Creatures: 8, 1995
|Products||Various video game titles|
Number of employees
Creatures Inc. (株式会社クリーチャーズ Kabushiki-gaisha Kurīchāzu ) is a Japanese video game development company affiliated with The Pokémon Company. It was founded by Tsunekazu Ishihara in November 1995, with the assistance of Nintendo's Satoru Iwata, as a successor to Shigesato Itoi's company Ape Inc. It is well known for producing Pokémon trading cards and toys, as well as developing many video games. Its current president is Hirokazu Tanaka, who was previously known for producing and composing various other Nintendo games. The company has its headquarters in Chiyoda, Tokyo, in proximity to the Ichigaya Station.
Ape Inc. was founded in March 1989 and Shigesato Itoi became its chief executive officer. Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi had wanted to support new talent in game design. Liking Itoi's work, he proposed the idea of the company to Itoi and invested in it. Ape's staff included Tsunekazu Ishihara, who later became the Pokémon Company's CEO, and Ashura Benimaru Itoh, a renowned illustrator. They began work on Mother, which released in July. Its music was composed by Hip Tanaka, who later became the second CEO of Creatures. The team continued with work on Mother 2. When the project began to falter, Satoru Iwata of HAL Laboratory was brought in to help the project. The game was released in August 1994 and the Ape team dismantled in 1995.
Creatures, Inc. was established on November 8, 1995 under CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara and former staff from Ape.
Previously Creatures had its headquarters on the 7th floor of the Nintendo Kanda Building (任天堂神田ビル Nintendō Kanda Biru ) in Sudachō, Chiyoda, Tokyo. At a later point it was headquartered in the fifth floor annex of the Kawasakiteitoku Building (川崎定徳ビル kawasakiteitoku Biru ) in Nihonbashi, Chūō, Tokyo. Creatures are also well known for making Pokémon card games and toys for the Pokémon Franchise.
Ape/Creatures has developed or has contributed to the development of the following games.
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|1989||Mother||NES||Ape||Developer||Initially Japan only. Re-released worldwide in 2015 as EarthBound Beginnings.|
|1994||EarthBound||SNES||Ape, HAL||Co-developer||Released as Mother 2 in Japan.|
|1995||Mario's Picross||Game Boy||Ape, Jupiter||Co-developer|
|1995||Tamori's Picross||SNES||Ape, Jupiter||Co-developer||Series of small games distributed over the Satellaview network, coinciding with a radio show by Japanese celebrity Tamori. Japan only.|
|1995||Mario's Super Picross||SNES||Ape, Jupiter||Co-developer||Japan only.|
|2003||Mother 1+2||Game Boy Advance||Ape, HAL||Porting||Compilation cartridge of Mother and Mother 2. Japan only.|
|1996||Picross 2||Game Boy||Creatures, Jupiter ||Co-developer||Japan only.|
|1997||Mini Yonku GB: Let's & Go!!||Game Boy||Creatures, Jupiter||Co-developer||Based on mini yonku racing. Japan only.|
|1998||Game Boy Camera||Game Boy||Nintendo R&D1, Creatures, Game Freak, Jupiter||Software co-development.|
|1998||Pokemon Stadium (Japanese version)||Nintendo 64||Nintendo EAD||Pokémon modeling.||Japan only.|
|1998||Hey You, Pikachu!||Nintendo 64||Ambrella||Pokémon modeling.|
|1998||Pokémon Trading Card Game||Game Boy Color||Hudson, Creatures||Planning, game design, card design.|
|1999||Super Smash Bros.||Nintendo 64||HAL||Pokémon modeling, opening design.|
|1999||Pokémon Snap||Nintendo 64||HAL||Pokémon animation and 2D illustrations.|
|1999||Pokémon Stadium (international version)||Nintendo 64||Nintendo EAD||Part of 2D illustration, Pokémon modeling.||Upgraded version of the original Pokémon Stadium. Released in Japan as Pokemon Stadium 2.|
