Usually a forgotten chapter in the history of Sega, Gremlin Industries was an early San Diego, California arcade game manufacturer in the 1970s and early 1980s.
Gremlin was founded in 1973 as a manufacturer of coin-operated wall games. Gremlin's first wall game, Play Ball, was fairly successful.
Gremlin joined the video game market in 1976 by releasing its first video arcade game entitled Blockade. In 1979, Gremlin merged its operations with Sega and, from then on, all new video games by Gremlin were labeled either under the Gremlin/Sega or Sega/Gremlin brand names. Some of Gremlin's output, both before and after the marriage with Sega, were titles originally created by Japanese companies. Among theses video games were Namco's Gee Bee and Konami's Frogger.
Gremlin became one of the many victims of the video game crash of 1983 and completely closed its doors in 1984 after being acquired by Bally with all operations moved from San Diego to Chicago. Some of Gremlin's original wall games have since been re-released under different names.
Games (as Sega/Gremlin)Edit
- Astro Fighter (as Sega/Gremlin/Data East)
- Monaco GP
- Moon Cresta (licensed from Nichibutsu, as Gremlin/Sega)
- Space Firebird (licensed from Nintendo, as Gremlin/Sega)
- Super Moon Cresta (licensed from Nichibutsu, as Gremlin/Sega)
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