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The logo for ACS

ACS Visual Entertainment LLC.
, also known as simply ACS is a Japanese publisher of video games. Founded in 1969 as A.C.S. Manufacturing Ltd., the company later officially changed its name to ACS Co., Ltd. in 1988 following the company's full-time shift into video game development, eventually changing it again into ACS Computer Entertainment LLC. in 1995, before changing into its current name in 2006. ACS  is best known for its fighting game franchises, Fight or DieCode ChronosSentoki and Crisis Moon.

ACS currently owns several development studios for their games such as ACS Production Studios Tokyo and Osaka, as well as Orange Soft (fighting games) and Team Beats (rhythm games). ACS also currently owns the California-based development studio Innovision Softworks.

ACS once served as the Japanese distributor for In-Verse games following the success of their crossover Cross Code: Project Ultimate Versus Battle. In exchange, its subsidiary Shiny Star Games distributed ACS' games in the European PAL region.

ACS also currently holds the video game license for the professional wrestling company Ring of Honor, creating the yearly Ring of Honor: Unchained series of wrestling games. In the past, ACS has also made licensed sports games for the National Basketball Association the National Football League, the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball under the ACS Sports label.

In 2016, ACS ecpanded their business module by indroducing their light novel publishing imprint, Yakeru Bunko. As of April 22, 2017, there are currently two ongoing series published by Yakeru Bunko: the slice of life NakaGei! and the sports-based Smasher-S.

Their most recent title is Cross Chaos.


Arcade Systems

ACS has also made arcade boards for its games, the latest being the System 203: ATLANTIS, released in 2016

  • ACS P-16 System (2D) (1989-1995)
  • ACS Supra P-32 System (2D) (1994-2001)
  • ACS TGX Modeller System (3D) (1994-1998)
  • ACS TGX2 Modeller System (3D) (1997-2001)
  • ACS NOVA System (2D/3D) (2000-2004)
  • ACS System 200 (2D/3D) (2003-2008)
  • ACS System 201 (2D/3D) (2006-2011)
  • ACS System 202: ENDYMION (2D/3D) (2010-present)
  • ACS System 203: ATLANTIS (2D/3D) (2016-present)

Games

This is a list of games created by ACS through the years. Some of ACS' older games were rereleased as downloadable titles on the Samsung Zeo's LIVEPLAY Store.

Released from 1979

Released from 1980-1989

  • Starblazer (Shoot 'em up) (1980; Arcade (Dedicated Hardware), Various consoles)
  • Ladder Lappin' (Vertical Scrolling Game) (1981; Arcade (Dedicated Hardware), Various consoles)
  • Spunky the Squirrel (2D Platformer) (1981; Arcade (Dedicated Hardware), Various consoles)
  • Starblaster (Shoot 'em up) (1982; Arcade (Dedicated Hardware), Various consoles)
  • Spunky Returns! (2D Platformer) (1983; Arcade (Dedicated Hardware, Various consoles)
  • Starbreaker (Shoot 'em up) (1984; Arcade (Dedicated Hardware), Various consoles)
  • Rally Racer (Racing game(1985; Arcade (Dedicated Hardware), Various consoles)
  • Spunky the Squirrel's Adventure (2D Platformer) (1985; Nintendo Entertainment System)
  • Kumite (2D Fighting Game) (1986; Arcade (Dedicated Hardware), Various consoles)
  • Odysseus (Shoot 'em up) (1986; Arcade (Dedicated Hardware), Various consoles)
  • Rally Racer '87 (Racing game(1987; Arcade (Dedicated Hardware), Various consoles)
  • Shaolin's Temple (Beat 'em Up) (1987; Arcade (Dedicated Hardware), Various consoles)
  • Spunky the Squirrel's Adventure II (2D Platformer) (1987; Nintendo Entertainment System)
  • Starblazer IV (Shoot 'em up) (1987; Arcade (Dedicated Hardware), Various consoles)
  • Attack Force (Run n' Gun Platformer(1988; Arcade (Dedicated Hardware), Various consoles)
  • Bloxx (Puzzle game) (1988; Arcade (Dedicated Hardware, Various consoles)
  • Odysseus II (Shoot 'em up) (1988; Arcade (Dedicated Hardware), Various consoles)
  • Bloxx2 (Puzzle game) (1989; Arcade (ACS P-16 System), Various consoles)
  • Shaolin's Temple II: Revenge of Wang (Beat 'em Up) (1989; Arcade (ACS P-16 System), Various consoles)
  • Spunky the Squirrel's Adventure 3 (2D Platformer) (1987; Nintendo Entertainment System)
  • Terry the Treasure Raider (2D Platformer) (1989; Nintendo Enterntainment System)

