Enix was a Japanese video game publishing company founded in September 1975 by Yasuhiro Fukushima. Initially a tabloid publisher named Eidansha Boshu Service Center, it ventured in 1982 into video game publishing for Japanese home computers such as the PC-8800 series, the X1 series, and the FM-7. Enix initially found games to release by holding contests for programming hobbyists and publishing the winners, with the first titles appearing in February 1983. Enix continued to hold contests and publish the winners through 1993.When Enix moved into traditional publishing for video game consoles in 1985, it began with ports of two of its more successful games, Door Door (1983) and The Portopia Serial Murder Case (1983). From that point onward, Enix served as a publisher for both video games developed independently by other companies as well as for titles in franchises owned by Enix and created by licensed developers. Enix's flagship franchise was the Dragon Quest series of console games, developed primarily by Chunsoft; some of the games, such as Dragon Quest VII (2000), have sold millions of copies, and the series as a whole has sold over 68 million copies as of 2016.
Enix Corporation was a Japanese video game publisher that produced video games, anime and manga. Enix is known for publishing the Dragon Quest series of role-playing video games.
A video game is an electronic game that involves interaction with a user interface to generate visual feedback on a two- or three-dimensional video display device such as a TV screen, virtual reality headset or computer monitor. Since the 1980s, video games have become an increasingly important part of the entertainment industry, and whether they are also a form of art is a matter of dispute.
A tabloid is a newspaper with a compact page size smaller than broadsheet. There is no standard size for this newspaper format.
On April 1, 2003, Enix and Japanese video game developer and publisher Square merged to form Square Enix, with Enix legally absorbing Square.Between 1985 and April 2003, Enix published 95 video games for 56 developers on 12 systems, 65 titles of which were exclusive to Japan. Only one game, King Arthur & the Knights of Justice (1995), was not released in Japan at all, with the remainder appearing in Japan as well as either the North American or PAL regions. Enix served as the Japanese publisher for all of the games released in that region that it was involved in with the exceptions of Paladin's Quest (1992) and Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen (1993), where it served solely as the North American publisher.
Square Co., Ltd. was a Japanese video game company founded in September 1986 by Masafumi Miyamoto. It merged with Enix in 2003 to form Square Enix. The company also used SquareSoft as a brand name to refer to their games, and the term is occasionally used to refer to the company itself. In addition, "Square Soft, Inc" was the name of the company's American arm before the merger, after which it was renamed to "Square Enix, Inc".
Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. is a Japanese video game developer, publisher, and distribution company known for its Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and Kingdom Hearts role-playing video game franchises, among numerous others. Several of them have sold over 10 million copies worldwide, with the Final Fantasy franchise alone selling over 115 million. The Square Enix headquarters are in the Shinjuku Eastside Square Building in Shinjuku, Tokyo. The company employs over 4300 employees worldwide.
King Arthur & the Knights of Justice is an action-adventure game developed by Manley & Associates and published by Enix for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in May 1995. Based on the cartoon series of the same title, which was loosely inspired by the Arthurian legend, the game was released in North America exclusively.
This list includes retail games published by Enix during its existence under that name after its transition from hobby programming contests to retail publishing in 1985. Only versions of the games that were published by Enix in the Japanese, North American, or PAL region are included; some games have additional ports to other systems that were only published by Square Enix or other publishers. The release dates given are the earliest release of the game by Enix; some games may have been originally published earlier by other publishers in another region.
