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Whodunit: Aspect Co., Ltd.
Post Posted: Wed Aug 10, 2005 8:03 am
Last edited by CRV on Fri Mar 02, 2007 12:31 pm; edited 1 time in total
Lookie here...Another investigation. But at least the Aspect name is actually in most of the roms of the games they worked on, towards the beginning, so this will be easier to do.

How did this start? Well, while looking for Sanritsu/SIMS stuff, I found something similar to this sample code snippet:

MS SONIC¥CHAOS    < Ver1.20 >   1993/08/03 @SEGA/Aspect Co.,Ltd


Now, here's a list of games that I've found were done by Aspect:

- Batman Returns (SMS/GG)
The GG rom doesn't have credits or the Aspect name, but we can safely assume it was done by them.
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2/Sonic & Tails (SMS/GG)
- Sonic Chaos/Sonic & Tails 2 (SMS/GG)
- Sonic Blast/G Sonic (SMS/GG)
- Sonic Triple Trouble (GG)
- Tails' Adventure (GG)

Looks like they did mostly Sonic games. I'll investigate suspect games later on.

Between these, the Sanritsu/SIMS games, the Compile games, and the games by Western firms, how many games did Sega actually do for the SMS and GG themselves? I guess that's how you get away with supporting 15 different systems.
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Post Posted: Wed Aug 10, 2005 9:10 am
http://www.mobygames.com/browse/games/aspect-co-ltd/
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Post Posted: Wed Aug 10, 2005 9:14 am
Emuaust wrote
http://www.mobygames.com/browse/games/aspect-co-ltd/


I've seen the list. It's mostly incorrect. Sonic Spinball was done in the US by Sega. Sonic 1 was done by Yuzo Koshiro's company, Ancient.
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Post Posted: Wed Aug 10, 2005 3:00 pm
Have you checked the Mickey Mouse games and Asterix for similarities within the code?
CRV wrote
Sonic Spinball was done in the US by Sega.

Only the Genesis version.
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Post Posted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 5:19 am
More games I've found to be by Aspect:
Cola Cola Kid (or Kids, as it says in the ROM)

gg sonic & tails2 < ver1.01 >   1993/09/07 @sega/aspect co.,ltd


For some reason, the Legend of Illusion ROM has the above code snippet. I guess the game is by Aspect.

Aspect's official site has all their games listed. But guess what? They use generic descriptions instead of actual game names. Let's try to figure these out together...

Game Gear
1997
"dinosaur action" (The Lost World: Jurassic Park?)
1996
"action" (G Sonic/Sonic Blast?)
1996
"hand-to-hand fighting" (?)
1995
"hand-to-hand fighting action (sound only)" (?)
1995
"action" (?)
1994
"action" (Sonic & Tails 2/Sonic Chaos?)
1994
"character mini-game collection" (?)
1994
"character action (3 kinds, type)" (Cola Cola Kid's probably one of them, the two others ?)
1993
"action (2 type, kind)" (?)
1992
"action" (?)

Master System
1993
"action (2 type, kind)" (?)
1991
"hand-to-hand fighting action" (?)
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Post Posted: Fri Aug 12, 2005 10:16 am
Last edited by CRV on Sat Aug 13, 2005 8:18 am; edited 1 time in total
Updated Saturday, August 13, 2005:

Known Sega/Aspect Games:
Batman Returns (SMS/GG)
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (SMS/GG)
Sonic Chaos/Sonic & Tails (SMS/GG)
Deep Duck Trouble (SMS/GG)
Sonic Blast/G Sonic (SMS/GG)
Jurassic Park (SMS/GG)
Sonic Triple Trouble (SMS/GG)
Tails' Adventures (GG)
Coca Cola Kid (GG)
Legend of Illusion (SMS/GG)

Credits from known Sega/Aspect games:

Batman Returns (SMS)

