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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
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryVideo games
FoundedApril 9, 1984; 37 years ago (1984-04-09)
[1]
Headquarters,
Key people
ProductsChunsoft:
Spike:
Number of employees
200[2] (2016)
ParentDwango
SubsidiariesSpike Chunsoft, Inc.
Websitespike-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 games, visual novels and adventure games. The company was founded in 1984 as Chunsoft Co., Ltd. and merged with Spike in 2012. It is owned by Dwango.[3]

They created games such as the first five Dragon Quest installments and the Mystery Dungeon franchise as Chunsoft, and the Conception series as Spike Chunsoft. They also developed titles such as The Portopia Serial Murder Case, the Sound Novel series (consisting of Otogirisō, Kamaitachi no Yoru, Machi and 428: Shibuya Scramble) and the Zero Escape series as Chunsoft, and the Danganronpa franchise as Spike Chunsoft.

The logo of Chunsoft before the Spike merger.

History[edit]

Chunsoft[edit]

Chunsoft was founded by Koichi Nakamura, a video game designer and programmer who had worked with Enix. The "Chun" in the company name is from the first kanji Naka () of the company founder name; Naka is read as "Chun" in Japanese Mahjong. In 2005, it was bought by Dwango and became a subsidiary of the company.

Before the project, Sega were helping Chunsoft in developing and releasing their games for the Dreamcast. From 2006 to 2008, Sega have made a collaboration with Chunsoft titled "SEGA x Chunsoft Project". Their goal was to provide support and sales for development funds and help port their games who were only purchasable in Japan at the time, such as the Nintendo DS remake of Shiren the Wanderer or 428: Shibuya Scramble.

Spike[edit]

Merger[edit]

In 2012, Chunsoft merged with its sister company Spike and the new company would be called Spike Chunsoft.[4]

Subsidiary[edit]

In 2017, Spike Chunsoft established a North American subsidiary based in Long Beach, California to carry out localization and publishing of its own games, in addition to games by its sister company 5pb./Mages under a newly formed partnership.[5] Their first game under the Mages partnership was the Microsoft Windows version of Steins;Gate, taking over publishing of the game from Mages in 2018;[6] they have since continued publishing further games in the Science Adventure series, including Steins;Gate 0[7] and Chaos;Child.[8]

On July 16, 2020, NIS America announced that Danganronpa games on the Playstation Store will be removed.[9][10] Spike Chunsoft subsequently announced on July 22, 2020 that they will take on publishing the Danganronpa series outside of Japan.[11] Similarly, the Nintendo Switch and Microsoft Windows release of Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate would not be released by Aksys but by their subsidiary.[12]

Titles[edit]

Chunsoft[edit]

Published and/or developed[edit]

Title Platform Release date Developer Ref.
Otogirisō SFC March 7, 1992 Chunsoft
Torneko's Great Adventure: Mystery Dungeon September 19, 1993
Kamaitachi no Yoru
(Banshee's Last Cry)
November 25, 1994
PS1 December 3, 1998
Mobile phones April 1, 2002
GBA June 28, 2002
Web browser July 1, 2002
Android February 1, 2011
Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer SFC December 5, 1995
Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer GB: Moonlight Village Monster GB November 22, 1996 Aquamarine
Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer: Moonlight Village Monster Win December 8, 1999
Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer: Moonlight Village Monster for Android Android May 27, 2011 Chunsoft
Machi: Unmei no Kousaten Saturn January 22, 1998
Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer GB2: Magic Castle of the Desert GBC July 19, 2001
Kamaitachi no Yoru 2 PS2 July 18, 2002
Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer Side Story: Swordswoman Asuka Arrives! for Windows Win December 20, 2002 Neverland
Shiren Monsters: Netsal GBA April 22, 2004 Chunsoft
Homeland GCN April 29, 2005
Kamaitachi no Yoru × 3 Mobile phones February 15, 2007
Kowa-Oto iOS August 31, 2010
Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 5: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate DS December 9, 2010
Zombie Daisuki January 20, 2011
Shin Kamaitachi no Yoru PS3 December 17, 2011
Vita
Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward 3DS February 16, 2012

Developed only[edit]

