D4 Enterprise (D4エンタープライズ) is a Japanese video game publisher currently specializing in content delivery services like Project EGG over the Internet. Some of the titles that have been re-released include many of Compile's titles, like the Madō Monogatari games. The company has also provided Neo Geo and MSX titles to the Virtual Console for the Wii.
|Founded||March 3, 2004|
|Naoto Suzuki (CEO)|
Ken Sugawara (Director)
Ryouzou Yamashita (Director)
|Title||Release date||Original system||Original developer||Original publisher||Original release date|
|Hustle! Chumy||December 11, 2012||SG-1000||Compile||Sega||1984|
|Gradius||March 3, 2014||PC Engine||Konami||Konami||November 15, 1991|
|Salamander||March 3, 2014||PC Engine||Konami||Konami||December 3, 1991|
|Detana!! Twinbee||March 3, 2014||PC Engine||Konami||Konami||February 28, 1992|
|Parodius: The Octopus Saves the Earth||April 11, 2014||MSX||Konami||Konami||April 28, 1988|
|Dream Continent Adventure||April 11, 2014||MSX||Konami||Konami||October 28, 1986|
|TwinBee||August 19, 2014||MSX||Konami||Konami||May 25, 1986|
|Akumajō Dracula||August 22, 2014||MSX2||Konami||Konami||October 30, 1986|
|Yie Ar Kung-Fu||October 28, 2014||MSX||Konami||Konami||January 1985|
|Yie Ar Kung-Fu II||November 25, 2014||MSX||Konami||Konami||December 1985|
|Antarctic Adventure||November 25, 2014||MSX||Konami||Konami||December 1983|
|Sky Jaguar||December 23, 2014||MSX||Konami||Konami||1984|
|Konami's Soccer||December 23, 2014||MSX||Konami||Konami||1985|
|Magical Tree||January 27, 2015||MSX||Konami||Konami||1984|
|Gradius 2||January 27, 2015||MSX||Konami||Konami||August 22, 1987|
|Hyper Sports 2||February 17, 2015||MSX||Konami||Konami||1984|
|The Maze of Galious||March 23, 2015||MSX||Konami||Konami||April 18, 1987|
|Gofer's Ambition Episode II||April 21, 2015||MSX||Konami||Konami||January 27, 1989|
|Usas||June 23, 2015||MSX2||Konami||Konami||1987|
|Space Manbow||July 28, 2015||MSX2||Konami||Konami||December 21, 1989|
|Zanac||September 1, 2015||Family Computer||Compile||Pony Canyon||November 28, 1986|
|Knightmare III: Shalom||January 26, 2016||MSX||Konami||Konami||December 1987|
The One chip MSX, or 1chipMSX as the D4 Enterprise distributional name for the ESE MSX System 3, is a re-implementation of an MSX-2 home computer that uses a single FPGA to implement all the electronics (except the RAM) of an MSX-2, including the MSX-MUSIC and SCC+ audio extensions.
The system is housed in a transparent blue plastic box, and can be used with a standard monitor (or TV) and a PC keyboard.
Original MSX cartridges can be inserted, as well as SD and MMC memory cards as an external storage medium. Even though it lacks a 3.5" disk drive, disks are supported through emulation on a memory card, including support for booting MSX-DOS. Due to its VHDL programmable hardware, it's possible to give the device new hardware extensions by simply running a reconfiguration program under MSX-DOS. The "one chip-MSX" is equipped with two USB connectors, that can be used after adding some supporting VHDL code.Blue's Journey
Blue's Journey is a side scrolling platform game originally released by Alpha Denshi in Summer 1991 on SNK's Neo Geo MVS arcade system and their AES home system. It was later ported to the Neo Geo CD in 1994. It was more recently released on the Wii's Virtual Console in Europe on November 9, 2007, followed by North America on November 12, 2007.Cho Aniki (video game)
Cho Aniki (超兄貴, Chō Aniki, lit. "Super Big Brother") is the first game in the Cho Aniki series. It was originally released in 1992 on the Super CD-ROM². Years later, the game was released on the for Project EGG for Windows Store and Wii's Virtual Console in Japan, North America, and Europe. This makes it the first time any game of this series has seen release outside Japan.Compile (company)
Compile Co., Ltd. (株式会社コンパイル, Kabushikigaisha Konpairu) was a Japanese video game developer, most notable for having developed the Puyo Puyo series, a franchise derived from the Madō Monogatari series. On 6 November, 2003, the company suffered from bankruptcy. As a result, key staff moved to Compile Heart, the company's spiritual successor, whereas shoot-'em-up staff moved to MileStone Inc. The Compile trademark is currently being used as a brand label by Compile Heart to promote merchandise and games based on Compile properties. As of 2010, Compile Heart entered into a licensing deal with D4 Enterprise to create new video games based on franchises from Compile properties. This does not affect the rights to the Puyo Puyo series which D4 does not own and remains the property of Sega.In April 2016, Niitani started a new successor company to Compile, COMPILE〇. The company launched the game Nyoki Nyoki: Tabidachi Hen for Nintendo 3DS on the Nintendo eShop with a follow-up scheduled for Nintendo Switch.Compile Heart
Compile Heart (株式会社コンパイルハート, Kabushiki gaisha Konpairu Hāto) is a Japanese video game developer founded on June 2, 2006 as a subsidiary of Idea Factory. The company was formerly managed by Compile's former executive Masamitsu "Moo" Niitani, most well known as the creator of the Madou Monogatari and Puyo Puyo series, before his retirement in December 2012. Compile Heart is primarily known for its Hyperdimension Neptunia and Record of Agarest War brands.
