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'''Arc System Works Co., Ltd.''' (アークシステムワークス株式会社) is a publisher and developer based in Yokohama, Japan, with a European office in Bristol, UK. [http://arcsystemworks.eu/company.php] Minoru Kidooka (木戸岡稔) is president. [http://www.arcsystemworks.com/profile.html] The company was established in May 1988 as '''Arc Co., Ltd.''' (株式会社アーク) In 1991, it was renamed and moved from the Nishi ward to the Kohoku ward. [http://www.arcsystemworks.com/profile.html]
  
Started in May 1988 as simply Arc (アーク) and headed by Minoru Kidooka (木戸岡稔) [http://www.arcsystemworks.jp/company_data.html], '''Arc System Works''' (アークシステムワークス) was originally primarily a contract developer. At some point (probably around 1995), the company was renamed to its current name and started developing and self-publishing original games. Today, the company is known mostly for the Guilty Gear fighting game series.
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Originally only a contract developer, Arc System Works started publishing its own games in 1995 with the release of ''Exector'' for the PlayStation. Today, Arc is best known for the ''Guilty Gear'' and ''BlazBlue'' series. [http://www.arcsystemworks.com/profile.html]
  
Some early Arc staff left to start [[Company:Minato Giken|Minato Giken]].
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Kidooka once worked as a programmer at Sega. He and some other staff left to start a company that fell apart after about a year and a half. With the money they made from making a Famicom simulation game (''Dokuganryu Masamune''?), they set up Arc. [http://gdri.smspower.org/wiki/index.php/Talk:Arc_System_Works]
  
For the time being, the list below does not cover games published from 1995 onward.
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Some early Arc staff left to start [[Minato Giken]]. Other staff left to start [[StarLight Marry]] in 1996. [http://www.aplusgames.jp/ Aplus] is an associated development company, established in 2010 and also headed by Kidooka.
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This entry focuses on games that were not self-published.
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'''[[About:Research Methods|Research Methods]]:''' Actual mentions, interviews, [https://mevius.5ch.net/test/read.cgi/gsaloon/1319687863/409-413 print], online resources, [[Arc System Works (credits)|shared staff]]
  
 
===Arcade===
 
===Arcade===
*<div style="color:gray">''Quiz Gakuen Paradise'' (sound) (Face)</div>
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*''Hokuto no Ken'' (Sega)
:<small>[[Company:Arc System Works (credits)#Quiz Gakuen Paradise (AC)|Shared staff]]</small>
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*''Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena'' (Atlus)
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*''Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold'' (Atlus)
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*''Quiz Gakuen Paradise'' (sound) (Face)
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*''Tokoro-san no Mah-Mahjong'' (Sega)
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===DS===
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*''Dragon Ball Z: Bukuu Ressen'' / ''Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2'' (US/AU Publisher: Atari; JP/EU Publisher: Bandai)
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:<small>Production: Cavia; Some Graphics: [[Cepia]], Studio Peacock; Sound: Studio PJ</small>
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*''Gyakuten Kenji'' / ''Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth'' (some graphics) (JP/US/AU/EU Publisher: Capcom)
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:<small>Some Planning, Programming, Some Graphics: [[I.T.L]]; Some Graphics: Amazing, J.C. Staff; Some Music, Sound Effects: Reeb</small>
  
 
===Famicom/NES===
 
===Famicom/NES===
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*''Armadillo'' (sound driver) (JP Publisher: IGS)
 
*''Chiyonofuji no Ooichou'' (JP Publisher: Face)
 
*''Chiyonofuji no Ooichou'' (JP Publisher: Face)
:<small>Some Planning, Some Programming: [[Company:Sankindo|Sankindo]]?</small>
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:<small>Some Programming, Some Graphics: [[Sankindo]]?</small>
:<small>Actual mention | [[Company:Arc System Works (credits)#Chiyonofuji no Ooichou (FC)|Shared staff]]</small>
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*''Final Lap'' (programming, sound?) (JP Publisher: Namco)
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:<small>Planning? Graphics?: [[Nova]]</small>
 
*''Great Battle Cyber'' (JP Publisher: Banpresto)
 
*''Great Battle Cyber'' (JP Publisher: Banpresto)
:<small>[[Company:Arc System Works (credits)#Great Battle Cyber (FC)|Shared staff]]</small>
 
 
*''Hissatsu Shigoto Nin'' (JP Publisher: Banpresto)
 
