Micronet

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Micronet Co., Ltd. (株式会社マイクロネット) is a company based in Chuo-ku, Sapporo. Akihiko Murakami (村上晶彦) is the president. [1]

Micronet was established on October 29, 1982, to develop computer games. [2] It shifted to console games in the late 1980s, starting with the Sega Mega Drive. The company is now mostly involved with CG design and 3DCG software development. [3]

Micronet had two subsidiaries: Bignet U.S.A., Inc. was established in San Francisco in July 1990 to distribute Micronet products in the United States. [4] Micronet Software Manila, Inc. was established in April 1992 in the Philippines and was involved in the development of games and multimedia. [5] While both subsidiaries are listed on the Micronet website today [6], neither appears to still be in operation. Bignet U.S.A. was dissolved on March 1, 2021.

On April 7, 1993, Bignet U.S.A., Inc. was renamed Extreme Entertainment Group, Inc. with the intention of expanding into non-Sega platforms such as the 3DO and Super NES. Industry veteran Denny Thorley was brought in to run the company. [7] The effort proved short-lived, however, as assets of Extreme — including games in development — were sold that October to Absolute Entertainment [8], which continued to use the Extreme branding. (As a result, Extreme Entertainment Group, Inc. reverted back to its original name, Bignet U.S.A., Inc.)

Game list

Research Methods: Actual mentions, online resources, shared staff

3DO

  • Mahjong Kyoujidai: AV Gal Seifuku-hen (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Mahjong Kyoujidai: Cogal Houkago-hen (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Touhaiden Akagi (JP Publisher: Micronet)

Arcade

  • My Fair Lady: Virtual Mahjong II (Micronet)
  • Virtual Mahjong (Micronet)

Dreamcast

  • Heisei Mahjong Sou (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Marionette Handler (JP Publisher: Micronet)
Sound (Music?): Fandango; Sound Effects: Panama
  • Marionette Handler 2 (JP Publisher: Micronet)

FM-7

  • Champion Pro Wres Special (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Flicky (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Gokudou Jintori (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Helicoid (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Mahjong Kyoujidai Special (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Robo Wres 2001 (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Tanba (JP Publisher: Micronet)

Game Gear

  • Junction (JP/US Publisher: Micronet)
  • Riddick Bowe Boxing (JP Publisher: Micronet; US Publisher: Extreme Entertainment Group)

Hitachi S1

  • JU87A DSTUKA (JP Publisher: Micronet)

Mega CD/Sega CD

  • AX-101 / A/X-101 (production, technical support) (JP Publisher: Sega; US Publisher: Absolute Entertainment)
Developer: Genki
  • Battle Fantasy / Revengers of Vengeance (JP Publisher: Micronet; US Publisher: Extreme Entertainment Group)
Music Composition: Fandango; Sound Effects: Mitsue-Links
  • Blackhole Assault (JP Publisher: Micronet; US Publisher: Bignet U.S.A.)
Some Music: Studio River Kids, Fandango
  • Heavy Nova (JP Publisher: Micronet)
Some Music: Studio River Kids
  • The IIIrd World War / Third World War (JP Publisher: Micronet; US Publisher: Extreme Entertainment Group)
Some Music: Fandango, Mitsue-Links; Sound Effects: Studio Media D
Discrepancy: Mitsue-Links is credited with music on the US version, but is credited with sound effects/editing on the Japanese version.

Mega Drive/Genesis

  • Caesar no Yabou / Warrior of Rome (JP/US Publisher: Micronet)
  • Caesar no Yabou II / Warrior of Rome II (JP/US Publisher: Micronet)
  • Curse (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Heavy Nova (US Publisher: Micronet)
Some Music: Studio River Kids
  • Junction (JP/US Publisher: Micronet)
  • Mina in Wonderland (unreleased) (Micronet)
  • Raiden Trad (JP/US Publisher: Micronet; US Publisher: Bignet U.S.A. [re-release]; BR Publisher: Tec Toy)
Developer: Seibu Kaihatsu?; Background Graphics: Beyond

MSX

  • Flicky (JP Publisher: Micronet)
Conversion from SG-1000. Done in-house?
  • Robo Wres 2001 (JP Publisher: Micronet)

