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. 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 in 1996 to start Starlight Marry. [5]

Research Methods: Actual mentions, online resources (see Links), shared staff


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


  • Chiyonofuji no Ooichou (co-developed with Sankindo?) (JP Publisher: Face)
  • Great Battle Cyber (JP Publisher: Banpresto)
  • Hissatsu Shigoto Nin (JP Publisher: Banpresto)
  • Ide Yousuke Meijin no Jissen Mahjong II (JP Publisher: Capcom)
  • Kyouryuu Sentai Zyuranger (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)
  • Sailor Moon (which game?) (JP Publisher: Angel)

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 (music, 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)
  • Ongaku Tsukuuru: Kanadeeru (programming?) (JP Publisher: ASCII)
  • Shougi Club (JP Publisher: Hect)
  • Suzuka 8 Hours (JP/US Publisher: Namco)


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