Micronics/Khaos

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Micronics (株式会社マイクロニクス) was a contract developer based in Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan. That's about all that can be sussed out from some game boxes. Perhaps it was called something else earlier (like Wixel [see Geimos]) or perhaps some of the people involved previously worked as freelance contractors. A name that appears on later games is Khaos Co., Ltd. (株式会社カオス). It's unknown whether this was a rename or if some Micronics staff started a new company.

Many of the titles listed below, especially earlier Famicom/NES titles, are a little rough around the edges and are often plagued by problems such as jerky scrolling, sprite tearing, and lengthy load times. Many also share a distinct pause tone. That said, things improved over time, and one of the main programmers worked on games until at least the early 2000s.

Research Methods: Actual mentions, code comparisons, hidden data, online resources (see Links), shared staff

Arcade

Khaos?

  • Sonic Wings / Aero Fighters (programming?) (Video System)

Famicom/NES

Pre-Micronics?

  • '89 Dennou Kyuusei Uranai (JP Publisher: Jingukan)
  • 1942 (JP/US Publisher: Capcom)
  • Athena (JP/US Publisher: SNK)
  • Elevator Action (JP/US Publisher: Taito)
  • Exed Exes (JP Publisher: Tokuma Shoten)
  • Geimos (JP Publisher: ASCII)
  • Ikari / Ikari Warriors (US/EU Publisher: SNK; JP Publisher: KAC)
  • Ikari II: Dogosoken / Ikari Warriors II: Victory Road (US Publisher: SNK; JP Publisher: KAC)
  • Jongbou (JP Publisher: KAC)
  • Kaguya Hime Densetsu (JP Publisher: Victor)
  • Makaimura / Ghosts 'n Goblins / Ghost 'n Goblins (programming) (JP/US/EU Publisher: Capcom)
  • Miracle Ropitt: 2100-Toshi no Daibouken (JP Publisher: King Records)
The only related person in the credits seems to be the system engineer.
  • Ninja-kun: Ashura no Shou (JP Publisher: UPL)
  • Onyanko Town (JP Publisher: Pony Canyon)
  • Outlanders (JP Publisher: Victor)
  • Son Son (JP Publisher: Capcom)
  • Stick Hunter: Exciting Ice Hockey (JP Publisher: KAC)
  • Super Pitfall (US Publisher: Activision; JP Publisher: Pony Canyon)
  • Tiger-Heli (US/EU Publisher: Acclaim; JP Publisher: Pony Canyon)
  • Zoids 2: Zenebasu no Gyakushuu (JP Publisher: Toshiba EMI)
  • Zoids: Chuuou Tairiku no Tatakai (JP Publisher: Toshiba EMI)

Micronics
Earliest actual mention is on Thundercade (July 1989) [1]

  • Bloody Warriors: Shan-Go no Gyakushuu (JP Publisher: Toei Animation)
  • Kyuukyoku Tiger / Twin Cobra (US Publisher: Sammy; JP Publisher: CBS Sony)
  • Mottomo Abunai Deka (JP Publisher: Toei Animation)
  • Shin Satomi Hakkenden: Hikari to Yami no Tatakai (JP Publisher: Toei Animation)
  • Thundercade (US Publisher: Sammy)

Khaos?

  • Daiku no Gen-san 2: Akage no Dan no Gyakushuu (programming?) (JP Publisher: Irem)
  • Kaiketsu Yanchamaru 3: Taiketsu! Zouringen (programming?) (JP Publisher: Irem)

Famicom Disk System

Pre-Micronics?

  • Mr. Gold: Tooyama no Kin-san Space Chou (JP Publisher: Toei Animation)

Game Boy

Khaos?

  • Kiteretsu Daihyakka: Bouken Ooedo Juraki (JP Publisher: Video System)

Game Boy Color

Khaos?

  • Pocket King (some programming?) (JP Publisher: Namco)
  • Pocket Lure Boy (programming?) (JP Publisher: King Records)

Mega Drive/Genesis

Khaos?

  • Atomic Robo-Kid (JP/US Publisher: Treco)
  • F1 Circus MD (JP Publisher: Nichibutsu)
  • Super Volleyball (programming) (JP Publisher: Video System; US Publisher: Sega; BR Publisher: Tec Toy)

MSX2

Pre-Micronics?

  • Hiatari Ryoko! (JP Publisher: Toho)
  • Zoids: Chuuou Tairiku no Tatakai (JP Publisher: Toshiba EMI)

PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16

Micronics?

  • Super Volleyball (programming?) (JP Publisher: Video System; US Publisher: NEC Home Electronics)

PC Engine CD/TurboGrafx-CD

Khaos?

  • Mahjong Lemon Angel (JP Publisher: Naxat Soft)

Super Famicom/Super NES

Micronics

  • Raiden Densetsu / Raiden Trad (programming) (US Publisher: Electro Brain; JP Publisher: Toei Animation)
Sound: Copya System
None of the usual staff appear on this game. The programmer also turns up on SFC Acrobat Mission and GB Zettai Muteki Raijin-Oh (and NES Twin Cobra).

Khaos

  • Honkaku Mahjong Tetsuman II (some programming) (JP Publisher: Naxat Soft) [2]
Developer: GAPS; Sound: Eurhythm
  • Mahjong Sengoku Monogatari (some programming?) (JP Publisher: Yojigen)
  • The Mahjong Touhaiden (programming?) (JP Publisher: Video System)
  • Mizuki Shigeru no Youkai Hyakkiyakou (main programming?) (JP Publisher: KSS)
Some Direction, Graphics: Geo Factory
  • Shodankurai Nintei: Shodan Pro Mahjong (programming) (JP Publisher: N&G Project)
Sound: Eurhythm
  • Sonic Wings / Aero Fighters (programming) (JP Publisher: Video System; US Publisher: Mc O'River)
  • Spriggan Powered (programming) (JP Publisher: Naxat Soft)
  • Zoo-tto Mahjong (some programming?) (JP Publisher: Nintendo)

Links