Intelligent Systems

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Intelligent Systems Co., Ltd.
Native name
Romanized name
Kabushiki Gaisha Interijento Shisutemuzu
Kabushiki gaisha
Industry Video games
Founded December 1986; 32 years ago (1986-12)[1]
Headquarters ,
Number of locations
Key people
Shouzou Kaga
Yuka Tsujiyoko
Products Various video game titles
Number of employees
139 (2017)[1]

Intelligent Systems Co., Ltd. is an independent Japanese video game developer closely affiliated with Nintendo and best known for developing the Fire Emblem, Wars, and Paper Mario series. Originally, the company was headquartered at the Nintendo Kyoto Research Center in Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto,[2] but later moved to a building near Nintendo's main headquarters in October 2013.[3]


Intelligent Systems started out in the video game industry when programmer Tohru Narihiro was hired by Nintendo to port Famicom Disk System software to the standard ROM-cartridge format that was being used outside Japan on the NES. Similarly to the origins of HAL Laboratory, the team soon became an auxiliary program unit for Nintendo that provided system tools and hired people to program, fix, or port Nintendo-developed software. Much of the team's original work consists of minor contributions to larger titles developed by Nintendo R&D1 and Nintendo EAD.[4]

Chief programmer Tohru Narihiro programmed his first video games, Famicom Wars and Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, towards the end of the Famicom's life cycle, although the game design, graphic design, and music was provided by the Nintendo R&D1 team. Because of Narihiro's success, Intelligent Systems began to hire graphic designers, programmers, and musicians to extend the company from an auxiliary–tool developer to a game development group. The company continued to develop new entries in the Wars and Fire Emblem franchises, although they haven't released a title for the former in 11 years.