|2000||Pokémon Stadium 2||Nintendo 64||Nintendo EAD||Pokémon modeling.||Released in Japan as Pokemon Stadium Gold Silver.|
|2001||Chee-Chai Alien||Game Boy Color||Creatures||Developer||Japan only.|
|2001||Pokémon Card GB2: GR-dan Sanjo!||Game Boy Color||Hudson, Creatures||Planning, game design, card design.||Japan only. Subtitle is often translated as Here Comes Team GR!, and sometimes as The Invasion of Team GR!|
|2001||Super Smash Bros. Melee||GameCube||HAL||Character, stage, and figure modeling. Opening movie design.|
|2003||Pokémon Colosseum||GameCube||Genius Sonority||Pokémon modeling.|
|2005||Nonono Puzzle Chailien||Game Boy Advance||Creatures, Nintendo||Co-developer||Japan only. Chailien is sometimes spelled Chairian.|
|2005||Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness||GameCube||Genius Sonority||Pokémon modeling.|
|2006||Pokémon Ranger||Nintendo DS||HAL||Assistant developer.|
|2006||Project Hacker: Kakusei||Nintendo DS||Red Entertainment||Assistant developer.||Japan only.|
|2006||Pokémon Battle Revolution||Wii||Genius Sonority||Pokémon modeling.|
|2007||Pokemon Battrio||Arcade||Tomy, AQ Interactive||Pokémon modeling, package design.||Arcade cabinet. Japan only.|
|2008||Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia||Nintendo DS||Creatures||Developer|
|2008||Personal Trainer: Walking||Nintendo DS||Nintendo NSD, Creatures, Engines||Software co-development.|
|2009||PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure||Wii||Creatures||Developer|
|2010||Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs||Nintendo DS||Creatures||Developer|
|2011||Pokémon Card Game: How to Play DS||Nintendo 3DS||Creatures, ZENER WORKS||Co-developer||Instructional game on how to play the Pokémon Trading Card Game, included with a deck kit called the Beginning Set. Japan only.|
|2011||Pokédex 3D||Nintendo 3DS||Creatures||Developer||Free app. Discontinued after 1 October 2012.|
|2011||PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond||Wii||Creatures||Developer|
|2012||Pokémon Dream Radar||Nintendo 3DS||Creatures, Game Freak||Co-developer|
|2012||Pokédex 3D Pro||Nintendo 3DS||Creatures||Developer||Upgraded version of Pokédex 3D. Paid app, unlike its precursor.|
|2012||Pokédex for iOS||iOS||Creatures||Developer||Discontinued on 30 November, 2015.|
|2013||Pokémon X and Y||Nintendo 3DS||Game Freak||Pokémon modeling.|
|2018||Detective Pikachu||Nintendo 3DS||Creatures||Developer|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "会社概要". Creatures Inc.. https://www.creatures.co.jp/company/. Retrieved 2018-01-03.
- ↑ "Iwata Asks". https://iwataasks.nintendo.com/interviews/#/ds/pokemon/0/0. Retrieved 2018-01-03.
- ↑ "スペシャル対談／後編1・田尻さんと石原さんの6年". 任天堂マガジン表紙(No.23). Nintendo. July 2007. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/nom/0007/taidan2/page01.html. Retrieved 2018-01-03.
- ↑ "Access Map Script error." (Direct image link Script error) Creatures Inc. Retrieved 2010-10-04.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 "Quick History of the MOTHER Series". 2009-03-11. http://earthboundcentral.com/2009/03/quick-history-of-the-mother-series. Retrieved 2018-01-03.
- ↑ "Creatures Welcome Page." Creatures Inc. 2000-03-02. Retrieved 2010-10-04. "千代田区神田須田町1–22任天堂神田ビル7F"
- ↑ "Welcome to Creatures Inc." Creatures Inc. Retrieved 2010-10-04. "東京都中央区日本橋3-2-5川崎定徳ビル別館5F."
- ↑ "Creatures Pokémon game cards and toys." Creatures Inc. Retrieved 2010-10-04. "ポケモンカードゲームXY スーパーレジェンドデッキ60「ゼルネアスEX・イベルタルEX」2014.11.14"
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Jupiter. "Tamori's Picross". Archived from the original on 2017-11-07. http://www.jupiter.co.jp/e/product/game/other/tamori.html.
