Logo of Natsume Inc. (top) and Natsume-Atari (bottom)
|Industry||Video game developer and publisher|
|Founded||October 20, 1987 (Natsume-Atari) |
May 1988 (Natsume Inc.)
|Headquarters||Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan|
Burlingame, California, United States
|Takashi Matsumoto (CEO, Natsume-Atari)|
Hiro Maekawa (President, Natsume Inc)
Taka Maekawa (President, Natsume Inc Japan)
|Products||Harvest Moon |
Pocky and Rocky
Number of employees
Natsume (Japanese: ナツメ) is the name of two video game publishers, Natsume-Atari and Natsume Inc., that were once the same company but are now completely separated.
Natsume Co., Ltd. was founded in Japan on October 20, 1987. It established an American division called Natsume Inc. in 1988. In 1995, Natsume Inc. split from Natsume Co., Ltd. to become an independent company. The name "Natsume" was retained by both companies in their respective countries. In 2013, Natsume Co., Ltd. renamed itself Natsume-Atari following a merger with its subsidiary Atari that year. Also in 2013, Natsume Inc. (the American company) inaugurated a Japanese division called Natsume Inc. Japan with no connection to its former parent company.
Natsume-Atari is based in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan and is known for developing licensed titles and mobile games. Natsume Inc. is located in Burlingame, California and is best known for publishing unique, family-oriented niche games, such as Harvest Moon and Reel Fishing.
During the NES and SNES era, Natsume Co Ltd developed numerous titles, often licensed, such as Power Rangers. Natsume Inc published a wide range of titles, including those developed by Natsume Co. Ltd., such as S.C.A.T., Wild Guns and Shadow of the Ninja. Natsume also released the SNES game Pocky & Rocky as well as Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals. Natsume Co., Ltd. had also developed the Medarot games up until the end of the GBA era, and Natsume Inc. published some of them outside of Japan.
A sizeable amount of Natsume Co., Ltd.'s products were video games it developed for other publishers. Some of its biggest clients over the years included Imagineer, Bandai, THQ and Taito. Most of Natsume Co., Ltd.'s video games, as a sub-contractor, were original titles, but it occasionally developed some ports as well. Taito, in particular, outsourced the development of three of its Sega Master System ports to Natsume Co., Ltd.: Sagaia, Renegade and Special Criminal Investigation.
From the end of the Super NES era up until late 2014, Natsume Inc. was known for publishing a series of Story of Seasons games in North America. The last game in the series it published was Harvest Moon: A New Beginning for the Nintendo 3DS. In 2015 the developer of the series, Marvelous AQL, brought the next game in the series, Story of Seasons, to North America with its own US branch, Xseed Games, ending the relationship it had with Natsume. Since then, Natsume has released its own games under the Harvest Moon name, starting with Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley, continuing with Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories and Harvest Moon: Skytree Village.
Natsume has also operated an eBay shop, selling copies of older games sealed in their original packaging, collected from storage at its offices. At auction, the company sold a sealed copy of Pocky & Rocky for over $1,600.
Natsume Co., Ltd. was previously the parent company of Natsume Inc., founded in May 1988. Natsume Inc. started publishing video games in 1990. By 1995, Natsume Inc. had broken away into its own company and is separately owned and operated.
On May 6, 2005, Natsume Solution began operation in Shinjuku. This division specializes on web site development, providing mobile solutions/services and developing web systems. On March 1, 2006, Natsume Solution was merged with Evolve.
Meanwhile, Natsume Inc. opened up a development studio of its own, named Natsume Inc. Japan.
Natsume Co., Ltd. changed its name to Natsume-Atari in October 2013, and it is not directly connected to Natsume Inc. or its subsidiary Natsume Inc. Japan. Despite their corporate split off, Natsume-Atari and Natsume Inc. have continued to collaborate on a number of occasions.
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These are games produced while Natsume Inc., was still operating as a subsidiary of Natsume Co., Ltd. Natsume Inc. would publish only Natsume Co., Ltd.'s games until becoming independent in the mid-90s.
Nintendo Entertainment System
- Chōjin Sentai Jetman (鳥人戦隊 ジェットマン)
- Heroes of the Lance
- Idol Hakkenden (アイドル八犬伝)
- The Jetsons: Cogswell's Caper!
- Mitsume ga Tooru (The Three-Eyed One)
- Power Blade
- Power Blade 2
- Touhou Kenbun Roku
Developer, JP Publisher
Developer, JP/US Publisher
Developer, JP Publisher
- Mitsume ga Tooru: The Three-Eyed One Comes Here
Developer, JP/US Publisher
Developer, JP/US Publisher
Developer, US Publisher
- Zennihon Pro Wrestling (全日本プロレス)
- Ghost Sweeper Mikami: Joreishi ha Nice Body
- Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (SNES Version)
- The Ninja Warriors (SNES)
Sega Master System
Natsume-Atari / Natsume Co., Ltd.