Title System Release date Ref(s)
Tennis[a] Family Computer Disk System February 21, 1986
Soccer February 21, 1986
Metroid[a] August 6, 1986 [5]
Famicom Wars Family Computer August 12, 1988
Alleyway[a] Game Boy April 21, 1989
Golf November 28, 1989
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light[a] Family Computer April 20, 1990
Game Boy Wars[a] Game Boy May 21, 1991
Fire Emblem Gaiden Family Computer March 14, 1992
Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru[a] Game Boy September 4, 1992
Battle Clash[a] Super Nintendo Entertainment System June 21, 1993
Metal Combat: Falcon's Revenge[a] December 1993
Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem January 21, 1994
Super Metroid[a] March 19, 1994
Galactic Pinball Virtual Boy July 21, 1995
Panel de Pon Super Nintendo Entertainment System October 27, 1995
Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War May 14, 1996
Tetris Attack[a] August 1996
BS Yoshi's Panepon[a] Satellaview November 3, 1996
Super Famicom Wars Super Famicom May 1, 1998
Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 September 1, 1999
Trade & Battle: Card Hero Game Boy Color February 21, 2000
Paper Mario Nintendo 64 August 11, 2000
Pokémon Puzzle Challenge Game Boy Color September 21, 2000
Advance Wars Game Boy Advance November 25, 2004[c]
Mario Kart: Super Circuit July 21, 2001
Cubivore: Survival of the Fittest[d] GameCube February 21, 2002
Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade[a] Game Boy Advance March 29, 2002
Nintendo Puzzle Collection[a] GameCube February 7, 2003
Fire Emblem Game Boy Advance April 25, 2003
Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising November 25, 2004[c]
WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Game$ GameCube October 17, 2003
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door July 22, 2004
Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones Game Boy Advance October 7, 2004
WarioWare: Twisted![e] October 14, 2004
WarioWare: Touched![e] Nintendo DS December 2, 2004
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance[f] GameCube April 20, 2005
Advance Wars: Dual Strike Nintendo DS June 23, 2005
WarioWare: Smooth Moves[e] Wii December 2, 2006
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn[f] February 22, 2007
Super Paper Mario April 19, 2007
Planet Puzzle League Nintendo DS April 26, 2007
Face Training August 7, 2007
September 9, 2009
Kousoku Card Battle: Card Hero[e] December 20, 2007
Advance Wars: Days of Ruin January 21, 2008
October 30, 2013 [6]
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon[f] August 7, 2008
WarioWare: Snapped![e] December 24, 2008
WarioWare D.I.Y.[e] April 29, 2009
WarioWare D.I.Y. Showcase[e] Wii
Dragon Quest Wars Nintendo DS June 24, 2009
Eco Shooter: Plant 530 Wii November 24, 2009
Nintendo DSi Instrument Tuner Nintendo DSi September 2, 2009
Nintendo DSi Metronome
Dictionary 6 in 1 with Camera Function October 7, 2009
Link 'n' Launch November 11, 2009
Spotto! November 25, 2009
Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem Nintendo DS July 15, 2010
Pushmo Nintendo 3DS October 5, 2011
Fire Emblem Awakening[f] April 19, 2012
Crashmo October 31, 2012
Paper Mario: Sticker Star December 6, 2012
Game & Wario[e] Wii U March 28, 2013
Daigasso! Band Brothers P[g] Nintendo 3DS November 14, 2013
Pushmo World Wii U June 19, 2014 [7]
Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Nintendo 3DS March 13, 2015
Stretchmo May 12, 2015
Fire Emblem Fates June 25, 2015 [8]
Paper Mario: Color Splash Wii U October 13, 2016
Fire Emblem Heroes[h] iOS, Android February 2, 2017
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Nintendo 3DS April 20, 2017
Fire Emblem Warriors[i] Nintendo Switch, New Nintendo 3DS September 28, 2017
WarioWare Gold Nintendo 3DS August 2, 2018
Fire Emblem: Three Houses Nintendo Switch 2019
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Co-developed by Nintendo R&D1.
  2. ^ Responsible for porting the original game to the Game Boy.
  3. ^ a b Released as Game Boy Wars Advance 1+2 in Japan.
  4. ^ Co-developed by Saru Brunei.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Co-developed by Nintendo SPD Group No. 1.
  6. ^ a b c d Co-developed by Nintendo SPD Group No. 2.
  7. ^ Co-developed by Nintendo SDD.
  8. ^ Co-developed by Nintendo EPD.
  9. ^ Co-developed by Koei Tecmo.


Title System Ref(s)
Dragon Hopper Virtual Boy [9]
Fire Emblem 64 Nintendo 64DD [10]
Untitled Fire Emblem game Wii [11]
Crashmo World Wii U [12]

See also

  • OrCAD (distributed by Intelligent Systems Japan, KK)


  1. ^ a b "History" (in Japanese). Intelligent Systems. Retrieved January 7, 2019.
  2. ^ "Location". Intelligent Systems. Archived from the original on 2010-06-19. Retrieved 2010-08-29.
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  5. ^ Christian Nutt (23 April 2010). "The Elegance Of Metroid: Yoshio Sakamoto Speaks". Gamasutra. United Business Media LLC. Retrieved 5 August 2010.
  6. ^ ファミコンウォーズDS 失われた光 (in Japanese). Nintendo. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  7. ^ Whitehead, Thomas (May 28, 2014). "Nintendo of America Confirms Pushmo World Release Details". Nintendo Life. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
  8. ^ Lehew, Alex (November 12, 2015). "Fire Emblem Fates releases February 19th; release details revealed". The Tanooki. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  9. ^ "Nintendo Kills the Virtual Boy". GamePro. No. 101. IDG. February 1997. p. 27.
  10. ^ VincentASM. "Making of Fire Emblem 64". Serenes Forest. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  11. ^ VincentASM. "Making of Fire Emblem: The Illusive Wii Fire Emblem". Serenes Forest. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  12. ^ Jenni. "Crashmo World Apparently Was In Development For the Nintendo Wii U". Siliconera. Retrieved 28 December 2016.

External links

  • Official website
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