*''Hissatsu Shigoto Nin'' (JP Publisher: Banpresto)
:<small>[[Company:Arc System Works (credits)#Hissatsu Shigoto Nin (FC)|Shared staff]]</small>
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*''Ide Yousuke Meijin no Jissen Mahjong II'' (programming?) (JP Publisher: Capcom)
*''Ide Yousuke Meijin no Jissen Mahjong II'' (JP Publisher: Capcom)
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*''Kyouryuu Sentai Zyuranger'' (JP Publisher: Angel)
:<small>[http://blog.e-smile.ne.jp/prg/2007/08/post_26.html Online resource]</small>
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*<div style="color:red">''Mappy Kids'' (JP Publisher: Namco)</div>
*''Kyouryuu Sentai Juuranger'' (JP Publisher: Angel)
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*''Ningen Heiki: Dead Fox'' / ''Code Name: Viper'' (programming?) (JP/US Publisher: Capcom)
:<small>[[Company:Arc System Works (credits)#Kyouryuu Sentai Juuranger (FC)|Shared staff]]</small>
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*''Pizza Pop!'' (JP Publisher: Jaleco)
 
*''Pizza Pop!'' (JP Publisher: Jaleco)
:<small>[[Company:Arc System Works (credits)#Pizza Pop! (FC)|Shared staff]]</small>
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*''Rolling Thunder'' (programming, sound?) (JP Publisher: Namco; US Publisher: Tengen)
*<div style="color:red">''SD Sengoku Bujutsu Retsuden: Rekka no Gotoku Tenka o Tore!'' (JP Publisher: Banprest)</div>
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:<small>Planning? Graphics?: Nova</small>
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*''SD Sengoku Bushou Retsuden: Rekka no Gotoku Tenka o Tore!'' (JP Publisher: Banpresto)
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*''Shufflepuck Cafe'' (JP Publisher: Pony Canyon)
  
 
===Game Boy===
 
===Game Boy===
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*''Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon'' (JP Publisher: Angel)
 
*''Minesweeper'' (JP Publisher: Pack-In-Video)
 
*''Minesweeper'' (JP Publisher: Pack-In-Video)
:<small>Actual mention</small>
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*''Ranma 1/2: Netsuretsu Kakutou-hen'' (sound) (JP Publisher: Banpresto)
*<div style="color:red">''Ranma 1/2: Netsuretsu Kakutou-hen'' (sound?) (JP Publisher: Banprest)</div>
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===Game Boy Advance===
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*''Dragon Ball Z: Bukuu Tougeki'' / ''Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors'' / ''Dragon Ball Z: Mugongtugeuk'' (JP Publisher: Banpresto; US Publisher: Atari; EU Publisher: Bandai; KR Publisher: Daiwon C&A)
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:<small>Production: Cavia; Sound: Studio PJ</small>
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*''Naruto: Ninjutsu Zenkai! Saikyou Ninja Daikesshuu'' / ''Naruto: Ninja Council'' (JP Publisher: Tomy; US Publisher: D3Publisher)
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===Game Boy Color===
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*''Love Hina Party'' (JP Publisher: Marvelous Entertainment)
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*''Muteki-ou Tri-Zenon'' (co-developed with TNS) (JP Publisher: Marvelous Entertainment)
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:<small>Music: Studio PJ</small>
  
 
===Game Gear===
 
===Game Gear===
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*<div style="color:red">''Ax Battler: Golden Axe Densetsu'' / ''Ax Battler: Legend of Golden Axe / Golden Axe'' (programming?) (JP/US/EU Publisher: Sega; BR Publisher: Tec Toy)</div>
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*''Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP II'' (programming) (JP/US/EU Publisher: Sega; BR Publisher: Tec Toy)
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*''Battletoads'' (US Publisher: Tradewest; EU/JP Publisher: Sega)
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*''Gamble Panic'' (programming) (JP Publisher: Sega)
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:<small>Sound: USP</small>
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*''Kuni-chan no Game Tengoku'' (programming?) (JP Publisher: Sega) [http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm30903817]
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*''Pengo'' (JP/EU Publisher: Sega; KR Publisher: Samsung)
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*''Sega Game Pack 4 in 1'' (programming?) (EU Publisher: Sega)
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*''Sonic Drift'' (programming) (JP Publisher: Sega)
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*''Sonic Drift 2'' (programming) (JP/EU/US Publisher: Sega)
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*<div style="color:red">''Sonic the Hedgehog'' (JP/US/EU Publisher: Sega; BR Publisher: Tec Toy)</div>
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:<small>Yuzo Koshiro (in ''Untold History Vol. 1'') and [https://twitter.com/AncientGames_JP/status/1007112921791336448 Ancient's Twitter account] have said the Game Gear version was done before the Master System version. However, Arc has taken credit for the Game Gear version in its 25th anniversary book and [https://youtu.be/le6Gxyp5Nno?t=211 its 30th anniversary music video] (no platform given, but the date is the Japanese release).</small>
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*''Super Monaco GP'' (programming?) (JP/US/EU Publisher: Sega; BR Publisher: Tec Toy; KR Publisher: Samsung)
 
