Saturday, February 24, 2018

Gaming Ads: Imagineer America and IMN Control

Imagineer America was a North American publishing branch for the Japan-based Imagineer that was founded in 1986. The parent company developed numerous games, including Super Nintendo ports of popular PC games, such as Populous, SimCity 2000, and Wolfenstein 3d. Not all of its games were published overseas by Imagineer America, however, as other publishers were involved in the localization process. Although Imagineer continues to do business in Japan today, it doesn't appear to be involved in games any longer as its last release was a 2008 boxing fitness game for the Wii. I could not locate much information on Imagineer America. The ads I've got are for three games, one of which was planned for 1994 but never released so I'd guess the publisher closed around that time.

Like Imagineer America, there is limited information about IMN Control so I will rely on what is in the ads. IMN Control was a division of Helix, Bannister, and Newel, a company based in Columbus, Ohio. It made accessories for 8-bit and 16-bit consoles; its primary product was the GameHandler joystick. According to one ad, the GameHandler can perform some unique functions such as teleporting characters in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game (NES).

Flickr album: Imagineer America
Flickr album: IMN Control

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