Arc System Works

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Started in May 1988 as simply Arc (アーク) and headed by Minoru Kidooka (木戸岡稔) [1], 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.

Some early Arc staff left to start Minato Giken. Other staff left to start Starlight Marry in 1996.

For the time being, the list below does not cover games published from 1995 onward.


  • Quiz Gakuen Paradise (sound) (Face)
  • Tokoro-san no Mah-Mahjong (Sega)


  • Chiyonofuji no Ooichou (JP Publisher: Face)
Some Planning, Some Programming: Sankindo?
  • Great Battle Cyber (JP Publisher: Banpresto)
  • Hissatsu Shigoto Nin (JP Publisher: Banpresto)
  • Ide Yousuke Meijin no Jissen Mahjong II (JP Publisher: Capcom)
  • Kyouryuu Sentai Juuranger (JP Publisher: Angel)
  • Pizza Pop! (JP Publisher: Jaleco)
  • SD Sengoku Bujutsu Retsuden: Rekka no Gotoku Tenka o Tore! (JP Publisher: Banpresto)

Game Boy

  • Minesweeper (JP Publisher: Pack-In-Video)
  • Ranma 1/2: Netsuretsu Kakutou-hen (sound?) (JP Publisher: Banpresto)

Game Gear

  • Gamble Panic (programming) (JP Publisher: Sega)
Sound: USP
  • Sonic Drift 2 (programming?) (JP/US/EU Publisher: Sega
  • Taisen Mahjong Hao Pai (JP Publisher: Sega)
  • Taisen Mahjong Hao Pai 2 (JP Publisher: Sega)

Mark III/Master System

  • Michael Jackson's Moonwalker / Moonwalker (programming) (US/EU Publisher: Sega; BR Publisher: Tec Toy; SK Publisher: Samsung)

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)

PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16

  • Cross Wiber: Cyber Combat Police (music programming) (JP Publisher: Face)
  • Fushigi no Yumi no Alice (programming assistance, music composition) (JP Publisher: Face)
  • Hany in the Sky (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 (under subcontract with Pack-In-Video) (JP Publisher: Namco)
Some Graphics: Graffiti Lab
  • 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)
  • Yuu Yuu Hakusho: Yami Shoubu!! Ankoku Bujutsukai (co-developed with TNS) (JP Publisher: Banpresto)

Super Famicom/Super NES

  • Battle Commander: Hachi Bushuu Shura no Hyouhou (JP Publisher: Banpresto)
  • 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)
  • Shougi Club (JP Publisher: Hect)
  • Suzuka 8 Hours (JP/US Publisher: Namco)


Greetings from Shiozumi; career outline says he joined Arc System Works in 1988
Blog entries by Shiozumi about games he worked on at Arc
Online resource