ADK Corporation

Moby ID: 4819

  • Alpha Denshi Co., Ltd. (from 1980-07 to 1984)
  • Alpha Denshi Kōgyō Co., Ltd. (from 1984 to 1992-12-31)

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Alpha Denshi (アルファ電子) was an electronics and software engineering company established in July 1980 in Saitama, Japan, headed by Kazuo Arai. The company originally dealt in communications equipment, but released its first arcade game in May 1981: Janputer, arguably the world's first true mahjong video game. The company developed a number of titles for Sega in the early '80s, but would soon become a strong ally of SNK.

SNK's Neo Geo hardware, designed by Alpha Denshi's Eiji Fukatsu, was released to both arcades and homes around the world in 1990, and Alpha Denshi would be the platform's most prominent developer apart from SNK itself, releasing more than a dozen titles between 1990 and 1996, including fan-favorites such as World Heroes and Twinkle Star Sprites.

The company shortened its name to ADK (エーディーケイ) at the start of 1993. Due to contractual limitations with SNK, the company launched Miraisoft (未来ソフト) in 1997 to publish titles for other platforms. However, the company was plagued by the same post-bubble financial troubles as SNK, and by the time of SNK's bankruptcy in 2001 was operating with only a skeleton staff.

In its twilight years, ADK shifted its business toward mobile content and LCD games, but was ultimately forced to close sometime in 2003. The rights to most of the company's catalog are now owned by SNK Playmore.

Credited on 39 Games from 1981 to 2008

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ADK Tamashii (2008 on PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4)
SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1 (2008 on PlayStation 2, PSP, Wii)
World Heroes: Anthology (2007 on PlayStation 2)
Dynamite Slugger (2000 on Neo Geo Pocket Color)
Party Mail (1999 on Neo Geo Pocket Color)
Neo Pocket Pro Baseball (1999 on Neo Geo Pocket Color)
Crush Roller (1999 on Neo Geo Pocket Color)
Doko Demo Mahjong (1999 on Neo Geo Pocket Color)
Master of Syougi (1998 on Neo Geo Pocket, Neo Geo Pocket Color)
Melon-chan no seichōki (1998 on Neo Geo Pocket)
Twinkle Star Sprites (1996 on Windows, Dreamcast, SEGA Saturn...)
Ninja Master's (1996 on Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, Wii...)
Zintrick (1996 on Neo Geo CD)
ADK World (1995 on Neo Geo CD)
Master of Syougi (1995 on Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD)
World Heroes Perfect (1995 on SEGA Saturn, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD...)
Crossed Swords II (1995 on Neo Geo CD)
Aggressors of Dark Kombat (1994 on Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, Wii...)
World Heroes 2 JET (1994 on Game Boy, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD...)
World Heroes 2 (1993 on SNES, Neo Geo, TurboGrafx CD...)

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