Intelligent Systems

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Intelligent Systems Co., Ltd.
Native name
株式会社インテリジェントシステムズ
Kabushiki-Gaisha Interijento Shisutemuzu
Kabushiki gaisha
Founded December 1986; 29 years ago (1986-12)[1]
Headquarters Kyoto, Japan
Products Various video game titles
Number of employees
142 (as of May 2015)[1]
Website Official website

Intelligent Systems Co., Ltd. (Japanese: 株式会社インテリジェントシステムズ Hepburn: Kabushiki-Gaisha Interijento Shisutemuzu?) is a Japanese video game developer closely affiliated with Nintendo and best known for developing the Fire Emblem, Wars, and Paper Mario series. Originally it was headquartered at the Nintendo Kyoto Research Center in Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto,[2] but in October 2013, they moved to a building near Nintendo's headquarters.[3]

History[edit]

Intelligent Systems makes development kits for first and third parties, like this ROM burner for the Nintendo DS.

Intelligent Systems started out in the video game industry when developer Tohru Narihiro was hired by Nintendo to port Famicom Disk System software to the standard ROM-cartridge format that was being used outside Japan on the NES. Similarly to the origins of HAL Laboratory, the team soon became an auxiliary program unit for Nintendo that provided system tools and hired people to program, fix, or port Nintendo-developed software. Much of the team's original work consists of minor contributions to larger titles developed by Nintendo R&D1 and Nintendo EAD.

Chief programmer Tohru Narihiro programmed his first video games, Famicom Wars and Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, towards the end of the Famicom's life cycle, although the game design, graphic design, and music was provided by the Nintendo R&D1 team. Because of Narihiro's success, Intelligent Systems began to hire graphic designers, programmers, and musicians to extend the company from an auxiliary–tool developer to a game development group. The company has since continued to develop new entries in the Wars and Fire Emblem franchises.

Intelligent Systems currently focuses on development of Wii U and Nintendo 3DS software, and has developed games for every Nintendo system to date.

Gameography[edit]

