Intelligent Systems

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Intelligent Systems Co., Ltd.
Native name
株式会社インテリジェントシステムズ
Romanized name
Kabushiki Gaisha Interijento Shisutemuzu
Kabushiki gaisha
Industry Video games
FoundedDecember 1986;32 years ago (1986-12) [1]
FounderTohru Narihiro
Headquarters,
Key people
Products
Number of employees
151 (2019) [1]
Website intsys.co.jp/english

Intelligent Systems Co., Ltd. is a Japanese video game developer closely affiliated with Nintendo and best known for developing the Fire Emblem , Wars , Paper Mario , and WarioWare 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]

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History

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 games developed by Nintendo R&D1 and Nintendo EAD. [4]

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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.

<i>Famicom Wars</i> video game

Famicom Wars is a wargame produced by Nintendo. It was released on August 12, 1988 for the Family Computer in Japan. It was later re-released on Virtual Console. It is the first game in the Wars series.

<i>Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light</i> the first game in the Fire Emblem tactical role-playing game series

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light is a tactical role-playing video game co-developed by Intelligent Systems and Nintendo Research & Development 1, and published by Nintendo for the Family Computer home video game console in 1990. It is the first installment of the Fire Emblem series. Following the journey of Prince Marth to reclaim his throne from the evil sorcerer Gharnef and his master Medeus, the gameplay revolves around tactical battles on grid-based maps, with defeated units being subject to permanent death.

The Wars series, technically known as Famicom Wars and Advance Wars, is a series of military turn-based tactics video games, usually developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo. The series debuted in Japan on August 12, 1988. Like another Intelligent Systems series, Fire Emblem, earlier installments of the series were released only in Japan; Advance Wars (2001) was the first to reach the North American and European markets. Advance Wars was released in the United States on September 10, 2001, but put on hold in Japan and Europe due to the following day's events. Although released in Europe in January 2002, neither GBA game was released in Japan until the Game Boy Wars Advance 1+2 compilation which released for the Game Boy Advance on November 25, 2004 and for the Wii U Virtual Console on April 3, 2014.

List of games developed

List of video games developed by Intelligent Systems
YearTitlePlatform(s)Ref.
1983 Mario Bros. Nintendo Entertainment System [5]
1984 Tennis [lower-alpha 1] [5]
Wild Gunman [5]
Duck Hunt [5]
Hogan's Alley [5]
Donkey Kong 3 [5]
Devil World [5]
1985 Soccer [5]
Wrecking Crew [5]
Stack-Up [5]
Gyromite [5]
1986 Tennis Family Computer Disk System [5]
Soccer [5]
Metroid [lower-alpha 1] [5] [6]
1988 Famicom Wars [lower-alpha 2] Family Computer [5]
Kaette Kita Mario Bros. Family Computer Disk System [5]
Wrecking Crew [5]
1989 Alleyway [lower-alpha 1] Game Boy [5]
Baseball [lower-alpha 3] [5]
Yakuman [5]
Golf [5]
1990 Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light [lower-alpha 4] Family Computer [5]
1991 SimCity Super Nintendo Entertainment System [5]
Game Boy Wars [lower-alpha 1] Game Boy [5]
1992 Super Scope 6 Super Nintendo Entertainment System [5]
Fire Emblem Gaiden Family Computer
Mario Paint Super Nintendo Entertainment System [5]
Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru [lower-alpha 1] Game Boy [5]
Battle Clash [lower-alpha 1] Super Nintendo Entertainment System [5]
1993 Metal Combat: Falcon's Revenge [lower-alpha 1] [5]
1994 Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem Super Famicom
Super Metroid [lower-alpha 1] Super Nintendo Entertainment System [5]
1995 Galactic Pinball Virtual Boy
Panel de Pon Super Famicom
1996 Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
Tetris Attack [lower-alpha 1] Super Nintendo Entertainment System
1998 Super Famicom Wars Super Famicom
1999 Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
2000 Trade & Battle: Card Hero Game Boy Color
Paper Mario Nintendo 64
Pokémon Puzzle Challenge Game Boy Color
2001 Advance Wars [lower-alpha 5] Game Boy Advance
Mario Kart: Super Circuit
2002 Cubivore: Survival of the Fittest [lower-alpha 6] GameCube
Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade Game Boy Advance
2003 Nintendo Puzzle Collection [lower-alpha 1] GameCube
Fire Emblem Game Boy Advance
Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising [lower-alpha 5]
WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Games! GameCube
2004 Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones Game Boy Advance
WarioWare: Twisted! [lower-alpha 7]
WarioWare: Touched! [lower-alpha 7] Nintendo DS
2005 Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance GameCube
Advance Wars: Dual Strike Nintendo DS
2006 WarioWare: Smooth Moves [lower-alpha 7] Wii
2007 Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
Super Paper Mario
Planet Puzzle League Nintendo DS
Face Training
Kousoku Card Battle: Card Hero [lower-alpha 7]
2008 Advance Wars: Days of Ruin
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Wii
WarioWare: Snapped! [lower-alpha 7] Nintendo DS
2009 WarioWare D.I.Y. [lower-alpha 7]
WarioWare D.I.Y. Showcase [lower-alpha 7] Wii
Dragon Quest Wars Nintendo DS
Eco Shooter: Plant 530 Wii
Nintendo DSi Instrument Tuner Nintendo DSi
Nintendo DSi Metronome
Dictionary 6 in 1 with Camera Function
Link 'n' Launch
Spotto!
2010 Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem Nintendo DS
Face Training
2011 Pushmo Nintendo 3DS
2012 Fire Emblem Awakening
Crashmo
Paper Mario: Sticker Star
2013 Game & Wario [lower-alpha 7] Wii U
Daigasso! Band Brothers P [lower-alpha 8] Nintendo 3DS
2014 Pushmo World Wii U [7]
2015 Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Nintendo 3DS
Stretchmo
Fire Emblem Fates [8]
2016 Paper Mario: Color Splash Wii U
2017 Fire Emblem Heroes iOS, Android
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Nintendo 3DS
2018 WarioWare Gold [lower-alpha 9]
2019 Fire Emblem: Three Houses [lower-alpha 10] Nintendo Switch
Notes
  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Co-developed by Nintendo R&D1.
  2. Co-developed by Nintendo R&D1.
  3. Responsible for porting the original game to the Game Boy.
  4. Co-developed by Nintendo R&D1.
  5. 1 2 Released as Game Boy Wars Advance 1+2 in Japan on 2004.
  6. Co-developed by Saru Brunei.
  7. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Co-developed by Nintendo SPD Group No. 1.
  8. Co-developed by Nintendo SDD.
  9. Co-developed by Nintendo EPD.
  10. Co-developed by Koei Tecmo Games.

Cancelled

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

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<i>Yakuman</i> (video game) 1989 video game

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