Gremlin Industries

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Not to be confused with Gremlin Interactive.
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Gremlin Industries was an arcade game manufacturer active from the 1970s to early 1980s, and based San Diego, California, USA .

History[edit]

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 1977 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 labelled 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 closed 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.

Video games[edit]

1976
  • Blockade (Gremlin's first released video game)
1977
1978
  • Gee Bee (licensed from Namco; the Gremlin version replaces the "N-A-M-C-O" letters on the bumpers with the company's distinctive "G" logo.)
  • Blasto
  • Frogs
1979
1980
1981
1982

Ports[edit]

Sega released emulated and playable versions of some of the early Sega/Gremlin arcade games as vault material for the Sega Genesis Collection for the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable.