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Fight-A-Base Companies

5pb. Games
Game development wing of "The Five Powered & basics," also a record label. Primarily known for visual novels.


7th Expansion
a Japanese doujin game circle popularly known for their famous murder mystery series of Hirugashi When They Cry and Umineko no Naku Koro ni


7th Level
A now defunct company, most of their games were obscure titles based on semi-popular licenses.


8105graphics
Doujin game/art circle primarily composed of Sho Kawakami (ShoK)


A Continuation Of A Dream
Doujin developer. Also known as "夢の続き". Developed Alice Senki and Alice Senki 2, which contains various characters from AliceSoft.


Accend Inc.
Makers of Violent Vengeance - The Universe Hero.


Acclaim
Well known for continuously pumping out ports and licensed games, most of which of dubious quality. Folded in 2004, resurrected as an MMO company two years later.


Accolade
Defunct developer with a mixed bag of classics (Turrican, Test Drive) and crap (Bubsy, Ballz).


Acmesoft
Taiwanese developer


Activision
The first third-party developer in console game history. Known in the golden ages for Atari 2600 classics such as Pitfall! and River Raid. They rarely do stuff in-house now, and are most known for ser
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ADK
Alpha Denshi Corp., Ltd. While they were around before the Neo Geo, their heyday was undoubtedly on that system. Apparently absorbed into SNK at some point around the Neo Geo's demise.


Aeria Games
Japanese developer and publisher of mobile/smartphone games. Co-developed Gangan!! Battlerush with SEM & O.


Agumix
A defunct Japanese company that developed adult games for computer systems between the late 1980's to the mid-1990's.


AI
Frequent collaborator of HudsonSoft. Subsidiary?


Akabei Soft2
Japanese eroge developer. Formely known as Akabei Soft.


AKI
Developer primarily known for wrestling titles.


Akimine Kamijyo
Creator of Samurai Deeper Kyo ("Akimine Kamijyo" is her pen-name).


Akira Toriyama
Creator of all things Dragonball.


Akita Shoten
Japanese manga publisher.


Alfa System
Responsible for porting a great deal of things to the Turbo CD, the Godzilla 2D fighters was however their own creation. Currently sort of floating by on their flagship shmup, Shikigami no Shiro.


Alice Soft
Japanese eroge developer. Mostly known for creating the Rance series.


Allumer
Relatively non-prolific Japanese developer.


Almanic Corp.
A company


Altacia
Japanese visual novel game developer founded sometime in 1993 until officially folding in early 2008. They developed and published games for the NEC PC-9801 home computer and later on for Microsoft's
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AM2
A subsidiary of Sega, properly known as Sega Amusement Machine Research and Development Department 2. Responsible for a majority of Sega's more popular fighting game titles.


AM3
Former Sega studio later known as Hitmaker. Responsible for many arcade titles, including much of the Virtual-On Series.


Andrés Borghi
Andrés Borghi is an Argentinean multimedia producer. He designed The Black Heart for M.U.G.E.N release


Angel Studios
Developer of Sailor Moon titles.


Angry Mob Games


AOne Games
Developers of Omen of Sorrow


Aorn
Developers of EA's Rabbit and some other stuff.


Apogee
Big daddy of MS-DOS shareware back in the day.


APPSolute games
Mostly mobile developer with a notoriously terrible pun name.


Aquaplus
A Japanese company founded in October 1994 that specializes in the publishing and distribution of visual novel games under their brand Leaf which produces adult games. Prior to their visual nov
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Arc System Works
Development House led by Daisuke Ishiwatari, best known for their alternative fighting game series, Guilty Gear.


Area Zero
Doujin developer. Also known as 領域ZERO.


Argonaut
Developers behind the engine for Nintendo's Star Fox and Super FX chip. Released some other quality games later in life like the delightful I-Ninja, but nailed their coffin shut with the Catwoman movi
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Arika
Founded by Street Fighter II co-creator Akira Nishitani, they developed the Street Fighter EX games with Capcom, and produced some of their own fighters. Other than assisting Crafts & Meister with Sup
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Arix Team
Korean developer, in business since 1990.


Ars
Doujin developer. Created the fighting game Wild Disorder.


Artdink
Japanese company that normally focuses on developing quirky games.


Artificial Life
Mobile developer.


Artoon
Japanese developer, went defunct in 2010.


ASCII Entertainment
Venerable Japanese developer/publisher. They've created several "make your own game" packages over the years, for RPGs, shooting games, and fighters.


ASCII Media Works
Japanese publisher. ASCII and MediaWorks were two separate companies before they decided to become ASCII Media Works. Mostly known for publishing computer magazines, manga and video games.


Asder
Taiwanese company established in 1983, formerly known as NTDEC, Mega Soft, Caltron, and Mega Idea. Currently focuses mostly on education-based computer hardware and software.


Ask Kodansha
Also known as Kodansha Ltd., The largest Japanese publisher of books, magazines, multimedia products and games which headquarters in the wards of Bunkyo, Tokyo.


ASK.
Doujin developer. Created Model DE Fight using the 2D Fighting Maker engine. It also has a Steam release.


Aspect Digital Entertainment
Japanese developer, who worked a lot on Game Gear and Master System games and ports in their earlier years.


Atari
Far removed from their roots as the most popular video game company in the 1970's, Atari is now the name for the former Infogrames/GT Interactive.


Atlantean Interactive Games
Publisher of Catfight


Atlus
Created the Power Instinct series.


Atrativa
Little-known company tangentially related to Yuki Enterprise, responsible for Jingi Storm and some mahjong game.


Atreid Concept
French development company


Ausystem
Doujin developer.


Axe To Grind Productions
Company of which just one game is known. It employed graphicians and musicians that previously had already been working for other companies.


BAM! Entertainment
Publishing company; not officially closed but "dormant".


Bandai
Masters of the licensed product.


Bandit
Developer of Fighting Eyes


Banpresto
Notorious for low quality, licensed anime games.


