TAD Corporation

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Public
IndustryComputer and video game industry
FateDefunct
Founded1988
DefunctFebruary 5, 1993[1][2][3]
Headquarters3-31-2 Shimorenjaku Mitaka-shi, Tokyo, Japan [1][2][3][4]
Key people
Tadashi Yokoyama (president)

TAD Corporation (TADコーポレーション) was a Japanese manufacturer of video arcade games that was founded and headquartered in Mitaka-shi, Tokyo, Japan.[1][2][3][4] It was founded by former employees of the company Data East and was named after its founder and owner name Tadashi "TAD" Yokoyama.[citation needed] They are best known for their first video arcade game, the 1988 shooting gallery-type Cabal, as well as their second one, the 1989 run 'n' gun-style platformer Toki (known in Japan as JuJu Densetsu). In Japan, Taito, Tecmo and Sammy assisted TAD in distributing their arcade titles, while Fabtek distributed every arcade title of TAD's internationally with permission (who were also known for internationally distributing arcade titles by Seibu Kaihatsu with permission). TAD Corporation also licensed its titles for arcade-to-console porting to other companies such as Ocean Software, Milton Bradley, Rare, Taito and Sega; however, only Cabal and Toki received home ports. After the release of their last two arcade titles both in 1992: the beat 'em up Saishu Kakutou Kizoku Legionnaire, and the run 'n gun Heated Barrel; TAD Corporation quietly abandoned its production on February 5, 1993.[1][2][3] After ending its business, members were traded to Mitchell Corporation.

16 years later, in October 2009, a new, independently enhanced HD remake of TAD's arcade game Toki was announced by a French video game studio: Golgoth Studio, founded by former employees of Ocean France, then known for developing Magical Drop V for the owner G-Mode). The Toki Remake has been in development for many years, and for many platforms, but finally released in 2018 as a Nintendo Switch exclusive, under the publisher Microids.

Games by TAD Corporation[edit]

Original logo of TAD Corporation used between 1988 and 1989.

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