As of 2010, the company managed to acquire a licensing deal with D4 Enterprise (the copyright holder of most property rights under Compile) to create new video games based on franchises from the defunct developer. This does not affect the rights to the Puyo Puyo series which D4 does not own and remains the property of Sega.Data East
Data East Corporation (株式会社データイースト, Kabushikigaisha Dēta Īsuto kōporēshon), also abbreviated as DECO, was a Japanese video game and electronic engineering company. The company was in operation from 1976 to 2003, and released 150 video game titles. Its main headquarters were located in Suginami, Tokyo. The American subsidiary, Data East USA, was headquartered in San Jose, California.MSX
MSX is a standardized home computer architecture, announced by Microsoft on June 16, 1983. It was conceived and marketed by Kazuhiko Nishi, then vice-president at Microsoft Japan and director at ASCII Corporation. Nishi conceived the project as an attempt to create unified standards among various home computing system manufacturers of the period.MSX systems were popular in Japan and several other countries. It is difficult to determine how many MSX computers were sold worldwide, but eventually 5 million MSX-based units were sold in Japan alone. Despite Microsoft's involvement, few MSX-based machines were released in the United States.Before the great success of Nintendo's Family Computer, MSX was the platform for which major Japanese game studios such as Konami and Hudson Soft produced video games. The Metal Gear series, for example, was first written for MSX hardware.Madō Monogatari
Madō Monogatari is a series of first-person dungeon crawler RPGs by Compile. The first game was released in 1990 for MSX2. Sega published the Game Gear remakes based on 1-2-3. The characters of this series would later be used in the puzzle game Puyo Puyo.Nihon Bussan
Nihon Bussan Co., Ltd. (日本物産株式会社 Nihon Bussan Kabushikigaisha) was a Japanese video game manufacturer. The company had its headquarters in Kita-ku, Osaka. In the past they had also manufactured and sold yachts.The main video game brand of the company was Nichibutsu (ニチブツ), with adult video games coming under the Sphinx (スフィンクス) brand. The company uses a horned owl for its official logo.The company slogan was Frontier Spirit of Amusement or Frontier Spirit in the Amusement.In March 2014, Nihon Bussan sold its videogame library to Hamster Corporation due to the decision of original founder Sueharu Torii to retire.Pulstar (video game)
Pulstar is a shoot 'em up developed by Aicom Co. Ltd and published by SNK for the Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD and arcade; it is the predecessor of Blazing Star. It was the first Neo Geo game to incorporate pre-rendered graphics.In 2017 the game was re-released under the Arcade Archives, developed by Hamster Corporation for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.Puzzled (video game)
Puzzled is a falling-block puzzle video game developed and published by SNK that was released for Neo Geo arcades in 1990, on the Neo Geo home console in 1991, and the Neo Geo CD in 1994. The game was ported to mobile phones in 2005, then was re-published by D4 Enterprise on the Wii Virtual Console in June 2011, and it is also one of the twenty games that came pre-loaded on the Neo Geo X console released in 2012. It was also ported in August 2017 on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as part of Hamster Corporation's ACA Neo Geo series.Ryu Umemoto
Ryu Umemoto (梅本 竜, Umemoto Ryū, February 18, 1974 – August 16, 2011) was a Japanese video game music composer, born in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture. He is known for composing soundtracks to various visual novel and shoot 'em up video games since the 1990s, for several companies including FamilySoft, C's Ware, ELF Corporation, D4 Enterprise, and CAVE. He is considered to be one of the greatest FM-synth chiptune composers, and has often been compared to Yuzo Koshiro.Zanac
Zanac (ザナック) is an arcade-style shoot 'em up video game designed by Compile and published in Japan by Pony Canyon and in North America by FCI.
It was released for the MSX computer, the Family Computer Disk System, the Nintendo Entertainment System, and for the Virtual Console. It was reworked for the MSX2 computer as Zanac EX and for the PlayStation as Zanac X Zanac. Players fly a lone starfighter, dubbed the AFX-6502 Zanac, through twelve levels; their goal is to destroy the System—a part-organic, part-mechanical entity bent on destroying Mankind.
Zanac was developed by main core developers of Compile, including Masamitsu "Moo" Niitani, Koji "Janus" Teramoto, and Takayuki "Jemini" Hirono. All of these developers went on to make other popular similarly-based games such as The Guardian Legend, Blazing Lazers, and the Puyo Puyo series. The game is known for its intense and fast-paced gameplay, level of difficulty, and music which seems to match the pace of the game. It has been praised for its unique adaptive artificial intelligence, in which the game automatically adjusts the difficulty level according to the player's skill level, rate of fire and the ship's current defensive status/capability.