Success (The Japanese Video Game Developer) Celebrates 35 Years Of Success

By Spencer . September 7, 2012 . 3:15pm


Can you believe Success Corporation is 35 years old? They developed Cotton for the Sega Genesis and Battle Hunter, which Agetec localized for PsOne.


I think more gamers became aware of Success’ existence when Atlus USA published several of their titles. Izuna: Legend of the Unemployed Ninja, Metal Saga, The Dark Spire, Touch Detective, Rondo of Swords, and Operation Darkness are all from Success.


What is Success doing these days? Mostly making browser games like Shepherd’s Crossing (it’s kind of like Harvest Moon), Hero Chronicle, and Metal Saga: New Frontier.


And what is the strangest game Success released in the past 35 years? I’d say its the Japanese version of Stranglehold. They picked up the John Woo action game from Midway and localized it for Japan. Windy X Windam, their DS fighting game with cameos from the Izuna series, was pretty out there too since it feels kind of broken in single player mode. Cheers to ten more years of Success?

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  • angelx03

    I remember them for their 2 yuri visual novels “Akai Ito” and “Aoi Shiro.”

  • malek86

    Uh. I remember hearing rumors about Success shutting down a number of months ago. I guess they were false. Anyway, nice for them, it’s not easy to see a small developer lasting this long.

    • Ninja Studio who worked with Success shut down, but Success has been around. I think most people forgot about them though!

      • malek86

        Ah, that’s right. I got confused thinking they were effectively the Izuna developers, but it was Ninja Studio, while they were the publishers.

        PS. it’s Studio, not Theory. Wouldn’t want people thinking that the DmC developers have shut down :P

        • Hahaha yeah, it’s Ninja Studio. Now I’m starting to mix things up. We reported on their closure back in 2010, actually!

  • riceisnice

    Geeze that’s confusing.

  • Kris

    Man, I miss Cotton. Cotton 2 and Cotton Boomerang are two of the coolest Saturn shmups!

    • She’s got a cameo in Rondo of Swords, if you wanna see how she’s doing. xD

      • Kris

        Haha, I’ve got to pick that one up sometime! I’ve heard it’s actually pretty neat!

        • Rondo of Swords? Totally. It’s plays in a really unique way, but I found it extremely… difficult. =__= But you’ll be happy to know that Cotton is awesome in the game.

  • Syltique

    Rondo of Swords … just thinking of that game is aggravating.  So much potential, so much difficulty …

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Cotton.^_^ And the recent(or not) Windy X Windam is really a nice game there.^_^

  • Valtiel Ikari

    I want to know one thing and one thing only, from what game is that trench coath bazooka using wolf?

  • I love the Izuna series! I still have them sitting on my shelf. =^_^=

  • Liked Izuna alot, and even enjoyed Windy x Windam. Always wanted to try Operation Darkness, but I tend to get shy about strategy games.

    The more quirky devs out there, the better. Good for them.

  • cj_iwakura

    Weird, though they went under. Glad they didn’t, Dark Spire was amazing.

  • neocatzon

    I miss Touch Detective series.. good thing they released Mushroom Garden apps

  • William Carpenter

    Oh man, I could’ve sworn Siliconera reported they went under a year ago or so. Glad to hear that’s not the case; I’d love to see them come back in a big, big way. More Izuna! More Cotton! More Operation Darkness!

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