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Founded: June 19, 1992
Founder(s): Masato Maegawa
Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan
Key people: Masato Maegawa (president)

Treasure Co., Ltd. is a Japanese video game developer headquartered in Tokyo, known for their action, platform and shoot 'em up games. The company was founded in 1992 by a group of ex-Konami employees led by Masato Maegawa, who were trying to seek to explore original game concepts and free themselves from Konami's reliance on sequels to established franchises like Castlevania and Contra. Their first game, Gunstar Heroes for the Sega Genesis, was a critical success and established Treasure as a household name. Their philosophy has always been to make games they themselves enjoy, not necessarily those that have the greatest commercial viability. They initially developed games exclusively for Sega consoles until they expanded to Nintendo and Sony consoles in 1997. The company's name comes from Maegawa's desire to create a developer that would be a "treasure" to the gaming industry, this is evident from the first eight years of their existence, back when they did not release a single sequel, right up until 2000.

List of games developed

  1. Gunstar Heroes (1993)
  2. McDonald's Treasure Land Adventure (1993)
  3. Dynamite Headdy (1994)
  4. Yu Yu Hakusho Makyō Tōitsusen (1994)
  5. Alien Soldier (1995)
  6. Light Crusader (1995)
  7. Guardian Heroes (1996)
  8. Mischief Makers (1997)
  9. Silhouette Mirage (1997)
  10. Radiant Silvergun (1998)
  11. Rakugaki Showtime (1999)
  12. Bangai-O (1999)
  13. Sin and Punishment (2000)
  14. Silpheed: The Lost Planet (2000)
  15. Stretch Panic (2001)
  16. Ikaruga (2001)
  17. Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster's Bad Dream (2002)
  18. Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting! (2002)
  19. Wario World (2003)
  20. Dragon Drive: D-Masters Shot (2003)
  21. Astro Boy: Omega Factor (2003)
  22. Gradius V (2004)
  23. Advance Guardian Heroes (2004)
  24. Gunstar Super Heroes (2005)
  25. Bleach: The Blade of Fate (2006)
  26. Sega Ages 2500 Vol. 25: Gunstar Heroes Treasure Box (2006)
  27. Bleach: Dark Souls (2007)
  28. Bangai-O: Spirits (2008)
  29. Bleach: Versus Crusade (2008)
  30. Sin & Punishment: Star Successor (2009)
  31. Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury (2011)
  32. Gaist Crusher (2013)
  33. Gaist Crusher God (2014)

Why They And Their Games Are Treasured

  1. Their games have truckloads of bosses, so if you love boss fights, this company's got you covered.
  2. Their characters have imaginative designs, for example Headdy looks like Rayman, even though Dynamite Headdy was released one year before Rayman.
  3. Their games have gorgeous graphics.
  4. They constantly push consoles to their technical limits of their hardware, especially the Sega Genesis and the Nintendo 64.
  5. Most of their games have innovative gimmicks, for example, in Gunstar Heroes, you can combine shots, in Dynamite Headdy, you use your head to attack enemies and can also power up your head with different kinds of head abilities, in Alien Soldier, you can perform a counter attack that turns enemy projectiles into health, in Mischief Makers, you shake things, in Radiant Silvergun and Ikaruga, everything is color based.
  6. Even though many of their games are home console exclusives, they play like arcade games.

Bad Qualities

  1. They are notorious for their "no-sequels policy", meaning their games rarely get sequels. However, a few of their games like Radiant Silvergun got spirital successors, like Ikaruga in that game's case.
  2. Many of their games were not originally released outside of Japan, most notably, Radiant Silvergun and Sin and Punishment, most likely because they were both released late in their consoles' lifecycles, those being the Sega Saturn and Nintendo 64 perspectively.
  3. Their games don't really have much story, this could be that they focus more on how their games feel, the action and the gameplay, rather than their script.
  4. They haven’t released a new game since 2014 with Gaist Crusher God, however, they still re-release some of their old games like Ikaruga and their Sega Genesis games.



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