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Hacker International was a Japanese video game company that developed and published games from 1990 to 2001 for the Nintendo Famicom (including Famicom Disk System), NEC PC Engine (including PC Engine CD), Sony PlayStation (as Map Japan) consoles, and Microsoft Windows PCs. The company was known for its play-for-porn approach to gaming,[1] with such games as AV Pachi-Slot (Hot Slots) and Soap Panic (Magic Bubble) featuring female nudity as a reward for skilful playing. These games were usually distributed through mail order and sold approximately 30,000 to 50,000 copies each.[1] Many of their games were developed by Taiwanese companies and were released in non-pornographic form elsewhere in the world; however three were released in the United States for the Nintendo Entertainment System with pornography intact (albeit sometimes modified to "Westernise" the girls' features) by another Taiwanese company, Panesian.

An issue of Hacker magazine

The Hacker name was first used by Satoru Hagiwara, an entrepreneur and former music producer, for a monthly PC magazine.[2] Hacker International was founded by Hagiwara as an outlet for its writers' ideas; its first product was the Hacker Junior, an upgrade for Famicom systems that provided composite video output and turbo controllers, for which they were sued by Nintendo and eventually settled out of court. The company was also known for the Disk Hacker software which allowed users to copy Famicom Disk System disks using only an ordinary Disk System (as opposed to the official method of using Nintendo's authorised Disk Writer units, which were placed only in game stores and charged 500 yen to copy a selected game to a customer's disk).[3] Several versions were released to combat successive anti-piracy measures introduced by Nintendo.

None of Hacker's games, with the exception of their 15 PlayStation titles, were licensed by the respective console manufacturers; Hiroshi Yamauchi personally opposed pornographic content in Famicom games, believing they would tarnish Nintendo's reputation.[1] When Tokuma Shoten's Family Computer magazine published advertisements for Hacker's games, it felt its relationship with Nintendo—which it relied on for preview materials—was so threatened that five of Tokuma's top executives travelled to Nintendo to apologise to Yamauchi in person.[1] However, NEC was more tolerant of Hacker's PC Engine releases (under the Games Express brand) and actually thanked Hacker for helping console sales.[2] Hacker became a licensee for the PlayStation under the name Map Japan, releasing 15 games, but eventually closed in 2001 due to competition from other publishers and Hagiwara's own loss of interest in gaming.[2]

Hacker's relationship to other Japanese adult console game producers of the era, such as Super Pig and MIMI Pro, is debated. For example, in the case of Super Pig, some claim this is merely a pseudonym under which Hacker published Disk System games[4] while others maintain it is an entirely separate company that only occasionally worked with Hacker.[5]

GamesEdit

Famicom ROM cartridgeEdit

Title Screen title Developer Alternate versions (pornographic) Alternate versions (non-pornographic) Year
AV Poker Poker Idea-Tek Peek-A-Boo Poker (Panesian, U.S.)
Pūkè Jīnglíng (Idea-Tek, TW)[6]
1990
Idol Shisen Mahjong C&E Tiles of Fate (American Video Entertainment, U.S.)
Zhànguó Sìchuān Shěng (C&E, TW)[6]
Mahjong Companion Thin Chen Enterprise Mahjong Partner (Thin Chen Enterprise, TW)
Mahjong Summit Kabuchiko Hen The Mahjong World (Thin Chen Enterprise, TW)
Pyramid Cleopatra Kiki Ippatsu Pyramid Pyramid (Sachen, TW; American Video Entertainment, U.S.)
Shisen Mahjong: Seifuku Hen Joy Van Mahjong Trap (Joy Van, TW)
Mahjong Trap Plus (Sachen, TW)
AV Dragon Mahjang Idea-Tek Mahjong Block (Idea-Tek/TXC, TW) [On-screen title Majohn Block];
Poke Block (Idea-Tek/TXC, TW)
Stakk'M (American Video Entertainment, U.S.)
1991
AV Mahjong Club C&E AV Mahjong Club (C&E, TW)
AV Pachi Slot: Big Chance Idea-Tek Hot Slots (Panesian, U.S.) [On-screen title Hot Slot: Big Chance][6]
AV Super Real Pachinko AV Pachinko C&E
AV World Soccer AV Soccer Ultimate League Soccer (American Video Entertainment, U.S.)
Soccer (Magexa, EU)
Futebol (Milmar, BR)[6]
Hanafuda Yūkyōde Nagarebana Oryu
Hayama Reiko: Katsuragi Mayako no AV Hanafuda Club AV Hanafuda Club Idea-Tek
Miss Peach World Miss Peach World I: Super LA Cop Color Dreams Mr. Assy (unreleased prototype)[7] Menace Beach (Color Dreams, U.S.);
Sunday Funday (Wisdom Tree, U.S.)[6]
Soap Panic C&E Bubble Bath Babes (Panesian, U.S.)
Magic Bubble (C&E, TW)[8]
Mermaids of Atlantis (American Video Entertainment, U.S.)[8]

Famicom Disk SystemEdit

  • Bodyconquest I (Credited on-screen to Indies Soft)
  • Bishoujo SF Alien Battle

Super Pig gamesEdit

  • Sexy Invaders
  • Bishoujo Sexy Derby
  • Bishoujo Sexy Slot
  • Moero Yakyuuken
  • Gal's Dungeon: Yakyuuken Part II

PC-Engine HuCardEdit

All games branded Games Express.

  • 1992 - Lady Sword
  • 1993 - Strip Fighter II
  • 1993 - Bodyconquest II

PC-Engine CDEdit

All games branded Games Express, require Games Express System Card.

  • 1994 - Hi-Leg Fantasy

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Sheff, David (1993). Game Over: How Nintendo Zapped an American Industry, Captured Your Dollars, and Enslaved Your Children.
  2. ^ a b c Gifford, Kevin (29 June 2010). "Hacker International's head speaks". Magweasel. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  3. ^ Nielsen, Martin. "Disk Drive Add-On For The Famicom". NES World. Retrieved 1 April 2010.
  4. ^ Shoveen, Nick (2007). How To Be A Porno Producer.
  5. ^ "Super Pig's Computer Magic". Famicom World. Retrieved 2 April 2010.
  6. ^ a b c d e jbholio. "Unlicensed NES Games Guide". Archived from the original on 5 February 2007. Retrieved 1 April 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ Smith, Jason. "A Color Dreams Dedication". NES Warp Zone. Retrieved 1 April 2010.
  8. ^ a b Cah4e3. "FAMI Dumping Project". Cah4e3's Stuff. Retrieved 1 April 2010.