Midway Games Inc., known previously as Midway Manufacturing and Bally Midway, and commonly known as simply Midway, was an American video game developer and publisher. Midway's franchises included Mortal Kombat, Rampage, Spy Hunter, NBA Jam, Cruis'n, and NFL Blitz. Midway also acquired the rights to video games that were originally developed by Williams Electronics and Atari Games, such as Defender, Joust, Robotron 2084, Gauntlet, and the Rush series.
The company was founded as Midway Manufacturing in 1958, as an amusement game manufacturer. The company was then purchased by Bally Manufacturing in 1969, and used the Bally Midway name in the 1980s. In 1973, Midway moved into the interactive entertainment industry, developing and publishing arcade video games. The company scored its first mainstream hit with the U.S. distribution of Space Invaders in 1978. Bally then merged its pinball division into Midway in 1982. In 1988, Midway was purchased and re-incorporated by WMS Industries, Inc. In 1994, WMS purchased Tradewest to bring home video game market in-house, with it becoming Midway Home Entertainment in 1996, the same year that Midway made its initial public offering of stock. In 1998, WMS spun off its remaining shares of Midway. Midway was ranked the fourth largest-selling video game publisher in 2000.
It is known for Arcade's Greatest Hits, Defender, Doom, Earth 21xx, Gauntlet, Gex series, Micro Machines, Mortal Kombat, NBA Jam, Quake, Rampage, Robotron, Shadow Hearts, Spy Hunter
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Midway best rated games
|Mortal Kombat 3||1995||ps1|
|NBA Jam T.E.||1994||gen|
|Shadow Hearts: Covenant||2004||ps2|
|Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3||1996||sat|
|NHL Hitz 20-03||2002||xbox|
|Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks||2005||ps2|
|WWF Wrestlemania: The Arcade Game||1995||snes|
Midway worst games
|Arcade's Greatest Hits: The Atari Collection 1||1996||ps1|
|Rampage Through Time||2000||ps1|
|Gravity Games - Bike: street.vert.dirt||2002||ps2|