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November 21, 2014 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Jaleco was a video game developer of arcade, console, & computer games- and an acronym

Jaleco info Retro Magazine frequently posts retro gaming factoids and this one caught my eye this morning. I had no idea Jaleco was an acronym for:
Japan
   Leisure
      Corporation.

I recognize their logo instantly and had a few of their NES games, but it never occurred to me that their name might be abbreviated. I was similarly surprised, long ago, upon discovering that Coleco was originally the Connecticut Leather Company.

From the original NES era, I purchased both ShatterHand and Metal Mech, Man & Machine. I loved ShatterHand as a side scroller with some vertical reach as well. Metal Mech enchanted me because... who doesn't like controlling a mech? But it was the brief side missions in which you had to get out of the mech to travel that fascinated me.

In it's heyday, Jaleco was a well known game developer - even I recall their Bases Loaded series on the NES, and I'm not a fan of sports games. That baseball title was ported to the Game Boy Advance and later appeared on the Wii's Virtual Console.

Jaleco's Shatterhand game for NES Jaleco's Shatterhand game for NES.
Jaleco's Metal Mech, Man & Machine game for NES Jaleco's Metal Mech, Man & Machine game for NES.

Founded in 1974, they were active developers by 1982 with offices in Tokyo and North America (Illinois). Jaleco went through some business changes, but even in 2000 they were active in game development - although their days of popular titles like Bases Loaded were behind them. The name lives on today, but they seem to be part of a holding company with no involvement in gaming or entertainment.

Go sift through your game collection and see what Jaleco gems might be lurking in there. We're always down for some Shatterhand - What Jaleco titles are heading for your NES today?

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