BaseSon
Developer of many adult visual novel games and a subsidiary of NEXTON. Best known for creating the Koihime Musou franchise


Bec
Japanese developer, often uncredited. Normally develops for licensed games published by Bandai and Banpresto.


Biox
Grand maven of Sega game porting, although they did work on other platforms as well.


Bitstep
Developers of a few fighting games, as well as the hack and slash Ōgon Kishi Garo.


BKN International
Now defunct producer of children's entertainment.


Black Ops Entertainment
Founded in Santa Monica, California by four MIT graduates in 1994, developers of Knockout Kings, Street Hoops, Warpath: Jurassic Park, etc.


Black Ring Games
African dev (unsure of specific country)


Blazepro
Hong Kong video game accessory (and apparently, now video games themselves) distributor.


Blizzard
Employs psychologists to ensure their fighting games are as addictive as possible.


Blob Games
Indie developer


Bloodlust Software
PC development team formed in 1992 by two Wichita, Kansas students, known primarily for nonsensically violent games. Also one of the more influential entities in the emulation scene, having created s
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Blue Sunset Games
Developers of Go All Out!


BottleRocket Entertainment
Team behind the acclaimed Rise of the Kasai.


Broccoli
Developer of some anime games, including a few based on the Shinseki (AKA "Neon Genesis") Evangelion series.


Buronson
Manga author most famous for Fist of the North Star/Hokuto no Ken.


Byking
Japanese developer, usually known for arcade titles. Famous for the Gunslinger Stratos series.


Byulbram Creature
Nickname of Kim Gwangsam, the South Korean homebrew programmer that made the jump to big retail games in 2000.


C&E, Inc.
Taiwanese PC developer, responsible for Super Fighter.


Cadence Games
Developers of Clash of the Monsters.


Candax Games
Indie company in Las Vegas, NV.


Capcom
One of the top names in fighting games, Capcom started as Japanese Capsule Computers in 1979. They love crossover games and have a close working relationship with the comic company UDON.


Capricorn
A Japanese "doujin" game developer. Known for the fan-made game "Rockmen R" and the EFZ-clone fighter "The Queen of Battlers".


Cardboard Robot Games
Indie developer, creators of Pocket Rumble.


CC & SH
Indie dev


Chucklefish Games
Indie developer/publisher.


Circus
Japanese company that creates mostly bishōjo games with some adult content. They have several brands under their name, such as Circus Metal, Circus Northern etc.


Clamp
Manga studio responsible for X and a lot of other girly stuff where everyone has mad angular chins.


clickBOOM
A branch of PXL Computers. They developed games for the Amiga in the late 90's, and after that they began developing games for PC and Macintosh.


CMGE
China Mobile Games & Entertainment


Cobra Team
Japanese company that developed a few games for the SNES, all of them based on anime/manga series.


Comgame
Hungarian developers, released Long Life.


CoroCoro Comic
Famous manga collective for comics aimed at younger boys.


Crafts & Meister
Japanese company co-founded by Noritaka "Poo" Funamizu, producer and director of many Capcom fighting games.


Crave Entertainment
American company that normally publishes licensed and budget games.


Creative Edge Studios
Kings of lousy digitized fighting games on home computers.


Cubetype
Doujin developer. Created Touhou Kobutu. They've also ported the game to the Nintendo Switch.


Culture Brain
Try this!! "Moonsault!"


CyberConnect2
Responsible for all of the games in the Naruto Ultimate Ninja series and sub-series (Heroes, Storm), and also the .hack RPG games.


CyberPhobX
The weirdos who made Veteran Combat.


Cyberplanet Interactive
Small development company in Bangkok usually known for crap games based on licenses nobody cares about. Somehow managed to nab the Ultraman license and made a heap of games with it.


Cynus
Rather unknown Japanese company which developed a 3D fighting game near of the end of Saturn's life.


D.C.S.
Little known Japanese company that developed a few games for the X68000 during the 90's and for Windows later on.


D3 Publisher
Publisher of the infamous and venerable Simple series games.


Daletto
Subsidiary of Capcom that was responsible for online content PC games.


Dan Fornace
One man indie show from Seattle, Washington. Previously cut his teeth with the Game Boy-ish PC Smash Bros. fan game "Super Smash Land", has since moved on to his own property, Rivals of Aether.


Danbi System
South Korean developer


Daou Infosys Corp.
Korean developer.


Data East
Famous for loads of arcade beat-'em-ups and pinball machines in the '80's and '90's. Their properties went to cell phone developer G-Mode when they went belly-up in 2003.


Datam Polystar
Japanese developer responsible for all kinds of sub par stuff.


DC
Originally standing for Detective Comics, DC is known as one of the the "big two" publishers of mainstream comic books.


Delphine Software International
Now-defunct French software house known for Another World, Flashback, Moto Racer, and... Shaq Fu.


DeNA
A Japanese company that specialize in social gaming and online marketing.


DigiFloyd
Digital Floyd


Digital Crafter
Taiwanese indie developer


Digital Legends Entertainment
Spanish company based in Barcelona which is specialized in designing games for the mobile/handheld devices.


Digital Zero
Developers of All-Star Fighters for PlayStation 2.


Dimps
Developers of the DBZ: Budokai and Rumble Fish series.


Discovery Software
Also known simply as Discovery (ディスカバリー), a company of eroge goods and software that was established during the early part of the 1990's. As of 1998, t
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Diversions Entertainment
Defunct game developer responsible for the One Must Fall games.


DK-Software
A now defunct doujin game developing group who were responsible for the MariBato! games, based on the ongoing and praised Maria-sama
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Double Helix Games
Developers of the Xbox One Killer Instinct game.


DreamFactory
Once the lapdogs of Squaresoft, DreamFactory has branched off to produce steadily poorer and more awkward 3D fighters on their own.


Dreamworks
A production studio originally started by Steven Spielberg, it is one of the most prolific movie studios in the US. Sold to Viacom in 2005.


