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    Default CRV Investigates: Sanritsu/SIMS

    If you don't visit the SMSPower.org forums, you may have not seen my investigation of Sanritsu/SIMS and their seemingly close relationship with Sega. But I thought I'd post my findings over here, in case you're interested. Enjoy.

    Ahem...

    COMPANY OVERVIEW

    Sanritsu:
    Game label/division for Japanese electrical firm Sanritsu-Denki Co., Ltd.

    SIMS:
    SIMS was established on June 12, 1991 as a joint venture of Sanritsu-Denki and Sega. About 50 employees came over from Sanritsu. Sega eventually bought out Sanritsu's share and made the company a subsidiary. That came to an end, however, when SIMS President Noboru Machida took over all the stock from the veteran game maker on June 25, 2004. SIMS stands for "Soft development Innovation Multi Success"

    LIST OF WORKS

    ARCADE (19)
    Game Title / Developer(s) / Manufacturer(s) / Year


    - Alien Syndrome / Sanritsu, Sunsoft / Sega / 1987
    - Appoooh! / Sanritsu / Sega / 1984
    - Bank Panic / Sanritsu / Sega / 1983
    - Biohazard: Code Veronica: Gun Survivor 2 / SIMS / Capcom, Namco / 2001
    - Combat Hawk / Sanritsu / Sega / 1987
    - Dr. Micro / Sanritsu / Sanritsu / 1983
    - Dream Shopper / Sanritsu / Sanritsu / 1982
    - Dump Matsumoto / Sanritsu / Sega / 1986
    aka Body Slam
    - Janputer / Sanritsu / Taito / 1981
    - Kikiipatsu Mayumi-chan / Sanritsu / Victory / 1988
    - Mahjong Kyou Jidai / Sanritsu / Sanritsu / 1986
    - Maximum Speed / SIMS / Sammy / 2003
    - Mermaid / Sanritsu / Rock-Ola / 1982
    aka Yachtsman (clone from Esco)
    - Quiz Ah! Megami Sama: Tatakau Tsubasa Totomo Ni / SIMS / Sega / 2000
    - Rougien / Sanritsu / Sanritsu / 1982
    - Sega Marine Fishing / SIMS / Sega / 1999
    - Space War (Space Invaders clone) / Sanritsu / Sanritsu / 1978
    - Sports Shooting USA / SIMS / Sammy / 2003
    - Van-Van Car / Sanritsu / Sanritsu / 1983

    MARK III/MASTER SYSTEM (30)
    Game Title / Developer / Publisher / Year


    - Aerial Assault / Sanritsu / Sega / 1990
    - Air Rescue / SIMS / Sega / 1992
    - Alien Storm / Sanritsu / Sega / 1991*
    - Assault City / Sanritsu / Sega / 1990
    - Bomber Raid / Sanritsu / Sega / 1988
    - Bonanza Bros. / Sanritsu / Sega / 1991*
    - Buggy Run / SIMS / Sega / 1993
    - Disney's Aladdin / SIMS / Sega / 1994
    - Dynamite Duke / Sanritsu / Sega / 1991*
    - E-SWAT / Sanritsu / Sega / 1990
    - Forgotten Worlds / Sanritsu / Sega / 1990
    - G-LOC Air Battle / Sanritsu / Sega / 1991*
    - Gain Ground / Sanritsu / Sega / 1990
    - George Foreman's KO Boxing / SIMS / Flying Edge (Acclaim) / 1992
    - Golfamania / Sanritsu / Sega / 1990
    - James "Buster" Douglas Knockout Boxing / Sanritsu / Sega / 1990
    aka Heavyweight Champ
    - Line of Fire / Sanritsu / Sega / 1991*
    - Masters of Combat / SIMS / Sega / 1993
    - Master of Darkness / SIMS / Sega / 1992
    aka Vampire
    - Ninja Gaiden / SIMS / Sega / 1992
    - Psychic World / Sanritsu / Sega / 1991
    - Putt & Putter / SIMS / Sega / 1992
    aka Minigolf
    - Shadow Dancer / Sanritsu / Sega / 1991*
    - Slap Shot / Sanritsu / Sega / 1990
    - Tecmo World Cup '93 / SIMS / Sega / 1993
    - Tennis Ace / Sanritsu / Sega / 1989
    - Tom & Jerry: The Movie / SIMS / Sega / 1992
    - Wanted / Sanritsu / Sega / 1989
    - Wimbledon / SIMS / Sega / 1992
    - Wimbledon II / SIMS / Sega / 1993