Released from 1990-1999

  • Bloxx3 (Puzzle game) (1990; Arcade (ACS P-16 System), Various consoles)
  • Odysseus III (Shoot 'em up) (1990; Arcade (ACS P-16 System), Various consoles)
  • Terry the Treasure Raider II: The Blue Diamond (2D Platformer) (1990; Nintendo Entertainment System)
  • Urban Warriors (Beat 'em Up) (1990; Arcade (ACS P-16 System), Various consoles)
  • Warlands: 1941 (Run n' Gun Shooter(1990; Arcade (ACS P-16 System, Various consoles)
  • Spunky the Squirrel's Super Adventure (2D Platformer) (1991; Super Nintendo)
  • Starblazer: Enter the New World (Shoot 'em up) (1991; Arcade (ACS P-16 System), Various consoles)
  • Super Bloxx4 (Puzzle game) (1991; Arcade (ACS P-16 System), Various consoles)
  • Tenshi: The Sky Guardians (Shoot 'em up) (1991; Arcade (ACS P-16 System), Sharp X68000, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Game Boy, Game Gear)
  • Urban Warriors 2: The Beatdown (Beat 'em Up) (1991; Arcade (ACS P-16 System), Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis)
  • Warlands II: The Path to Victory (Run n' Gun Shooter(1991; Arcade (ACS P-16 System, Various consoles)
  • Fighting Champions (2D Fighting Game) (1992; Arcade (ACS P-16 System), MS-DOS, Sharp X68000, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Sega CD, Phillips CD-i, Sega Master System, TurboGrafx-16, Game Boy, Game Gear, Samsung Zeo)
  • Mega Bloxx5 (Puzzle game) (1992; Arcade (ACS P-16 System), Various consoles)
  • Tenshi 2: Return of the Sky Guardians (Shoot 'em up) (1992; Arcade (ACS P-16 System, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis)
  • Terry the Treasure Raider III: Quest for the Seven Wonders (2D Platformer) (1992; Nintendo Entertainment System)
  • Urban Warriors 3: The Battle for Justice City (Beat 'em Up) (1992; Arcade (ACS P-16 System), Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis)
  • Aces of Ice (Ice Hockey Game) (1993; Arcade (ACS P-16 System)
  • Bodyslam Busters (Wrestling Game) (1993; Arcade (ACS P-16 System)
  • Bugs! / Gokiburi! (Light Gun Shooter Game) (1993; Arcade (ACS P-16 System, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis)
  • Fighting Champions II (2D Fighting Game) (1993; Arcade (ACS P-16 System), 3DO, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Sega 32X, Game Boy, Game Gear, Samsung Zeo)
  • Hardcourt Heroes (Basketball Game) (1993; Arcade (ACS P-16 System)
  • Home Run Hitters (Baseball Game) (1993; Arcade (ACS P-16 System)
  • Monsters Arena: Chaos Unleashed (2D Fighting Game) (1993; Arcade (ACS P-16 System), 3DO, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Sega CD, Game Boy, Game Gear)
  • Kick-Off Kaisers (Soccer Game) (1993; Arcade (ACS P-16 System)
  • Knights of Knockout (Boxing Game) (1993; Arcade (ACS P-16 System)
  • Power Putters (Golf Game) (1993; Arcade (ACS P-16 System)
  • Racket Smashers (Tennis Game) (1993; Arcade (ACS P-16 System)
  • Tenshi III (Shoot 'em up) (1993; Arcade (ACS P-16 System, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis)
  • Touchdown Titans (Football Game) (1993; Arcade (ACS P-16 System)
  • Xtra Bloxx6 (Puzzle game) (1993; Arcade (ACS P-16 System), 3DO, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Game Boy, Game Gear)
  • Aces of Ice 2 (Ice Hockey Game) (1994; Arcade (ACS Supra P-32 System)
  • Blazin' Wheels: Super High-Speed Racing (Racing game) (1994; Arcade (ACS TGX Modeller System), PlayStation, PC)
  • Bodyslam Busters 2 (Wrestling Game) (1994; Arcade (ACS Supra P-32 System)
  • Fighting Champions II MAX (2D Fighting Game) (1994; Arcade (ACS Supra P-32 System), 3DO, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Sega CD, PlayStation, Sega Saturn, Samsung Zeo)
