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'''Pax Softnica''' (パックスソフトニカ株式会社; originally written "Pax Softonica") was a publisher and developer established in August 1983. [http://www.softnica.com/profile/index.html] Initially a maker of computer games, it later developed or co-developed many games for Nintendo.
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'''Pax Softnica''' (パックスソフトニカ株式会社; originally written "Pax Softonica") published and developed computer games in its early years, but later worked on many games for Nintendo. It was originally Imagesoft. [https://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/tiny_yarou/GALLERY/show_image_v2.html?id=https%3A%2F%2Fblog-001.west.edge.storage-yahoo.jp%2Fres%2Fblog-9e-4f%2Ftiny_yarou%2Ffolder%2F683525%2F83%2F26172383%2Fimg_3%3F1427192278&i=1] From [http://fm-7.com/museum/softhouse/paxsoftnica/5006.html Oh!FM-7]: "It seems that Imagesoft was originally a mail order store specializing in software, but started producing software in-house as well. After that, it was absorbed by Pax Electronica Japan, which manufactured and sold PC peripherals, and Pax Softnica was established in October 1983." (Programmer and former president Tomoshige Hashishita's profile says it was established in August. [http://web.archive.org/web/20090323165824/http://www.softnica.com/profile/index.html])
  
 
'''[[About:Research Methods|Research Methods]]:''' Actual mentions, online resources, shared staff
 
'''[[About:Research Methods|Research Methods]]:''' Actual mentions, online resources, shared staff
  
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==As Imagesoft==
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===Apple II===
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*''Crazy Climber'' / ''Mad Climber'' (JP Publisher: Imagesoft) [Yukio Tamura] [https://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm17818996]
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*''Love-Life'' (JP Publisher: Imagesoft)
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*''Ocean'' (JP Publisher: Imagesoft)
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*''Space Gals'' (JP Publisher: Imagesoft) [https://www.beep-shop.com/blog/1674/]
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===FM-7===
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*''Enterprise'' (JP Publisher: Imagesoft) [B.T.]
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*''Tri-Dantal'' (JP Publisher: Imagesoft) [Y. Takeshita]
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===PC-6001===
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*''Amazon-gawa Tanken'' (JP Publisher: Imagesoft) [T. Katayama]
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*''Igo Joseki 100 Master'' (JP Publisher: Imagesoft)
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*''Mad Blaster'' (JP Publisher: Imagesoft)
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*''Miyuki in Meiro'' (JP Publisher: Imagesoft) [https://twitter.com/chackn6601/status/1266372214862958594]
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*''Miyuki the Shoubushi'' (JP Publisher: Imagesoft)
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*''Rommel Sensha Gundan'' (JP Publisher: Imagesoft)
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*''Slender Island'' (JP Publisher: Imagesoft) [Onitama/Onion Software]
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*''Star Trek'' (JP Publisher: Imagesoft)
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*''The Card'' (JP Publisher: Imagesoft)
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*''Ultra Mahjong'' (JP Publisher: Imagesoft) [Souichi Nono (野乃草一)]
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*英単熟語集 (高校受験用)
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*英単熟語集 (大学受験用)
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*英文法練習 (高校受験用)
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*英文法練習 (大学受験用)
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===PC-88===
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*''B52 Bakugeki Sakusen'' (JP Publisher: Imagesoft)
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*''Leningrad Kyoushuu Sakusen'' (JP Publisher: Imagesoft)
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[https://twitter.com/gdri/status/1314244093191618561 Twitter thread documenting Imagesoft ads in the Japanese computer magazine ''I/O'']
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==As Pax Softonica/Pax Softnica==
 
===Famicom/NES===
 
===Famicom/NES===
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*''Ginga no Sannin'' (programming, sound) (JP Publisher: Nintendo)
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:<small>Programmed by Pax Softnica, according to game designer Makoto Kuba [https://famicoms.net/blog-entry-2985.html]</small>
 
*''Hello Kitty World'' (JP Publisher: Character Soft)
 
*''Hello Kitty World'' (JP Publisher: Character Soft)
*''Hokkaidou Rensa Satsujin: Okhotsu ni Shoyu'' (JP Publisher: Login Soft)
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*''Hokkaido Rensa Satsujin: Okhotsk ni Kiyu'' (JP Publisher: Login Soft)
*''Ice Hockey'' (US/CA/EU/AS Publisher: Nintendo)
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*''Ice Hockey'' (programming, etc.) (US/CA/EU/AS Publisher: Nintendo)
 
*''Mother'' (JP Publisher: Nintendo)
 
*''Mother'' (JP Publisher: Nintendo)
 
