Axlon

From West Elmira Computers Museum
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Axlon
TypeFormer subsidiary of Hasbro
FoundedMarch 26, 1980
Closed1990
HeadquartersSunnyvale, California, USA
Founder(s)Nolan Bushnell
John Vurich
IndustryElectronic toys
ProductsElectronic toys, video games
Employees8

Axlon was a former subsidiary of Hasbro.

Foundation

Axlon was founded on March 26, 1980 by Nolan Bushnell and John Vurich.

It received funding through Bushnell's technology company incubator, Catalyst Technologies.

AG Bear

In 1985, Axlon contracted Ron Milner to design a toy bear. The AG Bear, short for Almost Grown Bear, was manufactured by Axlon beginning in 1985. The AG Bear was a teddy bear that responded to a child's voice

Hasbro Control-Vision

In 1985, Axlon and a team led by Tom Zito and including Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak, began work on a VHS-based video game console codenamed NEMO. The acronym reportedly stood for "Never Ever Mention Outside".

Hasbro agreed to invest $7 million in the project in exchange for the video game rights to the technology.

Two months before its planned release in 1989, the console was cancelled due to concerns that it would be too expensive compared to the other video game consoles on the market, particularly the Nintendo Entertainment System, and would not be able to compete.

Tom Zito acquired the rights to the games and co-founded Digital Pictures in 1991. Two games originally developed for the Control-Vision were later released for the Sega CD console, Night Trap and Sewer Shark.

Acquisition by Hasbro

In 1986, Hasbro acquired Axlon for $1 million USD.

Deal with Atari

In 1988, Axlon signed a deal with Atari Corporation to produce video games for the Atari 2600.

Closure

Axlon ceased operations in 1990.

Video games by Axlon

Title System Released Added to Museum Notes
MotoRodeo Atari 2600 1990 December 4, 2019 Included in the Atari Vault "50 Game Add-On Pack" DLC owned by the WEC Museum.
Off the Wall Atari 2600 1989 May 10, 2019 Included on the Atari Flashback 2+ owned by the WEC Museum.
Save Mary Atari 2600 2005 May 10, 2019 Included on the Atari Flashback 2+ owned by the WEC Museum.
Secret Quest Atari 2600 1989 May 10, 2019 Included on the Atari Flashback 2+ owned by the WEC Museum.