*''Taisen Mahjong Hao Pai'' (JP Publisher: Sega)
 
*''Taisen Mahjong Hao Pai'' (JP Publisher: Sega)
:<small>Actual mention | [http://blog.e-smile.ne.jp/prg/2007/08/post_8.html Online resource]</small>
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*''Taisen Mahjong Hao Pai 2'' (JP Publisher: Sega)
  
 
===Mark III/Master System===
 
===Mark III/Master System===
*''Michael Jackson's Moonwalker / Moonwalker'' (programming) (US/EU Publisher: Sega; BR Publisher: Tec Toy; SK Publisher: Samsung)
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*''Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP II'' (programming) (EU/AU Publisher: Sega; BR Publisher: Tec Toy; KR Publisher: Samsung)
:<small>[[Company:Arc System Works (credits)#Michael Jackson's Moonwalker / Moonwalker (SMS)|Shared staff]]</small>
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*''Battle Out Run'' (programming) (EU Publisher: Sega; BR Publisher: Tec Toy)
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*''Double Dragon'' (programming?) (JP/US/EU Publisher: Sega; BR Publisher: Tec Toy)
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*''Ghouls 'n Ghosts'' (programming?) (US/EU/AU Publisher: Sega; BR Publisher: Tec Toy; KR Publisher: ?)
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*''Michael Jackson's Moonwalker'' / ''Moonwalker'' (programming) (US/EU Publisher: Sega; BR Publisher: Tec Toy; SK Publisher: Samsung)
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:<small>The AC and MD versions are listed in ''Arc System Works 25th Anniversary Official Character Collection'', but not the SMS version. However, there are no credits in the AC version, and there doesn't appear to be anybody from Arc in the MD credits.</small>
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*''Scramble Spirits'' (programming?) (EU Publisher: Sega; BR Publisher: Tec Toy)
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*''Super Monaco GP'' (programming?) (US/EU/AU Publisher: Sega; BR Publisher: Tec Toy)
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*''Vigilante'' (programming?) (US/EU/AU Publisher: Sega; BR Publisher: Tec Toy)
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===Mega CD/Sega CD===
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*''3x3 Eyes Seima Densetsu'' (some game and animation programming) (JP Publisher: Sega)
  
 
===Mega Drive/Genesis===
 
===Mega Drive/Genesis===
*''Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon'' (JP Publisher: Ma-Ba)
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*''Battletoads'' (US Publisher: Tradewest; EU/JP/AS Publisher: Sega; BR Publisher: Tec Toy)
:<small>Co-developed with TNS?</small>
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*''Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon'' (co-developed with TNS) (JP Publisher: Ma-Ba)
:<small>[[Company:Arc System Works (credits)#Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon (MD)|Shared staff]]</small>
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===Mobile===
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*''Ys IV: Mask of the Sun'' (JP Publisher: Taito)
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===Neo Geo Pocket Color===
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*''Bikkuriman 2000: Viva! Pocket Festiva!'' (JP Publisher: Sega Toys)
  
 
===PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16===
 
===PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16===
*<div style="color:gray">''Cross Wiber: Cyber Combat Police'' (music programming) (JP Publisher: Face)</div>
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*''Cross Wiber: Cyber Combat Police'' (music programming) (JP Publisher: Face)
:<small>[[Company:Arc System Works (credits)#Cross Wiber: Cyber Combat Police (PCE)|Shared staff]]</small>
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*''Final Lap Twin'' (programming?) (JP Publisher: Namco; US Publisher: NEC)
*<div style="color:gray">''Fushigi no Yumi no Alice'' (programming assistance, music composition) (JP Publisher: Face)</div>
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:<small>Developer: Nova</small>
:<small>[[Company:Arc System Works (credits)#Fushigi no Yumi no Alice (PCE)|Shared staff]]</small>
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*''Fushigi no Yumi no Alice'' (programming assistance, music composition) (JP Publisher: Face)
*<div style="color:gray">''Hany in the Sky'' (music/sound) (JP Publisher: Face)</div>
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*''Hany in the Sky'' (some programming?, sound) (JP Publisher: Face)
:<small>[[Company:Arc System Works (credits)#Hany in the Sky (PCE)|Shared staff]]</small>
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*''Hany on the Road'' (JP Publisher: Face)
 