Eighting
Formerly a prolific developer of shoot 'em ups, now mainly develops fighting games.


Eiichiro Oda
Artist and creator of One Piece.


Electro Brain
Responsible for bringing a few Toei Animation properties to the NES and Gameboy, then making their own weak titles. Faded into obscurity in the late 90s.


Electronic Arts
Vast company that operates over two dozen studios and publishes and/or develops hundreds of popular games. More known for their "EA Sports" label than their other titles, and still publishes Mega Driv
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Elettronica Video-Games S.R.L.
Developers of Mighty Warriors, the arcade game.


Enterbrain
Publisher of the world-renowned Famitsu magazine. Also publisher and developer of a few software titles.


Eolith
South Korean company. Developed The King of Fighters 2001 and 2002.


Epic Games
Home of all things Unreal, earned their meteoric rise to fame through DOS shareware publishing.


Eurocom
English dev, around since the early 90s. Ported Mortal Kombat 4 to console/PC, and developed Mortal Kombat Gold in conjunction with Midway.


Examu
Formerly Yuki Enterprise, who had some hand in Samurai Shodowns 5-6. They've since rebranded and found success with their original Arcana Heart series.


Falcom
Japanese company mainly involved in role playing games


Family Production Inc.
Creators of NB Heartbreakers Advanced


Family Soft
Japanese software house that later took over for Fill-in Cafe when the company reached financial turmoil during the turn of the mid 90's. Most of the remaining Asuka 120% series (excluding Limited, wh
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Fill-in Cafe
Japanese software house active from the late 80s to roughly 1998. First worked on Japan-only PC systems then did a lot of CD-based console work; nothing they created ever saw release outside Japan. Cr
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FK Digital
Hong Kong doujin developer (authored Super Cosplay War Ultra, most notably) turned pro.


Flat-Out
Flat-Out was (is?) a Japanese developer.


Flux
Brazilian indie developer.


Fly-System
A doujin circle


Forest
Developer of the "Ningyou Tsukai" pair of erotic fighting games for PC, the first of which was brought to the USA as "Metal & Lace" by Megatech.


Foxbat
A team of ex-SNK developers.


French-Bread
A Japanese "doujin" software developer. Formerly known as Watanabe Seisakujo, adopted the name French-Bread in 2003.


Frontier Aja
An independent doujin game production. Took over the Big Bang Beat production right after NRF turned down development support.


Fuuki
After a couple nonremarkable arcade puzzle-type games, produced (the rather good) Asura Blade and its sequel Asura Buster. Have apparently shifted their focus away from arcade development since.


Gadget Soft
Japanese developer of virtually no note. Made the Maid Guy game and a few other things.


Gainax
Anime production company known for really bizarre plots and symbolism.


Game Arts
Japanese developer founded in 1985.


Game Park Holdings
Developer of the GP line of Korean handheld game systems. Each system was very popular with homebrewers but they also played host to quite a few commercial releases.


Game Programming Study Club
GameProgrammingStudyClub (GPSC) is a doujin developer.


Game Republic
Japanese developer lasting from 2003 - 2011. Most prominent work was on a few DragonBall titles.


GameHitZone
A website that shares mostly freeware games.


Gameloft
A French video game developer and publisher headquartered in Paris. It was founded by the Guillemot brothers, who also founded and own, Ubisoft. Gameloft primarily focuses on mobile games, although th
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Games Express
Responsible for a number of erotic mahjong titles for the Turbografx-16; created Strip Fighter 2 for the same.


GameTek
Publishers of Brutal: Paws of Fury and also video game adaptations of game shows such as Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune.


Ganbarion
Developers of most One Piece games and the Jump Stars DS fighting games.


Gekkan Dragon Age
Monthly manga release featuring some well-known stories.


Genki
A Japanese developer of computer and video games, founded in October 1990 by Hiroshi Hamagaki and Tomo Kimura, who left Sega to form the company. Genki is best-known for their racing game titles and a
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Giga
Worked on some Variable Geo games.


Good Deal Games
Small publishing outfit who mainly deal in releasing new games for otherwise defunct console platforms.


Gouder Co.
Chinese developer, worked on countless unlicensed games in the 90s.


Hajime Kanzaka
Japanese novel and manga writer, best known for the Slayer series.


Hamster Republic Productions
Long-running Canadian independent developer. True to their name, hamsters feature in many of their games.


Hand Made Software
Made games for DOS and mid-'90's Atari consoles, but nothing of great importance.


Hasbro
Known Toy Company, behind famous series' such as G.I Joe and Transformers (in which the latter has actually appeared in fighting games occasionally).


Haymaker Team
German developer, responsible for the game "Haymaker", if you couldn't tell by the name.


Hello There
Swedish development team


Henteko Doujin
A small publisher that has localized several Japanese doujin games on Steam.


High Voltage
From a checkered past in the 1990's and early 2000's, High Voltage shaped up to be one of the more popular developers for Nintendo's Wii, including their First-Person Shooter "The Conduit" and their m
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Hirohiko Araki
Artist and creator of all things Jojo.


Hiroyuki Eto
A mangaka from Taketa, Oita, Japan. Known for creating Magical Circle Guru Guru.


Hot-B
Perhaps best known for their fishing games, HOT-B was tempted nonetheless by fighting fever.


Hudson
Creators of the PC Engine/TurboGrafix16 and many well-known properties from the 1980's (Bomberman, Bonk, Adventure Island). Also developed rather obscure entries in some very popular series (Super Mar
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Human Entertainment
Japanese corporation, best known for the Fire Pro Wrestling series before it folded in 1999. Former place of employment of noteworthy developer Goichi Suda.


HuneX
Japanese developer and publisher, best known for dating sims and some games in the "Simple" discount series.


ID Interactive
Overkill


Idol FX
Defunct Swedish developer. Mostly known for their obscure game Imp.


IGS
International Games System, Taiwanese arcade developer and manufacturer of the Polygame Master (PGM) hardware.


