Saturday, August 12, 2017

Gaming Ads: Culture Brain USA

Founded in 1980 as Nihon Game, Culture Brain Inc. opened Culture Brain USA in 1988. Before entering the home video game market in North America, Culture Brain manufactured arcade games under the brands Taiyo Systems and Micro Academy. In the U.S. Culture Brain USA. released games only for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). Culture Brain USA. was closed in the late '90s and the last game developed by Culture Brain Inc. that made it to the U.S. is Flying Dragon for the Nintendo 64 but that game was published by Natsume.

Its games include the combat oriented Kung-Fu Heroes, Flying Dragon, Flying Warriors, Fighting Simulator, and Ultimate Fighter, role-playing titles The Magic of Scheherazade, Little Ninja Brothers, Super Ninja Boy, and a couple baseball games. Baseball Simulator 1.000 for the NES allows players to have seasons up to 165 games long and they can even completely edit teams which is unique for 1989. There is also a mode that adds unrealistic features and gives the virtual athletes super powers. A follow-up was released on the SNES aptly titled Super Baseball Simulator 1.000.

In 2016 Culture Brain Inc. changed its name to Culture Brain Excel and continues to make games today. While I don't speak or read Japanese, based on every game that I clicked on at the current Culture Brain website I'd say it makes games almost exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS.

Flickr album: Culture Brain USA


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