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Sandlot (Japanese: 株式会社サンドロット, Hepburn: Kabushiki Gaisha Sandorotto) is a Japanese video game developer that is known for its very unusual and inventive control and gameplay mechanics. The company was founded in March 2001 and is composed of former employees from Human Entertainment.[2][3]

Sandlot Co., Ltd.
Native name
Kabushiki Gaisha Sandorotto
IndustryVideo game industry
FoundedMarch 12, 2001[1]
HeadquartersSuginami, Tokyo, Japan
Key people
Shiro Kuroda (CEO)
Number of employees


Games developedEdit

All Japanese releases unless otherwise stated.


  • 1999
Remote Control Dandy[a] Published by Human Entertainment

PlayStation 2Edit

  • 2001
Tekkōki Mikazuki Trial Edition Published by Media Factory
  • 2002
Gigantic Drive Published by Enix - Released in the US as Robot Alchemic Drive (R.A.D.)
  • 2003
Simple 2000 series Vol. 31: The Chikyuu Boueigun (Earth Defense Force) Published by D3 Publisher - it was released in Europe by Agetec as Monster Attack
  • 2004
Tetsujin 28-go Published by Bandai
  • 2005
Simple 2000 series Vol. 81: The Chikyuu Boueigun 2 (Earth Defense Force 2) Published by D3 Publisher - in 2007 it was released in Europe by Essential Games as Global Defence Force
Remote Control Dandy SF[b] Published by Konami - sequel to the PlayStation game.

Nintendo DSEdit

  • 2006
Chōsōjū Mecha MG[c] is a mech video game developed by Sandlot and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS in Japan. Popular Japanese singer and voice actor Ichirou Mizuki, sung its song heard in the game's Japanese television commercials and trailer.
The player uses the stylus to manipulate a Marionation Gear (MG) on the battlefield. MGs are giant mechs that have been developed from marionettes. The touch screen shows a control panel which varies depending on which MG the player is operating. Actions are performed using the touch screen. They include shooting, jumping, swinging a mech's arm or close-range weapon, changing form, shooting projectiles, etc. There are more than 100 mechs, some of which are able to transform from a vehicle form to a robot form and vice versa, similar to piloted robots from many Japanese television shows.
The gameplay of Chōsōjū Mecha MG is split into a series of over 120 missions, which can range from defeating enemy robots to winning first place in a race. Outside of battle, MGs can be purchased from various shops, and equipped with status boosting items.
In the 2008 crossover fighting game, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, 3 Marionation Gears, which are the Warrior Mech Gauss, HM Mech Rosa, and Musketeer Daltania, appear as trophies and stickers. The Beetle-like MG, Ningyou Kouchuu Viigaru, appears only as a sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. A remix titled Marionation Gear plays on a stage called Norfair, which is an area from the Metroid series, in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. the remix of Marionation Gear returns in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U on the same stage.

Xbox 360Edit

  • 2006
Chikyuu Boueigun 3 (Earth Defense Force 3) Published by D3 Publisher - In 2007, it was released in the US and Europe as Earth Defense Force 2017


  • 2010
Zangeki no Reginleiv Published by Nintendo

PlayStation PortableEdit

  • 2011
Chikyuu Boueigun 2 Portable Published by D3 Publisher

PlayStation VitaEdit

  • 2012
Chikyuu Boueigun 3 Portable Published by D3 Publisher - Released January 2013 in the US and Europe as Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable
  • 2014
Chikyuu Boueigun 2 Portable V2 Published by D3 Publisher - Released December 11, 2014 in Japan and December 8, 2015 in North America. A remake of the second Earth Defense Force game, with improved graphics and new features, including the Air Raider, a character from Chikyuu Boueigun 4.

Xbox 360 / PlayStation 3Edit

  • 2013
Chikyuu Boueigun 4 (Earth Defense Force 4) Published by D3 Publisher - Released July 4, 2013 in Japan. It was also released in North America on February 18, 2014 and on February 21, 2014 in Europe as Earth Defense Force 2025.

PlayStation 4Edit

  • 2015
Chikyuu Boueigun 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair Published by D3 Publisher - Released February 2015 in Japan and December 2015 in North America. It is a revised version of Chikyuu Boueigun 4 for the PS4.
  • 2017
Chikyuu Boueigun 5 (Earth Defense Force 5) Published by D3 Publisher - Released December 7, 2017 in Japan. It was also released in North America and Europe on December 11, 2018.

Microsoft WindowsEdit

  • 2016
Chikyuu Boueigun 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair Published by D3 Publisher - Released July 18, 2016 world-wide.


  1. ^ Japanese: リモートコントロールダンディ Hepburn: Rimōto Kontorōru Dandi?
  2. ^ Japanese: リモートコントロールダンディSF Hepburn: Rimōto Kontorōru Dandi SF?
  3. ^ Japanese: 超操縦メカ MG?, roughly translated as "Super Control Robot MG"


  1. ^ a b "SANDLOT" (in Japanese). Sandlot. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  2. ^ Lafferty, Michael (2002-05-30). "R.A.D. pits giant robots in a clash for supremacy in a crowded urban setting". GameZone. Archived from the original on 2008-06-26. Retrieved 2008-07-01.
  3. ^ ferricide (December 5, 2006). "COLUMN: 'Roboto-chan!': An ode to Sandlot". GameSetWatch. Retrieved 2008-10-22.

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