Planning Hase
Design M. Sato
Design Jyouoh Akk
Program Hiro. 777
Program K.O
Asp. Staff Toshi.Fujiyama
Asp. Staff Yasujirou.M
Sound Motohiro Kawashima
Sound Program Mikito Ichikawa
Sound Management Yuzo Koshiro
Special Thanks GG Batman Project Team

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (SMS)

Compose Tomozou
Compose Simachan
Compose Ray
Program Ko,Ko
Program Semimaru
Program Tea Tea
Program Tosiyan
Art Jly King
Art Noborin
Art Tez
Art U,D,K
Edit Raizou
Edit M,Shima
Edit End
Edit Mariyuri
Sound Gatao
Sound Nao Chan
Sound Dawasa
Thanks Asohy
Thanks Taku,S
Thanks The Hase
Thanks Thomas Y
Thanks Okusan
Thanks Lunarian
Thanks Hitmen
Thanks Aspect
and You

Sonic Chaos (SMS)

Game Design M. Shima, Ray, 500ZO
Art 7LY.Bigking, Gen, Noborin, East
Sound Mix Nagao N. Gee
Program Koko, Hiro 777, Toshiyan, Tomoyan
Thanks to Hitmen, The Hase, Kensan, Gadai, Mikarin, LLG, J.S, K. Dash, Hasuwo, Yokoyamasan, Tomozo, and You

Deep Duck Trouble

Game Designers Sharusharu, Otanuki Sp.
Artist Mikarin
Background Artists Manaby, 7LY Big King, Tamun
Sound Programers Nagao+O+Gee, Lotty
Sound Composer S. Kobayashi
Game Manual Shonan Boy, 168, Pantaloon
Producers Hitmen, Hase
Walt Disney Producer Patrick Gilmore
Main Programmer Hiro 777
Support Programmers Koko, Mix, Toshiyan, Gadai, Tomoyan
Special Thanks to Emirin, Yoshio, Yoshida, Suusang, Gaisu, Rei, Cindy, M. Inoue, E. Yamamoto, T. Matsuda

Sonic Blast (GG)

Producer Hiroshi Aso
(Hiroshi Aso is a SEGA employee. I have a feeling these games weren't completely by Aspect.)
Director Ryushin Hamada
Map Design Akira Okamoto, Ken Sasaki
Chief Programmer Toshiaki Araki
Programmer Yoshiaki Makishima
Chief Designer Fumikazu Sugawara
Designer Taro Murayama
Sound Composer Kojiro Mikusa
Special Thanks Kazuyuki Oikawa, Aspect All Staff

Jurassic Park (SMS)

Director Asohy
Producer Jun Tsu Chi
Chief Programmer ToToYo
Programmer Com Blue, Saku, Ken-San
Art Work Ei Ei O, Jyouoh Akk, Tez Mania
Sound Management Lotty, N. Gee
Planner LLG, Suu Sang
Special Thanks Hase, James S., Jessy T., Steve B., Kazu

Sonic Triple Trouble

Producer M. Hoko
Director K. Hase
Staff M. Sima, N. Honda, Saori K., T. Ihoroi, S. Higashi, O. Kodera, Toshiaki, K. Oikawa, H. Sai, K. Mixa, Sukioka, M. Tatsu, Tomoko, Fumi, Yoshiki
Composer Yayoi F.
Thanks H. Kojima, Y. Furuta, Hayato T., N. Taidai, K. Unoki, Ray F., J. Spahn, N. Katoh, R. Somaki, J. Misima, Y. Okitsu, T. Tanaka, Manabu M. and You

Suspicious Sega/Aspect Games

Asterix & the Secret Mission (SMS/GG)
Golden Axe Warrior (SMS)
The Cyber Shinobi (SMS)
Defenders of Oasis (GG)
Running Battle (SMS)

Credits from suspicious Sega/Aspect Games

Asterix & the Secret Mission (SMS)

Artist Kyuzou, Tamun, Choko, U D K
Program Milk Tea, Atsu
Sound Funky K.H.
Game Design Ken A, Taidai, K. Dash
Director Asohy, Hase, Hide
Special Thanks to Taku, Tomozou, Michael, Kia

Golden Axe Warrior (SMS)
I had suspected this as a Sanritsu game, but it shares staff from the known games, and not really any from Sanritsu. But it came out before Aspect's first game (a "hand-to-hand fighting game" which came out in 1991), so it's probably not from them.

