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Vic Tokai Corporation (株式会社ビック東海 Kabushiki-gaisha Bikku Tōkai?) (JASDAQ: 2306) is a leading telecommunications force in Japan providing cable and DSL services as well as network solutions. The "Vic" in Vic Tokai's name stands for Valuable Information & Communication while the "Tokai" is simply the name of its parent company TOKAI, a Japanese natural gas utility founded in 1950. To most North Americans, the company is remembered for its video games during the late 1980s to the late 1990s.

History

Vic Tokai was founded on March 18, 1977 as a CATV service provider. The following year, in 1978, it adopted its current name of Vic Tokai.

Vic Tokai began data processing and to start selling computer hardware on April 1982, a sector that until then was handled by parent TOKAI and in 1983 started developing online and graphic applications for offices computers.

On April 1987, parent company TOKAI handed its remaining computer-related branches such as electronic calculation and operational sections to Vic Tokai, thus making the latter company able to handle data processing single-handed. Vic Tokai expanded in 1988 when it acquired another telecommunication company. Also in 1988 the company launched its first system consulting software.

The 1990s saw a number of new products by Vic Tokai available to the Japanese market. In 1993 Vic Tokai introduced its first version of its long running (and still existing) lineup of network solution products called the "TOP-VENUS". Later, Vic Tokai released its own Electronic Data Interchange package known as the JFT (Java File Transfer) in 1996. Then in 1998 Vic Tokai came up with its "Knowledge Stage" lineup which is dedicated to help companies developing their Intranet.

On April 2000 Vic Tokai merged with another CATV company that also provided Internet connection. As a result, Vic Tokai immediately became an Internet service provider itself; and a year after, on April 2001, entered the ADSL market. Vic Tokai would soon established a partnership with Japanese peer-to-peer Internet exchange company JPIX.

As the company continues to grow, Vic Tokai finally earned its place in the market listing of the JASDAQ as of June 2002.

By March 2005, Vic Tokai had completed the built of its own high-capacity optical fibre network infrastructure between Tokyo and Nagoya to improve network support for its Internet service customers and enterprises. Vic Tokai continued its expansion on October 2005 when it merged again, this time with Tokai Broadband Communications, enabling Vic Tokai to enter the mobile broadband industry.

Vic Tokai is based in Shizuoka Prefecture. It employed close to 1,166 people on March 2009.

Video games

Vic Tokai was from 1986 to 1998 a video game developer that manufactured both console and PC games, as well as published games from developers like Kronos Digital Entertainment. The now defunct Vic Tokai Inc division in Torrance, California was tasked with translating and distributing games in North America.

Title Date Developer Platform(s) Region(s)
Aerostar 1991 Vic Tokai Game Boy Worldwide
Aigina no Yogen: From the Legend of Balubalouk 1986 Vic Tokai Nintendo Entertainment System Commodore 64 Worldwide
Aigina's Prophecy 1986 Vic Tokai Nintendo Entertainment System North America Unreleased, prototype exists
Super Air Diver (Lock On in North America) 1993 Vic Tokai Sega Genesis Worldwide
All-Pro Basketball (Zenbei!! Pro Basketball in Japan) 1989 Aicom Nintendo Entertainment System North America, Japan
Amagon (Totsuzen! Machoman in Japan) 1989, 1988 Aicom Nintendo Entertainment System North America, Japan
Battle Mania (Trouble Shooter in North America) 1992, 1991 Vic Tokai Sega Genesis Japan, North America
Battle Mania II: Daiginjo 1993 Vic Tokai Sega Genesis Japan
Block Gal 1987 Vic Tokai Arcade Japan
Bump 'n' Jump (Buggy Popper in Japan) 1986, 1988 Data East Nintendo Entertainment System Japan, North America
Chester Field: Ankoku Shin heno Chousen 1987 Vic Tokai Nintendo Entertainment System Commodore 64 Worldwide
Clash at Demonhead 1989, 1990 Vic Tokai Nintendo Entertainment System Japan, North America
Conflict 1989, 1990 Vic Tokai Nintendo Entertainment System Japan, North America
Criticom 1995 - 1997 Vic Tokai PlayStation, Sega Saturn Worldwide
Daedalian Opus (Bouken! Puzzle Road in Japan) 1990 Vic Tokai Game Boy North America, Japan
Dark Rift (Space Dynamites in Japan) 1997 Kronos Digital Entertainment Nintendo 64, PC Worldwide
Decap Attack 1990, 1991 Vic Tokai Sega Genesis Worldwide
Diggers 2: Extractors 1995 Nova Spring Super Nintendo North America
Flink 1994 Psygnosis Sega CD North America, Europe
The Gene Machine 1996 Divide By Zero DOS North America
Golgo 13: Top Secret Episode 1988 Vic Tokai Nintendo Entertainment System Japan, North America
Imperium (Kidou Soukou Dion in Japan) 1992 Vic Tokai Super Nintendo North America, Japan
Kick Off 3: European Challenge 1994 Anco Software Sega Genesis Europe
Kid Kool (Kakefu Kimi no Jump Tengoku in Japan) 1990, 1988 Vic Tokai Nintendo Entertainment System North America, Japan
The Krion Conquest (Magical Kids Doropie in Japan) 1991, 1990 Vic Tokai Nintendo Entertainment System North America, Japan
Laplace no Ma 1995 Hummingbird Soft Super Nintendo Japan
The Mafat Conspiracy (Golgo 13 The Riddle of Icarus in Japan) 1990 Aicom Nintendo Entertainment System North America, Japan
Mansion of Hidden Souls (Yumeni Mystery Mansion in Europe, Le Manoir des Ames Perdues in France, Yumemi Yataki no Monogatari in Japan) 1993 - 1995 Vic Tokai Sega CD, Sega Saturn North America, Europe, France, Japan
S.O.S. (Septentrion in Japan. Not to be confused with Sink or Swim released by Titus Software) 1994, 1993 Human Entertainment Super Nintendo North America, Japan
The Scroll aka Daughter of Serpents [1] 1995 Vic Tokai DOS Worldwide
Secret Ties (Master Thief Sugar in Japan) 1991 (Canceled) Vic Tokai Nintendo Entertainment System North America, Japan
Shien's Revenge 1994 Almanic Corp. Super Nintendo North America
Shinseiki Odysselya (Lost Mission in North America, Canceled) 1994 Vic Tokai Super Nintendo Japan
Shinseiki Odysselya 2 1995 Vic Tokai Super Nintendo Japan
Shinobi Legions (Shin Shinobi Den in Japan, Shinobi X in Europe) 1995, 1996 Sega Sega Saturn North America, Japan, Europe
SilverLoad 1996 Vic Tokai PlayStation, DOS North America
Socket: Time Dominator 1993 Vic Tokai Sega Genesis North America, Japan
Super Conflict: The Mideast 1993 Vic Tokai Super Nintendo North America
Terra Cresta 1985 - 1990 Nihon Bussan Arcade, Commodore 64, Nintendo Entertainment System Worldwide
Time Slip 1993 The Sales Curve Super Nintendo North America
Top Gear 2 1994 Gremlin Interactive Sega Genesis North America
Whip Rush 1990 Vic Tokai Arcade Worldwide

See also

These are other subsidiaries of TOKAI, the parent company of Vic Tokai.

External links

fr:Vic Tokai ja:ビック東海 sv:Vic Tokai

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