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Hot-B Co., Ltd.

Overview

Established in 1983, Hot-B was a noted software developer for Japanese PC formats, specializing in role-playing games and fishing simulations like The Black Bass. The company entered the home console market in 1987, making Famicom (NES) games, and would later also produce titles for the Super Famicom (SNES), Mega Drive (Genesis), PC Engine (TurboGrafx) and arcades.

Originally, Hot-B published all their titles under the GAMU (GA夢) brand, a play on the word "game" and the kanji for "dream". This was dropped in 1988, when they began publishing games under their own company name. Around this time, a US publishing subsidiary, Hot-B USA, was established, and which still exists today.

In the following years, Hot-B's reputation cooled, and they began to take contract work for larger publisher such as Taito and Sega, but were unable to remain profitable. The company's last release, Bazoo! Mahō Sekai was released for the Super Famicom on July 23, 1993. Hot-B declared bankruptcy the following day.

A number of former staff members regrouped and started Starfish, and were able to acquire the rights to Hot-B's back catalog.

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