:<small>?: Ape, Ishel Artvision</small>
 
:<small>?: Ape, Ishel Artvision</small>
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*''Penguin-kun Wars'' (JP Publisher: ASCII)
 
*''Super Dyna'mix Badminton'' (JP Publisher: VAP)
 
*''Super Dyna'mix Badminton'' (JP Publisher: VAP)
 
*''Super Real Baseball '88'' (JP Publisher: VAP)
 
*''Super Real Baseball '88'' (JP Publisher: VAP)
 
*''Tao'' (JP Publisher: VAP)
 
*''Tao'' (JP Publisher: VAP)
 
*''Volleyball'' (US Publisher: Nintendo)
 
*''Volleyball'' (US Publisher: Nintendo)
:<small>The US copyright record lists Pax Electronica Japan as the author.</small>
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:<small>The US copyright registration lists Pax Electronica Japan as the author.</small>
  
 
===Famicom Disk System===
 
===Famicom Disk System===
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*''Famicom Mukashi Banashi: Yuuyuuki: Kouhen'' (JP Publisher: Nintendo)
 
*''Famicom Mukashi Banashi: Yuuyuuki: Kouhen'' (JP Publisher: Nintendo)
 
*''Famicom Mukashi Banashi: Yuuyuuki: Zenpen'' (JP Publisher: Nintendo)
 
*''Famicom Mukashi Banashi: Yuuyuuki: Zenpen'' (JP Publisher: Nintendo)
*''Ice Hockey'' (JP Publisher: Nintendo)
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*''Ice Hockey'' (programming, etc.) (JP Publisher: Nintendo)
 
*''Time Twist: Rekishi no Katasumi de...: Kouhen'' (JP Publisher: Nintendo)
 
*''Time Twist: Rekishi no Katasumi de...: Kouhen'' (JP Publisher: Nintendo)
 
*''Time Twist: Rekishi no Katasumi de...: Zenpen'' (JP Publisher: Nintendo)
 
*''Time Twist: Rekishi no Katasumi de...: Zenpen'' (JP Publisher: Nintendo)
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*''Balloon Kid'' (programming) (US Publisher: Nintendo)
 
*''Balloon Kid'' (programming) (US Publisher: Nintendo)
 
*''Donkey Kong'' (JP/US/EU Publisher: Nintendo)
 
*''Donkey Kong'' (JP/US/EU Publisher: Nintendo)
*''Moguranya / Mole Mania'' (JP/US Publisher: Nintendo)
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*''Moguranya'' / ''Mole Mania'' (JP/US Publisher: Nintendo)
 
*''Radar Mission'' (JP/US Publisher: Nintendo)
 
*''Radar Mission'' (JP/US Publisher: Nintendo)
*''Top Rank Tennis / Top Ranking Tennis'' (US/EU Publisher: Nintendo)
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*''Top Rank Tennis'' / ''Top Ranking Tennis'' (programming, sound?) (US/EU Publisher: Nintendo)
 
*''Wave Race'' (US/EU Publisher: Nintendo)
 
*''Wave Race'' (US/EU Publisher: Nintendo)
  
 
===Game Boy Advance===
 
===Game Boy Advance===
 
*''Mother 1+2'' (JP Publisher: Nintendo)
 
*''Mother 1+2'' (JP Publisher: Nintendo)
*''Tottoko Hamtaro 3: Love Love Daibouken de Cha / Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak'' (JP/US Publisher: Nintendo)
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:<small>The sole author listed on the US copyright registration</small>
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*''Tottoko Hamtaro 3: Love Love Daibouken Dechu'' / ''Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak'' (JP/US/EU Publisher: Nintendo)
  
 
===Game Boy Color===
 
===Game Boy Color===
 
*''Balloon Fight GB'' (programming) (JP Publisher: Nintendo)
 
*''Balloon Fight GB'' (programming) (JP Publisher: Nintendo)
 
*''Star Wars Episode I: Racer'' (co-developer) (US/EU Publisher: Nintendo)
 
*''Star Wars Episode I: Racer'' (co-developer) (US/EU Publisher: Nintendo)
*''Tottoko Hamtaro 2 / Hamtaro: Ham-Hams Unite!'' (JP/US/EU Publisher: Nintendo)
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*''Tottoko Hamtaro 2: Hamchans Daishuugou Dechu'' / ''Hamtaro: Ham-Hams Unite!'' (JP/US/EU Publisher: Nintendo)
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*''Tottoko Hamtaro: Tomodachi Daisakusen Dechu'' (JP Publisher: Nintendo)
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===MSX===
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*''Attack Four'' (JP Publisher: Pax Softonica)
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*''Baseball'' (JP Publisher: Pax Softonica)
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*''Harapeko Pakkun'' (JP Publisher: ASCII) [Y. Hiyama (game designer?); Souichi Nono (programmer)]
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*''Mahjong Hidden'' (unreleased?) (JP Publisher: Pax Softonica)
  