List of video games developed by Intelligent Systems
Title System Release date Publisher Ref(s)
Japan Europe North America
Tennis[a] Nintendo Entertainment System January 14, 1984 September 1, 1986 October 18, 1985 Nintendo
Family Computer Disk System February 21, 1986 Unreleased
Wild Gunman[a] Nintendo Entertainment System February 18, 1984 February 15, 1988 October 18, 1985
Devil World[b] October 5, 1984 July 15, 1987 Unreleased
Soccer April 9, 1985 January 15, 1987 March 1987
Family Computer Disk System February 21, 1986 Unreleased
Metroid[a] August 6, 1986 [4]
Famicom Wars Family Computer August 12, 1988
Alleyway[a] Game Boy April 21, 1989 September 28, 1990 August 11, 1989
Baseball[c] July 31, 1989
Yakuman Unreleased
Golf November 28, 1989 January 1990 February 1990
Fire Emblem: Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi[a] Family Computer April 20, 1990 Unreleased
Game Boy Wars[a] Game Boy May 21, 1991
Fire Emblem Gaiden Family Computer March 14, 1992
Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru[a] Game Boy September 4, 1992
Battle Clash[a]
JP Space Bazooka
Super Nintendo Entertainment System June 21, 1993 March 18, 1993 October 1992
Metal Combat: Falcon's Revenge[a] Unreleased December 1993
Fire Emblem: Monshō no Nazo Super Famicom January 21, 1994 Unreleased
Super Metroid[a] Super Nintendo Entertainment System March 19, 1994 July 28, 1994 April 18, 1994
Galactic Pinball Virtual Boy July 21, 1995 Unreleased August 14, 1995
Panel de Pon Super Famicom October 27, 1995 Unreleased
Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu May 14, 1996
Tetris Attack[a] Super Nintendo Entertainment System Unreleased November 28, 1996 August 1996
BS Yoshi's Panepon[a] Satellaview November 3, 1996 Unreleased
Super Famicom Wars Super Famicom May 1, 1998
Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 Super Famicom September 1, 1999
Paper Mario
JP Mario Story
Nintendo 64 August 11, 2000 October 5, 2001 February 5, 2001
Pokémon Puzzle Challenge
JP Pokemon de Panepon
Game Boy Color September 21, 2000 December 4, 2000 June 15, 2001
Advance Wars
JP Game Boy Wars Advance
Game Boy Advance November 25, 2004[d] January 11, 2002 September 10, 2001
Mario Kart: Super Circuit
JP Mario Kart Advance
July 21, 2001 September 14, 2001 August 27, 2001
Cubivore: Survival of the Fittest[e]
JP|EU|AU Animal Leader
GameCube February 21, 2002 July 19, 2002 November 5, 2002 Nintendo WW
Atlus NA
Fire Emblem: Fūin no Tsurugi[a] Game Boy Advance March 29, 2002 Unreleased Nintendo
Nintendo Puzzle Collection[a][f] GameCube February 7, 2003
Fire Emblem
JP Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken
Game Boy Advance April 25, 2003 July 16, 2004 November 3, 2003
Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising
JP Game Boy Wars Advance 2
November 25, 2004[d] October 3, 2003 June 23, 2003
WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Game$
JP Atsumare! Made in Wario
GameCube October 17, 2003 September 3, 2004 April 5, 2004
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
JP Paper Mario RPG
July 22, 2004 November 12, 2004 October 11, 2004
Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
JP Fire Emblem: Seima no Kōseki
Game Boy Advance October 7, 2004 November 4, 2005 May 23, 2005
WarioWare: Twisted![g]
JP Mawaru Made in Wario
October 14, 2004 May 19, 2005
WarioWare: Touched![g]
JP Sawaru Made in Wario
Nintendo DS December 2, 2004 March 11, 2005 February 14, 2005
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance[h]
JP Fire Emblem: Sōen no Kiseki
GameCube April 20, 2005 November 4, 2005 October 17, 2005
Advance Wars: Dual Strike
JP Famicom Wars DS
Nintendo DS June 23, 2005 September 30, 2005 August 22, 2005
WarioWare: Smooth Moves[g]
JP Odoru Made in Wario
Wii December 2, 2006 January 12, 2007 January 15, 2007
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn[h]
JP Fire Emblem: Akatsuki no Megami
February 22, 2007 March 14, 2008 November 11, 2007
Super Paper Mario April 19, 2007 September 14, 2007 April 9, 2007
Planet Puzzle League
EU Puzzle League DS
JP Panel de Pon DS
Nintendo DS April 26, 2007 June 29, 2007 June 4, 2007
Face Training
JP Facening de Hyōjō Yutaka ni Inshō Up: Otona no DS Kao Training
August 7, 2007 Unreleased Unreleased
Nintendo DSi September 9, 2009 September 24, 2010
Kousoku Card Battle: Card Hero[g] Nintendo DS December 20, 2007 Unreleased
Advance Wars: Days of Ruin
EU|AU Advance Wars: Dark Conflict
JP Famicom Wars DS: Ushinawareta Hikari
Nintendo DS Unreleased January 25, 2008 January 21, 2008
Virtual Console (Nintendo 3DS) October 30, 2013 Unreleased [5]
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon[h]
JP Fire Emblem: Shin Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Ken
Nintendo DS August 7, 2008 December 5, 2008 February 16, 2009
WarioWare: Snapped![g]
JP Utsusu Made in Wario
Nintendo DSi (DSiWare) December 24, 2008 April 3, 2009 April 5, 2009
WarioWare D.I.Y.[g]
JP Made in Ore
Nintendo DS April 29, 2009 April 30, 2010 March 28, 2010
WarioWare D.I.Y. Showcase[g]
JP Asobu Made in Ore
Wii (WiiWare) March 29, 2010
Dragon Quest Wars Nintendo DSi (DSiWare) June 24, 2009 October 9, 2009 September 28, 2009 Square Enix
Eco Shooter: Plant 530
JP|EU 530 Eco Shooter
Wii (WiiWare) November 24, 2009 January 29, 2010 December 21, 2009 Nintendo
Nintendo DSi Instrument Tuner Nintendo DSi (DSiWare) September 2, 2009 Unreleased March 29, 2010
Nintendo DSi Metronome
Dictionary 6 in 1 with Camera Function October 7, 2009 September 4, 2009
Link 'n' Launch November 11, 2009 August 6, 2010 February 8, 2010
Spotto!
EU|AU Birds & Bombs
November 25, 2009 February 26, 2010 February 15, 2010
Fire Emblem: Shin Monshō no Nazo: Hikari to Kage no Eiyū Nintendo DS July 15, 2010 Unreleased
Dragon Quest 25th Anniversary Famicom & Super Famicom Dragon Quest I · II · III Wii September 15, 2011 Square Enix
Pushmo
EU|AU Pullblox
JP Hiku Osu
Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo eShop) October 5, 2011 December 8, 2011 Nintendo
Fire Emblem Awakening[h]
JP Fire Emblem Kakusei
Nintendo 3DS April 19, 2012 April 19, 2013 February 4, 2013
Crashmo
EU|AU Fallblox
JP Hiku Otsu
Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo eShop) October 31, 2012 November 15, 2012 November 22, 2012
Paper Mario: Sticker Star
JP Paper Mario: Super Seal
Nintendo 3DS December 6, 2012 December 7, 2012 November 11, 2012
Game & Wario[g] Wii U March 28, 2013 June 28, 2013 June 23, 2013
Daigasso! Band Brothers P[i] Nintendo 3DS November 14, 2013 Unreleased
Pushmo World
EU|AUPullblox World
JP Hiku Otsu Warudo
Wii U (Nintendo eShop) June 19, 2014 [6]
Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Nintendo 3DS May 14, 2015 May 15, 2015 March 13, 2015
Stretchmo
EU|AU Fullblox
May 13, 2015 May 14, 2015
Fire Emblem Fates
JP Fire Emblem if
June 25, 2015 May 20, 2016 February 19, 2016 [7]
Paper Mario: Color Splash Wii U October 7, 2016
Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Co-developed by Nintendo R&D1.
  2. ^ Co-developed by Nintendo EAD.
  3. ^ Responsible for porting the original game to the Game Boy.
  4. ^ a b Released as Game Boy Wars Advance 1+2 in Japan.
  5. ^ Co-developed by Saru Brunei.
  6. ^ Cite error: The named reference nst was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h Co-developed by Nintendo SPD Group No. 1.
  8. ^ a b c d Co-developed by Nintendo SPD Group No. 2.
  9. ^ Co-developed by Nintendo SDD.