|Yes||Published by Enix in this region|
|SE||Published by Square Enix in this region|
|Other||Published by a company unrelated to Enix in this region|
|NP||Not published in this region|
|Door Door||Nintendo Entertainment System||July 18, 1985||Chunsoft||Yes||NP||NP|
|The Portopia Serial Murder Case||Nintendo Entertainment System||November 29, 1985||Chunsoft||Yes||NP||NP|
|Dragon Quest||Nintendo Entertainment System||May 27, 1986||Chunsoft||Yes||Other||NP|
|Dragon Quest II||Nintendo Entertainment System||January 26, 1987||Chunsoft||Yes||Yes||NP|
|Dragon Quest III||Nintendo Entertainment System||February 10, 1988||Chunsoft||Yes||Yes||NP|
|Super Nintendo Entertainment System||December 6, 1996||Heartbeat||Yes||NP||NP|
|Game Boy Color||December 8, 2000||Tose||Yes||Yes||NP|
|Dragon Quest IV||Nintendo Entertainment System||February 11, 1990||Chunsoft||Yes||Yes||NP|
|Playstation||November 22, 2001||Heartbeat||Yes||NP||NP|
|ActRaiser||Super Nintendo Entertainment System||December 16, 1990||Quintet||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Soul Blazer||Super Nintendo Entertainment System||January 31, 1992||Quintet||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Dragon Quest V||Super Nintendo Entertainment System||September 27, 1992||Chunsoft||Yes||NP||NP|
|Dungeon Land||Game Boy||December 15, 1992||Random House||Yes||NP||NP|
|Just Breed||Nintendo Entertainment System||December 15, 1992||Random House||Yes||NP||NP|
|E.V.O.: Search for Eden||Super Nintendo Entertainment System||December 21, 1992||Almanic||Yes||Yes||NP|
|The 7th Saga||Super Nintendo Entertainment System||April 23, 1993||Produce||Yes||Yes||NP|
|Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen||Super Nintendo Entertainment System||May 15, 1993||Quest Corporation||Other||Yes||NP|
|Jyutei Senki||Super Nintendo Entertainment System||August 27, 1993||Tam Tam||Yes||NP||NP|
|Paladin's Quest||Super Nintendo Entertainment System||October 1993||Copya System||Other||Yes||NP|
|ActRaiser 2||Super Nintendo Entertainment System||October 29, 1993||Quintet||Yes||Yes||Other|
|Illusion of Gaia||Super Nintendo Entertainment System||November 27, 1993||Quintet||Yes||Other||Other|
|Dragon Warrior I & II||Super Nintendo Entertainment System||December 18, 1993||Chunsoft||Yes||NP||NP|
|Game Boy Color||September 23, 1999||Tose||Yes||Yes||NP|
|Brain Lord||Super Nintendo Entertainment System||January 29, 1994||Produce||Yes||Yes||NP|
|Itadaki Street 2||Super Nintendo Entertainment System||February 26, 1994||Tomcat System||Yes||NP||NP|
|Nankoku Shōnen Papuwa-kun||Super Nintendo Entertainment System||March 25, 1994||Daft||Yes||NP||NP|
|Game Boy||March 25, 1994||Yes||NP||NP|
|Robotrek||Super Nintendo Entertainment System||July 8, 1994||Quintet / Ancient||Yes||Yes||NP|
|Wonder Project J||Super Nintendo Entertainment System||December 9, 1994||Almanic||Yes||NP||NP|
|Nekketsu Tairiku Burning Heroes||Super Nintendo Entertainment System||March 17, 1995||J-Force||Yes||NP||NP|
|Mahoujin GuruGuru||Super Nintendo Entertainment System||April 21, 1995||Tam Tam||Yes||NP||NP|
|King Arthur & the Knights of Justice||Super Nintendo Entertainment System||May 25, 1995||Manley & Associates||NP||Yes||NP|
|Mystic Ark||Super Nintendo Entertainment System||July 14, 1995||Produce||Yes||NP||NP|