Imagineer
A company!


Incal
French company that made a few games for the Amiga and Atari ST in the early 90's. These got published either by Infogrames or Ubi Soft.


Incognito
Jaffe


Incredible Technologies, Inc.
Solely responsible for the infamous and frequently lampooned Street Fighter: The Movie fighting game.


IndiaGames
Prominent India-based mobile games company with several US offices. Also has a Steam-esque PC game downloading service titled GOD (Games On Demand).


Infinite Loop
Small Japanese company that focuses on IT marketing.


Intec
Intec did the majority of their development on the PC-Engine and PC-Engine CD-ROM.


interchannel
Japanese company, not known for having released anything of merit.


Interplay
Prolific game company from the '80's and '90's. Still around today, although not as big as it was in its heyday. Interplay had a brief claymation fetish toward the middle of its career.


I-Play
Cell phone game company, released a bunch of licensed games and rip-offs.


Irem
Famous for R-Type and other notoriously difficult shooters, also released a few notoriously bad fighting games.


Iron Galaxy Studios
Mostly known for porting Capcom arcade games to consoles with GGPO capability, Iron Galaxy recently branched out to co-develop Divekick as well as the second season of Xbox One's Killer Instinct.


JAD Entertainment
Two man indie team


Jakks Pacific
Creates licensed action figures and "Plug it in & Play TV Games" dedicated consoles.


Jaleco
Short for Japanese Leisure Corporation, this company was founded in 1973. Published lots of obscure games in the 1980's and 1990's.


Jorudan
Japanese developer responsible for the Ultraman fighter Taiketsu! Ultra Hero as well as One-on-One Government, the basketball game which is actually pretty close to a fighting game.


JungleTac
Developers of the games on most of those cheap-ass multi-game consoles that somehow are legally sold in stores.


Jupiter
Company best known for the Picross series, among other puzzle games.


Just Add Monsters
A video game developer founded in 2000 in Cambridge, England. Kung Fu Chaos was the first game the company created. It would later become Ninja Theory, known for developing Heavenly Sword and Enslaved
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Kadokawa Shoten
Japanese publisher.


Kaneko
Former Taito developer that branched out on its own, made a bunch of junk, and died off quietly.


Kayac
Makes cell phone games. They're in Korea.


Kei Garo
Creator and designer. Even called KEI. Mostly known for illustrating Miku Hatsune.


Keropyon
a doujin game development group primarily known for their semi-popular fighting game title Crimson Alive.


Key
Japanese visual novel developer, founded by former members of Tactics. Their intellectual property is frequently mined for doujin games.


Kodansha
Publishers of many manga, including Shōnen Magazine. They also publish games, most of which are based on their manga properties.


Koei
Will Koei's massive amount of strategy game experience result in a more "strategic" fighter??


Konami
Company with many popular series such as Metal Gear and Castlevania. Often crosses over into fighting games, with mixed results.


Krome Studios
Australian developer, most notable for the Ty the Tasmanian Tiger series and Blade Kitten.


Kronos Digital Entertainment
Development house responsible for a few extremely poor 3D fighters, their experience culminated in girl-on-girl action-adventure series Fear Effect.


KSS
KSS Media Entertainment Company


Kung Fu Factory
Small-time company that made its name assisting Midway with some of the later MK titles pre-bankruptcy, before moving on to working on UFC titles. They were supposed to make their big fighting game br
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Ledo Interactive
Subsidiary of Perfect World. Chinese mobile developer.


Lexibook
French company specializing in educational software and hardware, but produces a bunch of rip-off consoles using JungleTac games sometimes.


Liar-Soft
A company known for creating eroge games, mostly adult visual novels.


Light Green 8
An doujin development team lead by "hoe2" whom are primarily known for developing the indie fighting game "Inaho Town: Dynamite Bomb!!"


Light Shock Software
Italian (?) development team, worked on games for the Amiga PC and later MS-DOS.


Light's
Doujin company. Developed a fighting game that contain characters from Fate/stay night.


LightWeight
Founded in Tokyo in 1995, LightWeight is credited for developing the Bushido Blade and Kengo series.


Lillian
Japanese eroge developer.


Little Orbit
Gods of publishing licensed shovelware


Lost Boys
Dutch game company which later became Guerrilla Games, since purchased by Sony and best known for the Killzone franchise.


LucasArts
The electronic entertainment wing of George Lucas's massive empire.


Lucasfilm
The foundation of George Lucas' empire. Made a whole bunch of films we used to love!


Lump of Sugar
Japanese company. Developed several eroge games.


Mane 6
A group of Bronies who planned to make a My Little Pony fangame, but a cease and desist from Hasbro led them to create an original IP, Them's Fightin' Herds.


MangaGamer
Publisher and localization of Japanese games, mostly visual novels.


Marcus Kasumba
One man dev behind a few Amstrad and PC games in the 90s and early 2000s.


Marvel
Known eons ago as Timely Comics, it is one of the "big two" mainstream comic book publishers.


Marvelous Entertainment
Formerly Marvelous AQL


Masaki Tsuzuki
Writer and author of Triangle Heart series and Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha.


Masashi Kishimoto
Creator of the manga "Naruto"


Masashi Tanaka
Mangaka best known for a Gon, known for detailed line art and lack of dialogue


Matrix Software
Japanese company founded in July 1994 by former members of Climax Entertainment and Telenet Japan.


Mattel
Known primarily for their children's toys, Mattel dabbles in video game consoles on occasion.


Mattrified Games
One-man show consisting of Matthew DeLucas, an indie dev that sometimes collaborates with others for larger projects.


M-Dream
South Korean company formed by an ex-Eolith employee, specializing in mobile and online titles. Due to Eolith's failing financial situation, they eventually ended up merging, but they didn't survive t
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Media Factory
Japanese publisher. Brand company of Kadokawa.


Microforum
Relatively unknown DOS developer, moved into the mobile market in the 2000's.


