Romstar Inc. was a video game distribution company based in Torrance, California that started operations in 1984. They originally started as the first American distribution arm for SNK (before SNK of America was founded in 1987). They were known for licensing arcade games from major makers for distribution. Among Romstar's clients include Taito, Capcom, SNK, Toaplan, and Seta. They also made games for the Nintendo Entertainment System, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, and Game Boy. The ultimate fate of the company is not known. Games continued to be released using the Romstar name until at least 1994 (Goofy Hoops). It is also partnered with Capcom in 1993 to form Game Star (a.k.a. GameStar Inc.), an electromechanical factory in Arlington Heights, Illinois that Romstar had a 30% stake in.[1] In 1995, Capcom would later fully take over Game Star to form Capcom Coin-Op, a pinball manufacturer.[2]

Romstar Inc.
PredecessorSNK Electronics (US branch, first version)
Founded1984
United States
FounderTakahito Yasuki
Defunct1994
FateMerged with Capcom USA
SuccessorGameStar
Capcom Coin-Op
Headquarters,
Key people
Ron Czerny
Darryl Williams
John Rowe

The key personnel of Romstar, Takahito Yasuki, Ron Czerny, and Darryl Williams, later founded Atrativa Games and Playphone, both cellular phone entertainment companies. Playphone was acquired by GungHo Online Entertainment in October 2014.[3]

List of Games Distributed by RomstarEdit

Licensed from TaitoEdit

Licensed from CapcomEdit

Licensed from SNKEdit

Licensed from SetaEdit

Licensed from ToaplanEdit

OthersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Game Machine 1993/10/15, p. 30. Game Star Est'd" (PDF). 1993-10-15. Retrieved 2021-01-31.
  2. ^ "When pigs flew: The strange history of Capcom's Big Bang Bar". Polygon. 2017-03-21. Retrieved 2021-01-31.
  3. ^ "GungHo acquires PlayPhone". 2014-10-29. Retrieved 2016-04-28.
  4. ^ "RePlay: The Players' Choice". RePlay. Vol. 17 no. 3. December 1991. p. 4.