Rocket Company

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The Rocket logo.

Rocket Company, also known as Rocket, is a company 'founded' on June 19, 1998. Rocket Company are a subsidiary of Imagineer, Co. Ltd which currently own the publishing rights to the Smilesoft games. In November 1998, the team that developed and published the games Sanrio Timenet: Kako-hen and Mirai-hen would later form the establishment of Rocket Company. The individual pages for Smilesoft's games were moved to the Rocket Company website. Curiously, the contact information for the Smilesoft website prior to its closure including their address, phone number, and fax number, bank, and clients are identical to details currently hosted on the Rocket Company website. This may suggest that Rocket Company is a successor to Smilesoft under a different name. [1]

The current president and CEO of Rocket Company is Shuhei Iida, who was also the representative of Smilesoft. [2][3]

Rocket Company's first game was Dino Device 2, released on December 5, 2003. Many of the games owned by Rocket Company have been focused on more casual gaming, or have used licensed characters such as Thomas the Tank Engine. Rocket Company's games have often been themed on edutainment, sports and fitness. They have also games developed games aimed at appealing to a more female audience, such as Hello Kitty and Cinnamoroll games.

It was recently announced that Rocket Company will be merged into Imagineer on July 1, 2016.[4]

Games developed[edit]

Game Boy Advance[edit]

Nintendo DS[edit]

  • Kouchuu Kakutou Mushi-1 Grand Prix (2005)
  • Zaidan Houjin Nippon Kanji Nouryoku Kentei Kyoukai Kounin: KanKen DS (2006)
  • Curling DS (2006)
  • Tokyo Friend Park II DS (2006)
  • Watashi no Relaxuma (2007)
  • Hello Kitty no Gotouchi Collection: Koi no DokiDoki Trouble (2007)
  • Cinnamon Ball: Kurukuru Sweets Paradise (2007)
  • Thomas the Tank Engine: Kokugo Sansuu Eigo
  • Eiken DS (2007)
  • Zaidan Houjin Nippon Kanji Nouryoku Kentei Kyoukai Kounin: KanKen DS 2 + Jouyou Kanji Jiten (2007)
  • Katei no Igaku: DS de Kitaeru Shokuzai Kenkou Training (2007)
  • Zaidan Houjin Nippon Kanji Nouryoku Kentei Kyoukai Kounin: Kanken Wii Kanji O Ketteisen (2007)
  • Nippon Suugaku Kentei Kyoukai Kounin: Suuken DS - Otona ga Tokenai!? Kodomo no Sansuu (2008)
  • Rekiken DS (2008)
  • Thomas the Tank Engine DS 2: Asonde Manabu DS Youchien (2008)
  • Chokkan! Asonde Relaxuma (2008)
  • Nakamura Sumiko Tettei Shidou: Shin TOEIC Test 1-hi-1-fun DS Lesson (2008)
  • Okada Toshio no Itsumademo DEBU to Omounayo: DS Recording Diet (2008)
  • Zaidan Houjin Nippon Kanji Nouryoku Kentei Kyoukai Kounin: Kanken DS 3 Deluxe (2009)
  • Eiken Kakomon Daishuuroku: Eiken DS 2 Deluxe (2009)
  • Relaxuma * Rhythm: Mattari Kibun de Da Run Run Run (2009)
  • Mini Yonku DS (2009)
  • Tenkaichi * Sengoku Lovers DS (2010)
  • Norinori Relakkuma: Hit Song Ongakusai (2010)
  • Doubutsu Jima no Chobi Gurumi 3 (TBA)

Wii[edit]

  • Billy's Boot Camp: Wii de Enjoy Diet! (2011)

Nintendo 3DS[edit]

  • Runabout 3D (2012)

Games published[edit]

Game Boy Advance[edit]

  • Doubutsujima no Chubi Gurumi 2: Tamachan Monogatari (2004)
  • Shikakui Atama o Maru Kusuru Advance: Kanji Keisanhen (2004)
  • Super Real Mahjong Dousoukai (2004)
  • Shikakui Atama o Maru Kusuru Advance: Kokugo Sansuu Shakai Rikahen (2004)

Nintendo DS[edit]

Wii[edit]

  • Gold's Gym: Cardio Workout (2008)

Nintendo 3DS[edit]

  • Medarot 7: Kabuto and Kuwagata Versions (2012)
  • Medarot Dual: Kabuto and Kuwagata Versions (2013)
  • Medarot 8: Kabuto and Kuwagata Versions (2014)

Trivia[edit]

  • Curling DS is currently the only game developed by Rocket Company to have been released outside of Japan, and exclusively to Canada where Ubisoft published the game.
    • This has made the localized version of Nippon Curling Kyoukai Kounin: Minna no Curling DS one of the rarer Nintendo DS games. The player is always part of a Canadian team in the localized version, replacing the Japanese team.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Rocket Company IS Smilesoft - Tulunk Village
  2. Company Profile - Rocket Company
  3. Smilesoft Company Profile (Archived page from March 2001)
  4. Imagineer absorbs Rocket Company