Cancelled[edit]

Title System Publisher Reason Ref(s)
Dragon Hopper
JP Jump Dragon
Virtual Boy Nintendo
Fire Emblem 64 (tentative title) Nintendo 64DD

Other[edit]

This is another list of games to which Intelligent Systems has contributed.[8][further explanation needed]

  • Wrecking Crew (NES/FDS)
  • Mario Bros. (NES/FDS)
  • Donkey Kong (NES)
  • Hogan's Alley (NES)
  • Duck Hunt (NES)
  • Mario Paint (SNES)
  • Sim City (SNES)
  • Trade & Battle: Card Hero (GBC)
  • Dr. Mario & Panel de Pon (GBA)
  • Kaite oboeru eitango-chō (lit. Learn how to write English) (DSiWare)
  • Kaite oboeru shashin tango-chō (lit. Learn how to write with pictures) (DSiWare)
  • Ato nan-nichi? Kazoeru nintendō DSi karendā (lit. How many days? Learn how to count with Nintendo DSi Calender) (DSiWare)
  • Card Hero: Custom Speed Battle (DSiWare)
  • Atsumeru egao-chō (lit. Smile Book Collection) (DSiWare)
  • Chotto panerudepon (lit. A little bit of... Panel de Pon) (DSiWare)
  • Kanji Sonomama Rakubiki Jiten DS (Nintendo DS)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "History" (in Japanese). Intelligent Systems. Retrieved June 4, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Location". Intelligent Systems. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 
  3. ^ Nintendo-Online.de
  4. ^ Christian Nutt (23 April 2010). "The Elegance Of Metroid: Yoshio Sakamoto Speaks". Gamasutra. United Business Media LLC. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  5. ^ ファミコンウォーズDS 失われた光 (in Japanese). Nintendo. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  6. ^ Whitehead, Thomas (May 28, 2014). "Nintendo of America Confirms Pushmo World Release Details". Nintendo Life. Retrieved June 6, 2014. 
  7. ^ Lehew, Alex (November 12, 2015). "Fire Emblem Fates releases February 19th; release details revealed". The Tanooki. Retrieved November 13, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Intelligent Systems Co., Ltd. ゲームソフト". Intelligent Systems. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 

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