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Intelligent Systems Co., Ltd. is a Japanese video game developer closely affiliated with Nintendo and best known for developing the Fire Emblem, Wars, and Paper Mario series. Originally, the company was headquartered at the Nintendo Kyoto Research Center in Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto,[2] but later moved to a building near Nintendo's main headquarters in October 2013.[3]

Intelligent Systems Co., Ltd.
Native name
Kabushiki Gaisha Interijento Shisutemuzu
Kabushiki gaisha
IndustryVideo games
FoundedDecember 1986; 32 years ago (1986-12)[1]
Number of locations
Key people
Shouzou Kaga
Yuka Tsujiyoko
ProductsVarious video game titles
Number of employees
151 (2018)[1]



Intelligent Systems started out in the video game industry when programmer Tohru Narihiro was hired by Nintendo to port Famicom Disk System software to the standard ROM-cartridge format that was being used outside Japan on the NES. Similarly to the origins of HAL Laboratory, the team soon became an auxiliary program unit for Nintendo that provided system tools and hired people to program, fix, or port Nintendo-developed software. Much of the team's original work consists of minor contributions to larger titles developed by Nintendo R&D1 and Nintendo EAD.[4]

Chief programmer Tohru Narihiro programmed his first video games, Famicom Wars and Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, towards the end of the Famicom's life cycle, although the game design, graphic design, and music was provided by the Nintendo R&D1 team. Because of Narihiro's success, Intelligent Systems began to hire graphic designers, programmers, and musicians to extend the company from an auxiliary–tool developer to a game development group. The company continued to develop new entries in the Wars and Fire Emblem franchises, although they haven't released a title for the former in 11 years.