  • Hardcourt Heroes 2 (Basketball Game) (1994; Arcade (ACS Supra P-32 System)
  • Home Run Hitters 2 (Baseball Game) (1994; Arcade (ACS Supra P-32 System)
  • Kick-Off Kaisers 2 (Soccer Game) (1994; Arcade (ACS Supra P-32 System)
  • Knights of Knockout 2 (Boxing Game) (1994; Arcade (ACS Supra P-32 System)
  • Master Bloxx7 (Puzzle game) (1994; Arcade (ACS P-16 System), Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Game Boy, Game Gear)
  • More Bugs!! / Gokiburi!! (Light Gun Shooter Game) (1994; Arcade (ACS P-16 System, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis)
  • Power Putters 2 (Golf Game) (1994; Arcade (ACS Supra P-32 System)
  • Racket Smashers 2 (Tennis Game) (1994; Arcade (ACS Supra P-32 System)
  • Starblazer 3D (Shoot 'em up) (1994; Arcade (ACS TGX Modeller System), PlayStation, PC)
  • Tenshi 4 (Shoot 'em up) (1994; Arcade (ACS P-16 System), 3DO, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis)
  • Terry the Treasure Raider and Friends! (2D Platformer) (1994; Super Nintendo)
  • The Forbidden Arts (3D Fighting Game) (1994; Arcade (ACS TGX Modeller System), PlayStation)
  • Touchdown Titans 2 (Football Game) (1994; Arcade (ACS Supra P-32 System)
  • Barry Bonds Grand Slam Baseball '95 (Baseball Game) (1995; Super Nintendo)
  • Champion Bloxx8 (Puzzle game) (1995; Arcade (ACS P-16 System), PlayStation, Sega Saturn, Game Boy, Game Gear)
  • Fantasia of the Forbidden (Role Playing Game ) (1995; PlayStation)
  • Fighting Champions III (2D Fighting Game) (1995; Arcade (ACS Supra P-32 System)PlayStation, Sega Saturn, Game Boy, Game Gear, Samsung Zeo)
  • Legendary Blades (3D Fighting Game) (1995; Arcade (ACS TGX Modeller System), PlayStation, Nintendo 64, PC)
  • Lisette (Point and Click Horror Game) (1995; Sega Saturn, PC)
  • Monsters Arena 2: Global Carnage (2D Fighting Game) (1995; Arcade (ACS Supra P-32 System), PlayStation, Sega Saturn, Game Boy, Game Gear)
  • NBA Rebound '95 (Basketball Game) (1995; Super Nintendo)
  • NFL Rush '95 (Football Game) (1995; Super Nintendo)
  • NHL Full Strength '95 (Ice Hockey Game) (1995; Super Nintendo)
  • Tenshi 5 (Shoot 'em up) (1995; Arcade (ACS Supra P-32 System), PlayStation, Sega Saturn)
  • Warlands 3 (Run n' Gun Shooter(1995; Arcade (ACS P-32 System, PlayStation, Sega Saturn)
  • W.I.N.G.S.: Warfare on Open Sky (Combat Flight Simulator) (1995; Arcade (ACS TGX Modeller System), PlayStation, PC)
  • World Pro Soccer: Winning Kick (Soccer Game) (1995; PlayStation)
  • Blazin' Wheels 2 (Racing game) (1996; Arcade (ACS TGX2 Modeller System), PlayStation)
  • Bugs! 3 / Gokiburi! 3 (Light Gun Shooter Game) (1996; Arcade (ACS Supra P-32 System), PlayStation, Sega Saturn)
  • Extreme Bloxx9 (Puzzle game) (1996; Arcade (ACS P-16 System), PlayStation, Sega Saturn, Game Boy)
  • Fighting Champions Dimensions (2.5D Fighting Game) (1996; Arcade (ACS TGX Modeller System), PlayStation, Samsung Zeo)
  • MLB Baseball: GameTime (Baseball Game) (1996; PlayStation)
  • NBA Basketball: GameTime (Basketball Game) (1996; PlayStation)
  • NFL Football: GameTime (Football Game) (1996; PlayStation)
  • NHL Hockey: GameTime (Ice Hockey Game) (1996; PlayStation)
  • Rumble High (2D Fighting Game) (1996; Arcade (ACS Supra P-32 System)PlayStation, Sega Saturn)
  • Terry the Treasure Raider's 3D Adventure! (3D Platformer) (1996; Nintendo 64)
  • Tenshi 6: Last Crusade (Shoot 'em up) (1996; Arcade (ACS Supra P-32 System) PlayStation, Sega Saturn)
  • World Pro Soccer: Winning Kick 2 (Soccer Game) (1996; PlayStation, PC)
  • Bloxx-X (Puzzle game) (1997; Arcade (ACS P-16 System), PlayStation, Sega Saturn, Game Boy)
  • Fantasia of the Forbidden II (Role Playing Game ) (1997; PlayStation)