Micromania
Minor developer responsible for a handful of releases on Commodore computers.


Micronet
Small-time Genesis and Sega CD developer.


Microsoft
An American corporation known for developing, licensing, and supporting a wide range of products related to computers. Microsoft entered the game console market with the Xbox in 2001.


Midway
Developer with its roots in arcade games. Once it created the ultra popular Mortal Kombat series, it began riding on its coattails - perhaps a little too much.


Milestone
Smalltime Japanese developer that continued to support NAOMI hardware and the Dreamcast itself long after those formats were largely considered "dead". Known most for their shoot-'em-ups, Milestone ve
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Mindscape
A company!


Mirage Media
Developer of the Rise of the Robots series.


Mirage Studios
Independent comic book company, known best for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, until the property was sold to Viacom in 2009.


Mirinae Software
Makers of "The Hero".


Monthly Dragon Age
Manga publication.


Mooff Games
Hong Kong developer


Morikura En
Creator and designer of Kizuna Ai.


Mouse Computer
A Japanese company that focuses on manufacturing computer hardware.


MSSG
Korean developer. Kim Hungki created the game School Fighter!! https://itunes.apple.com/vn/app/school-fighter!/id943920047?mt=8


NA P.S. Team
Developed Shadow Fighter for the Amiga and remain active to this day in the console market.


Namco
Most well-known for arcade games like Pac-Man and Dig Dug. Developed two very popular fighting game series - Soulcalibur and Tekken. Currently within a merger with Bandai, as Namco Bandai games.


Naoko Takeuchi
Mangaka of Sailor Moon. Married to YuYu Hakusho/Hunter X Hunter mangaka, Yoshihiro Togashi.


Nasty Brothers
Makers of Fight 'N' Jokes


Natsume
Prolific and generally high-quality developer, although nowadays they're mostly coasting by on Harvest Moon.


Naughty Dog
Known today for Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter, once cut their teeth on Way of the Warrior for 3DO.


Navel
Japanese visual novel developer consisting of former members of BasiL, including Hiro Suzuhira and Aoi Nishimata, the illustrators for Shuffle!.


Naxat Soft
Japanese developer.


NCS
NCS Masaya, Japanese developer and proud owner of the Ranma 1/2 license for a while.


NEC Avenue
A Japanese media company, was the development division of NEC. It was merged with other studios to form NEC Interchannel (now Interchannel, Inc.) in 1995. They were mainly credited for developing and
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Necrostorm
Italian company primarily known for producing gore films; they branched out into gaming with Death Cargo.


Nekki
Russian developer whose games mostly star silhouettes.


Neko Entertainment
French company.


NetherRealm Studios
Subsidiary of Warner Bros. Entertainment, made up of the former employees of Midway's Chicago office that remained at the time of WB's purchasing of the rights of Midway's properties.


Neverhood Inc.
A short-lived video game developer named after their first game, the critically-acclaimed adventure game, The Neverhood. Boombots, was their third and last title before they went out of business.


NewKidCo
Developer of a bunch of lame childrens' games based on properties that are older than Jesus.


Nicalis
Publisher


Nico Galis
One-person seal under which just one game was finished, although some progress had been reached with other projects.


Nintendo


Nitroplus
Eroge visual novel company, known for their collaboration with @term=typemoon_comp@ to create the light novel series, Fate/zero. @term=5pb_comp@ has also collaborated in publishing some games to home
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NKTF, Hongkong Project
X68000 dev


Noise Factory
Subsidiary of SNK Playmore, they assisted on a few SNK properties, but also gave a shot at Rage of the Dragons and a couple of Power Instinct titles.


NRF
Game Studio NRF, a doujin developer.


nuGAME
Indie game developer!


Ocean Software
Famous for often buying the rights to make video games from different movie and television franchises, they were ultimately acquired by Infogrames in 1998 and renamed to Infogrames UK.


Office Koukan
Japanese developer active in the late 80's and early 90's. Most of their games were published by Shouei System and Victor Entertainment.


Omega Force
Koei's (later Koei Tecmo's) subsidiary which focuses on their Three Kingdoms and Warring States era games, and all of their spin-offs - most prominently, the Musō/Warriors titles.


Onanim Studio
Brazilian developer.


One True Game Studios
Keits


Open Corp.
Korean devs


Opus
Developer mainly of UFC titles, recently branched out into somewhat more conventional fighting games.


OSP Entertainment
French-Canadian PC development company. Released their entire catalog on one disc or digital download in 2009.


Otto Waalkes
German comedian, best known simply as "Otto". Created a cartoon series called the "Ottiphants", in which Karate Phants is a spin-off of.


Outback/D.A.S.T.
Some kind of collaboration (??) between companies which haven't since surfaced in the fighting world.


Pack-In Video
Japanese publisher and developer


Pajamas Soft
Eroge developer. Co-developed Pencil Royale -Heroines Collection- with Production Pencil.


Panda Entertainment
Based in Taiwan, produced five DOS games in the early 1990s. Sango Fighter was their only title to be released in the USA. Besides Sango 1, 2, and Tough Guy, they released two beat 'em ups and a Sup
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Pandadanpa
Doujin group responsible for the visual novel Magical Girl Kirara and Sarara.


Papaya Studio
Yet another company specializing in sub-par licensed games.


Paradox Development
The brains behind the ill-fated Thrill Kill and later the non-Capcom X-Men fighters.


Paragon Software
Known best for some old Marvel comics computer based games. Now makes some stuff on cell phones.


PDW:Hotapen
A doujin circle persisting of Kotani, Umezono, and Shinza, all who are former SNK employees.


Peach-Pit
Founded by two manga artists; Shibuko Ebara and Banri Sendo. Mostly known for their work on the Rozen Maiden series which also have appeared in serveral licensed video games, such as Rozen Maiden gebe
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PG Games
Mostly one man show headed up by Norwegian Kim Okkerstrøm until his death in 2014.