Title Platform Release date Publisher Ref.
Door Door NEC PC-8801 February 1, 1983 Enix
FDS July 18, 1985
The Portopia Serial Murder Case November 29, 1985
Dragon Quest FDS/NES May 27, 1986
Dragon Quest II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line January 26, 1987
Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation February 10, 1988
Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen February 11, 1990
Famicom Jump II: Saikyō no Shichinin FDS December 2, 1991 Bandai
Tetris 2 + Bombliss December 13, 1991 Bullet-Proof Software
Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride SFC September 27, 1992 Enix
Dragon Quest I & II December 18, 1993
Dragon Quest Characters: Torneko's Great Adventure 2 - Mystery Dungeon
(World of Dragon Warrior: Torneko: The Last Hope)
PS1 September 15, 1999
Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 2: Demon Invasion! Shiren Castle! N64 September 27, 2000 Nintendo
Dragon Quest Characters: Torneko's Great Adventure 2 Advance: Mystery Dungeon GBA December 20, 2001 Enix
Dragon Quest Characters: Torneko's Great Adventure 3: Mystery Dungeon PS2 October 31, 2002
Dragon Quest Characters: Torneko's Great Adventure 3 Advance: Mystery Dungeon GBA June 24, 2004 Square Enix
The Nightmare of Druaga: Fushigi no Dungeon PS2 July 29, 2004 JP: Arika
NA: Namco
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team GBA November 17, 2005 Nintendo
The Pokémon Company
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team DS
Kamaitachi no Yoru × 3 PS2 July 26, 2006 Sega
Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer DS December 14, 2006
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness September 13, 2007 Nintendo
The Pokémon Company
Imabikisō PS3 October 23, 2007 Sega
Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 3: The Sleeping Princess of the Karakuri Mansion
(Shiren the Wanderer)
Wii June 5, 2008 JP: Sega
NA: Atlus USA
Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 3 Portable PSP January 28, 2010 Spike
Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer DS2: Magic Castle of the Desert DS November 13, 2008 Sega
428: Shibuya Scramble Wii December 4, 2008
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky DS April 18, 2009 Nintendo
The Pokémon Company
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Adventure Team Wii August 4, 2009 The Pokémon Company
Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors DS December 10, 2009 JP: Spike
NA/EU: Aksys Games
Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 4: The Eye of God and the Devil's Navel February 25, 2010 Spike
Wii Play: Motion Wii June 13, 2011 Nintendo

Spike Chunsoft[edit]

Published and/or developed[edit]

Title Platform Release date Developer Ref.
Conception: Ore no Kodomo o Undekure! PSP April 26, 2012 Spike Chunsoft
PS4 January 31, 2019
Win November 5, 2019
Kenka Banchō Bros. Tokyo Battle Royale PSP 2012
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair July 26, 2012
Vita October 10, 2013
Win, macOS, Linux April 18, 2016
PS4 March 14, 2017
Android, iOS August 20, 2020
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc August 20, 2012
Vita October 10, 2013
Win, macOS, Linux February 18, 2016
PS4 March 14, 2017
Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 4 Plus: The Eye of God and the Devil's Navel PSP October 18, 2012
Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors iOS May 29, 2013
StreetPass Battle / Warrior's Way 3DS June 18, 2013
Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars 3DS, Vita August 22, 2013
Win August 16, 2013
Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains 3DS December 5, 2013
Sekai Seifuku: Costume Fes. Vita 2014
Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls September 25, 2014
Win June 23, 2017
PS4 June 27, 2017
Danganronpa: Unlimited Battle iOS January 7, 2015
Android April 17, 2015
Kenka Bancho 6: Soul & Blood 3DS 2015 [13]
Ukiyo no Shishi PS3 2015
Ukiyo no Roushi Vita 2015
Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 5 Plus: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate
(Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate)
June 4, 2015
Switch, Win December 2, 2020
Mystery Chronicle: One Way Heroics PS4, Vita July 30, 2015
Win September 13, 2016
Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky PS4, Vita December 17, 2015 Spike Chunsoft
Tri-Ace
[14]
Kenka Bancho Otome Vita 2016 Spike Chunsoft
Zero Time Dilemma 3DS, Vita June 28, 2016 [15]
Win June 30, 2016
PS4 August 17, 2017
Fire Pro Wrestling World Win December 18, 2017 [16]
PS4 August 8, 2017
Kenka Bancho Otome: My Honey of Absolute Perfection Vita 2017
Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony PS4, Vita January 12, 2017 [17]
Win September 26, 2017
Android, iOS TBA
Zanki Zero: Last Beginning Win, PS4, Vita July 5, 2018 [18]
Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer iOS March 12, 2019
Android March 14, 2019
Kenka Bancho Otome 2nd Rumble!! Vita 2019
AI: The Somnium Files Win, Switch, PS4 September 17, 2019 [19]

