Arc System Works

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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. [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]

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.

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


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


  • 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


  • Armadillo (sound driver) (JP Publisher: IGS)
  • Chiyonofuji no Ooichou (JP Publisher: Face)
Some Programming, Some Graphics: Sankindo?
  • Dokuganryu Masamune (JP Publisher: Namco)
  • 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: Konoha Senki (JP Publisher: Tomy) [5]
Developer: Amedio; Sound: Studio Cliche; Debugging: Pole To Win
  • 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

  • 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)
Conversion from the Master System? But Yuzo Koshiro has said the Game Gear version was done before the Master System version, even though the Game Gear version came out later.
  • 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)

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)


  • 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)


  • Hyper Final Match Tennis (JP Publisher: Human; EU Publisher: JVC)
  • 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
  • NBA 2K2
  • NBA 2K3
  • NFL 2K3
  • Sengoku Basara X (JP/KR Publisher: Capcom)
Some Storyboarding: SIMS
  • 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


  • Mario Mushano no Chou Shougi Juku (JP Publisher: King Records)
  • 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)


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


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