*''Hany on the Road'' (JP Publisher: Face)
:<small>Actual mention | [[Company:Arc System Works (credits)#Hany on the Road (PCE)|Shared staff]]</small>
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*''Mahjong Gakuen: Touma Soushirou Toujou'' / ''Mahjong Gakuen: Touma Soushirou Toujou Mild'' ([some?] programming, sound) (JP Publisher: Face)
*''Mahjong Gakuen: Touma Soushirou Toujou / Mahjong Gakuen: Touma Soushirou Toujou Mild'' (some programming, sound) (JP Publisher: Face)
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*''Obocchama-kun'' (JP Publisher: Namco)
:<small>Actual mention | [http://blog.e-smile.ne.jp/prg/2007/07/post_6.html Online resource] | [[Company:Arc System Works (credits)#Mahjong Gakuen: Touma Soushirou Toujou / Mahjong Gakuen: Touma Soushirou Toujou Mild (PCE)|Shared staff]]</small>
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:<small>Some Graphics: Graffiti Lab</small>
*''Obocchama-kun'' (under subcontract with Pack-In-Video) (JP Publisher: Namco)
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*''Operation Wolf'' (JP Publisher: NEC Avenue)
:<small>Some Design: Graffiti Lab ([http://g-lab.jp/ this one]?)</small>
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:<small>Actual mention | [[Company:Arc System Works (credits)#Obocchama-kun (PCE)|Shared staff]]</small>
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*''Zipang'' (JP Publisher: Pack-In-Video)
 
*''Zipang'' (JP Publisher: Pack-In-Video)
:<small>Actual mention | [[Company:Arc System Works (credits)#Zipang (PCE)|Shared staff]]</small>
 
  
 
===PC Engine CD/TurboGrafx-CD===
 
===PC Engine CD/TurboGrafx-CD===
 
*''Hihou Densetsu: Chris no Bouken'' (JP Publisher: Pack-In-Video)
 
*''Hihou Densetsu: Chris no Bouken'' (JP Publisher: Pack-In-Video)
:<small>Actual mention | [[Company:Arc System Works (credits)#Hihou Densetsu: Chris no Bouken (PCE)|Shared staff]]</small>
 
 
*''Minesweeper'' (JP Publisher: Pack-In-Video)
 
*''Minesweeper'' (JP Publisher: Pack-In-Video)
:<small>Actual mention</small>
 
 
*''Road Spirits'' (JP Publisher: Pack-In-Video)
 
*''Road Spirits'' (JP Publisher: Pack-In-Video)
:<small>Actual mention</small>
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*''Yu Yu Hakusho: Yami Shoubu!! Ankoku Bujutsukai'' (co-developed with TNS) (JP Publisher: Banpresto)
*''Yuu Yuu Hakusho: Yami Shoubu!! Ankoku Bujutsukai'' (JP Publisher: Banpresto)
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:<small>Co-developed with TNS?</small>
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===Pico===
:<small>[[Company:Arc System Works (credits)#Yuu Yuu Hakusho: Yami Shoubu!! Ankoku Bujutsukai (PCE)|Shared staff]]</small>
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*''Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger'' (JP Publisher: Sega Toys)
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*''Conveni de Okaimono!'' (JP Publisher: Sega Toys)
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*''Doubutsu Pico: Hamster Land'' (JP Publisher: Bandai)
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*''Gu~chokorantan Minna de Oekaki! Tanoshii Asobi mo ippai!'' (JP Publisher: Sega Toys)
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*''Kamen Rider 555'' (JP Publisher: Bandai)
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*''Kamen Rider Agito and Kuuga: Wild Battle'' (JP Publisher: Bandai)
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*''NHK o-Kaasan to Issho Do Re Mi Fa Do~nuts! Oekaki Daaisuki! Omoshiro Oekaki Daishuugou!'' (JP Publisher: Sega Toys)
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*''Ninpuu Sentai Hurricanger & Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger: Chou Sentai Super Battle'' (JP Publisher: Bandai)
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*''Ongaku Daisuki Snoopy'' (JP Publisher: Sega)
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*''Pocket Monsters: Suuji o Tsukamaeyou!'' (JP Publisher: Sega Toys)
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*''Shinseiki Ultraman Densetsu'' (JP Publisher: Bandai)
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*''Ultra Hero'' (JP Publisher: Bandai)
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===PlayStation===
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*''Hyper Final Match Tennis'' (JP Publisher: [[Human]]; EU Publisher: JVC)
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*''Mario Mushano no Chou Shougi Juku'' (JP Publisher: King Records)
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*<div style="color:red">''Yume Iroiro'' (JP Publisher: Feathered)</div>
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*''Zork I: The Great Underground Empire'' (JP Publisher: Shoeisha)
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:<small>Music: Ancient; Sound Effects: Feathered Sound Works</small>
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===PlayStation 2===
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*''Grappler Baki: Baki Saidai no Tournament'' / ''Fighting Fury'' (JP Publisher: Tomy; EU Publisher: Midas Interactive Entertainment)
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:<small>Sound: Brainstorm; Debugging: Proba Works</small>
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*''Hokuto no Ken: Shinpan no Sousousei Kengou Retsuden'' (JP Publisher: Sega)
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*<div style="color:red">''NBA 2K2''</div>
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*<div style="color:red">''NBA 2K3''</div>
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*<div style="color:red">''NFL 2K3''</div>
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*''Sengoku Basara X'' (JP/KR Publisher: Capcom)
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:<small>Some Storyboarding: [[SIMS]]</small>
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*<div style="color:red">''Ys III: Wanderers from Ys'' (JP Publisher: Taito)</div>
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:<small>Developer: [[Access]]</small>
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*''Ys IV: Mask of the Sun: A New Theory'' (JP Publisher: Taito)
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:<small>Illustrations: Peacock; 3D Backgrounds: Studio ZAN, buildup, DiGiPLANNET; 3D Character Modeling: [[Imageepoch]]; Sound: [[Quintet]]; Debugging: [[Dreams]]</small>
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*<div style="color:red">''Ys V: Lost Kefin, Kingdom of Sand'' (JP Publisher: Taito)</div>
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:<small>Developer: Access</small>
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===PlayStation 3===
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*''Hard Corps: Uprising'' [PSN] (US/JP/EU/AU/KR Publisher: Konami)
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*''Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena'' / ''Persona 4 Arena''
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*''Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold'' / ''Persona 4 Arena Ultimax''
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===Saturn===
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*''Virtual Open Tennis'' (JP Publisher: Imagineer; EU/US Publisher: Acclaim)
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*''Zork I: The Great Underground Empire'' (JP Publisher: Shoeisha)
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:<small>Music: Ancient; Sound Effects: Feathered Sound Works</small>
  