  • Gunblazers: Shoot on Sight (Light Gun Shooter Game) (1997; Arcade (ACS TGX Modeller System), PlayStation, PC)
  • Maximum Smash Tennis (Tennis Game) (1997; PlayStation, Nintendo 64, PC)
  • MLB GameTime '98 (Baseball Game) (1997; PlayStation, Nintendo 64, PC)
  • NBA GameTime '98 (Basketball Game) (1997; PlayStation, Nintendo 64, PC)
  • NFL GameTime '98 (Football Game) (1997; PlayStation, Nintendo 64, PC)
  • NHL GameTime '98 (Ice Hockey Game) (1997; PlayStation, Nintendo 64, PC)
  • Planet 19-11 (Survival Horror Game) (1997; PlayStation, Sega Saturn, PC)
  • Rumble High 2 (2D Fighting Game) (1997; Arcade (ACS Supra P-32 System), PlayStation, Sega Saturn)
  • Sentoki: The Strongest Warrior (3D Fighting Game) (1997; Arcade (ACS TGX2 Modeller System), PlayStation, Samsung Zeo)
  • Sofu-tan no Kyuyoku no ACS Quiz (Quiz Game) (1997; Arcade (ACS Supra P-32 System)
  • W.I.N.G.S. II: Skies of Deception (Combat Flight Simulator) (1997; Arcade (ACS TGX Modeller System), PlayStation, PC)
  • World Pro Soccer: Winning Kick '98 (Soccer Game) (1997; PlayStation, Nintendo 64, PC)
  • Blazin' Wheels III (Racing game) (1998; Arcade (ACS TGX2 Modeller System), PlayStation)
  • Legendary Blades II: The Fated Battle (3D Fighting Game) (1998; Arcade (ACS TGX2 Modeller System), PlayStation 2, PC)
  • MLB GameTime '99 (Baseball Game) (1998; PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Dreamcast, PC)
  • NBA GameTime '99 (Basketball Game) (1998; PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Dreamcast, PC)
  • Neo Bloxx (Puzzle game) (1998; Arcade (ACS Supra P-32 System), PlayStation, Dreamcast, Game Boy Color)
  • NFL GameTime '99 (Football Game) (1998; PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Dreamcast, PC)
  • NHL GameTime '99 (Ice Hockey Game) (1998; PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Dreamcast, PC)
  • Night Trigger (Light Gun Shooter Game) (1998; Arcade (ACS TGX2 Modeller System), PlayStation, PC)
  • Peacekeepers (Run n' Gun Platformer(1998; Arcade (ACS Supra P-32 System), PlayStation, Dreamcast, Game Boy Color)
  • Power Pro Retsuden: Budokan no Unmei no Tatakai (Wrestling Game) (1998; Dreamcast)
  • Super Shot Golf (Golf Game) (1998; PlayStation, Nintendo 64,, PC)
  • Soul of the Fighter: Fighting Champions IV (2D Fighting Game) (1998; Arcade (ACS Supra P-32 System), Sega Dreamcast, PlayStation 2)
  • World Pro Soccer: Winning Kick '99 (Soccer Game) (1998; PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Dreamcast, PC)
  • Fantasia of the Forbidden III: Apophis' Awakening (Role Playing Game ) (1999; PlayStation)
  • Fight or Die (2D Fighting Game) (1999; Arcade (ACS Supra P-32 System), PlayStation, Dreamcast, Samsung Zeo, PC)
  • Maximum Smash Tennis 2 (Tennis Game) (1999; PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Dreamcast, PC)
  • MLB GameTime 2000 (Baseball Game) (1999; PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Dreamcast, PC)
  • NBA GameTime 2000 (Basketball Game) (1999; PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Dreamcast, PC)
  • NFL GameTime 2000 (Football Game) (1999; PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Dreamcast, PC)
  • NHL GameTime 2000 (Ice Hockey Game) (1999; PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Dreamcast, PC)
  • Peacekeepers II (Run n' Gun Platformer(1999; Arcade (ACS Supra P-32 System), PlayStation, Dreamcast)
  • Shin Power Pro Retsuden 2: Champion no Seishin (Wrestling Game) (1999; Dreamcast)
  • W.I.N.G.S. III (Combat Flight Simulator) (1999; Arcade (ACS TGX2 Modeller System), PlayStation 2, PC)
  • World Pro Soccer: Winning Kick 2000 (Soccer Game) (1999; PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Dreamcast, PC)

