World’s greatest Data East Pinball Machines

Data East was founded on April 20, 1976, by Tokai University alumnus Tetsuo Fukuda. Data East developed and released in July 1977 its first arcade game Jack Lot, based on blackjack for business use.

Data East established a U.S. division in 1979, after its chief competitors Sega and Taito had established a market presence.

Data East made pinball machines from 1987 through 1994, and included innovations such as the first pinball to have stereo sound, the first usage of a small dot matrix display and using a big DMD (192×64).

In designing pinball machines they showed a strong preference for using high-profile movie, TV and sports licensed properties, rather than creating original machines. Data East exited the pinball business and sold the factory to Sega.

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Data East was founded on April 20, 1976, by Tokai University alumnus Tetsuo Fukuda. Data East developed and released in July 1977 its first arcade game Jack Lot, based on blackjack for business use.

Data East established a U.S. division in 1979, after its chief competitors Sega and Taito had established a market presence.

Data East made pinball machines from 1987 through 1994, and included innovations such as the first pinball to have stereo sound, the first usage of a small dot matrix display and using a big DMD (192×64).

In designing pinball machines they showed a strong preference for using high-profile movie, TV and sports licensed properties, rather than creating original machines. Data East exited the pinball business and sold the factory to Sega.

From TV to the movies, you will enjoy these top 20 pinball machines that Data East offers which include Tales from the Crypt, Jurassic Park, Guns N’ Roses,  Star Wars, The Who’s Tommy Pinball Wizard, WWF Royal Rumble, Last Action Hero, Time Machine, Laser War and Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends.