Media Entertainment, Inc

Media Entertainment logo © 2000 Media Entertainment, Inc

Media Entertainment logo © 2000 Media Entertainment, Inc

Media Entertainment, Inc were a Japanese developer & publisher who were founded on the 18th of May ’93. The company at the time of their Dreamcast releases were based in the shinjuku-Ku district of Tokyo, Japan. Media Entertainment were predominantly a developer of Pachi-slot titles exclusively for the Japanese market. Around the of the millennium Media Entertainment  began to diversify their portfolio and in ’97 they rather surprisingly launched a new business venture called “Kiss the Dark” which was a nail extension brand which apparently sold glowing nail extensions under the brand name of “Lumiere”.

Catz Pawz logo © 2000 Media Entertainment, Inc

Catz Pawz logo © 2000 Media Entertainment, Inc

In 2000 Media Entertainment launched another new business that related more to their traditional market entitled Catz Pawz which was a software debugging studio that other developers could hire to speed up their own development cycle. The Catz Pawz site has been archived and is linked to below. © Media Entertainment, Inc

https://web.archive.org/web/19991109162409/http://www.media-e.co.jp:80/CatzPawz/CatzPawz.shtml

Media Entertainment mainly released titles for the Sony PlayStation with twenty six of the company’s forty published titles for the system. The last title that the company published was 焼肉奉行 ボンファイア! for the PlayStation 2 on the 14th of August ’03 by the end of that year Media Entertainment appear to have gone out of business. Little trace remains of the company outside their published games.

Prior to Media Entertainment actually releasing their two Dreamcast titles they had been previously announced as being part of a coalition of Pachinko & Pachi-slot publishers who were developing titles that would take advantage of the @VPACHI premium prize network. I’ve mentioned this collaboration before in each respective manufacturer’s article and for completeness sake i’ll reiterate it here. The @VPACHI premium prize network saw six titles from Daikoku Denki, one from Hackberry & one from Maxbet as well as the two announced titles from Media Entertainment. Japanese media outlet Softbank covered the announcement of the @VPACHI premium prize network in an online article and that is presented below. © 2000 by Softbank Publishing Inc. All rights reserved.

http://www.itmedia.co.jp/games/gsnews/0008/01/news04.html

Media Entertainment announced on the 4th of August ’00 through their official site that they had joined the @VPACHI premium prize network and the announcement thankfully has been archived and you’ll find it reproduced below. © Media Entertainment, Inc

メディアエンターテイメント「@VPACHI」に 参入のお知らせ! @VPACHIシリーズとは、ドリームキャストを利用したネットワークパチンコ、 ネットワークパチスロの総称です。今後、@VPACHIシリーズのゲームタイトルを プレイすると、ネットワーク上の大会に参加し、連チャン回数に応じて本当に 景品が獲得できるネットワークパチンコ(パチスロ)大会に参加できます。 1日に何度でも景品にチャレンジすることが可能 3連チャン以上(パチンコの場合)で景品ゲット! 通信費は1回たったの40円 詳しくはこちらをご覧ください。

I’ll link to each respective publisher who released software with the @VPACHI branding below so if you have an interest in either Pachinko or Pachi-Slot you can easily find other articles about games in the two related genres.

DAIKOKU DENKI

HackBerry

https://dreamcastcollector.com/2018/04/10/hackberry-co-ltd-2/

Maxbet

https://dreamcastcollector.com/2018/04/17/maxbet-co-ltd-2/

 

Media Entertainment released two titles on the Dreamcast the first of which was パチスロ帝王 ドリームスロッ ト平和 ~ Heiwa SP~ or PACHI-Slot Teiou Dream Slot -HEIWA SP-. The game was published on the 26th of July 2001 and retailed for ¥5,800. The game like all Media Entertainment’s previous titles was released exclusively in Japan. Media Entertainment’s archived site for the title is presented below. (C)2001 Media Entertainment Inc/OLYMPIA

https://web.archive.org/web/20020221183307/http://www.media-e.co.jp:80/teiou/ptdc1hp/dc1.htm

As its title implies Pachi-Slot Teiou Dream Slot: Heiwa SP is a Pachi-Slot simulator which actually features three separate Pachi-Slot machines to play on. While neither HEWIA or Olympia seem to maintain an archive that goes back to around the turn of the  millennium I did find a Japanese blog  懐かしのぱちすろ名機列伝 x x Σ that specialised in documenting Pachi-Slot machines. I’ll include a link below as the site has an impressive wealth of information on Pachi-Slot machines & if you have any interest in the genre it’s well worth browsing.

https://ameblo.jp/hi-up-turbo

While some of the included Pachi-Slot machines on Media Entertainment’s Dreamcast titles are unfortunately not listed on the almost comprehensive 懐かしのぱちすろ名機列伝 x x Σ  ameblo blog another amazing Pachi-Slot resource is the pachislodb site. It features a wealth of information about various Pachi-Slot machines as well as maintaining a forum in which all aspect’s from gameplay to buying and selling Pachi-Slot machines are featured.

https://www.pachislodb.com

If you’d like more information about the hobby i’d definitely recommend the two resources listed above as between them they cover all of the Pachi-Slot machines featured on Media Entertainment’s two Dreamcast titles as well as many more & the Pachi-Slot genre in general.

The first machine to feature on Media Entertainment’s Pachi-Slot Teiou Dream Slot: Heiwa SP is 大江戸桜吹雪 2which was released in amusement centers in July 2000. Below is a picture of the actual 大江戸桜吹雪 2 Pachi-Slot machine. © HEWIA © Olympia © 懐かしのぱちすろ名機列伝 x x Σ

大江戸桜吹雪2© HEWIA © Olympia Image from 懐かしのぱちすろ名機列伝xxΣ blog

大江戸桜吹雪 2 © HEWIA © Olympia Image from 懐かしのぱちすろ名機列伝 x x Σ blog

The second PachiSlot machine represented on Pachi-Slot Teiou Dream Slot: HEIWA SP was ‘EXHUAST’ which was originally released on the 25th of February ’00. This was the sequel to the popular ‘Hot Rod Queen’ machine. Below is a picture of the actual ‘EXHUAST’ Pachi-Slot machine. © HEWIA © Olympia

EXHAUST © HEWIA © Olympia Image from 懐かしのぱちすろ名機列伝xxΣ blog

EXHAUST © HEWIA © Olympia Image from 懐かしのぱちすろ名機列伝 x x Σ blog

The last Pachi-Slot machine featured on Pachi-Slot Teiou Dream Slot: HEIWA SP was based on the popular Lupin III franchise Which was released in March of 2000. The actual machine is pictured below taken from the 懐かしのぱちすろ名機列伝 x x Σ Ameba blog. © HEWIA © Olympia © モンキーパンチ

Lupin III © HEWIA © Olympia image from 懐かしのぱちすろ名機列伝xxΣ blog

‘Lupin III’ © HEWIA © Olympia © モンキーパンチ image from 懐かしのぱちすろ名機列伝 x x Σ blog

The second & final title released by Media Entertainment was パチスロ帝王ドリームスロット 〜 OLYMPIA SP 〜 or Pachi-Slot Teiou Dream Slot: Olympia which was released on the 27th of September ’01 & it retailed for ¥5,800. Media Entertainment’s site for Pachi-Slot Teiou Dream Slot: Olympia has been archived and is linked to below if you need more information about the game.  (C)2001 Media Entertainment Inc/OLYMPIA

https://web.archive.org/web/20020416041652/http://www.media-e.co.jp:80/teiou/ptdc2hp/dc2.htm

Like Media Entertainment’s previous Dreamcast title Pachi-Slot Teiou Dream Slot: Olympia contains three digital representations of the following Pachi-Slot machines. The first of which was ‘Hot Rod Queen’ which was the popular prequel to ‘EXHUAST’ which was included on their previous release. The physical Pachi-Slot version of ‘Hot Rod Queen was first released by Olympia in March ’00 & is pictured below. © Olympia

Hot Rod © HEWIA © Olympia image from 懐かしのぱちすろ名機列伝xxΣ blo

‘Hot Rod Queen’ © HEWIA © Olympia image from 懐かしのぱちすろ名機列伝xxΣ blog

The second title featured on Pachi-Slot Teiou Dream Slot: Olympia was ‘Beat the Dragon’ which was originally released by Olympia in 2000. The actual machine is pictured below. © Olympia

