Genius Sonority

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Genius Sonority, Inc.
IndustryVideo games
FoundedJune 2002[1]
HeadquartersNihonbashi, Chūō, Tokyo, Japan[1]
Key people
Manabu Yamana (president, CEO)[1]
ProductsGames for Nintendo video game consoles
Number of employees

Genius Sonority (ジニアス・ソノリティ株式会社, Jiniasu Sonoriti Kabushiki Kaisha) is a Japanese video game development studio, whose staff consists of programmers who have previously worked on the Dragon Quest series of video games.


Genius Sonority began operations in July 2001, for the original purpose of developing Pokémon games for home consoles and was officially incorporated in June 2002, with funding provided by Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi’s Q Fund, a cash reserve used for Nintendo game company start-ups.[2] Current shareholders of the company include Yamana Satoru, Nintendo, and The Pokémon Company.[1] The company's founder and current president, Manabu Yamana, is best known as a key person at Heartbeat, a company that developed games in the Dragon Quest series for Enix.[3] Yamana was joined in his efforts by members of Creatures Inc., the second-party Nintendo subsidiary responsible for the EarthBound series.[3]

As well as developing various Pokémon-related titles, they also co-developed Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors for the Wii with Eighting.[4] The game was released in Japan in July 2007, and the rest of the world within ten months.



  1. ^ a b c d e "会社紹介 (About Us)". (in Japanese). April 1, 2008. Archived from the original on 2009-03-10. Retrieved 2009-07-27.
  2. ^ "Yamauchi Q Fund sees Dragon Quest start-up". 2002-08-08. Retrieved 2009-07-27.
  3. ^ a b Long, Andrew (2002-08-07). "Nintendo Lures RPG Talent". Archived from the original on 2002-08-13. Retrieved 2009-07-27.
  4. ^ Gantayat, Anoop (2007-01-23). "Dragon Quest Swords Update". IGN. Retrieved 2016-04-01.
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  6. ^ "Pokémon Café Mix for Nintendo Switch - Nintendo Game Details". Nintendo. Retrieved 17 June 2020.

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