 
===Super Famicom/Super NES===
 
===Super Famicom/Super NES===
*''Battle Commander: Hachi Bushuu Shura no Hyouhou'' (JP Publisher: Banprest)
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*''Battle Commander: Hachi Bushuu Shura no Hyouhou'' (JP Publisher: Banpresto)
:<small>[http://www.dennoh.jp/instructor/index.html Online resource]</small>
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*<div style="color:red">''Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Another Story'' (JP Publisher: Angel)</div>
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:<small>Developer: TNS</small>
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*''Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon R'' (JP Publisher: Bandai)
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*''Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S: Jougai Rantou!? Shuyaku Soudatsusen'' (co-developed with TNS) (JP Publisher: Angel)
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*''Future GPX Cyber Formula'' / ''Cyber Spin'' (JP/US Publisher: Takara)
 
*''Gaia Savior: Hero Saidai no Sakusen'' (JP Publisher: Banpresto)
 
*''Gaia Savior: Hero Saidai no Sakusen'' (JP Publisher: Banpresto)
:<small>Some Game Design, Original Character Design, Story Construction, Direction: Mind; Some Game Design, Some Scenario Writing: U Plan; Co-developed with TNS?</small>
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*''Honoo no Doukyuuji: Dodge Danpei'' (co-developed with TNS) (JP Publisher: Sunsoft)
:<small>[[Company:Arc System Works (credits)#Gaia Savior: Hero Saidai no Sakusen (SFC)|Shared staff]]</small>
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*''Ongaku Tsukuuru: Kanadeeru'' (programming?) (JP Publisher: ASCII)
*''Shinseiki GPX Cyber Formula / Cyber Spin'' (JP/US Publisher: Takara)
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:<small>[[Company:Arc System Works (credits)#Shinseiki GPX Cyber Formula / Cyber Spin (SFC/SNES)|Shared staff]]</small>
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*<div style="color:red">''Shougi Club'' (JP Publisher: Hect)</div>
 
*<div style="color:red">''Shougi Club'' (JP Publisher: Hect)</div>
:<small>Actual mention</small>
 
 
*''Suzuka 8 Hours'' (JP/US Publisher: Namco)
 
*''Suzuka 8 Hours'' (JP/US Publisher: Namco)
:<small>[http://www.dennoh.jp/instructor/index.html Online resource]</small>
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===Windows===
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*''Wizard's Harmony'' (JP Publisher: DreamCube)
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*''Wizard's Harmony 2'' (JP Publisher: Kobi)
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===Xbox 360===
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*''Hard Corps: Uprising'' [XBLA] (US/EU/JP Publisher: Konami)
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*''Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena'' / ''Persona 4 Arena''
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*''Persona 4 Arena Ultimax''
  
 
==Links==
 
==Links==
 
*[http://www.arcsystemworks.jp/ Official website] (Japanese)
 