Programmers Pochi, Com Blue
Planner Okaru
Designers Gen, Chouko, Hide, Aiou_Tmkf
Sound Tarnya
Special Thanks to Cap-Elf, LLG

The Cyber Shinobi (SMS)

Planners Cap-Elf, Min
Designers Hide, Udi, Mic-Satho, Fudho-Jyo
Programmers K.Tany, [unknown], Sekihin
Composers Shirige Nuki, Shiriko Dama
Director Chief-N

Defenders of Oasis (GG)

9PROGRAM 2 Lunarian SG ÿ6 PLANNING @K,OCT 9(TOMARIN ÿ SCENARIO ADVISER MASAYUKI ISHIKAWA ,$ILLUSTRATION 40KINO CHAN ÿ?SOUND >TYPE-O .$VOICE ACTOR )0POLMI ATSU ÿ' GRAPHIC DESIGN E-IRO JYOUOH (SADA 4CHOKO \7 BIG KING `Y,NOZAKI m(HIDE n4GEN ÿ<THANKS SIVA  KUDO ,TATE bRAI-ZOU k SATO h,ASOHY ÿPRESENTED BY SEGA

Decipher them yourselves.
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Post Posted: Fri Aug 12, 2005 12:14 pm
I've searched my SMS folder for the string "Aspect", and besides the games listed above, I've also found it in Marko's Magic Football.

CRV, may I write a page at Sonic the Hedgehog Information treasury using your info? http://shit.sclassic.net/index.php/Main_Page
 
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Phred wrote
I've searched my SMS folder for the string "Aspect", and besides the games listed above, I've also found it in Marko's Magic Football.

CRV, may I write a page at Sonic the Hedgehog Information treasury using your info? http://shit.sclassic.net/index.php/Main_Page


Yes, "Aspect" is in the game, but it's part of the word "Aspecto" in some foreign language dialogue.

And yes, you can use the info. But as I hinted before, Aspect may have only served as a co-producer on these games. I don't know (the same may be possible for Sanritsu/SIMS, but it seems more likely with Aspect).
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Post Posted: Sun Aug 14, 2005 3:24 pm
CRV wrote
1994
"character mini-game collection" (?)

Doraemon?
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Post Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2005 12:51 am
How about Shadam crusader?

PROGRAM -
Lunarian SG
 
- PLANNING -
K,OCT
TOMARIN
 
- SCENARIO ADVISER -
MASAYUKI ISHIKAWA
 
- ILLUSTRATION -
KINO CHAN
 
- SOUND -
TYPE-O
 
- VOICE ACTOR -
POLMI
ATSU
 
- GRAPHIC DESIGN -
E-IRO
7 BIG KING
JYOUOH
Y,NOZAKI
SADA
HIDE
CHOKO
GEN
 
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Post Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2005 3:19 am
idrougge wrote
How about Shadam crusader?


I don't know. The more I think about it, the more I think Aspect was just a co-producer, not the sole developer. Com Blue, Gen, Choko, and Hide turn up on the Phantasy Star series credits. They can't be Aspect employees.

It's going to be tough to figure out what was worked on by Aspect because we don't know who worked for Aspect. And frankly, I'm not as motivated with this as I was with the Sanritsu/SIMS investigation.
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Post Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2005 12:02 am
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I don't know. The more I think about it, the more I think Aspect was just a co-producer, not the sole developer. Com Blue, Gen, Choko, and Hide turn up on the Phantasy Star series credits. They can't be Aspect employees.

