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Wow Entertainment, Inc.

Overview

Wow Entertainment was a SEGA-owned development studio based in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. The studio's roots stretch back to 1987 and the so-called "Team Shinobi" responsible for such arcade classics as Altered Beast, Golden Axe, Alien Storm, and of course, Shinobi. It was formally established as the Sega AM1 R&D Division in 1990, headed by Rikiya Nakagawa.

The AM divisions focused on arcade titles, and AM1 produced numerous hits including Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder, Star Wars Arcade, Die Hard Arcade, and The House of the Dead. Along with each of Sega's other development divisions, AM1 was spun off as an independent studio on April 21, 2000, taking the name Wow Entertainment.

The studio was merged with another Sega subsidiary, Overworks, in October 2003, changing their name to SEGA WOW. Rikiya Nakagawa left the studio soon after, and it was ultimately merged back into Sega in a corporate restructuring the following year.

Also Known As

  • Sega AM1 R&D Division (from 1991 to 2000) -- Company name until 2000
  • Sega R&D1 (from 1984 to 1991) -- Original company name

Games

House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn(2018)
Resident Evil 6(2016)
Chunithm(2015)
Transformers: Human Alliance(2013)
Loving Deads: House of the Dead EX(2008)
House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return, The(2008)
Rambo(2008)
Sega Ages 2500: Vol.30 - Galaxy Force II: Special Extended Edition(2007)
2 Spicy(2007)
Sega Ages 2500: Vol.26 - Dynamite Deka(2006)
Sega GT Online(2003)
Super Real Tennis(2003)
House of the Dead III, The(2002)
Sega Bass Fishing Duel(2002)
Sega GT 2002(2002)
Home Run King(2002)
Columns Crown(2001)
Candy Stripe: Minarai Tenshi (Medical Box)(2001)
Alien Front Online(2001)
SEGA Bass Fishing 2(2001)
Vampire Night(2001)
Virtua Golf(2001)
Sports Jam(2000)
Sega Marine Fishing(2000)
Sega GT(2000)
World Series Baseball 2K1(2000)
Emergency Call Ambulance(1999)
Sega Tetris(1999)
Dynamite Cop!(1999)
Zombie Revenge(1999)
The Typing of the Dead(1999)
House of the Dead 2, The(1998)
Ocean Hunter, The(1998)
SEGA Bass Fishing(1997)
SEGA AGES: Columns Arcade Collection(1997)
Sega Water Ski(1997)
Columns 97(1997)
WaveRunner(1996)
Die Hard Arcade(1996)
House of the Dead, The(1996)
Sky Target(1995)
Cool Riders(1995)
Virtua Fighter Remix(1995)
Indy 500(1995)
Puzzle & Action: Ichidant-R(1994)
Wing War(1994)
Stack Columns(1994)
Golden Axe: The Duel(1994)
Puzzle & Action: Tant-R(1993)
SegaSonic Popcorn Shop(1993)

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Trivia

The company website was formerly located at www.wow-ent.co.jp

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