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Who Done What: Natsume
Post Posted: Mon Jan 09, 2006 8:27 am
NeoZeedeater did a topic about Technos over at the Digital Press forums. I was about to tell him that SMS Renegade was done by Taito, when I realized the names in the credits of it and some other Taito SMS games don't necessarily match up to other Taito games. Upon further investigation, it looks like Natsume could have done at least some of Taito's SMS games. There is an established relationship between the two - Natsume did Dungeon Magic on the NES and Ninja Warriors on the Super NES for Taito.

Let's take a look at the credits for some of the questionable SMS games:

Renegade

Executive producer:
Takashi Shiokawa,

Producer:
Kimio Hirota,

Director:
Iku Mizutani,

Programmer:
Hiroshi Hishikawa,

Graphics designer:
Yasunari Hayami, Shinya Miyamoto, Nobuhiro Kawabata,

Character design:
Yasunari Hayami,

Music director:
Iku Mizutani,

Music composer:
Kazuo Sawa,

Game design:
Yasunari Hayami,

Sagaia

Executive producer:
Tomohiro Nishikado,

Producer:
Kimio Hirota,

Director:
Iku Mizutani,

Programmers:
Moriyuki Kanaya, Yuji Akita,

Graphics designers:
Isao Inoue, Yasunari Hayami,

Music director:
Iku Mizutani,

Music composer:
Hisayoshi Ogura,

Character designers:
Yasunari Hayami, Isao Inoue,

Original game designer:
Fukio Mitsuji,

Special thanks:
Yuji Koga, Kouji Yamazaki,

Special Criminal Investigation

Producer:
Tomohiro Nishikado,

Assistant producer:
Takashi Shiokawa,

Original planner:
Nishiyaman,

Programmer:
Atsushi Tanaka,

Graphic designer:
Tomoyuki Nishiyama, Sachiko Matsuura,

Sound programmer:
Iku Mizutani,

Sound:
H. Iwatsuki,

Special thanks to:
Kazumichi Ishihara, TNY, BIT, H. Autumn, N. Mizoguchi, Tomoko, Kotobuki, Shin-chan, R. Xie,

Now let's compare these with games we know were done by Natsume:

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (SNES)

Executive Producer:
Takeshi Yasukawa,

Chief Director:
Hirohisa Ohta,

Producer:
Shin Ueno,

Main Programmer:
Hirohisa Ohta,

Programmer:
Ryuichi Nakahama,

Graphics:
Tomoko Okamoto, Yoshihito Hattori, Takasi Shinpo, Mitsuko Namiue, Shinya Wada,

Music:
Iku Mizutani (worked on the above SMS games)
Kinuyo Yamashita

Sound:
Hiroyuki Iwatsuki (did sound on SCI)

Key Animators:
George Oshima, Masami Suda,

Coordinator:
Masasuke Okada,

Advisers:
Tsuyoshi Sato, Maria Rosaria Zeno,

Project Power Rangers:
Jeff Rotter,

Presented by:
Bandai,

Ninja Warriors (SNES)

Planner:
S. Taniguchi,

Programmer:
T. Miyabe,

Graphic Designers:
S. Taniguchi, T. Shinpo, S. Wada,

Sound Design:
H. Iwatsuki (Hiroyuki Iwatsuki)
N. Tate

Software Support:
A. Tanaka (Atsushi Tanaka, programmer on SCI)
H. Iwatsuki
H. Komuro

Special Thanks:
M. Matsumoto
Kazumichi Ishihara (given special thanks on SCI)
H. Autumn (given special thanks on SCI)
Jim Yajima

Programmed by:
Natsume,

Shadow of the Ninja (NES)

Program_______________

Kazuhiko Ishihara (could be Kazumichi Ishihara)

Graphic_______________

Shunichi Taniguchi

Sound_________________

Iku Mizutani
Kouichi Yamanishi

Special thanks________

Toshiyasu Miyabe
S.K
Takashi Shinpo
Tomihisa Fuzimozo
Suyuya Takaoka
Tukio Morimoto
Moriyuki Kanaya (Programmer on Sagaia)
Atushi Tanaka
Nituroo

Supervisor____________

Kasari

Wild Guns (SNES)

Graphic Design:
Shunichi Taniguchi,

Program:
Toshiyasu Miyabe, Hiromichi Komuro,

Sound:
Hiroyuki Iwatsuki, Haruo Ohashi,

Special Thanks:
H. Autumn
Tomo Chan
Shin Chan (Given special thanks on SCI)
Ina Chan
M. Matsumoto
Y. Maekawa

Power Rangers: Time Force (GBC)