Yeah, I'm guessing they're a company like Red Entertainment in that companies contract them out to do certain parts of development, like graphics and art but they don't make the games in their entirety.
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Post Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2005 8:34 am
I'm pretty much just going to say Aspect was a co-developer on these SMS/GG games. And I'm only going to count the games that mention Aspect in the ROM. That leaves us with...

Batman Returns (SMS)
Coca Cola Kid (GG)
Deep Duck Trouble Starring Donald Duck (SMS/GG)
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (SMS/GG)
Sonic Chaos/Sonic & Tails (SMS/GG)
Sonic the Hedgehog in Triple Trouble/Sonic & Tails 2 (GG)
Sonic Blast/G Sonic (SMS/GG)
Tails' Adventures (GG)

They worked on others, such as a hand-to-hand fighting game for the SMS in 1991 (probably Running Battle). But thanks to the vague descriptions on their site instead of actual game titles, we may never know what.
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"hand-to-hand fighting action (sound only)" (?) 1995


I've now solved this. The game is Fatal Fury Special. Sound credits:
K.OIKAWA
K.MIKUSA

K. Mikusa is Kojiro Mikusa, who also did sound on Sonic Blast.
K. Oikawa should be none other than Aspect boss, Kazuyuki Oikawa.
The same team did sound on Fatal Fury 2 on Megadrive.
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Post Posted: Sat Dec 31, 2005 12:52 am
idrougge wrote
CRV wrote
"hand-to-hand fighting action (sound only)" (?) 1995


I've now solved this. The game is Fatal Fury Special. Sound credits:
K.OIKAWA
K.MIKUSA

K. Mikusa is Kojiro Mikusa, who also did sound on Sonic Blast.
K. Oikawa should be none other than Aspect boss, Kazuyuki Oikawa.
The same team did sound on Fatal Fury 2 on Megadrive.


Very good find.
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Post Posted: Mon Jan 02, 2006 6:34 am
Aspect is one of the leading guidebook publisher in Japan. They work usually on the guidebook during the game developpement with the creative team. So it's normal the developpers thanks Aspect at the game credits.
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Aspect is one of the leading guidebook publisher in Japan. They work usually on the guidebook during the game developpement with the creative team. So it's normal the developpers thanks Aspect at the game credits.


Good point, but I don't think they made guidebooks for, say, the SMS version of Batman Returns, which wasn't released in Japan.
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Yes, it's weird to read that.
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Post Posted: Sun Jul 23, 2006 2:42 am
CRV wrote
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2/Sonic & Tails (SMS/GG)
- Sonic Chaos/Sonic & Tails 2 (SMS/GG)
- Sonic Triple Trouble (GG)
I thought that Sonic Triple Trouble = Sonic & Tails 2... are you sure that your classification is correct?
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Post Posted: Sun Jul 23, 2006 3:11 am
Tommaso.Accinelli wrote
I thought that Sonic Triple Trouble = Sonic & Tails 2... are you sure that your classification is correct?


No, you're right. If you had read further, you would have seen I corrected myself.
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Post Posted: Sun Aug 06, 2006 7:59 am
Thanks to being given some credits from a Super Famicom game that Aspect did called "Go Go Ackman 2," I can now basically confirm that the following SMS/GG games were developed by Aspect:

G Sonic/Sonic Blast
Lost World, The: Jurassic Park
Sonic & Tails 2/Sonic Triple Trouble
Tails Adventures
Virtua Fighter Mini/Virtua Fighter Animation

Go Go Ackman 2 (SFC)