MSX2

  • Gokudou Jintori (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Mahjong Kyoujidai Special (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Mahjong Kyoujidai Special Part II: Bouken-hen (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Outlaw Suikoden (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Tanba (JP Publisher: Micronet)

PC Engine CD/TurboGrafx-CD

  • Blackhole Assault (JP Publisher: Micronet)
Some Music: Fandango

PC-8001

  • Champion Pro Wres Special (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Flicky (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Harvest (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Milky Way (JP Publisher: Micronet)

PC-88

  • Champion Pro Wres Special (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Flicky (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Gokudou Jintori (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Harvest (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Helicoid (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Mahjong Kyoujidai Special (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Mahjong Kyoujidai Special Part II: Bouken-hen (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Milky Way (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Robo Wres 2001 (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Storm (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Tanba (JP Publisher: Micronet)

PC-98

  • Mahjong Kyoujidai Special (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Mahjong Kyoujidai Special Part II: Bouken-hen (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Tanba (JP Publisher: Micronet)

PlayStation

  • EOS: Edge of Skyhigh (JP Publisher: Micronet)
Music, Sound Effects: Panama
  • Gotha II: Tenkuu no Kishi (JP Publisher: Koei)
CG, Movies: Ludens; Music: Studio Gojiland
  • Namco Mahjong: Sparrow Garden (JP Publisher: Namco)
Music: Fandango, Panama
  • Soukuu no Tsubasa: Gotha World (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Touhaiden Akagi (JP Publisher: Micronet)
Music: Panama

Saturn

  • Deadalus / Robotica / Robotica: Cybernation Revolt (production) (JP/EU Publisher: Sega; US Publisher: Acclaim)
Developer: Genki
  • Gotha: Ismailia Seneki (JP Publisher: Sega)
CG, Movies: Ludens; Music: Studio Gojiland
  • Gotha II: Tenkuu no Kishi / Heir of Zendor: The Legend and The Land (JP/US Publisher: Koei BR Publisher: Tec Toy)
CG, Movies: Ludens; Music: Studio Gojiland
  • Mahjong Kaigan Monogatari: Mahjong Kyoujidai Sexy Idol-hen (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Mahjong Kyoujidai: Cebu Island '96 (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Mahjong Kyoujidai: Cogal Houkago-hen (JP Publisher: Micronet)
Music: Fandango
  • My Fair Lady: Virtual Mahjong II (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Soukuu no Tsubasa: Gotha World (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Virtual Mahjong (JP Publisher: Micronet)
Music: Panama
  • WanChai Connection (JP Publisher: Sega)
Music Cooperation: Fandango

Sharp MZ

  • Champion Pro Wres Special (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Flicky (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Harvest (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Milky Way (JP Publisher: Micronet)

Sharp X1

  • Champion Pro Wres Special (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Flicky (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Harvest (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • JU87A DSTUKA (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Mahjong Kyoujidai Special Part II: Bouken-hen (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Milky Way (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Robo Wres 2001 (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Storm (JP Publisher: Micronet)

Super Famicom/Super NES

  • Warrior of Rome III (unreleased) (Extreme Entertainment Group) [9]

Windows

  • Mahjong Kyoujidai: Cogal Houkago-hen for Windows (JP Publisher: Micronet)

X68000

  • Heavy Nova (JP Publisher: Takeru [Brother])
Some Music: Studio River Kids
  • Mahjong Kyoujidai Special (JP Publisher: Micronet)
  • Tanba (JP Publisher: Micronet)

Micronet Software Manila

According to Micronet's English website, Micronet Software Manila collaborated on the following titles:

  • Battle Fantasy / Revengers of Vengeance (Mega CD/Sega CD)
  • EOS: Edge of Skyhigh (PlayStation)
  • Mahjong Kyoujidai: Cebu Island '96 (Saturn)
  • Mahjong Kyoujidai: Cogal Houkago-hen for Windows (Windows)
  • Marionette Handler 2 (Dreamcast)
  • Namco Mahjong: Sparrow Garden (PlayStation)
  • Touhaiden Akagi (3DO/PlayStation)

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