CAVE (company)

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CAVE Interactive CO.,LTD.
株式会社ケイブ
Type Kabushiki gaisha
Industry video games, mobile contents, music
Founded June 15, 1994
Headquarters Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
Key people Kenichi Takano (Representative Director, President and CEO)
Products video game software, video game soundtrack
Total assets JP¥ 874,251,193 (FY 2012)[1]
Employees 158 (FY 2012)[1]
Subsidiaries

Beads Mania (Merged with CAVE on Jun 1 2008)
Tabot Inc (45% stake)
Mini4WD Networks Co., Ltd. (44.8% stake)

Declease ltd. 2014 (9.2% stake)
Website http://www.cave.co.jp/

CAVE Interactive CO.,LTD., also known as CAVE Co., Ltd. (Computer Art Visual Entertainment), is a Japanese video game company, known primarily for its manic shoot 'em ups. CAVE remains one of the most active makers of arcade shoot-'em-ups in the Japanese market. The company was formed primarily from the remains of Toaplan, and several of their early games are considered to be spiritual successors to prior Toaplan works, in particular Truxton and Batsugun.

CAVE currently produces titles for arcades, Xbox 360 and smart phones, as well as online games for the PC.

History[edit]

During a stockholder meeting in 2011-8, the company changed the English company name to 'CAVE Interactive CO.,LTD'.[2] However, the foreign www.caveinteractive.com domain name had already been established in 2011-05-18.[3]

Key staff members include Tsuneki Ikeda (director and COO [4]) and Makoto Asada (game development department head [5]) who left the company in 2013.[6] On January 24, 2014 community manager "Masa-King" announced that the Cave-World Twitter and blog were shutting down on February 28, 2014,[7] terminating all existing English social media presence in the west.

Subsidiaries[edit]

  • Mini4WD Networks Co., Ltd. (ミニ四駆ネットワークス株式会社) is a joint venture of CAVE Co., Ltd. and Tamiya established in 2006-02-01.[8][9]
  • Tabot Inc. (タボット株式会社) is a video game, music, and online content development company.
  • ORANGE AND PARTNERS CO.,LTD. (株式会社オレンジ・アンド・パートナーズ): A marketing division. On 2006-08-30, CAVE Co., Ltd. announced the establishment of the subsidiary, effective on 2006-09-05.[10]
  • CAVE Asset Management Co.,Ltd. (株式会社ケイブアセットマネジメント): Stock management and investment division. On 2006-08-30, CAVE Co., Ltd. announced the establishment of the subsidiary, effective on 2006-09-20-30.[10]
  • Declease ltd., International Co., ( 日曜日の生 ): It/os management and development division. On 2014-18-09, Cave Co.,Ltd. announced about subsidiarity of Declease ltd., International Co.,

Former subsidiaries[edit]

  • CAVE ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT CO., LTD. (株式会社ケイブ・オンライン・エンターテイメント): On 2005-07-13, CAVE Co., Ltd. announced the establishment of the subsidiary specialized in online entertainment, with CAVE, Kenichi Takano owning 90%, and 5% stakes respectively. The company would be established on 2005-07-15.[11] The subsidiary was established with CAVE, Kenichi Takano owning 92.3%, and 5.1% stakes respectively, with Kenichi Takano as the subsidiary's CEO and president.[12] On 2006-07-24, CAVE Co., Ltd. announced merging the subsidiary and the online business into the parent company, effective on 2006-09-01.[13]
  • Beads Mania: Vendor of fashion accessories. On 2005-05-31, CAVE Co., Ltd. originally announced the establishment of beads accessory division beginning on 2005-06-01.[14] On 2005-07-01, CAVE Co., Ltd. announced the complete acquisition of Craze Company (クレイズカンパニー株式会社) previously done in 2005-06-30 and became a 100 subsidiary of CAVE, which owned the Beads Mania (ビーズマニア) online shop.[15] On 2005-07-06, Craze Company was renamed to Beads Mania (ビーズマニア株式会社).[16][17] On 2008-05-07, CAVE announced the integration of Beads Mania business, effective on 2008-06-01.[18] On 2010-5-19, CAVE announced the sales of Beads Mania shop and the associated mobile phone site to Tougenkyou Inc. tentatively on 2010-05-31, and the closure of CAVE's shops within Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi in 2011-7.[19]

Marketing[edit]

  • Since 2006 CAVE has hosted CAVE Matsuri, a yearly festival in which several announcements regarding company affairs are made. Also, some titles are offered exclusively at this event such as Mushihimesama Cave Matsuri ver 1.5.[20] The latest version of this festival was hosted on May 5, 2013.
  • A character of the same name represents the company within the company-collaborative RPG Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2.

