Yuke’s Company Of America Is No More

By Spencer . November 4, 2010 . 1:42pm

imageWWE Smackdown and UFC Undisputed developer Yuke’s tried to get into the niche publishing business in North America. Back in 2006, the company released D1 Grand Prix from their parent company in Japan as their first title.

 

Yuke’s published Neves for the DS and picked up Neverland Card Battles from Idea Factory before moving into digital games with their Akinai Games label. The last game Yuke’s released was Neves Plus in 2009.

 

A message on their website notes their office closed in July 2010.

 

Special thanks to Zach for reminding us to check up on Yuke’s.


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  • Hraesvelgr

    I didn’t even know Yuke’s had even done anything with their American branch, so this isn’t really much of a surprise.

    • cj_iwakura

      I think Atlus published their games, no less.

      • Hraesvelgr

        Oh, wow, you’re right. Huh, I don’t even remember any mention of the games they published for them.

        • http://eonhack.blogspot.com theclaw

          I didn’t buy Neverland Card Battles. Nor anyone else from the looks of these comments.

      • http://www.siliconera.com Spencer

        I believe Atlus distributed their games, but Yuke’s had their own publishing label and did their own marketing outside of the occasional Atlus Faithful e-mail.

  • http://twitter.com/Ale598 Ale598

    Wow it’s surprising to see a game company that is handling both WWE and UFC games go belly up…..

    • http://www.siliconera.com Spencer

      Yuke’s Japan still exists, their American branch does not though.

  • http://thrust-the-sky.deviantart.com/ WildArms

    RIP

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aaron-Cameron/100001055122940 Aaron Cameron

    never heard of Neverland Card Battles till when i saw it last year in gamestop for 5$ o.O

    • Joanna

      I haven’t even come across it! o__O

      Makes me think the lack of consumer knowledge and retailers not wanting to stock their games put them into a tight spot and they tried to recover by focusing on DD but that didn’t pan out. Which is really too bad, there is never enough niche publishers. :(

  • http://www.cosmosgaming.com cosmosgaming

    I kind of assumed this since it had been months since their last game.

  • Ladius

    I’m sad to hear about Yuke USA, when they released Neverland CB they were full of enthusiasm and I really hoped to see them becoming another publisher of niche titles :

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