- ↑ "Tamori no Picross". Picross Wiki. Archived from the original on 2018-03-06. http://picross.wikia.com/wiki/Tamori_no_Picross.
- ↑ "Tamori's Picross". Giant Bomb. Archived from the original on 2018-03-06. https://www.giantbomb.com/tamoris-picross/3030-35961/.
- ↑ "Mother 1+2". Giant Bomb. Archived from the original on 2018-03-05. https://www.giantbomb.com/mother-12/3030-3775/.
- ↑ Jupiter. "Picross 2". jupiter.co.jp. Archived from the original on 2008-04-24. http://www.jupiter.co.jp/e/product/game/gb/picross2.html.
- ↑ "Picross 2 cartridge". MobyGames. Archived from the original on 2018-03-06. http://www.mobygames.com/game/picross-2/cover-art/gameCoverId,111326/.
- ↑ (YouTube video) Mario's Picross 2 (Game Boy). Enrique Garcia / kachorro 2. 2013-12-14. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zm-qiE_q1XA.
- ↑ Creatures. "Company >> History >> 1996". creatures.co.jp. Archived from the original on 2008-09-25. https://web.archive.org/web/20080925220957/http://www.creatures.co.jp:80/html/outline/1996/.
- ↑ "Picross 2". MobyGames. Archived from the original on 2018-03-02. https://www.mobygames.com/game/picross-2.
- ↑ Jupiter. "Mini 4x4 GB Let's & Go!!". jupiter.co.jp. Archived from the original on 2008-04-24. http://www.jupiter.co.jp/e/product/game/gb/mini4.html.
- ↑ shisochou. "Mini Yonku 4WD Let's & Go Game Boy GB Japan import cartridge only" (direct link to picture of cartridge), eBay.
- ↑ Creatures. "Company >> History >> 1997". creatures.co.jp. Archived from the original on 2008-09-25. https://web.archive.org/web/20080925221002/http://www.creatures.co.jp:80/html/outline/1997/.
- ↑ "Mini Yonku GB: Let's & Go!!". Giant Bomb. Archived from the original on 2018-03-06. https://www.giantbomb.com/mini-yonku-gb-lets-go/3030-59180/.
- ↑ Jupiter. "Pocket Camera". jupiter.co.jp. Archived from the original on 2008-04-24. http://www.jupiter.co.jp/e/product/game/gb/pokekame.html.
- ↑ (YouTube video) Game Boy Camera And Printer Review. Michael's Retro Game Reviews / davidhass3lh0ff. 2013-02-11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aprFmEIF1io&t=62s.
- ↑ 24.0 24.1 24.2 Creatures. "Company >> History >> 1998". creatures.co.jp. Archived from the original on 2008-09-25. https://web.archive.org/web/20080925221007/http://www.creatures.co.jp:80/html/outline/1998/.
- ↑ 25.0 25.1 25.2 Creatures. "Company >> History >> 1999". creatures.co.jp. Archived from the original on 2008-09-25. https://web.archive.org/web/20080925221013/http://www.creatures.co.jp:80/html/outline/1999/.
- ↑ Creatures. "Company >> History >> 2000". creatures.co.jp. Archived from the original on 2008-09-25. https://web.archive.org/web/20080925221018/http://www.creatures.co.jp:80/html/outline/2000/.
- ↑ 27.0 27.1 Creatures. "Company >> History >> 2001". creatures.co.jp. Archived from the original on 2008-09-25. https://web.archive.org/web/20080925221023/http://www.creatures.co.jp:80/html/outline/2001/.
- ↑ "Pokémon Card GB2: Here Comes Team GR!". Bulbapedia. https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Pok%C3%A9mon_Card_GB2:_Here_Comes_Team_GR!.
- ↑ "Pokemon Trading Card Game 2: The Invasion of Team GR!". Arty's Generic Site. Archived from the original on 2017-07-17. http://artemis251.fobby.net/pkmntcg2/index.html.
- ↑ Creatures. "Company >> History >> 2003". creatures.co.jp. Archived from the original on 2008-09-25. https://web.archive.org/web/20080925221033/http://www.creatures.co.jp:80/html/outline/2003/.