Beat the Dragon © HEWIA © Olympia image from 懐かしのぱちすろ名機列伝xxΣ blog

‘Beat the Dragon’ © HEWIA © Olympia image kindly provided by pachislodb.com

And lastly the third Pachi-Slot machine on Media Entertainment’s Pachi-Slot compilation is ‘ICE STORY’ which was originally released by Hewia in 2000. © HEWIA

Ice Story © HEWIA © Olympia image from 懐かしのぱちすろ名機列伝xxΣ blog

Ice Story © HEWIA © Olympia image kindly provided by pachislodb.com

As i’ve already mentioned the Pachi-Slot genre is not one i’m familiar with or confident enough in any way to be able to review Pachi-Slot Teiou Dream Slot: Heiwa SP or Pachi-Slot Teiou Dream Slot: Olympia objectively. So, all i’ll say about Media Entertainment’s titles in relation to other Pachi-Slot simulations on the Dreamcast is that they are in my limited opinion of the genre the best representation of Pachi-Slot on the system. All the Pachi-Slot machines featured are exacting replications of the real machines with exquisite detail & i’m sure if you were a fan of one of the included Pachi-Slot titles you’d feel the digital version would be almost indistinguishable from the physical machine.

Both of Media Entertainment’s titles featured a grand prize of ¥100,000 as well as many other quality prizes which would obviously be an enticing prospect for Pachi-Slot enthusiasts. While there’s no exact official confirmation when Media Entertainment’s games network service was actually terminated. The respective titles websites give information relating to the end of service in that they state that in September ’02 the network service for the games was operational and the following month of October ’02 they were listed as having their network service terminated.

 

T-20501M Pachi-Slot Teiou: Dream Slot – Heiwa SP

 

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T-20501M Pachi-Slot Teiou: Dream Slot – Heiwa SP front

T-20501M Pachi-Slot Teiou: Dream Slot – Heiwa SP front

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T-20501M Pachi-Slot Teiou: Dream Slot – Heiwa SP back

T-20501M Pachi-Slot Teiou: Dream Slot – Heiwa SP back

 

T-20502M Pachi-Slot Teiou: Dream Slot Olympia SP

 

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T-20502M Pachi-Slot Teiou: Dream Slot Olympia SP front

T-20502M Pachi-Slot Teiou: Dream Slot Olympia SP front

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T-20502M Pachi-Slot Teiou: Dream Slot Olympia SP Back

T-20502M Pachi-Slot Teiou: Dream Slot Olympia SP Back

 

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SAMPLE cover T-20501M Pachi-Slot Teiou: Dream Slot – Heiwa SP

 

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SAMPLE T-20501M Pachi-Slot Teiou: Dream Slot – Heiwa SP back

SAMPLE T-20501M Pachi-Slot Teiou: Dream Slot – Heiwa SP front

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SAMPLE T-20501M Pachi-Slot Teiou: Dream Slot – Heiwa SP back

SAMPLE T-20501M Pachi-Slot Teiou: Dream Slot – Heiwa SP back

 

SAMPLE cover T-20502M Pachi-Slot Teiou: Dream Slot Olympia SP

 

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SAMPLE T-20502M Pachi-Slot Teiou: Dream Slot Olympia SP front

SAMPLE T-20502M Pachi-Slot Teiou: Dream Slot Olympia SP front

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SAMPLE T-20502M Pachi-Slot Teiou: Dream Slot Olympia SP back

SAMPLE T-20502M Pachi-Slot Teiou: Dream Slot Olympia SP back

 

(NOT FOR SALE) 非売品 discs & other media

 

Personally, i don’t expect to find any 非売品 disc’s relating to either of Media Entertainment’s titles mainly relating to their respective genre. I haven’t managed to uncover any other media for their two titles again i assume mainly relating to the fact that they are Pachi-Slot simulations.

Thank’s for taking the time to read this article about Media Entertainment & their two Dreamcast titles. If you can provide any more information relating to either Pachi-Slot Teiou Dream Slot: Heiwa  SP & Pachi-Slot Teiou Dream Slot: Olympia or the Media Entertainment themselves. You’re able to contact me through the site or on Twitter @dreamcastcollector

 

 

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