|Joushou Mahjong Tenpai||Super Nintendo Entertainment System||September 29, 1995||Game Arts||Yes||NP||NP|
|Violinist of Hameln||Super Nintendo Entertainment System||September 29, 1995||Daft||Yes||NP||NP|
|Terranigma||Super Nintendo Entertainment System||October 20, 1995||Quintet||Yes||NP||Other|
|Dragon Quest VI||Super Nintendo Entertainment System||December 9, 1995||Heartbeat||Yes||NP||NP|
|Mahoujin GuruGuru 2||Super Nintendo Entertainment System||April 12, 1996||Tam Tam||Yes||NP||NP|
|Dark Half||Super Nintendo Entertainment System||May 31, 1996||Westone Bit Entertainment||Yes||NP||NP|
|Star Ocean||Super Nintendo Entertainment System||July 19, 1996||tri-Ace||Yes||NP||NP|
|Wonder Project J2||Nintendo 64||November 22, 1996||Givro||Yes||NP||NP|
|Mischief Makers||Nintendo 64||June 26, 1997||Treasure||Yes||Other||Other|
|Nanatsu Kaze no Shima Monogatari||Sega Saturn||November 27, 1997||Givro||Yes||NP||NP|
|Ninpen Manmaru||Sega Saturn||December 18, 1997||Tam Tam||Yes||NP||NP|
|Riven||PlayStation||December 23, 1997||Cyan||Yes||Other||Other|
|Sega Saturn||April 9, 1998||Yes||Other||Other|
|Bust a Groove||PlayStation||January 29, 1998||Metro Graphics||Yes||Other||Other|
|Nihondaihyō Chiimu no Kantoku ni Narou!||Sega Saturn||June 25, 1998||Sega||Yes||NP||NP|
|Eggs of Steel||PlayStation||July 30, 1998||Rhythm and Hues Studios||Yes||Yes||NP|
|Star Ocean: The Second Story||PlayStation||July 30, 1998||tri-Ace||Yes||Yes||Other|
|Astronōka||PlayStation||August 27, 1998||MuuMuu / System Sacom||Yes||NP||NP|
|Itadaki Street: Gorgeous King||PlayStation||September 23, 1998||Tomcat System||Yes||NP||NP|
|Dragon Warrior Monsters||Game Boy Color||September 25, 1998||Tose||Yes||Other||Other|
|Great Hits||PlayStation||October 29, 1998||Sieg / System Sacom||Yes||NP||NP|
|Murder on the Eurasia Express||PlayStation||November 26, 1998||System Sacom||Yes||NP||NP|
|Googootrops||PlayStation||January 28, 1999||Produce||Yes||NP||NP|
|Tomb Raider III||PlayStation||March 4, 1999||Core Design||Yes||Other||Other|
|Mystic Ark: Maboroshi Gekijou||PlayStation||March 18, 1999||Produce||Yes||NP||NP|
|Bust a Groove 2||PlayStation||April 15, 1999||Metro Graphics||Yes||Yes||NP|
|Segare Ijiri||PlayStation||June 3, 1999||Braindog / Nemesys||Yes||NP||NP|
|Pop'n Tanks!||PlayStation||July 29, 1999||Symbio Systems||Yes||NP||NP|
|Rakugaki Showtime||PlayStation||July 29, 1999||Treasure||Yes||NP||NP|
|Torneko: The Last Hope||PlayStation||September 15, 1999||Chunsoft||Yes||Yes||NP|
|Game Boy Advance||December 20, 2001||Chunsoft||Yes||NP||NP|
|Planet Laika||PlayStation||October 21, 1999||Quintet / Zeque||Yes||NP||NP|
|Valkyrie Profile||PlayStation||December 22, 1999||tri-Ace||Yes||Yes||NP|
|Kaikan Phrase: Datenshi Kourin||PlayStation||February 24, 2000||Produce||Yes||NP||NP|
|Utautau: Seirei Songs||PlayStation||February 24, 2000||Opus||Yes||NP||NP|
|Ten Made Jack: Odorokimamenoki Dai Tou Bou!!||PlayStation||March 23, 2000||Exrays||Yes||NP||NP|
|Omiai Commando: Bakappuru Nitsukkomiwo||PlayStation||March 30, 2000||Magical Company||Yes||NP||NP|
|Ø Story||PlayStation 2||April 27, 2000||General Entertainment||Yes||NP||NP|
|Suzuki Bakuhatsu||PlayStation||July 6, 2000||SOL||Yes||NP||NP|
|Dragon Quest VII||PlayStation||August 26, 2000||Heartbeat / ArtePiazza||Yes||Yes||NP|
|Blade Arts: Tasogare no Miyako R'lyeh||PlayStation||September 28, 2000||Ea||Yes||NP||NP|
