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This article is about the Japanese video game developer. For the fictional character from the anime and manga series My-Otome, see Arika Yumemiya. For a species of spider described by a scientist named Arika Kimura, see Kimura-gumo.
Arika Co.,Ltd.
Kabushiki gaisha
Industry Video game industry
Founded November 1, 1995
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Key people
Akira Nishitani (President)
Number of employees

Arika (アリカ?) is a Japanese video game developer. It was formed in 1995 by former Capcom employees. The name of the company itself is the reverse of the name of the company's founder, Akira Nishitani (Nin Nin), who (along with Akiman) created Street Fighter II. Arika's first arcade game was Street Fighter EX. It was successful and was followed up with two updates (Street Fighter EX + and EX + α for the PlayStation), and then two sequels on the arcade and PlayStation 2.

Arika is well known for the Tetris: The Grand Master series and Cardcaptor Sakura series. A recent notable game by the developer is Endless Ocean, a scuba diving game for the Wii.

Games developed[edit]

Street Fighter EX series[edit]

Nintendo-published Games and Classic Games[edit]

3D Classics[edit]

Other games developed[edit]

Under development[edit]

In July 2011, a video from an Arika 3DS test project, currently called Fighting Sample, was released, featuring Hokuto and Kairi from the Street Fighter EX series.[1] Further screenshots show Blair, D. Dark and Shadow Geist.[2]

Tetris: The Grand Master 4: Masters of Round has been shown to be in development multiple times since as early as 2009. However, it was cancelled later on due to various reasons, including copyright infringements with regards to emulation and various fan-developed clones of TGM, most notably Texmaster2009. These have also caused problems before; back when TGM2 was released, Arika were shown to be developing a version of TGM2 for the PlayStation 2. However, the emulation of TGM1 and 2 in MAME caused Ichiro Mihara, TGM's producer and Arika's vice president, to cancel the port. Tetris: The Grand Master 4: Masters of Round has been uncancelled again recently; Tetris: The Grand Master 2015 was announced and playtested in both Japan and the United States in June 2015. This playtest was not officially licensed by The Tetris Company, and it is unclear whether we will ever see a TGM4.


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