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Whodunit: Namco
Post Posted: Mon Feb 08, 2021 7:46 pm
This has been discussed before, but the Sord M5/Casio PV-2000 and SG-1000 versions of Galaga are very similar. There's a reason for that: They were done by the same programmer at Namco.

In 2017, Naoki Horii of M2 tweeted a page from Game Studio's first newsletter. (Game Studio was a development company started by Xevious creator Masanobu Endo.) It features a profile of Kazuo Kurosu, a former Namco programmer who was now working for this company, and includes a list of games he worked on at Namco. Among them are the M5 versions of Galaga and the SG-1000 version of Galaga.

This was apparently part of a home video game development business plan initiated by Namco called "PS Project."

Why was the SG-1000 version of Galaga called "Sega-Galaga?" It might have been because a guitar company called Kanda Shokai had the trademark for Galaga. If you look at the PV-2000 version (see tweet below), you'll see they licensed the name from Kanda Shokai. The others ("Galax" for the M5 and "Sega-Galaga") presumably did not.
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Post Posted: Tue Feb 09, 2021 11:11 pm
They didn't want to condense a few letters and name it Segalaga? :)
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