 
===Nintendo 64===
 
===Nintendo 64===
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*''Jungle Taitei'' / ''Jungle Emperor Leo'' (unreleased) (Nintendo)
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*''Itoi Shigesato no Bass Tsuri No. 1 Ketteiban!'' (programming?) (JP Publisher: Nintendo)
 
*''Pokémon Snap'' (some programming?) (JP/US/AU/EU Publisher: Nintendo)
 
*''Pokémon Snap'' (some programming?) (JP/US/AU/EU Publisher: Nintendo)
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===PC-6001===
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*''Baseball'' (JP Publisher: Pax Softonica)
  
 
===Super Famicom/Super NES===
 
===Super Famicom/Super NES===
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*''Heisei Shin Onigashima: Zenpen'' (JP Publisher: Nintendo)
 
*''Heisei Shin Onigashima: Zenpen'' (JP Publisher: Nintendo)
 
*''Konae-chan no Doki Doki Penguin Kazoku'' [Satellaview] (JP Publisher: Nintendo)
 
*''Konae-chan no Doki Doki Penguin Kazoku'' [Satellaview] (JP Publisher: Nintendo)
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*''Motoko-chan no Wonder Kitchen'' (JP Publisher: Ajinomoto)
 
*''Snoopy Concert'' (JP Publisher: Mitsui Fudosan)
 
*''Snoopy Concert'' (JP Publisher: Mitsui Fudosan)
 
*''Super NES Super Scope 6'' (co-developer) (JP/US Publisher: Nintendo)
 
*''Super NES Super Scope 6'' (co-developer) (JP/US Publisher: Nintendo)
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:<small>NCL, NOA, Intelligent Systems, Pax Softnica, and [[TEC]] are listed as authors on the US copyright registration.</small>
 
*''Wrecking Crew '98'' (JP Publisher: Nintendo)
 
*''Wrecking Crew '98'' (JP Publisher: Nintendo)
  

Latest revision as of 02:27, 21 January 2022

Pax Softnica (パックスソフトニカ株式会社; originally written "Pax Softonica") published and developed computer games in its early years, but later worked on many games for Nintendo. It was originally Imagesoft. [1] From Oh!FM-7: "It seems that Imagesoft was originally a mail order store specializing in software, but started producing software in-house as well. After that, it was absorbed by Pax Electronica Japan, which manufactured and sold PC peripherals, and Pax Softnica was established in October 1983." (Programmer and former president Tomoshige Hashishita's profile says it was established in August. [2])

Research Methods: Actual mentions, online resources, shared staff

As Imagesoft

Apple II

  • Crazy Climber / Mad Climber (JP Publisher: Imagesoft) [Yukio Tamura] [3]
  • Love-Life (JP Publisher: Imagesoft)
  • Ocean (JP Publisher: Imagesoft)
  • Space Gals (JP Publisher: Imagesoft) [4]

FM-7

  • Enterprise (JP Publisher: Imagesoft) [B.T.]
  • Tri-Dantal (JP Publisher: Imagesoft) [Y. Takeshita]

PC-6001

  • Amazon-gawa Tanken (JP Publisher: Imagesoft) [T. Katayama]
  • Igo Joseki 100 Master (JP Publisher: Imagesoft)
  • Mad Blaster (JP Publisher: Imagesoft)
  • Miyuki in Meiro (JP Publisher: Imagesoft) [5]
  • Miyuki the Shoubushi (JP Publisher: Imagesoft)
  • Rommel Sensha Gundan (JP Publisher: Imagesoft)
  • Slender Island (JP Publisher: Imagesoft) [Onitama/Onion Software]
  • Star Trek (JP Publisher: Imagesoft)
  • The Card (JP Publisher: Imagesoft)
  • Ultra Mahjong (JP Publisher: Imagesoft) [Souichi Nono (野乃草一)]
  • 英単熟語集 (高校受験用)
  • 英単熟語集 (大学受験用)
  • 英文法練習 (高校受験用)
  • 英文法練習 (大学受験用)

PC-88

  • B52 Bakugeki Sakusen (JP Publisher: Imagesoft)
  • Leningrad Kyoushuu Sakusen (JP Publisher: Imagesoft)