Executive Producer Takashi Matsumoto
Supervisor Kimio Hirota (Producer on Renegade)
Producer Iku Mizutani
Adviser Shinji Kyogoku
Director Koji Kadosaka
Art Director Sousuke Yamazaki
Programmers Hiroyuki Murakami, Koji Kadosaka, Toshikazu Iwasa, Hideo Takei
Art Worker Tomoki Hamuro
Sound Iku Mizutani
Special Thanks Natsume all staff

Natsume might have also done some Taito PC-Engine games, but I'm not ready to delve into that.
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Post Posted: Mon Jan 09, 2006 12:03 pm
One person to pay attention to Iku Mizutani. Pretty much everything he's done, he's done for Natsume.

http://ng-stg.hp.infoseek.co.jp/gm/name/mi.html
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Post Posted: Mon Jan 09, 2006 12:10 pm
Is it a he? Iku is a girl's name in Japan. I don't know if it's not a boy's name also, though.
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Post Posted: Mon Jan 09, 2006 9:20 pm
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One person to pay attention to Iku Mizutani. Pretty much everything he's done, he's done for Natsume.

http://ng-stg.hp.infoseek.co.jp/gm/name/mi.html


There are a lot of Konami games there, too.
I wouldn't get hung-up on Iku Mizutani, since musicians tend to work more on a freelance basis than others in the game industry.
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Post Posted: Mon Jan 09, 2006 11:17 pm
idrougge wrote
There are a lot of Konami games there, too.
I wouldn't get hung-up on Iku Mizutani, since musicians tend to work more on a freelance basis than others in the game industry.


Okay, there's a few MSX Konami games, but most everything else seems to be Natsume. Chances are Mizutani probably had a gig with Konami before he/she/it worked primarily for Natsume. But we're missing the big picture...

Another game Natsume might have done for Taito is The Jetsons: Cogswell's Caper for the NES

Planner I. Matono, S. Nishiyama, Onijust
Program K. Sakai, H. Hishikawa (Programmer on Renegade)
Graphics S. Takaoka (Given special thanks on Shadow of the Ninja), A. Takino
Graphics T. Ohyama, T. Kaname
Sound I. Mizutani, K. Umino
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Post Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2006 11:15 am
Shatterhand (NES) Credits
If anything, they prove that Natsume did SCI

Program Kazuhiko Ishihara
Graphic Shunichi Taniguchi
Graphic Norihide Mizoguchi
Graphic Sachiko Matsuura (Graphic designer on SCI)
Sound Program Iku Mizutani
Music Composer Iku Mizutani
Sound Effect Hiroyuki Iwatsuki
Special Thanks A. Tanaka (Programmer - SCI)
Special Thanks Shin. Chan (Special thanks - SCI)
Special Thanks R. Xie (Special thanks - SCI)
Special Thanks Autumn (Special thanks - SCI)
Special Thanks Kotobuki (Special thanks - SCI)
Special Thanks Okamoto
Special Thanks Bit
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Post Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2006 9:25 pm
The only PC Engine game credited to Natsume that I'm aware of is Dead Moon, which was actually developed by Studio Ducks.
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Post Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2006 9:28 pm
Kaminari wrote
The only PC Engine game credited to Natsume that I'm aware of is Dead Moon, which was actually developed by Studio Ducks.


Yes, I'm aware of that game.
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Post Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2006 11:22 pm
I'm convinced now. I wasn't sure if it couldn't be a subcontractor working for both companies, but if it says "programmed by Natsume" on Ninja warriors, which is a Taito game, and if there is such a correlation, I'm convinced.
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Post Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2006 12:58 am
idrougge wrote
I'm convinced now. I wasn't sure if it couldn't be a subcontractor working for both companies, but if it says "programmed by Natsume" on Ninja warriors, which is a Taito game, and if there is such a correlation, I'm convinced.


Well then, let us confirm it (for now, anyway): Renegade, Sagaia, and Special Criminal Investigation were done by Natsume.
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Post Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2006 11:24 am
I offer more credits as proof:

Mitsume ga Tooru (FC)

Program T. Miyabe
Design Shin.Chan, R. Xie
Sound H. Iwatsuki
Special Thanks I. Kaz, H. Autumn, A. Tanaka, TNY, T. Okamoto, Tom, N. Mizo, Take, Bit, Y. Shimizu

Spanky's Quest (GB)

Program T. Miyabe
Graphics T. Okamoto
Sound Effect H. Iwatsuki
Music Composer H. Iwatsuki
Sound Manager I. Mizutani
Test Play Kin Chan
Special Thanks Kazunoko, H. Ohta, A. Tanaka, Tany, T. Nishiyama, Shin Chan, N. Mizoguchi, E-De Ede, S. Matuura, Y. Hattori
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Post Posted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 2:25 pm
It's known that Natsume made Hana Taka Daka!? on PC Engine.


GameFaqs has very detailed lists on all game companies. If you check Natsume, they did make all those Master System games.
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