Phantom Card
Developer of Catfight


Phinnex
A misspelling of Fight-A-Base's main guru... or maybe just an obscure developer.


Pipeworks Software
Developers mostly of licensed games, including many starring Godzilla.


Piranaking
Frenchies


PJS-Coding
Mobile developer who is best known for the "Beyond Fighting" series.


Playism


Playmates
Publisher of the PC version of Battle Arena Toshinden, they couldn't keep their hands out of it and added Earthworm Jim as a hidden character. Their game publishing wing has since closed, but they are
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Pointfive Projects
Makers of the Battle High games.


Pokesho
Animation/cleanup artist for the Pokémon anime series; developed her own doujin Pokémon fighter on the side.


Polygon Magic
A Japanese company that started small-time in 1996 and became more prolific as time went on.


Polygram
Apparently a subdivision of the recording label, "Polygram Magic of Japan" made only a few Playstation titles before disappearing into even further obscurity.


Pony Canyon
Japanese company with the famous "hairy eye" logo.


PQube
British game publisher


Procryon
Canadian developer, responsible for unleashing Battle of the Eras on MS-DOS in 1995 while the head was only 14 years old.


Produce!
Company founded by ex-Irem employees. Did a lot of work for/with HudsonSoft and Enix.


Project Atsuki
Apparently defunct Japanese doujin developer responsible for Axel City and Axel City Gaiden


Project Soul
A development team within Namco/Bandai Namco which established itself solely to work on SoulCalibur related projects.


Project YNP
A doujin circle. Mostly known for developing obscure racing games like Cyber Formula Sin Cyber Grandprix.

They collaborated with Dream Toy's Factory on ALIBAT, which is a fighting game that
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Prope
Prope is a company founded by Sonic the Hedgehog creator Yuji Naka.


Psikyo
Founded by former Video System employees, Psikyo (like their parent company) developed mainly mahjong and shoot 'em up arcade titles, but made a few forays into the fighting arena.


Puny Human
Independent video game developer. They have developed one fighting game, Blade Symphony.


Quad Arrow


Racdym
Developer responsible for the godlike Trap Gunner (and some fighting games). Later changed their name to "Racjin" apparently so the Japanese could pronounce it more easily.


Rare
U.K. developer that started out with multiplatform releases, but really came into their own when they became a second party developer for Nintendo. Currently a second party developer for Microsoft, al
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Reddish Region
Doujin developer


Rei no Mono
Doujin developer?


Renaissance Pictures
Creator of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess.


Renegade
European developer of computer games, best known for the Sensible Soccer series.


Renovation
North American subsidiary of Telenet Japan, it was acquired by Sega in 1993.


Retro Army Limited
Scottish indie studio


Reverge Labs
American independent developer formed from the ashes of Pandemic Studios.


Right Stuff
Japanese software company


Rooster Teeth
An American company who focus on media and entertainment. They have produced many RWBY animation videos, which was originally created by the late Monty Oum.


RubyPeng
Chinese mobile devs


RumicSoft
Developer of the Ranma 1/2 Battle Renaissance.


Rumiko Takahashi
Creator of Ranma 1/2 and later (sadly) Inuyasha.


Saban Entertainment
Founded by Egyptian businessman Haim Saban, they are known for importing anime and transforming the Japanese tokusatsu series Super Sentai into the Power Rangers for Western consumption.


Sachen
Ubiquitous Chinese developer. Like most developers in that region, their games are unlicensed and many are just straight up rip-offs of other, legit games. Still, they have had some success with getti
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Saffire
The brains behind game ports and original titles, founded by Sculptured Software co-founder, Hal Rushton.


Sammy
Former parent company of Arc System Works. Now owned by Sega.


Santaclaus
Developer behind Astra Superstars, splinter group from Sunsoft. Now seemingly focused on iPhone crap, but judging by their website, they still seem mighty proud of Astra.


Saurus
Mostly known for porting old SNK games onto newer consoles. Also released Ragnagard.


Scarab
The developers of Survival Arts (albeit uncredited), Battle Monsters and Killing Zone. Has also made a select few other games, such as Atomic Robo-Kid and Dyna Gear.


Sega
Former console maker, now develops and publishes games for multiple platforms. Most well known in fighting game circles for Eternal Champions, Virtua Fighter, Fighting Vipers, and a Sonic the Hedgehog
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SelectSoft
Publishing company responsible for budget titles.


Semicom
A Korean game company who released SD-Fighters.


Shaba Games
Activision branch that makes mostly "extreme" sports titles, also attempted a Shrek fighting game (SuperSlam).


Shade
Japanese video game developer and publisher. Formerly known as Quintet before they changed their name to Shade.


Shameless Studio
Developer of Ballistic Fist.


Shigeru Mizuki
Manga author of merit, but better known as the #1 authority on Japanese ghosts, monsters, and demons.


Shonen Ace
Manga publication.


Shonen Jump
No disrespect to the original authors, but man there are a lot of different writers involved in Jump Superstars.


Shonen Magazine
A manga collective that started on March 17, 1959 - the same day as their rivals, Shonen Sunday.


Shonen Sunday
A manga collective that started on March 17, 1959 - the same day as their rivals, Shonen Magazine.


Shotaro Ishinomori
Influential figure in manga, anime, and tokusatsu. His more popular works include Cyborg 009, Super Sentai, Kamen Rider, and Kikaider.


Shouei
Developer of a number of Fist of the North Star and pachinko games, among many others.


Sieco
Korean publisher, mostly produced terrible ripoffs of popular games and bad ports. Some legit releases came out under their banner, however.


Sierra
Founded in 1979 as On-Line Systems, by Ken and Roberta Williams, Sierra is best known early on for their graphic adventure series. Through a series of acquisitions, expanded to other genres as well. S
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Sigmatek Entertainment


Silmarils
French game developer most active on home computers in the late 80s and early 90s.


Sims
Frequent collaborator with Sega, their specialty is fishing games.