Twitter thread documenting Imagesoft ads in the Japanese computer magazine I/O

As Pax Softonica/Pax Softnica

Famicom/NES

  • Ginga no Sannin (programming, sound) (JP Publisher: Nintendo)
Programmed by Pax Softnica, according to game designer Makoto Kuba [6]
  • Hello Kitty World (JP Publisher: Character Soft)
  • Hokkaido Rensa Satsujin: Okhotsk ni Kiyu (JP Publisher: Login Soft)
  • Ice Hockey (programming, etc.) (US/CA/EU/AS Publisher: Nintendo)
  • Mother (JP Publisher: Nintendo)
?: Ape, Ishel Artvision
  • Penguin-kun Wars (JP Publisher: ASCII)
  • Super Dyna'mix Badminton (JP Publisher: VAP)
  • Super Real Baseball '88 (JP Publisher: VAP)
  • Tao (JP Publisher: VAP)
  • Volleyball (US Publisher: Nintendo)
The US copyright registration lists Pax Electronica Japan as the author.

Famicom Disk System

  • Famicom Mukashi Banashi: Shin Onigashima: Kouhen (JP Publisher: Nintendo)
  • Famicom Mukashi Banashi: Shin Onigashima: Zenpen (JP Publisher: Nintendo)
  • Famicom Mukashi Banashi: Yuuyuuki: Kouhen (JP Publisher: Nintendo)
  • Famicom Mukashi Banashi: Yuuyuuki: Zenpen (JP Publisher: Nintendo)
  • Ice Hockey (programming, etc.) (JP Publisher: Nintendo)
  • Time Twist: Rekishi no Katasumi de...: Kouhen (JP Publisher: Nintendo)
  • Time Twist: Rekishi no Katasumi de...: Zenpen (JP Publisher: Nintendo)
  • Volleyball (JP Publisher: Nintendo)
  • Vs. Excitebike (JP Publisher: Nintendo)

Game Boy

  • Balloon Kid (programming) (US Publisher: Nintendo)
  • Donkey Kong (JP/US/EU Publisher: Nintendo)
  • Moguranya / Mole Mania (JP/US Publisher: Nintendo)
  • Radar Mission (JP/US Publisher: Nintendo)
  • Top Rank Tennis / Top Ranking Tennis (programming, sound?) (US/EU Publisher: Nintendo)
  • Wave Race (US/EU Publisher: Nintendo)

Game Boy Advance

  • Mother 1+2 (JP Publisher: Nintendo)
The sole author listed on the US copyright registration
  • Tottoko Hamtaro 3: Love Love Daibouken Dechu / Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak (JP/US/EU Publisher: Nintendo)

Game Boy Color

  • Balloon Fight GB (programming) (JP Publisher: Nintendo)
  • Star Wars Episode I: Racer (co-developer) (US/EU Publisher: Nintendo)
  • Tottoko Hamtaro 2: Hamchans Daishuugou Dechu / Hamtaro: Ham-Hams Unite! (JP/US/EU Publisher: Nintendo)
  • Tottoko Hamtaro: Tomodachi Daisakusen Dechu (JP Publisher: Nintendo)

MSX

  • Attack Four (JP Publisher: Pax Softonica)
  • Baseball (JP Publisher: Pax Softonica)
  • Harapeko Pakkun (JP Publisher: ASCII) [Y. Hiyama (game designer?); Souichi Nono (programmer)]
  • Mahjong Hidden (unreleased?) (JP Publisher: Pax Softonica)

Nintendo 64

  • Jungle Taitei / Jungle Emperor Leo (unreleased) (Nintendo)
  • Itoi Shigesato no Bass Tsuri No. 1 Ketteiban! (programming?) (JP Publisher: Nintendo)
  • Pokémon Snap (some programming?) (JP/US/AU/EU Publisher: Nintendo)

PC-6001

  • Baseball (JP Publisher: Pax Softonica)

Super Famicom/Super NES

  • Hajimari no Mori (JP Publisher: Nintendo)
  • Heisei Shin Onigashima: Kouhen (JP Publisher: Nintendo)
  • Heisei Shin Onigashima: Zenpen (JP Publisher: Nintendo)
  • Konae-chan no Doki Doki Penguin Kazoku [Satellaview] (JP Publisher: Nintendo)
  • Motoko-chan no Wonder Kitchen (JP Publisher: Ajinomoto)
  • Snoopy Concert (JP Publisher: Mitsui Fudosan)
  • Super NES Super Scope 6 (co-developer) (JP/US Publisher: Nintendo)
NCL, NOA, Intelligent Systems, Pax Softnica, and TEC are listed as authors on the US copyright registration.
  • Wrecking Crew '98 (JP Publisher: Nintendo)

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