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Midway Games

Founded date January 01,1958

A now-defunct publisher and developer that was based in Chicago. Best known later in its life for the Mortal Kombat series, Midway's legacy traces back to early pinball and arcade releases, when the company was known as Williams.

Midway Games

Company Name Midway Games
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City Chicago
State Illinois
Country USA
Website http://www.midway.com/
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Date founded Wed Jan 01 00:00:00 UTC 1958
Aliases Midway Manufacturing

Overview

Founded in 1958, Midway Games only transitioned into video games in 1973, after manufacturing amusement equipment such as mechanical arcade games. Midway has developed and published some of the most successful arcade and home console games ever made, including the Mortal Kombat series, Ms. Pac-Man and Space Invaders. However, the company began to experience net losses and eventually filed for bankruptcy in February 2009. In July 2009 Midway’s assets were purchased by Warner Brothers, who retained the Mortal Kombat studio in which would become NetherRealm Studios in June 2010.

History

Midway Manufacturing was one of the earliest American video game developers, though it initially kept to the arcade market. This, and its early success, was facilitated by a strong link with Taito that lasted throughout the late 1970s and 1980s, leading to the distribution rights for Taito games. Midway began branching into the home market with its one and only attempt at developing a home system in the form of the Bally Astrocade, named after the company that purchased Midway in 1969.

The real breakthrough success that had somewhat alluded Midway finally came in the form of the distribution of Space Invaders, followed closely by Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man. Midway became the foremost arcade developer in the US, putting out titles such as Defender, NBA Jam and Spy Hunter. After years of developing under first the Bally name and, later on, the Williams name, Midway adsorbed the Williams video game division and started working under their own name again.

In 1992, Midway put out a quickly developed arcade fighter, intended to serve as a competitor to Street Fighter II. Mortal Kombat would go on to define the company, and become one of the most popular arcade and home console games created. Mortal Kombat was a breakthrough in Midway’s home console strategy, and the success of the sequels established it as a premier Midway franchise.

In 1996, for the first time since 1968, Midway became an independent company again. Over this period, Midway began cutting ties with its previous form, and terminated its part in the pinball industry. Midway also cut its arcade manufacture, citing financial losses year over year. Over the next eight years Midway began buying up a number of existing third party developers, hoping to expand and solidify its development abilities. It was here that Midway began experiencing the financial problems that would lead them to bankruptcy. Between 2004 and 2007, Midway began experiencing net losses each year but continued on until February 12, 2009, when it filed for bankruptcy.

Midway’s assets were purchased on July 1, 2009 by Warner Bros. The remaining development teams were later brought together as NetherRealm Studios, a subsidiary of WB Games.

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Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows

Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows

Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows continues the Gauntlet franchise, in this darker soft reboot of the series.

Rush 2: Extreme Racing USA

Rush 2: Extreme Racing USA

A console-only sequel to the over-the-top street racing game San Francisco Rush: Extreme Racing, with a variety of new tracks from throughout the United States and a new assortment of customizable vehicles.

4 Player Bowling Alley

4 Player Bowling Alley

The first known virtual arcade adaptation of the game of bowling, featuring unique trackball controls that allows precise control over how the ball is thrown. It also features four-player hotseat with two modes: Regulation and Flash.

Gauntlet Legends

Gauntlet Legends

Gauntlet Legends is the first 3D installment in the franchise.

Satan's Hollow

Satan's Hollow

Build a bridge and shoot Satan before his fire-breathing head takes you down.

Wheels II

Wheels II

An sequel to Wheels from Midway

Wheels

Wheels

An arcade game from Midway

Skins Game

Skins Game

An arcade golf game in the vein of other Midway titles like NBA Jam or NFL Blitz.

TouchMaster 8000

TouchMaster 8000

The eighth major revision to Midway's TouchMaster series.

Transporter the Rescue

Transporter the Rescue

Transporter the Rescue is a Sci-Fi themed pinball machine.

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Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows

Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows

Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows continues the Gauntlet franchise, in this darker soft reboot of the series.

Justice League: Chronicles

Justice League: Chronicles

Justice League Chronicles is a tie-in video game to the at the time highly successful tv animated show, Justice League.

Rush 2: Extreme Racing USA

Rush 2: Extreme Racing USA

A console-only sequel to the over-the-top street racing game San Francisco Rush: Extreme Racing, with a variety of new tracks from throughout the United States and a new assortment of customizable vehicles.

Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks

Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks

The third main spin-off of the Mortal Kombat series, retelling the events of Mortal Kombat II through the eyes (and fists) of Shaolin warriors Liu Kang and Kung Lao.

Haven: Call of the King

Haven: Call of the King

An action-adventure for the PlayStation 2 about a young man named Haven. Intended to be the first part of a trilogy, the game's poor sales left the story incomplete.

Ultimate Mortal Kombat

Ultimate Mortal Kombat

Ultimate Mortal Kombat for DS by Midway includes Puzzle Kombat and a port of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 complete with online play.

Legion: The Legend of Excalibur

Legion: The Legend of Excalibur

4 Player Bowling Alley

4 Player Bowling Alley

The first known virtual arcade adaptation of the game of bowling, featuring unique trackball controls that allows precise control over how the ball is thrown. It also features four-player hotseat with two modes: Regulation and Flash.

Gauntlet Legends

Gauntlet Legends

Gauntlet Legends is the first 3D installment in the franchise.

SpyHunter 2

SpyHunter 2

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