Executive Producer    Yukimasa Sugiura
Producer              Hajime Ishikawa
Project Reader        Tatsuo Masuda*
Planner               Xyzzy
Chief Programmer      Tatsuo Masuda*
Programmer            Toshiaki Araki*
Chief Designer        Sukeyasu Arimoto
Graphic Designer      Teruo Hamai*
                      Taro Murayama*
Sound Composer        Koujiro Mikusa (K.Mixa)*
Data Converter        Yoshiki Matsushima
Map Editer            Taro Murayama*
Scenario and Game
Design                Xyzzy
Guest Character
Design                Akira Toriyama
Publicity             Kazue Hitomi
Special Thanks        Kazuhiko Torishima
                      Kenzi Okamoto
                      V Jump
                      Kazuyuki Oikawa*
                      Aspect
Super Visor           Kisaburo Higashi
                      Takashi Shimomichi

Lost World, The: Jurassic Park (GG)

Producer              Steve Hutchins
Producer              Makoto Oshitani
Director              Katsuhiro Hasegawa
Programmer            Tatsuo Matsuda*
Programmer            Yoshiaki Makishima*
Planner               Hiroko Mori
Designer              Hirobumi Kanoh
Designer              Kenji Sasaki (Kanji Sasaki)
Designer              Hitomi Hattori
Sound Composer        Koujiro Mikusa*
Special Thanks        Kazuyuki Oikawa*
Assoc. Producer       Mike Jablonn
Lead Tester           Karen Brown
Assistant Lead        Todd Slepian
Assistant Lead        Matt Underwood
Testers               Aaron Hommes
Testers               Paulita Villatuya
Testers               Tony Lynch
Testers               Marcus Montgomery
Testers               Tim Spengler
Product Manager       Kristin McCloskey
Special Thanks        Shuji Utsumi
Special Thanks        Steve Booth - MCA
Special Thanks        Geraldine
Special Thanks        Janine
Special Thanks        Bot
Special Thanks        Ryoichi Hasegawa

Sonic Blast (GG/SMS)

Producer              Hiroshi Aso
Director              Ryushin Hamada
Planner               Katsunori Murakami
                      Hiroaki Suzuki
Map Design            Akira Okamoto
                      Kenji Sasaki (Ken Sasaki)
Chief Programmer      Toshiaki Araki*
Programmer            Yoshiaki Makishima*
Chief Designer        Fumikazu Sugawara*
Designer              Taro Murayama*
Sound Composer        Koujiro Mikusa (Kojiro Mikusa)*
Special Thanks        Kazuyuki Oikawa (Aspect)*
                      Aspect All Staff

Tails Adventures (GG)

Producer              Katsuhiro Hasegawa (K. Hasegawa)
Directors             Katsuhiro Hasegawa (K. Hasegawa)
                      M. Simamura
                      O. Kodera
Artists               Nobuhiko Honda (N. Honda)
                      Shin'ichi Higashi (S. Higashi)
Programmers           Kazuyuki Oikawa (K. Oikawa)*
                      H. Saigusa
                      Yoshiaki Makishima (Y. Makishima)*
Sound Producer        Koujiro Mikusa (K. Mixa)*
Special Thanks        Tadashi Ihoroi (T. Ihoroi)
                      P. Tezuka
                      Hisayoshi Yoshida (H. Yoshida)
                      R. Fujiwara
                      Ryoichi Hasegawa (R. Hasegawa)
                      Osamu Nakazato (O. Nakazato)
                      T. Kojima

Virtua Fighter Mini/Virtua Fighter Animation (GG/SMS)

Producer              Yasuhiro Nishimoto
Programmers           Tatsuo Matsuda*
                      Yoshiaki Makishima*
Chief Designer        Teruo Hamai*
Designer              Fumikazu Sugawara*
                      Taro Murayama*
                      Aya Sato
Data Converter        Satoshi Ozawa
                      Yukio Shimeno
Music Composer        Koujiro Mikusa (Koujiro Mixa)*
Special Thanks        Hisayoshi Yoshida
                      Kazuyuki Oikawa*
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Post Posted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 7:18 pm
I have done a bit of investigation with the help of CRV's list above about these credited names. The ones that are question marked are not sure.