Sirlin Games
David "Low Strong" Sirlin


SKC
Large South Korean conglomerate with their hands in pretty much everything.


SnapDragon Games
German developer mostly acquainted with PC games. Boldly venturing to downloadable content for consoles.


SNK
One of the most well-known names in fighting games, SNK is famous for repeatedly going out of business, only to be miraculously resurrected a short time later. Oh, and King of Fighters. Formerly known
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Soedesco Publishing
Publishers of Omen of Sorrow


Sof Try Game Production


Softec
Japanese developer. Creator of Garyuoh Hidensho.


Softstar
Makers of Violent Fighter.


Solan
Publisher of Fighting Eyes


Solus Games
Indie developer, responsible for the "Funky" game series (Funky Punch/XL, FunkyHOOPS, Funky Moves).


Sony
Released their ultra-popular PlayStation console after Nintendo publicly shamed them by backing out of a contract. Published and developed titles range from "OMG AWESOME!!!" to "meh".


SouthPeak Games
SouthPeak Games (aka SouthPeak Interactive) is a videogame publisher founded in 1996.


Spike
Developer of the Dragonball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi (aka "Sparking") series of games. Also the venerable Firepro Wrestling series but that's neither here nor there.


Square-Enix
Formerly Squaresoft, merged with its ex-rival Enix (hence "Squenix"). Square was at one time partnered with Electronic Arts as Square-EA.
Squaresoft is best known as an RPG developer, but for what
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STARZ Media
Multimedia conglomerate behind the Spartacus television show.


Strata
Short-lived arcade developer.


Studio 3
Originally known as System 3, this UK developer has been responsible for the development of every game in the International Karate series.


Studio Gigante
Development studio pioneered by Mortal Kombat co-creator John Tobias. They made Tao Feng and a wrestling game, then died.


Studio Saizensen
Prolific Japanese developer.


Studio Zan
Small-time Japanese developer.


Stun Games
Developers of Slashers: The Power Battle, formed partially from former employees of Vivid Image and Sobee Studios, who worked on the prequel Dual Blades.


Subtle Style
Japanese doujin developer.


Success
Best known in the olden days for the Cotton series of shumps, now seeing a major resurgence shovelling out software for the DS.


SunA
Apparently Korean company who specialize in kind-of-but-not-really bootlegs using stolen and reworked sprites but original gameplay. Their one fighting effort, Best of Best, is at least non-plagiarize
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Sunrise
Japanese animation studio. Has created several anime series such as My-HiME and Code Geass.


Sunrise Interactive
Defunct Japanese game developer. Has created several games based on anime production.


Sunsoft
Long-time developer, turned their sights to fighting games to create a humorous and increasingly unorthodox "trilogy."


Sunstone Games
Sunstone Games is a studio made up of former Pipeworks developers who worked on the Godzilla games Destroy All Monsters Melee, Save the Earth, and Unleashed.


SuperBot Entertainment
Upstart developer tapped by Sony to develop PlayStation All-Stars.


Syrox Developments
Company mostly known for ports, but did a bit of "original" content, too.


T. Peers
Some guy or gal who made a game once, I guess.


Taito
Japanese developer of video game software and arcade hardware. The word Taito (pronounced "TIE-toe") is chinese character contraction of "Jew of far east". Taito also imports and distributes American
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Takara
Japanese toy vending juggernaut and former console porter of Neo Geo fighting games.


Takase
Doujin game developer responsible for the development of Arm Joe.


Taki
Only responsible for two titles, both on the Playstation and both Japan-exclusive (Battle Master, a fighter, and Acid, some kind of puzzle-shooter).


Tama Soft
Japanese developer. Has done some adult visual novels. Lost Child is one of them.


Tamaoka Soft
Japanese visual novel/eroge developer. Formerly known as Tama-Soft.


Tamsoft
Developer of the Toshinden series of games, often had their limelight stolen entirely by publisher Takara.


Tarsier Studios
A Swedish game developing company, Tarsier Studios was responsible for the remake of the original Rag Doll Kung Fu, known as Rag Doll Kung Fu: Fists of Plastic.


Tatsunoko
Anime studio started in 1962 that has many well-known series under its belt, including Mach Go! Go! Go! (Speed Racer), Time Bokan, Kagaku Ninja Tai Gatchaman, and Chou Jiku Yosai Macross.


TDK Mediactive
Makes a bunch of licensed crap that nobody plays.


Team Ninja
Tecmo/Koei-Tecmo/Tecmo-Koei studio behind the Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive series.


Team Shanghai Alice
Doujin developer (formely called ZUN Soft). Mostly known for the Touhou Project games.


Team Shuriken
Indie team most known for their Minecraft platformer clones


Team17
Long standing developer with Amiga / PC roots. Known these days for the Worms series of combat strategy games.


Technical Group Laboratory


Technos
Best known for rocking the beat 'em up genre, Technos regardless made a few unsuccessful attempts at the fighting game.


TechnoSoft
Japanese company that was very active during the 90's. It's mostly known for the Thunder Force shoot 'em up series.


Tecmo
Legendary arcade developers from the 80's, responsible for the "Dead or Alive" games. Now merged with Koei.


TeePee Studios
Either a Native American dwelling or something for your bum. Or maybe a developer.


Tencent
Founded in 1998, Tencent is China's largest holder of internet and mobile services. Tencent has both licensed foreign games (most notably from South Korea) and games produced domestically.


TGL
Developer of some Variable Geo versions.


The Real Ologram
Italian company which just released one game at the end of Amiga's commercial life.


Tiertex
Makes mobile phone games and accessories these days, but in days past, were mostly responsible for rubbish ports, with the occasional terrible original release.


Tirano
Korean developer responsible for SD-Fighters


Titan Sports
Property holders of the World Wrestling Entertainment brand, formerly known as the World Wrestling Federation.


Titus
Titus was a long-running French software publisher and developer founded in 1985 and closed its doors in 2005. Fighting games published by Titus include Evil Zone and Barbarian.