*[http://www.arcsystemworks.jp/ Official website] (Japanese)
*[http://www.e-smile.ne.jp/ E-Smile official website] (Japanese) - Company president Makoto Shiozumi ("Shiochi," et al.) was a programmer at Arc
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*[http://www.arcsystemworks.eu/ Arc System Works Europe official website]
::[http://www.e-smile.ne.jp/esmile/company/company_greeting.php Greetings from Shiozumi; career outline says he joined Arc System Works in 1988]
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*[http://web.archive.org/web/20060213181122/http://www.e-smile.ne.jp/campany/keireki.php Makoto Shiozumi's (former Arc programmer, president of E-Smile) profile] (Japanese)
::[http://blog.e-smile.ne.jp/prg/cat2/cat11/ Blog entries by Shiozumi about games he worked on at Arc]
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::[http://blog.e-smile.ne.jp/prg/cat2/cat11/ Blog entries by Shiozumi about games he worked on at Arc] (Japanese)
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*[http://blog.gamekult.com/blog/boulapoire/189980/an-afternoon-at-arc-system-works.html "An Afternoon at Arc System Works"] (French)
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[[Category:Companies]]

Latest revision as of 22:28, 31 March 2019

Arc System Works logo

Arc System Works Co., Ltd. (アークシステムワークス株式会社) is a publisher and developer based in Yokohama, Japan, with a European office in Bristol, UK. [1] Minoru Kidooka (木戸岡稔) is president. [2] The company was established in May 1988 as Arc Co., Ltd. (株式会社アーク) In 1991, it was renamed and moved from the Nishi ward to the Kohoku ward. [3]

Originally only a contract developer, Arc System Works started publishing its own games in 1995 with the release of Exector for the PlayStation. Today, Arc is best known for the Guilty Gear and BlazBlue series. [4]

Kidooka once worked as a programmer at Sega. He and some other staff left to start a company that fell apart after about a year and a half. With the money they made from making a Famicom simulation game (Dokuganryu Masamune?), they set up Arc. [5]

Some early Arc staff left to start Minato Giken. Other staff left to start StarLight Marry in 1996. Aplus is an associated development company, established in 2010 and also headed by Kidooka.

This entry focuses on games that were not self-published.

Research Methods: Actual mentions, interviews, print, online resources, shared staff

Arcade

  • Hokuto no Ken (Sega)
  • Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena (Atlus)
  • Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold (Atlus)
  • Quiz Gakuen Paradise (sound) (Face)
  • Tokoro-san no Mah-Mahjong (Sega)

DS

  • Dragon Ball Z: Bukuu Ressen / Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2 (US/AU Publisher: Atari; JP/EU Publisher: Bandai)
Production: Cavia; Some Graphics: Cepia, Studio Peacock; Sound: Studio PJ
  • Gyakuten Kenji / Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth (some graphics) (JP/US/AU/EU Publisher: Capcom)
Some Planning, Programming, Some Graphics: I.T.L; Some Graphics: Amazing, J.C. Staff; Some Music, Sound Effects: Reeb

Famicom/NES

  • Armadillo (sound driver) (JP Publisher: IGS)
  • Chiyonofuji no Ooichou (JP Publisher: Face)
Some Programming, Some Graphics: Sankindo?
  • Final Lap (programming, sound?) (JP Publisher: Namco)
Planning? Graphics?: Nova
  • Great Battle Cyber (JP Publisher: Banpresto)
  • Hissatsu Shigoto Nin (JP Publisher: Banpresto)
  • Ide Yousuke Meijin no Jissen Mahjong II (programming?) (JP Publisher: Capcom)
  • Kyouryuu Sentai Zyuranger (JP Publisher: Angel)
  • Mappy Kids (JP Publisher: Namco)
  • Ningen Heiki: Dead Fox / Code Name: Viper (programming?) (JP/US Publisher: Capcom)
  • Pizza Pop! (JP Publisher: Jaleco)
  • Rolling Thunder (programming, sound?) (JP Publisher: Namco; US Publisher: Tengen)
Planning? Graphics?: Nova
  • SD Sengoku Bushou Retsuden: Rekka no Gotoku Tenka o Tore! (JP Publisher: Banpresto)
  • Shufflepuck Cafe (JP Publisher: Pony Canyon)

Game Boy

  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon (JP Publisher: Angel)
  • Minesweeper (JP Publisher: Pack-In-Video)
  • Ranma 1/2: Netsuretsu Kakutou-hen (sound) (JP Publisher: Banpresto)

Game Boy Advance

  • Dragon Ball Z: Bukuu Tougeki / Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors / Dragon Ball Z: Mugongtugeuk (JP Publisher: Banpresto; US Publisher: Atari; EU Publisher: Bandai; KR Publisher: Daiwon C&A)
Production: Cavia; Sound: Studio PJ
  • Naruto: Ninjutsu Zenkai! Saikyou Ninja Daikesshuu / Naruto: Ninja Council (JP Publisher: Tomy; US Publisher: D3Publisher)