    FAMICOM/NES (3)
    Game Title / Developer / Publisher / Year


    - Alien Syndrome / Sanritsu / Sunsoft / 1988
    - Chuugoku Senseijutsu / Sanritsu / Jaleco / 1988
    - Peepar Time / Sanritsu / Sanritsu / Sanritsu / 1990

    GAME GEAR (31)
    Game Title / Developer / Publisher / Year


    - Alien Syndrome / SIMS / SIMS / 1992
    - Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S / SIMS / Bandai / 1995
    An old version of the SIMS website shows it prominently in a picture of
    Game Gear games, but I do not recognize any of the staff except Hikoshi
    Hashimoto (thought he was freelance, but I don't know if he had a stint at
    Sanritsu/SIMS - also worked on Line of Fire (SMS) and MMPR: The Movie
    (GEN))
    - Buster Fight / SIMS / Sega / 1994
    - Crayon Shin Chan: Taiketsu! Tankam Panic!! / SIMS / Bandai / 1995
    - Disney's Aladdin / SIMS / Sega / 1994
    - Fantasy Zone Gear / Sanritsu / Sanritsu / 1991
    aka Fantasy Zone
    - Fred Couples Golf / SIMS / Sega / 1994
    - From TV animation: Slam Dunk: Shouri-e no Starting 5 / SIMS / Bandai / 1995
    - George Foreman's KO Boxing / SIMS / Flying Edge (Acclaim) / 1992
    - Godzilla: Kaijuu Daishingeki / SIMS / Sega / 1995
    - Heavyweight Champ / SIMS / SIMS / 1991
    - Honoo no Tokyuuji: Dodge Danpei / SIMS / Sega / 1992
    - In the Wake of Vampire/ SIMS / SIMS / 1992
    aka Vampire: Master of Darkness
    - J-League Soccer: Dream Eleven / SIMS / Sega / 1995
    - J-League GG Pro Striker '94 / SIMS / Sega / 1994
    - Kick & Rush / SIMS / SIMS / 1993
    aka Tengen World Cup Soccer
    - McDonald: Donald no Magical World / SIMS / Sega / 1994
    - Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible / SIMS / Sega / 1994
    - Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible Special / SIMS / Sega / 1994
    - Mighty Morphin Power Rangers / SIMS / Sega / 1994
    - Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie / SIMS / Sega / 1995
    - Out Run / SIMS / Sega / 1991*
    - Putt & Putter / SIMS / Sega / 1991*
    - Psychic World / Sanritsu / Sega / 1991
    - Ristar the Shooting Star / SIMS / Sega / 1995
    aka Ristar
    - Scratch Golf / SIMS / VIC Tokai / 1994
    - Sonic Labyrinth / SIMS / Sega / 1995
    - Tails' Sky Patrol / SIMS, JSH / Sega / 1995
    - Tempo Jr. / SIMS / Sega / 1995
    - Tom & Jerry: The Movie / SIMS / Sega / 1993
    - Wimbledon / SIMS / Sega / 1992