|Dance Summit 2001: Bust A Move||PlayStation 2||November 2, 2000||Metro Graphics||Yes||NP||NP|
|Doki Doki Densetsu: Mahoujin Guruguru||Game Boy Color||November 17, 2000||Tam Tam||Yes||NP||NP|
|Command Master||Game Boy Color||November 22, 2000||Brain Dock||Yes||NP||NP|
|Orega Kantoku Da! Gekitou Pennant Race||PlayStation 2||November 22, 2000||Tamsoft||Yes||NP||NP|
|Dragon Warrior Monsters 2: Cobi's Journey||Game Boy Color||March 15, 2001||Tose||Yes||Yes||NP|
|Super Galdelic Hour||PlayStation 2||March 29, 2001||Exrays||Yes||NP||NP|
|Dragon Warrior Monsters 2: Tara's Adventure||Game Boy Color||April 12, 2001||Tose||Yes||Yes||NP|
|Endonesia||PlayStation 2||May 31, 2001||Vanpool||Yes||NP||NP|
|Star Ocean: Blue Sphere||Game Boy Color||June 28, 2001||tri-Ace||Yes||NP||NP|
|Cross Gate||Microsoft Windows||July 23, 2001||Dwango||Yes||NP||NP|
|Minna de Quest: Nijiiro no Yoru||July 23, 2001||Lindwurm||Yes||NP||NP|
|The Fear||PlayStation 2||July 26, 2001||Digital Frontier||Yes||NP||NP|
|Depth Fantasia||Microsoft Windows||December 6, 2001||Headlock||Yes||NP||NP|
|Snap Kid's||Game Boy Advance||January 17, 2002||GameKids||Yes||NP||NP|
|Dragon Quest Monsters i||Mobile phones||January 28, 2002||Tose||Yes||NP||NP|
|Grandia Xtreme||PlayStation 2||January 31, 2002||Game Arts||Yes||Yes||NP|
|Grandia II||PlayStation 2||February 21, 2002||Game Arts / Rocket Studio||Yes||Other||Other|
|Chase Chase||Microsoft Windows||February 28, 2002||Hi Corporation / Org Corporation||Yes||NP||NP|
|Orega Kantoku Da! Volume 2||PlayStation 2||March 7, 2002||Tamsoft||Yes||NP||NP|
|Dramatic Soccer Game: Nippon Daihyou Senshu Ninarou!||PlayStation 2||May 23, 2002||Cavia||Yes||NP||NP|
|Dragon Quest Monsters 1+2||PlayStation||May 30, 2002||Tose||Yes||NP||NP|
|Zoku Segare Ijiri||PlayStation 2||June 27, 2002||Nemesys||Yes||NP||NP|
|Dragon Quest Characters: Torneko no Daibōken 3||PlayStation 2||October 31, 2002||Chunsoft / Matrix Software||Yes||NP||NP|
|Samurai Evolution: Oukoku Geist||Game Boy Advance||September 20, 2002||TeaSet||Yes||NP||NP|
|Robot Alchemic Drive||PlayStation 2||August 29, 2002||Sandlot||Yes||Yes||NP|
|Itadaki Street 3||PlayStation 2||December 22, 2002||Tamsoft / Crea-Tech||Yes||NP||NP|
|Star Ocean: Till the End of Time||PlayStation 2||February 27, 2003||tri-Ace||Yes||SE||Other|
|Dragon Quest Monsters: Caravan Heart||Game Boy Advance||March 29, 2003||Tose||Yes||NP||NP|
Final Fantasy III is a role-playing video game developed and published by Square for the Family Computer. The third installment in the Final Fantasy series, it was released in 1990. It is the first numbered Final Fantasy game to feature the job-change system. The story revolves around four orphaned youths drawn to a crystal of light. The crystal grants them some of its power, and instructs them to go forth and restore balance to the world. Not knowing what to make of the crystal's pronouncements, but nonetheless recognizing the importance of its words, the four inform their adoptive families of their mission and set out to explore and bring back balance to the world.
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Our first Epic Center developer focus zooms in on King Arthur & the Knights of Justice from Enix. Manley & Associates is breaking ground with this game as the first American developer of a major adventure for Enix.