into Forcefield Entertainment in May of that same year.
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 defunct 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.
See also Edit
- List of Forcefield Entertainment arcade games
- List of Forcefield electro-mechanical games
- List of Forcefield Entertainment video game franchises
|Forcefield Entertainment Ltd.|
|Franchises||Activator • Alpha Cresta • Battlestar Baseball • Bitter Chocolate • Boku Detective Club • Color Miki • Command Line • Counter Attack • Danger Castle • Densha Pilot • Derby Racing • Exelrate • Flyball • Forcefield Waku Waku • Formula-R • Front Attack • Galaxy Shot • Happy Love • Hyper Combat • Hyper Motocross • Lucky-7 • Mr. Robo • Pulse • Puzzle Club • Quiz Island • Sky Attacker • Space Gunman • StarCore (Fantastic Journey) • Soldier Force • Super Block Breaker • Tsujin Paradise • UFO-Kun • Ultra Torque • Wrigley • X-Force|
|Video game development||Forcefield Entertainment • Forcefield Entertainment America|
|Development teams||Forcefield R&D1 • Project Trident • Project Wrigley • Team Miki|
|Other developement||F-Amusements • Forcefield Communications|
|Defunct||Amusement Electronics • Forcefield Fever Park • Oiatchi Ltd. • Tori Corporation|
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