Arika

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Arika Co. Ltd.
Native name
株式会社アリカ
Kabushiki gaisha Arika
Kabushiki gaisha
Industry Video game industry
Founded November 1, 1995; 22 years ago (1995-11-01)
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Key people
Akira Nishitani (President)
Products Street Fighter EX series
Fighting Layer
Number of employees
50
Website www.arika.co.jp

Arika Co. Ltd. (アリカ, Kabushiki gaisha Arika) is a Japanese video game developer. It was formed in 1995 by former Capcom employees, originally as ARMtech K.K, later named Arika. The name of the company is the reverse of the name of the company's founder, Akira Nishitani, who along with Akira Yasuda, 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 two sequels in arcades, on PlayStation and PlayStation 2. In 2018, they released a PlayStation 4 spiritual successor to Street Fighter EX, called Fighting EX Layer.

Arika is known for the Tetris: The Grand Master series, Cardcaptor Sakura series, and Endless Ocean, a scuba diving game for the Wii.

History[edit]

Arika was founded in November 1995.[1] During the first month of its existence the company was focused strictly on research.[1]

In July 2011, a video from an Arika 3DS test project, called Fighting Sample, was released, featuring Hokuto and Kairi from the Street Fighter EX series.[2] Further screenshots were released, showing characters Blair, Doctrine Dark and Shadow Geist, but the project was later cancelled.[3] Later in May 2016, another video showcasing Nanase, Allen, Darun and Skullomania was released as a sample test video, with no plans for a future release.[4] In April 2017, Fighting EX Layer, which seems to be the "evolution" of Fighting Sample was announced as a video for April Fools, and later confirmed to be actually a game in development. Fighting EX Layer will be a spiritual successor to both Street Fighter EX series and Fighting Layer, an arcade-only fighting game by Arika.

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.[5] TGM4 has been uncancelled again recently; The Grand Master 2015 was announced and playtested in both Japan and the United States in June 2015. This playtest was not licensed by The Tetris Company.

Not long after completion, a Tetris the Absolute: The Grand Master 2 PLUS port to the PlayStation 2 was shown to be in development. Due to unknown reasons, the port was not licensed and was never released.[6]

Games developed[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Harrod, Warren (December 1996). "The Akira [sic] Interview". Sega Saturn Magazine. No. 14. Emap International Limited. pp. 91–95.
  2. ^ "First Video of Arika's Fighting Sample (Featuring SFEX Characters) « Shoryuken". Shoryuken.com. 2011-07-11. Retrieved 2012-08-19.
  3. ^ "Street Fighter EX Characters Resurface in Arika's 3DS Fighting Sample « Shoryuken". Shoryuken.com. 2011-06-30. Retrieved 2012-08-19.
  4. ^ Fighting Sample video 2
  5. ^ "Mihara's sub Layer %7c なぜ今更言い出したのか?". Ichiro Mihara. 2010-09-19. Retrieved 2016-01-15.
  6. ^ "三原さん。@ARIKA on Twitter: "@BBQTurkeyzZ 平たく言うとライセンスが得られなかったということです。"". Ichiro Mihara. 2016-01-29. Retrieved 2016-01-29.

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