    MEGA DRIVE/GENESIS (15)
    Game Title / Developer(s) / Publisher / Year


    - Crayon Shin-Chan: Arashi no Yobu Enji / SIMS / Ma-Ba / 1994
    - Dynamite Duke / Sanritsu / Sega / 1990
    - Gain Ground / Sanritsu / Sega / 1991
    - Mighty Morphin Power Rangers / SIMS / Sega / 1994
    An old version of SIMS website mentions it, but I do not recognize anybody
    in the credits
    - Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie / SIMS / Sega / 1995
    - Ninja Burai Densetsu / SIMS / Sega / 1991*
    - Out Run / SIMS / Sega / 1991*
    - Out Run 2019 / SIMS / Sega / 1993
    - Pepen ga Pengo / SIMS / Sega / 1995
    - Shura no Mon / SIMS / Sega / 1992
    - Tecmo World Cup '92 / SIMS / Tecmo / 1992
    aka Tecmo World Cup
    - TV Anime Slam Dunk: Kyougou Makkou Taiketsu! / SIMS / Bandai / 1995
    - Virtua Fighter 2 / Sega, SIMS, Success, Nextech / Sega / 1992
    - Wimbledon / SIMS / Sega / 1993
    - Wrestle War / Sanritsu / Sega / 1991*

    Sanritsu published Activision's Fatman in Japan in 1990.

    MEGA/SEGA CD (4)
    Game Title / Developer / Publisher / Year


    - Capcom no Quiz: Tonosama no Yabou / SIMS / SIMS / 1992
    - Popful Mail / Sega, SIMS / SIMS / 1994
    - Shin Megami Tensei / SIMS / SIMS / 1994
    - Vay: Ryuusei no Yoroi / SIMS / SIMS / 1993
    aka Vay

    SATURN (22)
    Game Title / Developer(s) / Publisher / Year


    - Blue Seed: Kushinada Hirokuden / SIMS / Sega / 1995
    - Dennou Senki: Virtual On/Virtual On: Cyber Troopers / Sega, SIMS / Sega / 1996
    aka Virtual On: Cyber Troopers
    - Garou Densetsu 3: Haruka-naru Tatakai / SIMS / SNK / 1996
    - Hang On GP '95 / SIMS, Genki / 1995
    aka Hang On GP, Hang On GP '96
    - Heartbeat Scramble / Japan Media Programming, SIMS / Imagineer / 1996
    - Honkaku Shougi Shinan Wakamatsu Shougi Jyuku / SIMS / SIMS / 1998
    - Kaitei Daisensou / SIMS / Imagineer / 1995
    aka In the Hunt
    - Kuusou Kagaku Sekai Gulliver Boy / SIMS / Hudson / 1996
    - Message Navi / SIMS / SIMS / 1997
    - Message Navi Vol. 2 / SIMS / SIMS / 1998
    - Momotarou Douchuki / Hudson, SIMS / Hudson / 1997
    - Ninku: Tsuyokina Yatsura no Daigekitotsu! / SIMS / Sega / 1996
    - PD Ultraman Link / SIMS / Bandai / 1996
    - Sakura Taisen: Teigeki Graph / SIMS / Sega / 1998
    - Samurai Spirits: Zankurou Musouken / SIMS / SNK / 1996
    - Shinseiki Evangelion / SIMS / Sega / 1996
    - Stellar Assault SS / SIMS / Sega / 1998
    - Taiheiyou No Arashi 2: Shippuu no Moudou / SIMS / Imagineer / 1997
    - Ultraman Hikari no Kyojin Densetsu / SIMS / Bandai / 1996
    - Victory Goal '96 / Sega, SIMS / Sega / 1996
    - Virtua Volleyball / SIMS / Imagineer / 1995
    - Virus / Sega, Hudson, SIMS, Avex / Hudson / 1997

    PLAYSTATION (1)
    Game Title / Developer / Publisher / Year


    - Maboroshi Tukiyo: Tsukiyo no Kitan / SIMS / Naxat Soft / 2000

    DREAMCAST (5)
    Game Title / Developer / Publisher / Year


    - Charge'n Blast / CRI, SIMS / SIMS / 2000
    - Get Bass / SIMS / Sega / 1999
    aka Sega Bass Fishing
    - Harusame Youbi / SIMS / NEC Interchannel / 2000
    - Quiz Ah! Megami Sama: Tatakau Tsubasa Totomo Ni / SIMS / Sega / 2000
    - Sega Marine Fishing / SIMS / Sega / 2000

