Spike Chunsoft

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Spike Chunsoft
Native name
株式会社スパイク
チュンソフト
Kabushikigaisha Supaiku Chunsofuto
Formerly called
Chunsoft (1984–2012)
Subsidiary
Industry Video game industry
Founded April 9, 1984 (1984-04-09)[1]
Headquarters Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Key people
Koichi Nakamura (Chairman and CEO)
Mitsutoshi Sakurai (President and CEO)
Products
Number of employees
200[2] (2016)
Parent Dwango
Website spike-chunsoft.co.jp

Spike Chunsoft Co., Ltd. (Japanese: 株式会社スパイク・チュンソフト, Hepburn: Kabushikigaisha Supaiku Chunsofuto) is a Japanese video game development and localization company specializing in role-playing video game and visual novels. The company was founded in 1984 as Chunsoft Co., Ltd and is the result of a 2012 merger with Spike. It is owned by Dwango.[3]


The logo of Chunsoft before the Spike merger

History[edit]

The company Chunsoft was founded by Koichi Nakamura, a video game designer and programmer who had clasped with Enix. The "Chun" in the company name, is from the company founder name's first kanji Naka (), meanwhile Naka is read as "Chun" in Japanese Mahjong.[4] Spike Chunsoft is the creator of the Mystery Dungeon series, the first five installments of the Dragon Quest series of role-playing video games, and the graphic adventure game series Danganronpa and Zero Escape.

In 2017, Spike Chunsoft established a North American subsidiary based in Long Beach, California to carry out future localization of its games.[5]

Titles[edit]

Developed as Spike[edit]

Developed as Chunsoft[edit]

Developed as Spike Chunsoft[edit]

Games localized for Japanese release[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "株式会社スパイク・チュンソフト". 株式会社スパイク・チュンソフト. 
  2. ^ 株式会社スパイク・チュンソフトの公式サト (in Japanese). spike-chunsoft.co.jp. Retrieved August 22, 2016. 
  3. ^ "株式会社ドワンゴ". 
  4. ^ 志田英邦『ゲーム・マエストロ VOL.2 プロデューサー/ディレクター編(2)』毎日コミュニケーションズ、2000年、p.16。中村光一インタビュー。
  5. ^ https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-12-02/spike-chunsoft-establishes-n-american-subsidiary/.124778
  6. ^ "Kenka Bancho 6 Ready To Brawl In January 2015". 9 November 2014. 
  7. ^ 『ポケモン超不思議のダンジョン』公式サイト (in Japanese). Pokemon.co.jp. Retrieved May 21, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Spike Chunsoft and tri-Ace's RPG Has A Bunch Of Valkyrie Profile-Like Features". 28 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "One Piece: Burning Blood announced for PS4, PS Vita - Gematsu". 15 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "Aksys Games Announces 3rd Game in Zero Escape Series". 
  11. ^ "A new Fire Pro Wrestling game is coming to PS4, Steam". 
  12. ^ "New Danganronpa V3 launches January 2017 in Japan - Gematsu". 13 September 2016. 
  13. ^ Allegra, Frank (2017-03-02). "Zero Escape director teases next project". Polygon. Vox Media. Archived from the original on 2017-03-03. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  14. ^ Williams, Mike (25 April 2017). "Danganronpa Team Announces Zanki Zero for PS4 and Vita". 

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