UEP Systems

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UEP Systems
Industry Video games
Founded1985;37 years ago (1985)
DefunctJuly 2001;21 years ago (2001-07) [1]

UEP Systems (ウエップシステム) was a Japanese video game developer founded in 1985. They were best known for their PlayStation-era snowboarding games, though they also released titles for PlayStation 2, Dreamcast, Neo Geo Pocket, and arcade.



UEP Systems' most critically acclaimed title is 1997's Cool Boarders 2 for the PlayStation, an early pioneering title of the "action sports" video game genre. The studio's biggest creative release was the quirky 3D action/adventure title Rising Zan: The Samurai Gunman , the studio's only non-sports game, which received sub-par reviews but gained a small amount of cult appeal among gamers at the time. Despite the success of their early snowboarding titles, UEP struggled financially in the years that followed with a series of commercially unsuccessful games. After the release of Cool Boarders: Code Alien - another poor seller - for the PlayStation 2 in 2000, the studio disbanded in 2001.

Games developed

1996 Cool Boarders PlayStation
1997 Cool Boarders 2
1999 Rising Zan: The Samurai Gunman
1999 Rippin' Riders Snowboarding Dreamcast
2000 Cool Boarders Pocket Neo Geo Pocket Color
2000 Cool Boarders: Code Alien PlayStation 2

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