    WONDERSWAN/WONDERSWAN COLOR (7)
    Game Title / Developer / Publisher / Year


    - Card Captor Sakura: Sakura to Fushigi na Clow Card / SIMS / Bandai / 1999
    - Digimon Adventure 02: D1 Tamers / SIMS / Bandai / 2000
    - Digimon Adventure 02: Tag Tamers / SIMS / Bandai / 2000
    - Digimon Adventure: Anode Tamer / SIMS / Bandai / 1999
    - Digimon Adventure: Cathode Tamer / SIMS / Bandai / 2000
    - Digital Monsters Ver. WonderSwan / SIMS / Bandai / 1999
    - Mobile Suit Gundam MSVS / SIMS / Bandai / 1999

    GAME BOY ADVANCE (1)
    Game Title / Developer / Publisher / Year


    - Elemix! / SIMS / SIMS / 2003

    PLAYSTATION 2 (11)
    Game Title / Developer / Publisher / Year


    - After Burner II Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 10 / SIMS / 3D-Ages / 2004
    - Big Bass: Bass Tsuri Kanzen Kouryaku SuperLite 2000 / SIMS / Success / 2003
    - Columns Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 7 / SIMS / 3D-Ages / 2003
    - Fantasy Zone Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 3 / SIMS / 3D-Ages / 2003
    - Golden Axe Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 5 / SIMS / 3D-Ages / 2003
    - Hokuto no Ken Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 11 / SIMS / 3D-Ages / 2004
    - Mark Davis Pro Bass Challenge / SIMS / Natsume / 2003
    - Monkey Turn V / SIMS / Bandai / 2005
    - OutRun Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 13 / SIMS / 3D-Ages / 2004
    - Steamboy / SIMS / Bandai / 2005
    - Top Angler: Real Bass Fishing / SIMS / Xicat / 2002

    GAMECUBE (1)
    Game Title / Developer / Publisher / Year


    - Top Angler: Real Bass Fishing / SIMS / Xicat / 2004

    PLAYSTATION PORTABLE (1)
    Game Title / Developer / Publisher / Year


    - Ape Escape: On the Loose / SIMS / Sony / 2005
    - Various mini-games, applications

    WINDOWS (4)
    Game Title / Developer / Publisher / Year


    - Guilty Gear X / SIMS / CyberFront / 2001
    - Idol Janshi Suchie-Pai 3 / SIMS / CyberFront / 2002
    - Idol Mahjong Final Romance 4 / SIMS / Harvest / 2003
    - Sega Marine Fishing / SIMS / Empire / 2001

    POSSIBLE GAMES

    Master System (4)

    - Alien Syndrome
    At least two presumable Sanritsu staffers are mentioned in the credits, Kin
    (adviser) and Chicken Jun (one of three programmers)
    - Cloud Master
    - Double Hawk
    - Mahjong Sengoku Jidai
    Appears to be based on an adult arcade mahjong game from Sanritsu
    called Mahjong Kyou Jidai. Shares some graphics with Alien Syndrome
    (namely the Sega logo on the title screen).

    Game Gear (4)

    - Aerial Assault
    - Kaitou Saint Tail
    - Kishin Douji Zenki
    - Yaiba Adventures

    Updated October 8, 2005

    * Determining the developer of many titles released in 1991 is slightly more difficult since SIMS was formed in June of that year. The best that can be done is look at the release date and figure out how long the game would have taken to develop. What is on the list currently may not be correct.

    Information for this list was gathered from a number of sources: code, in-game credits, e-mails to various people, posting on various boards, Google searches, looking at graphics/listening to in-game music and using intuition, the current SIMS website, previous versions of the SIMS website at the Internet Archive, and the Developer Table website.

    This list is not 100% guaranteed accurate. The extent of SIMS' involvement in some titles could be called into question. List is subject to change at any time without notice. The latest version can be found posted at the SMSPower.org Forums.

    You can find an extensive list of credits here.

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    Sorry to spam, but...

    I don't plan on updating this thread again, so in case someone finds it, I would like to point them in the right direction (to Game Developer Research Institute, where the research rolls along).

    For GDRI's latest on Sanritsu/SIMS, go here.

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