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Formerly the software planning section of advertising agency First Farmers, Hot-B Co., Ltd. (株式会社ホット・ビィ) was established as an independent company in 1983. [1] It is perhaps best remembered for its science fiction role-playing games and fishing games such as the Black Bass series. [2]

Hot-B began publishing titles in 1984, under the GAMU (GA夢) brand [3], a play on the word "game" and the kanji for "dream." [4] This branding was dropped by 1988. [5]

On July 23, 1993, Hot-B released its last game, the RPG Bazoo! Mahou Sekai for the Super Famicom, and declared bankruptcy the next day. [6] A new company called Starfish emerged from the ashes on September 20 [7] and remains an active publisher and developer.

Hot-B USA was incorporated on October 13, 1988, and continued operating into the 2000s. Sage's Creation, another US-based firm which published exclusively for the Sega Genesis and Game Gear, appears to have been connected to Hot-B, but this has not been verified.

Research Methods: Actual mentions, interviews, shared staff

Related Interviews: Kimihiro Endoh


  • Chuuka Taisen (Taito)
  • Cuby Bop (unreleased) (Hot-B)
  • Insector X (Taito)
  • Koutetsu Teikoku 2 (unreleased) (Hot-B)
  • Play Girls (Hot-B)
  • Play Girls 2 (Hot-B)
  • Schmeiser Robo (Hot-B)
Sound: Mint
  • Super Shanghai: Dragon's Eye (Hot-B)


  • Over Horizon (JP Publisher: Hot-B; EU Publisher: Takara)
Hot-B eventually took over development from Pixel. [8]
  • President no Sentaku (JP Publisher: Hot-B)
Programming: Another
  • Takeda Shingen 2 / Shingen the Ruler (JP/US Publisher: Hot-B)

Mega CD/Sega CD

  • Detonator Orgun (JP Publisher: Hot-B) [9]

Mega Drive/Genesis

  • Bad Omen / Devilish: The Next Possession (JP Publisher: Hot-B; US Publisher: Sage's Creation; KR Publisher: Samsung)
Programming?: Aisystem Tokyo
  • Blue Almanac / Star Odyssey (JP Publisher: Kodansha; US Publisher: Super Fighter Team)
Sound: Cube
  • Crack Down (JP/EU/AU Publisher: Sega; US Publisher: Sage's Creation; BR Publisher: Tec Toy)
Music Arrangement: Mecano Associates; Sound Design: Cube
  • Insector X / Gonchung Gundan (JP Publisher: Hot-B; US Publisher: Sage's Creation; KR Publisher: HiCom; BR Publisher: Tec Toy)
Sound?: Cube
  • Ka-Ge-Ki / Ka-Ge-Ki: Fists of Steel (JP Publisher: Hot-B; US Publisher: Sage's Creation)
(Original?) Music Composition, Music Arrangement: Mecano Associates; Sound Design: Cube
  • King Salmon (JP Publisher: Hot-B; US Publisher: Vic Tokai)


  • The 7 Colors (JP Publisher: Hot-B)
  • Super Shanghai: Dragon's Eye (JP Publisher: Hot-B)
Sound: Cube

Super Famicom/Super NES

  • Bazoo! Mahou Sekai (JP Publisher: Hot-B)
Sound: Cube
  • Super Black Bass (JP/US Publisher: Hot-B)
Sound: Cube


  • Super Shanghai: Dragon's Eye (production, direction, some graphics) (JP Publisher: Takeru [Brother])
Some Programming, Some Graphics, Some Sound?: Aisystem Tokyo; Some Programming: Soft Machine?; [Some?] Sound: Cube