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Chunsoft
株式会社 チュンソフト

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Founded
1984
Status
Merged


Chunsoft Co., Ltd. (Japanese: 株式会社 チュンソフト) was a Japanese video game development studio specializing in role-playing video games, and visual novels. The company was founded in 1984, and merged with Spike in 2012 to become Spike Chunsoft.

They created games such as the first five Dragon Quest installments and the Mystery Dungeon franchise. 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.

History

Chunsoft was founded by Koichi Nakamura, a video game designer and programmer who had worked with Enix, including the popular Dragon Quest franchise until Dragon Quest V. The "Chun" in the company name is from the first kanji Naka (中) of the company founder name; Naka is read as "Chun" in Japanese Mahjong. This name would also appear in the company's first work with Enix, titled Door Door in 1983. Otogirisō marked Chunsoft's debut brand. Following that, successive genre-trailblazing titles Torneko's Great Adventure: Mystery Dungeon, Kamaitachi no Yoru, and Shiren the Wanderer series established the company's good reputation. Nakamura himself had to move away from programming in order to run the company.

For a time, the company's products were considered mediocre, but 3-Nen B-Gumi Kinpachi Sensei: Densetsu no Kyoudan ni Tate! was a hit that showed signs of recovery. During the development of Game Boy Advance/Nintendo DS Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red and Blue Rescue Team, Kouji Maruta, one of the programmers for these two games, and contributed previously on EarthBound and Shiren the Wanderer 2, stated the company went through bad business performance, as employees from Chunsoft would leave the company progressively due to this issue. The game's success not only helped giving more popularity in the Mystery Dungeon franchise, it also helped Chunsoft from going through a failure. Later 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 2005 to 2010, Sega have made a collaboration with Chunsoft titled "SEGA×CHUN PROJECT". Their goal was to provide support and sales for development funds, such as the Nintendo DS remake of Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer or 428: Shibuya Scramble.

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

Works in the Mystery Dungeon Franchise

Year Game Console Ref.
1993 Torneko's Great Adventure: Mystery Dungeon SFC
1995 Super Famicom Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer SFC
1996 Game Boy Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer GB - Monster of Moonlight Village GB
1999 World of Dragon Warrior: Torneko: The Last Hope PS1
2000 Nintendo 64 Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 2 - Shiren's Castle and the Oni Invasion N64
2001 Game Boy Color Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer GB2 - Magic Castle of the Desert GBC
2002 Dragon Quest Characters: Torneko's Great Adventure 3: Mystery Dungeon PS2
2004 Shiren Monsters: Netsal GBA
Windows Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer Gaiden - Asuka the Swordswoman for Windows PC
The Nightmare of Druaga: Fushigi no Dungeon PS2
2005 Game Boy Advance/Nintendo DS Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red and Blue Rescue Team GBA, DS
2007 Nintendo DS Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Darkness DS
2008 Shiren the Wanderer Wii
2009 Nintendo DS Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky DS
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Adventure Squad titles Wii
2010 Nintendo DS Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 4 - The Eye of God and the Devil's Navel DS
Nintendo DS Shiren the Wanderer 5: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate DS

See Also

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