Games developed[edit]

Arcade Games[edit]

CAVE's arcade titles have used various arcade boards over the years. Earlier titles used a CAVE-designed board based on a Motorola 68000 CPU,[21] whereas later releases moved over to the PGM (Poly Game Master) hardware,[22] and then on to boards based on the Hitachi SH-3 CPU.[23] CAVE dabbled in PC-based hardware for Deathsmiles II, but switched back to SH-3 for later titles.

Game Year Hardware Publisher(s)
DonPachi 1995 1GEN Atlus
DoDonPachi 1997 1GEN Atlus
Steep Slope Sliders 1998 ST-V Sega
ESP Ra.De. 1998 1GEN Atlus
Uo Poko 1998 1GEN Jaleco
Dangun Feveron/Fever S.O.S. 1998 1GEN Atlus
Guwange 1999 1GEN Atlus
Progear: Storm of Progear 2001 CPS2 Atlus
DoDonPachi DaiOuJou 2002 PGM AMI
Ketsui: Kizuna Jigoku Tachi 2002 PGM AMI
Espgaluda 2003 PGM Cave
Mushihimesama 2004 SH3 Cave
Ibara 2005 SH3 AMI
Puzzle! Mushihimetama 2005 SH3 Cave
Espgaluda II 2005 SH3 AMI
Ibara Kuro: Black Label 2006 SH3 AMI
Pink Sweets: Ibara Sorekara 2006 SH3 Cave
Mushihimesama Futari 2006 SH3 Cave
Muchi Muchi Pork! 2007 SH3 AMI
Deathsmiles 2007 SH3 AMI
DoDonPachi DaiFukkatsu 2008 SH3b AMI
Omatsuri Yasan: Kingyo Sukui 2009 SH3b Cave
Omatsuri Yasan: Ganso Takoyaki 2009 SH3b Cave
Deathsmiles II: Makai no Merry Christmas 2009 Custom AMI
Akai Katana 2010 SH3b Cave
DoDonPachi SaiDaiOuJou 2012 SH3b Cave

Console Games[edit]

On March 28, 2013 Cave released a special bundle called Cave Shooting Collection which contained all Xbox 360 titles published by them to that date (Akai Katana, Deathsmiles, Deathsmiles IIX, DoDonPachi Daifukkatsu Black Label, DoDonPachi Daifukkatsu Ver 1.5, Espgaluda II, Muchi Muchi Pork & Pink Sweets, Mushihimesama, Mushihimesama Futari Ver 1.5, and a download voucher for Guwange on XBLA), a disc containing all DLC for the aforementioned titles, 7 "superplay" DVDs, and a 10-disc soundtrack selection with songs from all of the included games except Guwange.[24] This bundle will be re-released as Cave Shooting Collection Complete on May 22, 2014 including DoDonPachi SaiDaiOuJou but not including the soundtrack collection.[25]

Game Year System Publisher(s) JP NA EU
Touge: King the Spirits 1995 Sega Saturn Atlus Yes Yes No
DonPachi 1996 Sega Saturn Atlus Yes No No
DonPachi 1996 PlayStation SPS Yes No No
Touge: King the Spirits 2 1997 Sega Saturn Atlus Yes No No
DoDonPachi 1997 Sega Saturn Atlus Yes No No
Steep Slope Sliders 1997 Sega Saturn Sega Yes Yes Yes
Peak Performance 1997 PlayStation Atlus Yes Yes Yes
Trick'N Snowboarder 1999 PlayStation Capcom Yes Yes Yes
Touge Max 2 1999 PlayStation Atlus Yes No No
Touge Max G 2000 PlayStation Atlus Yes No No
Yanya Caballista: City Skater 2001 PlayStation 2 Koei Yes Yes No
DoDonPachi DaiOuJou 2003 PlayStation 2 Arika Yes No No
Espgaluda 2004 PlayStation 2 Arika Yes No No
Mushihimesama 2005 PlayStation 2 Taito Yes No No
Ibara 2006 PlayStation 2 Taito Yes No No
Shin Megami Tensei: Imagine 2007 PC Atlus Yes Yes No
Princess Debut 2008 Nintendo DS Cave (JP)
Natsume (NA)
Midway (EU)
Yes Yes Yes
Ketsui Death Label 2008 Nintendo DS Arika Yes Noa Noa
DoDonPachi DaiOuJou Black Label Extra 2009 Xbox 360 5pb. Yes No No
Deathsmiles 2009 Xbox 360 Cave (JP)
Aksys Games (NA)
Rising Star Games (EU)
Yes Yes Yes
Mushihimesama Futari Ver 1.5 2009 Xbox 360 Cave Yes Noa Noa
Espgaluda II Black Label 2010 Xbox 360 Cave Yes Nob Nob
Ketsui: Kizuna Jigoku Tachi Extra 2010 Xbox 360 5pb. Yes No No
Deathsmiles IIX: Makai no Merry Christmas 2010 Xbox 360 5pb. Yes Yes No
Guwange 2010 XBLA Cave Yes Yes Yes
DoDonPachi DaiFukkatsu Ver 1.5/DoDonPachi Resurrection 2010 Xbox 360 Cave (JP)
Rising Star Games (EU)
Yes Noc Yes
DoDonPachi DaiFukkatsu Black Label 2011 Xbox 360 Cave Yes No No
Muchi Muchi Pork! & Pink Sweets: Ibara Sore Kara 2011 Xbox 360 Cave Yes Noa Noa
Nin2-Jump 2011 XBLA Cave Yes Yes Yes
Akai Katana 2011 Xbox 360 Cave (JP)
Rising Star Games (NA & EU)
Yes Yes Yes
Instant Brain 2011 Xbox 360 Cave Yes No No
DoDonPachi DaiFukkatsu Double Pack 2012 Xbox 360 Cave Yes No No
Mushihimesama HD 2012 Xbox 360 Cave Yes No No
DoDonPachi SaiDaiOuJou 2013 Xbox 360 Cave Yes Noa Noa
Ketsui: Kizuna Jigoku Tachi Extra 2013 PlayStation 3 5pb. Yes Noa Noa
Shirotsuku Cancelled PlayStation Vita Cave No No No
Notes

