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Camelot Co. Ltd.
Camelot Software Planning
Native name
株式会社キャメロット
Kabushiki gaisha Kyamerotto
Formerly called
Sega CD4
Sega Software Planning
Kabushiki gaisha
Industry Video game industry
Founded 1990; 27 years ago (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
Number of employees
42 (as of January 2010)[2]
Parent Sega (1990–1995)
Website www.camelot.co.jp

Camelot Co. Ltd. (株式会社キャメロット, Kabushiki-gaisha Kyamerotto) (doing business as Camelot Software Planning) 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 2001, 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.

History[edit]

Camelot was 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, alongside Climax Entertainment, Shining in the Darkness for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis. The studio also developed other successful games in the franchise, including Shining Force and Shining Force II.[3] In 1995, Sonic! officially separated from Sega, but agreed to continue developing games for the Shining series and to not release any games for rival systems that would threaten the success of the Shining franchise.

By Shining Force III, the studio had begun operating under its current name, Camelot Software Planning. In late 1998, Sega began focusing their resources on the Dreamcast, leaving Camelot with their final Shining Force III scenario, for the Sega Saturn, in jeopardy. Though the scenario was released, Camelot decided to move away from Sega completely and to establish a partnership with Nintendo.[3]

The company then developed many Mario sports games, including Mario Golf, and Mario Tennis,[3] as well as the Golden Sun series of role-playing games.[3]

The creation of the Mario character, Waluigi, can be attributed to Camelot Software, after Nintendo requested a "Wario-like" counterpart for Luigi during the development of Mario Tennis.

Developed games[edit]

Year Game Publisher Platform(s)
1991 Shining in the Darkness Sega Sega Mega Drive/Genesis
1992 Shining Force
Shining Force Gaiden Game Gear
1993 Shining Force: The Sword of Hajya
Shining Force II Sega Mega Drive/Genesis
1994 Shining Force CD Mega-CD
1995 Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict Game Gear
Shining Wisdom Sega Saturn
Beyond the Beyond Sony Computer Entertainment PlayStation
1996 Shining the Holy Ark Sega Sega Saturn
1997 Everybody's Golf Sony Computer Entertainment PlayStation
Shining Force III Sega Sega Saturn
1998 Shining Force III Scenario 2
Shining Force III Scenario 3
Shining Force III Premium Disc
1999 Mario Golf Nintendo Nintendo 64, Game Boy Color
2000 Mario Tennis
2001 Golden Sun Game Boy Advance
Mobile Golf Game Boy Color
2002 Golden Sun: The Lost Age Game Boy Advance
2003 Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour Nintendo GameCube
2004 Mario Golf: Advance Tour Game Boy Advance
Mario Power Tennis Nintendo GameCube
2005 Mario Tennis: Power Tour Game Boy Advance
2007 We Love Golf! Capcom Wii
2009 New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis Nintendo
2010 Golden Sun: Dark Dawn Nintendo DS
2012 Mario Tennis Open Nintendo 3DS
2014 Mario Golf: World Tour
2015 Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash Wii U
2017 Mario Sports Superstars Nintendo 3DS

Cancelled[edit]

  • I Love Golf – (PC)[4]

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