Game Boy Color

  • Love Hina Party (JP Publisher: Marvelous Entertainment)
  • Muteki-ou Tri-Zenon (co-developed with TNS) (JP Publisher: Marvelous Entertainment)
Music: Studio PJ

Game Gear

  • Ax Battler: Golden Axe Densetsu / Ax Battler: Legend of Golden Axe / Golden Axe (programming?) (JP/US/EU Publisher: Sega; BR Publisher: Tec Toy)
  • Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP II (programming) (JP/US/EU Publisher: Sega; BR Publisher: Tec Toy)
  • Battletoads (US Publisher: Tradewest; EU/JP Publisher: Sega)
  • Gamble Panic (programming) (JP Publisher: Sega)
Sound: USP
  • Kuni-chan no Game Tengoku (programming?) (JP Publisher: Sega) [6]
  • Pengo (JP/EU Publisher: Sega; KR Publisher: Samsung)
  • Sega Game Pack 4 in 1 (programming?) (EU Publisher: Sega)
  • Sonic Drift (programming) (JP Publisher: Sega)
  • Sonic Drift 2 (programming) (JP/EU/US Publisher: Sega)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (JP/US/EU Publisher: Sega; BR Publisher: Tec Toy)
Yuzo Koshiro (in Untold History Vol. 1) and Ancient's Twitter account have said the Game Gear version was done before the Master System version. However, Arc has taken credit for the Game Gear version in its 25th anniversary book and its 30th anniversary music video (no platform given, but the date is the Japanese release).
  • Super Monaco GP (programming?) (JP/US/EU Publisher: Sega; BR Publisher: Tec Toy; KR Publisher: Samsung)
  • Taisen Mahjong Hao Pai (JP Publisher: Sega)
  • Taisen Mahjong Hao Pai 2 (JP Publisher: Sega)

Mark III/Master System

  • Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP II (programming) (EU/AU Publisher: Sega; BR Publisher: Tec Toy; KR Publisher: Samsung)
  • Battle Out Run (programming) (EU Publisher: Sega; BR Publisher: Tec Toy)
  • Double Dragon (programming?) (JP/US/EU Publisher: Sega; BR Publisher: Tec Toy)
  • Ghouls 'n Ghosts (programming?) (US/EU/AU Publisher: Sega; BR Publisher: Tec Toy; KR Publisher: ?)
  • Michael Jackson's Moonwalker / Moonwalker (programming) (US/EU Publisher: Sega; BR Publisher: Tec Toy; SK Publisher: Samsung)
The AC and MD versions are listed in Arc System Works 25th Anniversary Official Character Collection, but not the SMS version. However, there are no credits in the AC version, and there doesn't appear to be anybody from Arc in the MD credits.
  • Scramble Spirits (programming?) (EU Publisher: Sega; BR Publisher: Tec Toy)
  • Super Monaco GP (programming?) (US/EU/AU Publisher: Sega; BR Publisher: Tec Toy)
  • Vigilante (programming?) (US/EU/AU Publisher: Sega; BR Publisher: Tec Toy)

Mega CD/Sega CD

  • 3x3 Eyes Seima Densetsu (some game and animation programming) (JP Publisher: Sega)

Mega Drive/Genesis

  • Battletoads (US Publisher: Tradewest; EU/JP/AS Publisher: Sega; BR Publisher: Tec Toy)
  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon (co-developed with TNS) (JP Publisher: Ma-Ba)

Mobile

  • Ys IV: Mask of the Sun (JP Publisher: Taito)

Neo Geo Pocket Color

  • Bikkuriman 2000: Viva! Pocket Festiva! (JP Publisher: Sega Toys)

PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16

  • Cross Wiber: Cyber Combat Police (music programming) (JP Publisher: Face)
  • Final Lap Twin (programming?) (JP Publisher: Namco; US Publisher: NEC)
Developer: Nova
  • Fushigi no Yumi no Alice (programming assistance, music composition) (JP Publisher: Face)
  • Hany in the Sky (some programming?, sound) (JP Publisher: Face)
  • Hany on the Road (JP Publisher: Face)
  • Mahjong Gakuen: Touma Soushirou Toujou / Mahjong Gakuen: Touma Soushirou Toujou Mild ([some?] programming, sound) (JP Publisher: Face)
  • Obocchama-kun (JP Publisher: Namco)
Some Graphics: Graffiti Lab
  • Operation Wolf (JP Publisher: NEC Avenue)
  • Zipang (JP Publisher: Pack-In-Video)

