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Bits Laboratory (有限会社ビッツラボラトリー) was established on December 24, 1985 [1], by a group of freelancers. [2] It was originally called Workss.

Yasunori Takahara (高原保法) and Motoyuki Kanayama (金山泰志) went on to start GameCrab. [3]

Not to be confused with British developer Bits Studios.

Research Methods: Actual mentions, code comparisons, online resources (see links), shared staff


  • Gambler Jiko Chuushinha (under subcontract with Game Arts?) (JP Publisher: Asmik)
Music: Mecano Associates
  • Gambler Jiko Chuushinha 2 (some music [sound driver?]; under subcontract with Game Arts?) (JP Publisher: Asmik)
Some Music (Composition?): Mecano Associates
  • Ghostbusters (JP Publisher: Tokuma Shoten; US Publisher: Activision)
  • Hanjuku Hero (main programming) (JP Publisher: Square)
  • King's Knight (JP/US Publisher: Square)
  • Mahou no Princess Minky Momo: Remember Dream (JP Publisher: Yutaka)
Music Composition: T's Music
  • Minna no Taabou no Nakayoshi Dai Sakusen (JP Publisher: Character Soft)
  • SD Gundam Gachapon Senshi 4: New Type Story (under subcontract with Game Arts?) (JP Publisher: Yutaka)
Direction, Scenario Design: Game Arts
  • Thexder (JP Publisher: Square)

Famicom Disk System

  • Kiki Kaikai: Dotou-hen (JP Publisher: Taito)

Game Boy

  • Kitchen Panic (JP Publisher: Coconuts Japan)

Mega/Sega CD

  • Prince of Persia (JP Publisher: Victor; US/EU Publisher: Sega)
  • Rise of the Dragon (JP Publisher: Sega; US Publisher: Dynamix)
  • Wing Commander (US Publisher: Electronic Arts; JP Publisher: Sega)

PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16

  • After Burner II (JP Publisher: NEC Avenue)
  • Darius Alpha (JP Publisher: NEC Avenue)
  • Darius Plus (JP Publisher: NEC Avenue)
  • Download (some graphics) (JP Publisher: NEC Avenue)
  • Fantasy Zone (JP Publisher: NEC Avenue; US Publisher: NEC Home Electronics)
  • Juuouki [HuCard, CD] (JP Publisher: NEC Avenue)
  • Son Son II (some direction) (JP Publisher: NEC Avenue)
  • Toilet Kids (JP Publisher: Media Rings)
Music: T's Music
  • Veigues Tactical Gladiator (JP Publisher: Victor; US Publisher: NEC Home Electronics)

PC Engine CD/TurboGrafx-CD

  • Ai Chouaniki (JP Publisher: Masaya)
Planning, Graphics: Vanguard Works; Sound: Two-Five
  • CD Mahjong: Bishoujo Chuushinha (JP Publisher: Games Express)
  • Doukyuusei (opening direction, some programming) (JP Publisher: NEC Avenue)
  • Gain Ground SX (JP Publisher: NEC Avenue)
Some Graphics: Fill in Cafe; Sound Composition: T's Music
  • Gambler Jiko Chuushinha: Gekitou 36 Janshi (JP Publisher: Hudson)
  • Hellfire S (some direction, some graphics, some assistance) (JP Publisher: NEC Avenue)
Programming, Some Direction: Office K; Music Arrangement: T's Music
  • Hi-Leg Fantasy (JP Publisher: Games Express)
  • Rainbow Island (JP Publisher: NEC Avenue)
  • Side Arms Special (some programming) (JP Publisher: NEC Avenue)
  • Space Invaders: The Original Game (JP Publisher: NEC Avenue)
  • Splash Lake (JP/US Publisher: NEC Avenue)
Sound Composition: T's Music
  • Super Darius (JP Publisher: NEC Avenue)


  • Charamela (JP Publisher: Pack-In-Soft)
  • TearRing Sega: Yutona Eiyuu Senki (development cooperation) (JP Publisher: Enterbrain)
  • True Love Story (JP Publisher: ASCII)
  • True Love Story 2 (JP Publisher: ASCII)
  • True Love Story Fan Disc (JP Publisher: ASCII)
  • True Love Story: Remember My Heart (JP Publisher: ASCII)

PlayStation 2

  • Chenuen no San Goku Shi (development cooperation) (JP Publisher: Game Arts)
  • Kimi Kiss (programming) (JP Publisher: Enterbrain)
  • Gungrave O.D. / Gungrave: Overdose (development cooperation) (JP Publisher: Red; US Publisher: Mastiff; UK/AU Publisher: Play It)


  • Derby Stallion (JP Publisher: ASCII)
  • Game Basic for Sega Saturn (JP Publisher: ASCII)
  • Kekkon Zenya (JP Publisher: Shogakukan Production)
  • Mahou Gakuen Lunar (JP Publisher: Game Arts)
  • Ooedo Renaissance (JP Publisher: Pack-In-Soft)
  • Puyo Puyo Tsuu (JP Publisher: Compile)

Super Famicom/Super NES

  • Chouaniki: Bakuretsu Rantou-hen (JP Publisher: Masaya)
Sound Production, Music: Two-Five; Sound Effects, Sound Driver: Cube
  • Gambler Jiko Chuushinha: Mahjong Kouisen (JP Publisher: Pack-In-Video)
  • Gambler Jiko Chuushinha 2: Dorapon Quest (under subcontract with Game Arts?) (JP Publisher: Pack-In-Video)
  • Monstania (JP Publisher: Pack-In-Video)
Planning: Amccus
  • SD Gundam X: Super Gachapon World (JP Publisher: Yutaka)
  • Sengoku no Hasha (JP Publisher: Banpresto)


  • Dairantou Smash Brothers X / Super Smash Bros. Brawl (development cooperation)