TKO Software
Mostly known for their work on PC and mobile phone games.


Todd McFarlane
Prominent member of the comic book industry and creator of all things Spawn.


Toei Animation
Publisher of games based on their own licenses, sub-developer "Shouei" did most of the actual work.


Toho
One of Japan's most globally recognized film studios, Toho is best known for Kurosawa films, various anime projects, the horror film Ringu, and the king of monsters himself, Godzilla. Toho also produc
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Tom Create
Tom Create Co., Ltd. a Japanese video game developer specializing on licensed anime games.


Tomoaki Sugeno
A single programmer, illustrator, and former ex-Capcom employee responsible for developing the game Vanguard Princess.


Tomy
Known as Takara-Tomy in Japan; makes the Naruto: Clash of Ninja series while rival Bandai-Namco makes the Naruto: Ultimate Ninja series.


TOSE
Japan's so-called "ninja developer", they've had a hand in the development of an estimation of over 200 games starting with 1980's Sasuke vs. Commander for SNK, often without credit.


Toshiba EMI
Music production company, somehow got involved with developing Battle Master.


Tradewest
American publisher of all things Technos, took matters into their own hands with Double Dragon V.


Treasure
Japanese development house founded by ex-Konami employees in 1992. Everything they touch is required to become the darling of all "truly old-school hardcore."


T-Riam
Doujin circle. Made by Tsurugi Rokusuiji.


Tribeca
Short-lived developer.


TribeToy
Independent developer consisting of three people - two gals and a guy. Their first venture was December 2010's "Chu's Dynasty".


Tsuburaya Productions
Production company responsible for Ultraman.


Turner Properties
Parent company of a lot of stuff, including Cartoon Network. Owned by media mogul Ted Turner.


Twelve Interactive
Italian development collective.


Twilight Frontier
AKA Tasogare Frontier or Tasofro for short, a Japanese "doujin" software developer.


Type-Moon
Visual novel company, creator of Fate/Stay Night and Tsukihime, which have inspired several doujin and commercial fighting games.


Ubisoft
Best known for games like Rayman, Assassin's Creed, and the more recent Prince of Persia games.


Ulisoft
Developers of a few Neo Geo Pocket Color-ish fangames before proceeding with their own Super Knockout.


Ultravision
Short-lived Atari 2600 developer


UMC
United Microelectronics Corporation. Taiwan's first semiconductor company. Apparently they also published games...?


Unico
Arcade developer adept at producing bizarre knockoffs of more popular games. Korean?


Urakata
Doujin developer.


Vermillion Entertainment
Short-lived company whose only released game was a wannabe-Soul Calibur for PC.


Vic Tokai
The former name of Japanese telecommunications giant Tokai Communications. They developed and published video games under that name, and even had a localization branch in California for a number of ye
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Viccom
Software developer responsible for Fight Fever.


Vicious Cycle
Small developer with a hit-and-miss portfolio. Since being purchased by Little Orbit in 2014, they pretty much exclusively work for them.


Virgin Interactive
Prominent UK developer, now mostly just publishes Capcom releases for that territory.


Virtucraft
Porting and licensed game specialist best known for their tragedy on a cartridge called "Mortal Kombat Advance".


VIS Entertainment
BAM! Entertainment subsidiary


Visco Games
Currently focused on slot machines, Visco released a couple of games on Nintendo systems and a handful on Neo Geo.


Visual Concepts
A game developer known primarily for their 2K sports games, but dabbled other genres (including fighting games) in the 90s.


Vivendi
Formerly known as Vivendi Universal. Started out in France as a water company in the 1800's.


Vivid Image
European development house originally known for Amiga titles, created original GBA fighter Dual Blades.


Vridge
Japanese developer.


Warner Bros.
Major film studio, subsidiary of Time Warner.


WayForward Technologies
Developer best known for their 2D games, often with well-animated, colorful sprites and pleasing gameplay.


Webfoot Technologies
Small time shareware company from the '90's. Broke it big when they were tapped to develop some DragonBall Z games for the Game Boy Advance, then disappeared in 2005 after releasing some non-DBZ relat
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Windmill Oasis
Japanese company. Produce mostly eroge games.


WinkySoft
Phallic-named Japanese developer. Filed for bankruptcy in December 2015.


Witch Craft
A developer created by ex-Media Vision staff lead, Akifumi Kaneko of Wild Arms fame.


Wolfteam
Former Telenet Japan subsidiary, now defunct.


Xīn Yì
AKA New Art. Taiwanese developer


Yacht Club Games
Shovel Knight!


Yamadaya
Doujin developer. Created Soul Saber and Soul Saber 2.


YD
Developers (?) of many nigh-identical LCD hardware configurations.


Yeounwoo Soft
Korean MS-DOS developer?!


Yojigen
Japanese publisher and developer


Yoshihiro Togashi
Original creator of long-running manga/anime series Yuu Yuu Hakusho.


Yudetamago
Pen name of the Japanese mangaka duo consisting of story writer Takashi Shimada and artist Yoshinori Nakai, creators of Kinnikuman.


Yugo Ishikawa
Mangaka and author of Fighting Beauty Wulong


Yuke's
Primarily a developer of wrestling titles, but responsible for the 3D fighter "Evil Zone."


Yuki Enterprise
Japanese developer whose experience prior to making Samurai Shodowns 5 and 5 Special was limited entirely to console versions of board games. Began developing Arcana Heart on their own before dissolvi
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Yutaka
Japanese company in the 1990's, released mostly anime-based titles.


Zeppelin Games
Zeppelin Games is a British company that focused in producing games for the 8 bit computers, but also made some titles for 16 bit computers and even consoles.


Zoom
Japanese developer with few titles, but touching all genres. Created Zero Divide 1 and 2.


ZyX
A Japanese erotic bishoujo video game maker. Localized in North America on J-List under the G-Collections label, and features art by Masahiro Yamane and Keiji Muto.



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