Natsume-Atari, formerly Natsume Co., Ltd, has mostly acted as a developer since splitting from Natsume Inc. - although it has also published some games, notably in the Medarot series.
- The Ninja Warriors
- Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Fighting Edition
- Shin Kidō Senki Gundam Wing: Endless Duel (新機動戦記ガンダムＷ Ｅｎｄｌｅｓｓ Ｄｕｅｌ)
- Power Rangers Zeo: Battle Racers
- Gekisō Sentai Carranger: Zenkai! Racer Senshi
- Wild Guns
- Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
- Might Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie
- Medarot: Kuwagata Version
- Medarot: Kabuto Version
- Medarot: Parts Collection
- Medarot: Parts Collection 2
Game Boy Color
- Hole in One Golf (published by Natsume Inc.)
- Keitai Denjū Telefang
- WWF WrestleMania 2000
- Dragon Dance
- Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue
- Tony Hawk's Pro Skater
- Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
- Croc 2
- Power Rangers Time Force
- The Land Before Time
- Action Man: Search for Base X
Game Boy Advance
- Shaun Palmer's Pro Snowboarder
- WWF Road to WrestleMania
- Medarot Navi
- Power Rangers: Wild Force
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Wrath of the Darkhul King
- Power Rangers Ninja Storm
- Power Rangers: Dino Thunder
- Power Rangers S.P.D.
- WWE Survivor Series
- Keitai Denjū Telefang II
- WWE Road to WrestleMania X8
- Medabots (Published by Natsume Inc.)
- Medabots AX (Published by Natsume Inc.)
- Fullmetal Alchemist: Dual Sympathy
- Nicktoons: Battle for Volcano Island
- Kirby: Squeak Squad
- Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots
- SpongeBob SquarePants featuring Nicktoons: Globs of Doom
- Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight
- Omega Five (Xbox Live Arcade)
These are games published by Natsume Inc. and/or developed by its subsidiary in Japan after becoming independent from Natsume Co., Ltd.
Most of these games were only published by Natsume in North America, although some reached Europe under the Natsume name through distribution deals with European companies, and some digital releases were self-published by Natsume in Europe.
- Highway 2000
- Virtual Casino
- Harvest Moon: Save the Homeland
- Metropolismania 2
- Reel Fishing III
- Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life Special Edition
- River King: A Wonderful Journey
- Ruff Trigger: The Vanocore Conspiracy
- Innocent Life: A Futuristic Harvest Moon Special Edition
Game Boy Color
- Lufia: The Legend Returns (co-developed with Neverland)
- Harvest Moon 2
- Harvest Moon 3
- Hole in One Golf (developed by Natsume Co., Ltd.)
- Legend of the River King
- Legend of the River King 2
Game Boy Advance
- Car Battler Joe
- CIMA: The Enemy
- Pocky & Rocky with Becky
- Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
- Gundam SEED: Battle Assault
- Harvest Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town
- Medabots (Developed by Natsume Co., Ltd)
- Medabots AX (Developed by Natsume Co., Ltd)
- Wizardry Summoner (Unreleased)
- Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life
- Harvest Moon: Another Wonderful Life
- Harvest Moon: Magical Melody
- Medabots Infinity
- Freedom Wings
- Puzzle de Harvest Moon
- Hi Hamtaro! Little Hamsters Big Adventure
- Princess Debut
- Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands
- Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals
- Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon
- Harvest Moon DS
- Harvest Moon DS Cute
- Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness
- Harvest Moon: Frantic Farming
- Rune Factory 2: A Fantasy Harvest Moon
- Harvest Moon DS: Sunshine Islands
- Harvest Moon DS: Grand Bazaar
- Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon
- Harvest Moon DS: The Tale of Two Towns
- Witch's Wish
- Cheer we Go
- River King: Mystic Valley
iPhone and iPod Touch
- Gabrielle's Zombie Attack
- Gabrielle's Sweet Defense
- Gabrielle's Monster Match
- Ninja Climb
- Reel Fishing Pocket
- Adventures To Go!
- Carnage Heart EXA
- Harvest Moon: Boy & Girl
- Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley
- Innocent Life: A Futuristic Harvest Moon
- Mystic Chronicles
- Reel Fishing: The Great Outdoors
- Animal Kingdom: Wildlife Expedition
- Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove: Monster Mix (WiiWare)
- Harvest Moon: Animal Parade
- Harvest Moon: My Little Shop (WiiWare)
- Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility
- Moki Moki (WiiWare)
- Reel Fishing Angler’s Dream
- Reel Fishing Challenge (WiiWare)
- Reel Fishing Challenge II (WiiWare)
- Reel Fishing: Ocean Challenge (WiiWare)
- Brave Tank Hero
- Gotcha Racing
- Hometown Story
- Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns 3D
- Harvest Moon: A New Beginning
- Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley
- Harvest Moon: Skytree Village
- Yumi's Odd Odyssey
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