HighTech Lab. Japan

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HighTech Lab. Japan Inc. (株式会社ハイテックラボジャパン) was a company particularly active in the field of computer graphics production. It was established in December 1986 and headed by Takeshi Yoshizaki (吉崎武) of ASCII Laboratories, part of ASCII Corporation. After half the main members of ASCII Corporation went to the new Microsoft Japan in 1986, the members of ASCII Laboratories moved to HighTech Lab. Japan to continue their research. [1]

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


  • Pyramid Intruder (JP Publisher: Taito)
  • Starblade (JP Publisher: Namco; US/CA Publisher: Panasonic)


  • Hyperion (JP/NA Publisher: Taito)
  • Pyramid Patrol (JP/NA Publisher: Taito)
[Some?] Programming, [Some?] Graphics: C-lab.
  • Rocket Coaster (JP/NA Publisher: Taito)
  • Time Gal (JP Publisher: Taito)
  • Virtual Cameraman (JP Publisher: Transpegasus Limited)
  • Virtual Cameraman 2 (JP Publisher: Transpegasus Limited)


  • Galaxian³ (JP Publisher: Namco; EU Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Starblade α (JP/US Publisher: Namco; EU Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Tokyo Shadow (co-developer) (JP Publisher: Taito)
  • Toshinden 2 / Battle Arena Toshinden 2 (opening movie - production management, computer graphics) (JP Publisher: Takara; US Publisher: Playmates Interactive Entertainment; EU Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Zeitgeist / Jupiter Strike (co-developer) (JP Publisher: Taito; US/EU Publisher: Acclaim)


  • Virtua Photo Studio (JP Publisher: Acclaim)