Varie

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Varie Corporation (株式会社バリエ) was a Japanese game publisher and developer. Its games endorsed/licensed by F1 racer Satoru Nakajima and Shin Nihon Pro Wrestling were the company's most prominent series from the late 1980s to the mid 1990s. Later games were typified by girl characters designed by graphic artist Minoru Okamoto. Varie also marketed a line of handheld LCD games based on Namco arcade games.

Varie's early Famicom and Game Boy games were technically published by Kaken Corporation (Kagaku Giken Kabushiki Kaisha [科学技研株式会社], later Kabushiki Kaisha Kaken [株式会社科研]), a company that previously made electronic games for and was later acquired by Bandai. Varie and Kaken's relationship beyond that is unknown. (Note that the one game published by Kaken under its own name, Exciting Rally for the Famicom, has a "VRE" product code.)

The publisher Unipacc may have been connected to Varie. The one game it published, XDR for the Mega Drive, has the same UPC prefix as Varie games and has Varie staff listed in the credits. Also, two presumed Varie staffers (Hideki Nakajima and Yoshihiko Tsuda) are the respondents in this Unipacc interview.

In 1997, Varie and sister publishing company Sonnet Computer Entertainment were merged into Layup. It is presumed they were previously acquired by Layup, but that is not reported anywhere.

Research Methods: Actual mentions, shared staff

Famicom/NES[edit]

  • Grand Master (JP Publisher: Varie)
Programming: Soft Machine

Game Boy[edit]

  • Future GPX Cyber Formula (JP Publisher: Varie)
Programming: ?
  • Monster Truck (JP Publisher: Varie)
Programming: Another
  • Nakajima Satoru Kanshuu F-1 Hero GB: World Championship '91 (JP Publisher: Varie)
Programming: Natsu System
  • Nakajima Satoru Kanshuu F-1 Hero GB '92 / F1 Pole Position (JP Publisher: Varie; US/EU Publisher: Ubisoft)
Programming: Natsu System

Mega Drive/Genesis[edit]

  • Nakajima Satoru Kanshuu F-1 Hero MD / Ferrari Grand Prix Challenge (JP Publisher: Varie; US/EU Publisher: Flying Edge)
Programming, Sound: Aisystem Tokyo
  • Nakajima Satoru Kanshuu F1 Grand Prix (JP Publisher: Varie)
  • Nakajima Satoru Kanshuu F1 Super License (JP Publisher: Varie)
Programming: Aprinet

PC Engine CD/TurboGrafx-CD[edit]

  • Cardangels (JP Publisher: Fujicom)
Music: Twofive
  • Shin Nihon Pro Wrestling: '94 Battlefield in Tokyo Dome (JP Publisher: Fujicom)
Sound: Twofive

PC-FX[edit]

  • Tokimeki Card Paradise: Koi no Royal Straight Flush (JP Publisher: Sonnet Computer Entertainment)
Sound: Target Laboratory

PlayStation[edit]

  • Nage Libre: Rasen no Soukoku (JP Publisher: Varie)
Sound: Inner Brain
  • Nightruth: Explanation of the paranormal #01 "Yami no Tobira" (JP Publisher: Sonnet Computer Entertainment)
Internal Sound: Target Laboratory

Saturn[edit]

  • Nightruth: Explanation of the paranormal #01 "Yami no Tobira" (JP Publisher: Sonnet Computer Entertainment)
Internal Sound: Target Laboratory

Super Famicom/Super NES[edit]

  • Kat's Run: Zen-Nihon K-Car Senshuken (JP Publisher: Atlus)
Sound: Target Laboratory
  • Nage Libre: Seijaku no Suishin (JP Publisher: Varie)
Sound: Target Laboratory
  • Nakajima Satoru Kanshuu F-1 Hero '94 (JP Publisher: Varie)
Some Programming: Genic; Sound Programming: OeRSTED
  • Shin Nihon Pro Wrestling: '94 Battlefield in Tokyo Dome (JP Publisher: Varie)
Sound: Twofive
  • Shin Nihon Pro Wrestling: '95 Tokyo Dome Battle 7 (JP Publisher: Varie)
  • Shin Nihon Pro Wrestling: Chou Senshi in Tokyo Dome (JP Publisher: Varie)
  • Stardust Suplex (JP Publisher: Varie)
Sound: Target Laboratory
  • U-Jin Janjuu Gakuen 2 (JP Publisher: Varie)
Programming: Art Developers Corporation; Sound: Inner Brain, Opus