PC Engine CD/TurboGrafx-CD

  • Hihou Densetsu: Chris no Bouken (JP Publisher: Pack-In-Video)
  • Minesweeper (JP Publisher: Pack-In-Video)
  • Road Spirits (JP Publisher: Pack-In-Video)
  • Yu Yu Hakusho: Yami Shoubu!! Ankoku Bujutsukai (co-developed with TNS) (JP Publisher: Banpresto)

Pico

  • Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger (JP Publisher: Sega Toys)
  • Conveni de Okaimono! (JP Publisher: Sega Toys)
  • Doubutsu Pico: Hamster Land (JP Publisher: Bandai)
  • Gu~chokorantan Minna de Oekaki! Tanoshii Asobi mo ippai! (JP Publisher: Sega Toys)
  • Kamen Rider 555 (JP Publisher: Bandai)
  • Kamen Rider Agito and Kuuga: Wild Battle (JP Publisher: Bandai)
  • NHK o-Kaasan to Issho Do Re Mi Fa Do~nuts! Oekaki Daaisuki! Omoshiro Oekaki Daishuugou! (JP Publisher: Sega Toys)
  • Ninpuu Sentai Hurricanger & Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger: Chou Sentai Super Battle (JP Publisher: Bandai)
  • Ongaku Daisuki Snoopy (JP Publisher: Sega)
  • Pocket Monsters: Suuji o Tsukamaeyou! (JP Publisher: Sega Toys)
  • Shinseiki Ultraman Densetsu (JP Publisher: Bandai)
  • Ultra Hero (JP Publisher: Bandai)

PlayStation

  • Hyper Final Match Tennis (JP Publisher: Human; EU Publisher: JVC)
  • Mario Mushano no Chou Shougi Juku (JP Publisher: King Records)
  • Yume Iroiro (JP Publisher: Feathered)
  • Zork I: The Great Underground Empire (JP Publisher: Shoeisha)
Music: Ancient; Sound Effects: Feathered Sound Works

PlayStation 2

  • Grappler Baki: Baki Saidai no Tournament / Fighting Fury (JP Publisher: Tomy; EU Publisher: Midas Interactive Entertainment)
Sound: Brainstorm; Debugging: Proba Works
  • Hokuto no Ken: Shinpan no Sousousei Kengou Retsuden (JP Publisher: Sega)
  • NBA 2K2
  • NBA 2K3
  • NFL 2K3
  • Sengoku Basara X (JP/KR Publisher: Capcom)
Some Storyboarding: SIMS
  • Ys III: Wanderers from Ys (JP Publisher: Taito)
Developer: Access
  • Ys IV: Mask of the Sun: A New Theory (JP Publisher: Taito)
Illustrations: Peacock; 3D Backgrounds: Studio ZAN, buildup, DiGiPLANNET; 3D Character Modeling: Imageepoch; Sound: Quintet; Debugging: Dreams
  • Ys V: Lost Kefin, Kingdom of Sand (JP Publisher: Taito)
Developer: Access

PlayStation 3

  • Hard Corps: Uprising [PSN] (US/JP/EU/AU/KR Publisher: Konami)
  • Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena / Persona 4 Arena
  • Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold / Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

Saturn

  • Virtual Open Tennis (JP Publisher: Imagineer; EU/US Publisher: Acclaim)
  • Zork I: The Great Underground Empire (JP Publisher: Shoeisha)
Music: Ancient; Sound Effects: Feathered Sound Works

Super Famicom/Super NES

  • Battle Commander: Hachi Bushuu Shura no Hyouhou (JP Publisher: Banpresto)
  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Another Story (JP Publisher: Angel)
Developer: TNS
  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon R (JP Publisher: Bandai)
  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S: Jougai Rantou!? Shuyaku Soudatsusen (co-developed with TNS) (JP Publisher: Angel)
  • Future GPX Cyber Formula / Cyber Spin (JP/US Publisher: Takara)
  • Gaia Savior: Hero Saidai no Sakusen (JP Publisher: Banpresto)
  • Honoo no Doukyuuji: Dodge Danpei (co-developed with TNS) (JP Publisher: Sunsoft)
  • Ongaku Tsukuuru: Kanadeeru (programming?) (JP Publisher: ASCII)
  • Shougi Club (JP Publisher: Hect)
  • Suzuka 8 Hours (JP/US Publisher: Namco)

Windows

  • Wizard's Harmony (JP Publisher: DreamCube)
  • Wizard's Harmony 2 (JP Publisher: Kobi)

Xbox 360

  • Hard Corps: Uprising [XBLA] (US/EU/JP Publisher: Konami)
  • Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena / Persona 4 Arena
  • Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

Links

Blog entries by Shiozumi about games he worked on at Arc (Japanese)