Camelot Software Planning

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Camelot, Inc.
Industry Video game industry
Founded 1990
Headquarters Shinjuku-ku
Shinjuku 1-28-15
SR Shinjuku Building 3F
Tokyo 160-0022[1]
Key people Hiroyuki Takahashi
Shugo Takahashi
Motoi Sakuraba
Products Shining series
Golden Sun series
Mario sports games
Employees 42 (as of January 2010)[2]

Camelot Software Planning (株式会社キャメロット Kabushiki-gaisha Kyamerotto?) is a Japanese video game developer established in 1990 under the name Sega CD4, but quickly renamed to Sonic! Software Planning. As Sonic!, they were closely involved with Sega and responsible for initial development of the Shining series. In 1995, there was a brief period where they worked for Sony Computer Entertainment in addition to creating Shining products.

By 1998, now known as Camelot, they had partnered with Nintendo and created the Mario Tennis and Mario Golf series of sports games, as well as the role-playing game series Golden Sun.


Camelot was originally founded in 1990 as a division of Sega known as Sega CD4 (Consumer Development Studio #4),[3] soon changing their name to Sonic! Software Planning, which was formed to create the Shining in the Darkness game for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis alongside Climax Entertainment. It also developed other successful games in the franchise like Shining Force and Shining Force II.[3] In 1995, then-Sonic! officially separated from Sega but agreed to keep developing the Shining games and would not release any games for rival systems that would hurt the Shining franchise.

By Shining Force III, they had renamed themselves Camelot. In late 1998, Sega began focusing their resources on the Dreamcast, leaving Camelot with their last scenario for Shining Force III on the previous Sega Saturn in jeopardy. Though the scenario was released, Camelot decided to move away from Sega completely and establish a partnership with Nintendo.[3]

The company then proceeded to develop many Mario sports games, including Mario Golf, and Mario Tennis.[3] In addition to the Mario sports games, the company also made the Golden Sun series of role-playing games as well.[3]

Camelot Software are noted to be the creators of the Mario character, Waluigi. During the development of Mario Tennis, Nintendo wanted a "Wario-like" counterpart for Luigi, and Waluigi was created.

Developed games[edit]

For Sega
For Sony Computer Entertainment
For Nintendo
  • I Love Golf - (PC)[4]


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