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Hyacintho
Founding date 1980 (as Aquacin)
1982 (as Aocintho/Hyacintho)
2016 (as Hyacintho in Japan)
Also called Aquacin
Aocintho
First game Epsilon and Omicron: Quest to Thorn's Castle (1983)
Latest game Reverse World (2016)
Hyacintho is a Japanese-American electronics and software company that primarily develops video games and video gaming systems, but has also developed films, books, television shows, toys, playing cards and, for a short time, television sets. The company originated in Japan, but later relocated to Florida in order to purchase a bigger headquarters.

History

The company (named Aquacin at the time) was founded in early 1980 in Japan as a producer of television sets. They were not featured in a very positive light, p but their products still sold across Japan. Eventually, sales were slowed due to other television set brands being favored. The company soon when bankrupt when it was found that the television sets produced had a high risk of falling over and shattering. The company was set to be closed in late 1982, but the CEO of the company saw inspiration when he saw a young teenager playing a video game for Intellivision inside of an empty building on, ironically, a television produced by one of Hyacintho's rivals at the time. Stepping inside the building to get a closer look at the game. He was impressed by the game. He asked the person if he could try the game. When the CEO attempted to play it, he was not very skilled at it and "did not win one round". He borrowed an Intellivision from a friend three days later and grew even more impressed. He contacted those in the company who had knowledge of video game programming, and after a long meeting with them he decided to rebrand the company into a video game company, which took place. In 1983, Epsilon and Omicron: Quest to Thorn's Castle was released for the NES following extensive promotion, being under development for an unknown amount of time. The company's television sets continued to be sold until 1985.

Trivia

  • The company's name formerly used in Japanese regions, Aocintho, originates from the Japanese word for blue, "ao" ((あお)). In 2016, the Japanese name of the company changed to Hyacintho for unknown reasons.

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