OverviewHacker International was Japanese publisher and developer of unlicensed console games and copy tools. Established in 1986 by Akira Hagiwara, it was originally a spinoff operation from a magazine called Hacker which ran from 1980 to 1989.
The company produced more than two dozen Famicom and Famicom Disk System games, most of them adult-oriented, and several of them published elsewhere by publishers such as Panesian, Color Dreams, and American Video Entertainment, often with the adult content removed.
The company entered the PC Engine market in 1991, producing over a dozen adult games under the Games Express brand over the next few years.
Hacker was reincorporated in 1995 as Map Japan, and for the first time became a licensed publisher, producing PlayStation software. Map Japan also continued to produce adult games for the PC market under the Air Plants brand. However, the company all but ceased operation by 2000 due to changing market conditions and Hagiwara's own waning interest in games, and Map Japan released its last titles in January 2001.
Contributed by 雷堂嬢太朗 -raido.jotaro- (60663) on Jan 09, 2011.