Kaneko Seisakusho (金子製作所), stylized as KANE<O, also referred to as Kaneko Co. Ltd. (カネコ株式会社), was a Japanese video game publisher founded in Suginami, Tokyo, Japan by Hiroshi Kaneko. It published a number of games both under its brand and other companies, such as Air Buster, Nexzr, Shogun Warriors, DJ Boy, Guts'n, and the Gals Panic series.

Kaneko Co. Ltd.
TypePrivate
IndustryVideo games
Founded1980
Defunctca. 2007
FateDefunct
HeadquartersTokyo, Japan

The last game released by the company was Gals Panic S3 for the arcade in 2002.

HistoryEdit

The company began business as developer, manufacturer, vendor, trader of electronic machines, and manufacturing medical equipment.

In 1982, it began its video game business as a developer of Taito Corporation's video games.

In 1990, Kaneko began to make its own video game under the KANEKO brand.

In Summer 1994, Kaneko closed its US branch and cancelled game projects such as Fido Dido and Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill.

In April 2000, Kaneko went through financial restructuring, and exited video game business except for maintenance department. The company was moved to Shibuya, Tokyo.

On July 25, 2001, Kaneko filed a lawsuit against Hitachi Software Engineering over the Super Kaneko NOVA System arcade board, and demanded 1.52 billion yen for damages.[1]

On August 12, 2004, Kaneko filed for bankruptcy. However, the company's founder, Hiroshi Kaneko, vowed to continue.[2]

In 2006, a civil lawsuit threatened to officially close the company.[3] As of September 2007 the fate of the company is unknown, though assumed no longer existent.

List of gamesEdit

ArcadeEdit

Game BoyEdit

  • Peetan / Pitan (ピータン) (Game Boy version of the MSX game by Nippon Columbia)

MSXEdit

  • Boggy '84 (1984) (developed by Nippon Columbia)
  • Jump Coaster (1984) (developed by Nippon Columbia)

NEC PC-9801Edit

  • GalPani (1995) (developed by Creo I)
  • GalPani II (1996) (developed by Mycom)

PC-Engine/TurboGrafx-16Edit

  • Air Buster (1990, developed by Inter State, published by Hudson Soft as Aero Blasters)
  • Heavy Unit (1989, developed by Inter State, published by Taito)
  • Nexzr (1992, developed by Inter State and published by Naxat-Soft, followed up by an expanded re-release in 1993 as Summer Carnival '93: Nexzr Special)
  • Star Parodier (1992, developed by Inter State, published by Hudson Soft)
  • Super Star Soldier (1990, developed by Inter State, published by Hudson Soft)

PlayStationEdit

  • Hiza no Ue no Partner: Kitty on Your Lap (1998)
  • Silhouette Stories (1996)
  • Zen-Nihon GT Senshuken Kai (1996)
  • Zen-Nihon GT Senshuken Max-Rev (1997)

Sega Game GearEdit

  • Berlin No Kabe (1991) (developed by Inter-State)

Sega GenesisEdit

Sega SaturnEdit

Sharp X68000Edit

  • Hishouzame / Flying Shark (1991)
  • Kyukyoku Tiger / Twin Cobra (1993)

Super Nintendo Entertainment SystemEdit

Unreleased gamesEdit

  • Air Buster (1994) (Sharp X68000)
  • Asuka 120% Burning Fest. Limited (1998) (Arcade) (developed by Fill-In-Cafe)
  • Battle Smash (1992) (Sega Genesis)
  • Bonk's Adventure AC Version (PC-Engine)
  • DOX-Q (1990) (Arcade)
  • Fido Dido (1994) (Super NES/Sega Genesis) (developed by Tweeny Weeny Games)
  • Gals Panic 3D (1997) (Arcade)
  • Gals Panic II (1994) (Super NES)
  • Jump Kun (1983) (Arcade)
  • Pack'n Bang Bang (1994) (Arcade)
  • Poco Secret Flower (2000) (Arcade) (developed by CAVE)
  • Rainbow Chips (1991) (Game Boy) (developed by Inter-State)
  • Same! Same! Same! / Fire Shark in overseas (1994) (Sharp X68000)
  • Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill (1993) (Super NES/Sega Genesis) (developed by Realtime Associates)
  • Speed Dive (1997) (Arcade)
  • Super Gals Panic (1994?) (Sega CD)
  • Tatsujin / Truxton (1994) (Sharp X68000)
  • Tenkū Retsuden Musashi (1992) (Sega Genesis) (unreleased port of Kabuki Z)[5][6]
  • The Berlin Wall (1991) (Sega Genesis, rumored that it got reskinned to Wani Wani World)
  • The Soda Kids (1994)
  • Yuta Buta Man-P (1999) (Arcade) (developed by CAVE)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ カネコ損害賠償請求事件
  4. ^ "Fly-Boy - Videogame by Kaneko".
  5. ^ "New Release Scramble: 天空烈伝 武蔵". Beep! MegaDrive [ja] (in Japanese). No. 31. SoftBank Creative. April 1992. pp. 43–48. Archived from the original on 2020-12-05. Retrieved 2020-12-04.
  6. ^ "New Release Scramble: 天空烈伝 武蔵". Beep! MegaDrive [ja] (in Japanese). No. 33. SoftBank Creative. June 1992. pp. 44–47.

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