Developed only[edit]

Title Platform Release date Publisher Ref.
Fire Pro Wrestling XB360 September 21, 2012 Microsoft Studios
Dragon Ball Z: For Kinect XB360 October 2, 2012 Namco Bandai Games
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity 3DS November 23, 2012 Nintendo
The Pokémon Company
Heroes VS PSP 2013
Fossil Fighters: Frontier 3DS February 27, 2014 Nintendo
J-Stars Victory VS PS3, Vita March 19, 2014 Bandai Namco Entertainment
Etrian Mystery Dungeon 3DS March 5, 2015 JP: Atlus
NA: Atlus USA
EU: NIS America
J-Stars Victory VS+ PS4, PS3, Vita June 26, 2015 Bandai Namco Entertainment
Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon 3DS September 17, 2015 Nintendo
The Pokémon Company
[20]
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games 3DS February 18, 2016 Nintendo
One Piece: Burning Blood PS4, Vita April 21, 2016 Bandai Namco Entertainment [21]
XB1 May 31, 2016
Win September 1, 2016
Etrian Mystery Dungeon 2 3DS 2017 Atlus
One Piece Grand Cruise PS4, PS VR 2018 [22]
Seikimatsu Days: Our Era's End Android, iOS 2018 [23]
Jump Force PS4 February 14, 2019 Bandai Namco Entertainment
XB1, Win February 15, 2019
One-Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows Win, PS4, XB1 February 27, 2020
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX Switch March 6, 2020 Nintendo
The Pokémon Company
Jump Force: Deluxe Edition Switch August 27, 2020 Bandai Namco Entertainment

Published western third-party games in Japan[edit]

Published internationally by Spike Chunsoft, Inc.[edit]

This table lists video games published internationally by Spike Chunsoft's American subsidiary Spike Chunsoft, Inc. since its foundation on December 1, 2017. Outside of titles from Spike Chunsoft in Japan, the company publishes titles from Mages (which was also part of Spike Chunsoft's parent company Dwango until July 2019) and from other companies.

Title Platform(s) Release date Ref.
Steins;Gate Win May 1, 2018 [6]
Steins;Gate 0[a] Win, Switch May 8, 2018 [7][24]
PixelJunk Monsters 2 Win, Switch, PS4 May 25, 2018 [25]
428: Shibuya Scramble Win, PS4 September 4, 2018 [26]
Chaos;Child Win January 22, 2019 [8]
8-bit ADV Steins;Gate Switch February 19, 2019 [27]
Steins;Gate Elite Win, Switch, PS4 February 19, 2019 [27]
Steins;Gate: Linear Bounded Phenogram Win, PS4 February 19, 2019 [27]
Zanki Zero: Last Beginning Win, PS4 April 9, 2019 [28]
Crystar Win, PS4 August 27, 2019 [29]
AI: The Somnium Files Win, Switch, PS4 September 17, 2019 [30]
YU-NO: A Girl Who Chants Love at the Bound of this World Win, Switch, PS4 October 1, 2019 [31]
Conception Plus: Maidens of the Twelve Stars Win, PS4 November 5, 2019 [32]
Steins;Gate: My Darling's Embrace Win, Switch, PS4 December 11, 2019 [24]
Katana Kami: A Way of the Samurai Story Win, Switch, PS4 February 20, 2020 [33]
Robotics;Notes Elite Win, Switch, PS4 October 13, 2020 [34]
Robotics;Notes DaSH Win, Switch, PS4 October 13, 2020 [34]
Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate[b] Win, Switch December 2, 2020 [12]
Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World: The Prophecy of the Throne Win, Switch, PS4 January 29, 2021 [35]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Nintendo Switch version was released on December 10, 2019.[24]
  2. ^ The Japanese version were released on December 3, 2020.

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