Released from 2000-2009

Released from 2010-present

Upcoming games

  • Cross Chaos (2.5D Fighting Game) (TBA; Arcade (ACS System 203: ATLANTIS), PlayStation 4, XBox ONE, Nintendo Switch, Samsung Zeo, PlayStation Vita, iOS, Android)
  • Sentoki 5 (3D Fighting Game) (TBA; Arcade (ACS System 203: ATLANTIS), PlayStation 4, XBox ONE, Nintendo Switch, Samsung Zeo)
  • yUi (Survival Horror Game) (TBA; Nintendo Switch)

Compilation releases

  • ACS 20: The Platinum Arcade Vol. 1 (2004; PlayStation 2, XBox, Gamecube)
  • ACS 20: The Platinum Arcade Vol. 2 (2004; PlayStation 2, XBox, Gamecube)
  • ACS: The Platinum Arcade Extra Play (2005; PlayStation Portable)
  • ACS 25: The Silver Arcade (2009; PlayStation 3, XBox 360)

Crossover Apperances

ACS' characters have also crossed over with other companies. The most notable ones are with In-Verse, whim ACS used to share a long-standing working bond with.

Yakeru Bunko

Yakeru Bunko is ACS' flagship light novel publishing imprint. Introduced in 2016, Yakeru Bunko's first title is the slice-of-life series NakaGei. There are currently two titles publiahed by Yakeru Bunko, both of them ongoing.