List of video games developed by Intelligent Systems
Year Title Platform(s) Ref.
1983 Mario Bros. Nintendo Entertainment System [5]
1984 Tennis[a] Nintendo Entertainment System [5]
Wild Gunman Nintendo Entertainment System [5]
Duck Hunt Nintendo Entertainment System [5]
Hogan's Alley Nintendo Entertainment System [5]
Donkey Kong 3 Nintendo Entertainment System [5]
Devil World Nintendo Entertainment System [5]
1985 Soccer Nintendo Entertainment System [5]
Wrecking Crew Nintendo Entertainment System [5]
Stack-Up Nintendo Entertainment System [5]
Gyromite Nintendo Entertainment System [5]
1986 Tennis Family Computer Disk System [5]
Soccer Family Computer Disk System [5]
Metroid[a] Family Computer Disk System [5][6]
1988 Famicom Wars Family Computer [5]
Kaette Kita Mario Bros. Family Computer Disk System [5]
Wrecking Crew Family Computer Disk System [5]
1989 Alleyway[a] Game Boy [5]
Baseball[b] Game Boy [5]
Yakuman Game Boy [5]
Golf Game Boy [5]
1990 Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light Family Computer [5]
1991 SimCity Super Nintendo Entertainment System [5]
Game Boy Wars[a] Game Boy [5]
1992 Super Scope 6 Super Nintendo Entertainment System [5]
Fire Emblem Gaiden Family Computer [5]
Mario Paint Super Nintendo Entertainment System [5]
Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru[a] Game Boy [5]
Battle Clash[a] Super Nintendo Entertainment System [5]
1993 Metal Combat: Falcon's Revenge[a] Super Nintendo Entertainment System [5]
1994 Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem Super Family Computer [5]
Super Metroid[a] Super Nintendo Entertainment System [5]
1995 Galactic Pinball Virtual Boy
Panel de Pon Super Family Computer
1996 Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War Super Family Computer
Tetris Attack[a] Super Nintendo Entertainment System
1998 Super Famicom Wars Super Family Computer
1999 Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 Super Family Computer
2000 Trade & Battle: Card Hero Game Boy Color
Paper Mario Nintendo 64
Pokémon Puzzle Challenge Game Boy Color
2001 Advance Wars[c] Game Boy Advance
Mario Kart: Super Circuit Game Boy Advance
2002 Cubivore: Survival of the Fittest[d] GameCube
Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade[a] Game Boy Advance
2003 Nintendo Puzzle Collection[a] GameCube
Fire Emblem Game Boy Advance
Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising[c] Game Boy Advance
WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Games! GameCube
2004 Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door GameCube
Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones Game Boy Advance
WarioWare: Twisted![e] Game Boy Advance
WarioWare: Touched![e] Nintendo DS
2005 Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance[f] GameCube
Advance Wars: Dual Strike Nintendo DS
2006 WarioWare: Smooth Moves[e] Wii
2007 Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn[f] Wii
Super Paper Mario Wii
Planet Puzzle League Nintendo DS
Face Training Nintendo DS
Kousoku Card Battle: Card Hero[e] Nintendo DS
2008 Advance Wars: Days of Ruin Nintendo DS
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon[f] Nintendo DS
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Wii
WarioWare: Snapped![e] Nintendo DS
2009 WarioWare D.I.Y.[e] Nintendo DS
WarioWare D.I.Y. Showcase[e] Wii
Dragon Quest Wars Nintendo DS
Eco Shooter: Plant 530 Wii
Nintendo DSi Instrument Tuner Nintendo DSi
Nintendo DSi Metronome Nintendo DSi
Dictionary 6 in 1 with Camera Function Nintendo DSi
Link 'n' Launch Nintendo DSi
Spotto! Nintendo DSi
2010 Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem Nintendo DS
Face Training Nintendo DS
2011 Pushmo Nintendo 3DS
2012 Fire Emblem Awakening[f] Nintendo 3DS
Crashmo Nintendo 3DS
Paper Mario: Sticker Star Nintendo 3DS
2013 Game & Wario[e] Wii U
Daigasso! Band Brothers P[g] Nintendo 3DS
2014 Pushmo World Wii U [7]
2015 Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Nintendo 3DS
Stretchmo Nintendo 3DS
Fire Emblem Fates Nintendo 3DS [8]
2016 Paper Mario: Color Splash Wii U
2017 Fire Emblem Heroes[h] iOS, Android
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Nintendo 3DS
2018 WarioWare Gold Nintendo 3DS
2019 Fire Emblem: Three Houses Nintendo Switch
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Co-developed by Nintendo R&D1.
  2. ^ Responsible for porting the original game to the Game Boy.
  3. ^ a b Released as Game Boy Wars Advance 1+2 in Japan on 2004.
  4. ^ Co-developed by Saru Brunei.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Co-developed by Nintendo SPD Group No. 1.
  6. ^ a b c d Co-developed by Nintendo SPD Group No. 2.
  7. ^ Co-developed by Nintendo SDD.
  8. ^ Co-developed by Nintendo EPD.


Title System Ref(s)
Dragon Hopper Virtual Boy [9]
Fire Emblem 64 Nintendo 64DD [10]
Untitled Fire Emblem game Wii [11]
Crashmo World Wii U [12]

See alsoEdit

  • OrCAD (distributed by Intelligent Systems Japan, KK)


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  2. ^ "Location". Intelligent Systems. Archived from the original on 2010-06-19. Retrieved 2010-08-29.
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  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af "Intelligent Systems - Works - Games". (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019-01-28.
  6. ^ Christian Nutt (23 April 2010). "The Elegance Of Metroid: Yoshio Sakamoto Speaks". Gamasutra. United Business Media LLC. Retrieved 5 August 2010.
  7. ^ Whitehead, Thomas (May 28, 2014). "Nintendo of America Confirms Pushmo World Release Details". Nintendo Life. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
  8. ^ Lehew, Alex (November 12, 2015). "Fire Emblem Fates releases February 19th; release details revealed". The Tanooki. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  9. ^ "Nintendo Kills the Virtual Boy". GamePro. No. 101. IDG. February 1997. p. 27.
  10. ^ VincentASM. "Making of Fire Emblem 64". Serenes Forest. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  11. ^ VincentASM. "Making of Fire Emblem: The Illusive Wii Fire Emblem". Serenes Forest. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  12. ^ Jenni. "Crashmo World Apparently Was In Development For the Nintendo Wii U". Siliconera. Retrieved 28 December 2016.

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