    Sonic Triple Trouble

    (Bracket - Credited name)

    Producer M. Hoko
    Director Katsuhiro Hasegawa (K. Hase)
    Staff
    M. Simamura (M. Sima)*
    Nobuhiko Honda (N. Honda)*
    Saori Kobayashi (Saori K.)
    Tadashi Ihoroi (T. Ihoroi)*
    Shin'ichi Higashi (S. Higashi)*
    Osamu Kodera? (O. Kodera)
    Toshiaki Araki (Toshiaki)
    Kazuyuki Oikawa (K. Oikawa)*
    Hiroyuki Saigusa (H. Sai)*
    Koujiro Mikusa (K. Mixa)*
    Sukioka,
    Tatsuo Matsuda (M. Tatsu)*
    Tomoko,
    Fumikazu Sugawara (Fumi)
    Yoshiki Matsushima (Yoshiki)
    Composer Yayoi F.
    Thanks H. Kojima,
    Y. Furuta,
    Hayato T.,
    N. Taidai,
    K. Unoki,
    Ray F.,
    J. Spahn,
    N. Katoh,
    R. Somaki,
    J. Misima,
    Y. Okitsu,
    T. Tanaka,
    Manabu M. and You


Also I have looked at the other games but these may or may not be Aspect.

    Sonic Chaos

    Game Design
    M. Shima,
    Ray F.? (Ray),
    500ZO
    Art
    7LY.Bigking,
    Gen,
    Noborin,
    East
    Sound
    Koujiro Mikusa? (Mix)#
    Nagao N. Gee
    Program Koko, Hiro 777*, Toshiyan, Tomoyan
    Thanks to
    Hitomi Hattori? (Hitmen)
    Katsuhiro Hasegawa? (The Hase)*
    Kensan,
    Gadai,
    Mikarin,
    LLG,
    J.S,
    K. Dash,
    Hasuwo,
    Yokoyamasan,
    Tomozou Endo (Tomozo), and You


# K. Mixa was credited in Sonic Triple Trouble as staff, 3 music tracks from Sonic Chaos was also used in that game (Try Again, Sunset Park Boss Unused, Boss Defeated STT Unused), it is probably a guess that he had worked on this game.

Hiro 777 worked on Sonic's Gameworld that was done by Aspect but some of the credits here on Sonic Chaos look like they belong to Sega.

As for Asterix and the Secret Mission, the only recognisable names are:
Katsuhiro Hayashi (Funky K.H.)
N. Taidai (Taidai) [Thanks on Sonic Triple Trouble]
Hiroshi Aso? (Asohy) - Director
Katsuhiro Hasegawa (Hase) - Director
Tomozou Endo (Tomozou)

Unless these are freelance, most of these are Sega's own staff since they appear in both Sega and Aspect games. I think Aspect was like a co-developer that got more seperated as time went on.
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Post Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2006 8:05 am
I don't really take producers/directors or even sound and graphics people into account when determining the developer. What you first need to look at is the programmers.

I can probably safely say that Asterix & the Secret Mission was not by Aspect in any way, shape, or form.
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Post Posted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 12:27 pm
Add another game to the Aspect pile: "Tama & Friends - 3chome Koen Tamalympic"

The following can be found in the ROM:

TAMA Ver 1.02                   1994/11/01 SEGA/Aspect Co.,Ltd
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Post Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 11:24 am
Frankly, I haven't kept this thread as up-to-date as I have some of the others.

For up-to-date findings on Aspect, go to:
http://gdri.smspower.org/wiki/index.php/Aspect
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Post Posted: Tue Sep 30, 2008 12:53 pm
Taking another glance at the GG/SMS credits and breaking them down into planning, graphics, programming, and sound, it looks like Aspect really didn't have anything to do with most of these games beyond programming and sound. So it is probably more accurate to list Sega and Aspect as co-developers on many of these games. See GDRI entry for more details.
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