Yakeru Bunko titles

Trivia

  • ACS - Logo (1988-2006)

    ACS' old logo, used from 1988 to 2006

    The meaning of the acronym ACS has remained inconsistent over the years. Several historical books claim that ACS stood for the initials of the company's founding members: Atsushi Tabata, Cole J. Howard and Satoshi Tabata, but promtional materials states that ACS stands for "Amazing Computer Software" ijstead
  • The ACS logo used from 1988 to 2006 features the words "ACS" written on a red background. The updated 2006 logo is the same, but with the red box removed, and the text itself recolored red with a white border. Both logos use the Ethnocentric font.
  • The company's slogan is "Come Join the Fun!", which appears in various ACS-related products.
    • In ACS arcade games starting with Sentoki: The Strongest Warrior, the words usually flash on the top left or right corner of the screen, when the player side is left with a credit (or a controller) and unattended (e.g. PRESS P2 START BUTTON/COME JOIN THE FUN!)
    • ACS-related anouncements are usually appeneded with the words "ACS: COME JOIN THE FUN! ;)", usually near the end.
  • ACS' CEO Katsuyuki Tabata used to be best friends with In-Verse's owner Pauly-kun. This strong bond carried on for years until December of 2016, when In-Verse had filed for bankrupcy.
    • ACS' upcoming title Cross Chaos was created as a dedication to Pauly-kun, who had recently passed away in March of 2017.
  • Though not the first arcade system to run using PC hardware (Andamiro's MK3 Hardware, known for its use in the first few Pump it Up games, predates it by several years), ACS' System 200, released in 2003, was the one which popularized the use of PC-based hardware on an arcade system. Later PC-based arcade boards include Taito's Type X (2004) and the Namco N2 (2005)
  • ACS has its own proprietary online arcade service in the form of Amaze.net. Like Konami's e-AMUSEMENT service, Amaze.net uses specialized cards that store the player's data in order to access special online-based services, from Internet rankings, to Amaze.net-exclusive offers, like exclusive customization options in the Sentoki games, or exclusive songs in To the Beat and DrumMaster/GuitarMaster.
    • The first ACS title to use Amaze.net is Sentoki 3, released in 2003, ans since then, Amaze.net has been used for most of ACS' major arcade titles.
  • ACS' least well-recieved game is 2008's Legendary Blades: Ressurection, which was lambasted for its poor gameplay implementations, dated graphics and a controversy surrounding one of the stages that caused the game to be pulled out of stores and rerelased to remove the offensive imagery.
  • ACS' company mascot is Sofu-tan, a young and cheerful girl wearing a red shirt with the ACS logo that bares her midriff, white shorts and red sneakers. Sofu-tan appears in most Japanese advertisements for ACS games, and stars in her own Japan-only quiz game: Sofu-tan no Kyuyoku no ACS Quiz (translates to Sofu-tan's Ultimate ACS Quiz)
    • Sofu-tan's name comes from ACS' old acronym of "Amazing Computer Software".
    • In most of her appearances, barring her first appearance in a 1994 ACS commercial, Sofu-tan is voiced by Noriko Hidaka.
    • It is commonly believed that the character design of Twilight from the Crisis Moon series was crrated as a tribute to Sofu-tan, mostly bevause of the identical looks and color.
  • Several ACS games were infamous for their awkward translations. The most notable ones are Fighting Champions (1992), where some of the lines and endings are translated awkwardly, the most prominent example being Dirk's winquote of "I am strong, you weak", and Fantasia of the Forbidden (1995), where the female main character was given the name of "Dorosy", a really bad translation of the English name "Dorothy" (the male protagonist's name of Julian was otherwise translated flawlessly).
    • ACS has since improved its translations, but there are still occasional appearances of awkward translation in ACS games, like in fade. (2000), in the part where Darryl discovers the hidden door to the underground passageway, he will utter the words 'Is that a door right there? Looks like a door.", which has been parodied several times since.

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