^a Not released outside of Japan but release is region-free.
^b Not released outside of Japan but regular edition release is region-free.
^c Not released outside of Japan and Europe but release is region-free.

Mobile Games[edit]

Game Year Platform Publisher(s)
Ninja Tower 2004 Mobile Nuvo Studios
Loveny's Picture Book 2006 Mobile Cave
Espgaluda II 2010 iOS Cave
DoDonPachi Resurrection 2010 iOS Cave
Mushihimesama Bug Panic 2010 iOS Cave
Deathsmiles 2011 iOS Cave
Espgaluda II HD 2011 iOS Cave
Bug Princess 2011 iOS Cave
DoDonPachi Blissful Death 2012 iOS Cave
DoDonPachi Resurrection HD 2012 iOS Cave
Bug Princess 2 2012 iOS Cave
Bug Princess 2 Black Label 2012 iOS Cave
Espgaluda II 2012 Android G-Gee
DoDonPachi Resurrection 2012 Android G-Gee
DoDonPachi Maximum 2012 iOS, Windows Phone Cave
Mushihimesama BUG PANIC 2013 Android G-Gee
Deathsmiles 2013 Android G-Gee
Hello Kitty Puzzle Chains 2014 iOS, Android Mobage
Don Paccin 2014 iOS, Android Mobage
Jagura x Monster 2014 iOS, Android kitac

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Company Overview
  2. ^ 英ゲームメディア「Pocketgamer.biz」にて副社長 渡邉幹雄のインタビューが掲載!
  3. ^ CAVE Launches New English Website
  4. ^ Tsuneki Ikeda (Person)
  5. ^ Makoto Asada (Person)
  6. ^ Makoto Asada leaves Cave
  7. ^ To all CAVE WORLD supporters | CAVE WORLD Official Blog
  8. ^ ケイブとタミヤ、新会社「ミニ四駆ネットワークス」を設立「ミニ四駆オンラインレーサー」等を展開
  9. ^ ミニ四駆ネットワークス(株) 設立のお知らせ
  10. ^ a b 子会社設立のお知らせ
  11. ^ (株)ケイブ・オンライン・エンターテイメント 設立のお知らせ
  12. ^ 当社子会社 「株式会社ケイブ・オンライン・エンターテイメント」 設立登記のお知らせ
  13. ^ 子会社の吸収合併に関するお知らせ
  14. ^ 組織変更に関するお知らせ
  15. ^ クレイズカンパニー株式会社の株式譲受のお知らせ
  16. ^ 子会社の商号変更に関するお知らせ
  17. ^ 株式会社ケイブ の有価証券報告書 (2010年06月01日 - 2011年05月31日 期)
  18. ^ ビーズマニア株式会社(当社子会社)の事業統合に関するお知らせ
  19. ^ コマース事業の一部譲渡ならびに事業の廃止に関するお知らせ
  20. ^ Arcade games | CAVE Database
  21. ^ [1], System 16 - CAVE 68000 Hardware (Other)
  22. ^ [2], System 16 - PGM Hardware (Other)
  23. ^ [3], System 16 - CAVE CV1000B Hardware (Other)
  24. ^ Cave's Gigantic Xbox 360 Shooter Collection Has 11 Games + A Disc Just To Install DLC - Siliconera
  25. ^ Cave Shooting Collection Complete Packs 11 Games And 7 Playthrough DVDs - Siliconera

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