Human Entertainment

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Human Corporation
Industry Video game industry
Founded May 1983
Defunct January 2000
Headquarters Japan
Website web.archive.org/web/19990430030251/http://www.human.co.jp

Human Corporation (Japanese: ヒューマン株式会社, Hepburn: Hyūman kabushikigaisha) was a Japanese video game developer and publisher founded in 1983. The company produced games for a number of platforms, including home consoles, portable consoles, and PC. Human declared bankruptcy in 2000 and disbanded. Its former members went on to form new companies including Nude Maker, Sandlot, Spike, and Grasshopper Manufacture.

The company is known for originating the popular Fire Pro Wrestling series, as well as other sports games such as Super Formation Soccer and Final Match Tennis, and racing video games such as Human Grand Prix and Fastest 1. They are also known for developing the first music rhythm video game, Dance Aerobics (1987), and many early horror games including: Laplace no Ma (1987), the Twilight Syndrome series, and the Clock Tower series.

History[edit]

On November 1, 1999, Human Corporation began to negotiate restructure with Tokyo Hachiōji district court over the approximately 4 billion yen outstanding debt. As part of the deal, the game creator school subsidiary was to be transferred.[1] At the same time, the rights of Fire Pro Wrestling series, Twilight Syndrome series, Bakusou Dekotora series went to Spike Co., Ltd.[2][3]

In January 2000, Human Corporation was declared bankrupt for failing to negotiate for a restructuring deal over the 3.79 billion yen (as of November 1999) outstanding debt.[4]

Former Human members went on to form different development teams including Nude Maker, Sandlot, and Spike, and notable member Goichi Suda formed his own company, Grasshopper Manufacture, with former members.

Subsidiaries[5][edit]

  • HUMAN INTERNATIONAL CO. LTD.: Human Corporation's Hong Kong branch office.
  • HUMAN ENTERTAINMENT INC: Human Corporation's San Francisco branch office, established in January 1994.

Former subsidiaries[edit]

  • HUNEX CO., LTD. (ヒューネックス株式会社): Established in October 1992 with NEC Home Electronics.
  • HUMAN CREATIVE SCHOOL (ヒューマンクリエイティブスクール): A game creator school established in April 1990. In January 2000, the operating rights of HUMAN CREATIVE SCHOOL was transferred to Dodwell B.M.S. Ltd.[6] In 2000-04-01, the school was renamed to Pasonasoftbank Creative School (パソナソフトバンク クリエイティブ スクール). Following the name change of Pasonasoftbank to Profecio in August 2001, the school was renamed to ProfecioCreativeSchool (プロフェシオクリエイティブスクール). Enrollment was stopped in 2002 due to low enrollment rate, followed by the school's closure in March 2003.[7]
  • Human Computer Kids School (ヒューマンコンピュータキッズスクール): Established in May 1994.

Games[edit]

Developed by Human Entertainment[edit]

Game Boy[edit]

Nintendo Entertainment System[edit]

Nintendo 64[edit]

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PC (Windows)[edit]

PlayStation[edit]

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Sega Mega Drive (Genesis)[edit]

Super NES (Super Famicom)[edit]

TurboGrafx/Duo/PC Engine[edit]

Published by Human Entertainment[edit]

Dreamcast[edit]

Game Boy[edit]

Nintendo 64[edit]

PC Engine[edit]

PC (Windows)[edit]

PlayStation[edit]

Saturn[edit]

Super NES[edit]

TurboGrafx/Duo/PC Engine[edit]

WonderSwan[edit]

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