- ↑ "Nonono Puzzle Chairian cartridge". MobyGames. Archived from the original on 2018-03-06. https://www.mobygames.com/game/gameboy-advance/nonono-puzzle-chairian/cover-art/gameCoverId,56798/.
- ↑ "Nonono Puzzle Chairian Releases". MobyGames. Archived from the original on 2018-03-06. https://www.mobygames.com/game/gameboy-advance/nonono-puzzle-chairian/release-info.
- ↑ Creatures. "Company >> History >> 2005". creatures.co.jp. Archived from the original on 2008-09-25. https://web.archive.org/web/20080925221106/http://www.creatures.co.jp:80/html/outline/2005/.
- ↑ 34.0 34.1 34.2 Creatures. "Company >> History >> 2006". creatures.co.jp. Archived from the original on 2008-09-25. https://web.archive.org/web/20080925221112/http://www.creatures.co.jp:80/html/outline/2006/.
- ↑ "ポケモンバトリオ | ポケモンバトリオとは". battrio.com. Archived from the original on 2007-08-17. https://web.archive.org/web/20070817232933/http://battrio.com:80/about/index.shtml.
- ↑ Creatures. "Company >> History >> 2007". creatures.co.jp. Archived from the original on 2008-09-25. https://web.archive.org/web/20080925221127/http://www.creatures.co.jp:80/html/outline/2007/.
- ↑ (YouTube video) Pokemon TCG DS 15 Minutes Gameplay. TheLoneSwordsmen. 2013-02-11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xa2VQI_3VVI.
- ↑ "Pokémon Card Game: How to Play DS". Bulbapedia. https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Pok%C3%A9mon_Card_Game:_How_to_Play_DS.
- ↑ Nintendo. "Pokédex 3D". nintendo.com. Archived from the original on 2011-08-11. https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/S4uMLNWUAynIzk-8BzKdH6NiPmI4-VGz.
- ↑ Miller, Zachary (2011-06-14). "Pokédex 3D". Nintendo World Report. Archived from the original on 2018-03-07. https://www.nintendoworldreport.com/hands-on-preview/26809/pokedex-3d-nintendo-3ds.
- ↑ "Pokédex 3D Pro Coming Nov. 8; Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 Debut New Features" (Press release). Nintendo. 2012-01-08. Archived from the original on 2018-03-07. https://www.nintendo.com/en_CA/whatsnew/detail/QpSQUBav3pkaB52QRE5GgXSI03UiqlWA.
- ↑ (screenshot) Pokémon Dream Radar title screen. Giant Bomb. 2013-03-17. Archived from the original on 2018-03-07. https://static.giantbomb.com/uploads/original/1/16324/2456642-pokemon_dream_radar-1.jpg.
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- ↑ "Pokédex for iOS". iTunes Store. Archived from the original on 2013-01-22. https://web.archive.org/web/20130122070737/https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pokedex-for-ios/id573135437?mt=8.
- ↑ "Pokédex for iOS App Goes Out of Service". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on 2017-01-12. https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2015-10-14/pokedex-for-ios-app-goes-out-of-service/.94204.
- ↑ Gifford, Kevin. "How Game Freak built the new creatures and 3D models of Pokemon X and Y". Polygon. Archived from the original on 2017-08-14. https://www.polygon.com/2013/10/23/5015194/how-game-freak-built-the-new-creatures-and-over-700-3d-models-for.
|Nintendo development teams|
|Divisions||Entertainment Planning & Development • European Research & Development • Network Service Database • Platform Technology Development • Software Technology|
|Subsidiaries||1-UP Studio • Monolith Soft • Nd Cube • Retro Studios • iQue|
|Affiliated||Creatures • Camelot Software Planning • DeNA • Game Freak • Genius Sonority • Good-Feel • Grezzo • HAL Laboratory • Intelligent Systems • Next Level Games • The Pokémon Company|
|Former divisions||Research & Development 1 • Research & Development 2 • Entertainment Analysis & Development (EAD) • Software Planning & Development (SPD) • Integrated Research & Development (IRD) • System Development (NSD)|