Ep. 290 - Treasure Ranking, with Christa Lee

### Ep. 290 - Treasure Ranking, with Christa Lee

Your frothing demand for this podcast increases! Console modification expert [Christa Lee](https://soundretro.co/) joins Tim and Brandon to cover the original Konami defecting rock stars, Treasure Co., Ltd. Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Tim Rogers, Brandon Sheffield, and Christa Lee. Edited by Esper Quinn, original music by Kurt Feldman.


  • 1. Not Necessarily a Eulogy For Treasure (03:44)
  • 2. 2D Genesis Platformers: Gunstar Heroes, Dynamite Headdy, Alien Soldier, and McDonalds Treasure Land Adventure (29:26)
  • 3. YuYu Hakusho Beat Em Ups: Yū Yū Hakusho: Makyō Tōitsusen, Guardian Heroes, Bleach: the Blade of Fate, and Bleach: Dark Souls (41:41)
  • 4. Neo 2D Middle Era: Mischief Makers, Silhouette Mirage, Tiny Toons Adventures: Buster’s Bad Dream, Astro Boy: Omega Factor, Advance Guardian Heroes, and Gunstar Super Heroes (49:41)
  • 5. Shootin’ Time: Radiant Silvergun, Ikaruga, Silpheed: The Lost Planet, and Gradius V (01:08:42)
    Insert Credit Quick Break: [Archaeology Tube](https://www.youtube.com/@archaeologytube) (01:33:59)
  • 6. Bangai-O Trilogy: Bangai-O, Bangai-O Spirits, Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury (01:36:07)
  • 7. Punishment Zone: Sin and Punishment, Sin & Punishment: Star Successor, and Dragon Drive: D-Masters Shot (01:51:21)
  • 8. The Rest: Light Crusader, Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting!, Wario World, Rakugaki Showtime, Stretch Panic!, Bleach: Versus Crusade, and Gaist Crusher God (02:04:53)
  • 9. Finalizing Rankings (02:25:32)
  • 10. Honorary Treasure Games and Final Treasure Thoughts (02:35:43)

    (hidden under details for spoiler reasons)

  • 1. Silhouette Mirage
  • 2. Gunstar Heroes
  • 3. Bangai-O Spirits
  • 4. Sin and Punishment
  • 5. Radiant Silvergun
  • 6. McDonald's Treasure Land Adventure
  • 7. Dynamite Headdy
  • 8. Light Crusader
  • 9. Guardian Heroes
  • 10. Gradius V
  • 11. Bangai-O
  • 12. Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury
  • 13. Sin & Punishment: Star Successor
  • 14. Alien Soldier
  • 15. Stretch Panic
  • 16. Silpheed: The Lost Planet
  • 17. Astro Boy: Omega Factor
  • 18. Yu Yu Hakusho
  • 19. Bleach: Versus Crusade
  • 20. Bleach: The Blade of Fate
  • 21. Bleach: Dark Souls
  • 22. Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster's Bad Dream
  • 23. Wario World
  • 24. Gunstar Super Heroes
  • 25. Mischief Makers
  • 26. Dragon Drive: D-Masters Shot
  • 27. Advance Guardian Heroes
  • 28. Geist Crusher God
  • 29. Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting
  • 30. Ikaruga
  • 31. Rakugaki Showtime

  • - [Treasure](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treasure_(company))
  • - [Gaist Crusher God](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaist_Crusher)
  • - [Astro Boy: Omega Factor](https://www.mobygames.com/game/17646/astro-boy-omega-factor/)
  • - [Kokuga](https://www.mobygames.com/game/61731/kokuga/)
  • - [Sega Genesis/Mega Drive](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sega_Genesis)
  • - [Gunstar Heroes](https://www.mobygames.com/game/6581/gunstar-heroes/)
  • - [GameFan](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GameFan)
  • - [Street Fighter series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/379/street-fighter-series/)
  • - [Fatal Fury](https://www.mobygames.com/game/10349/fatal-fury/)
  • - [Yū Yū Hakusho: Makyō Tōitsusen](https://www.mobygames.com/game/27842/yu-yu-hakusho-makyo-toitsusen/)
  • - [Radiant Silvergun](https://www.mobygames.com/game/17870/radiant-silvergun/)
  • - [Bangai-O](https://www.mobygames.com/game/6485/bangai-o/)
  • - [Rakugaki Showtime](https://www.mobygames.com/game/60363/rakugaki-showtime/)
  • - [Advance Guardian Heroes](https://www.mobygames.com/game/17997/advance-guardian-heroes/)
  • - [Sin and Punishment](https://www.mobygames.com/game/17343/sin-and-punishment/)
  • - [Tiny Toon Adventures: Scary Dreams](https://www.mobygames.com/game/7896/tiny-toon-adventures-scary-dreams/)
  • - [Konami](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konami)
  • - [Contra series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/516/contra-series/)
  • - [Gradius V](https://www.mobygames.com/game/15365/gradius-v/)
  • - [Tokimeki Memorial games](https://www.mobygames.com/group/8944/tokimeki-memorial-games/)
  • - [Metal Gear series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/380/metal-gear-series/)
  • - [Gradius Gaiden](https://www.mobygames.com/game/34452/gradius-gaiden/)
  • - [Taz-Mania](https://www.mobygames.com/game/52750/taz-mania/)
  • - [McDonald's Treasure Land Adventure](https://www.mobygames.com/game/26451/mcdonalds-treasure-land-adventure/)
  • - [Dynamite Headdy](https://www.mobygames.com/game/9763/dynamite-headdy/)
  • - [Alien Soldier](https://www.mobygames.com/game/14130/alien-soldier/)
  • - [Light Crusader](https://www.mobygames.com/game/15021/light-crusader/)
  • - [Castlevania series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/402/castlevania-akumajo-dracula-series/)
  • - [The Simpsons](https://www.mobygames.com/game/2111/the-simpsons/)
  • - [Bucky O'Hare](https://www.mobygames.com/game/64449/bucky-ohare/)
  • - [Axelay](https://www.mobygames.com/game/6637/axelay/)
  • - [Super Nintendo Entertainment System](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Nintendo_Entertainment_System)
  • - [Digital Foundry](https://www.youtube.com/user/DigitalFoundry)
  • - [The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time](https://www.mobygames.com/game/3549/the-legend-of-zelda-ocarina-of-time/)
  • - [Demon's Souls](https://www.mobygames.com/game/43104/demons-souls/)
  • - [Wario World](https://www.mobygames.com/game/9577/wario-world/)
  • - [MiSTerAddons.com](https://misteraddons.com/)
  • - [Silhouette Mirage](https://www.mobygames.com/game/4046/silhouette-mirage/)
  • - [Panzer Dragoon series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/1874/panzer-dragoon-series/)
  • - [Ikaruga](https://www.mobygames.com/game/7738/ikaruga/)
  • - [Amiga](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amiga)
  • - [Bubsy series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/794/bubsy-series/)
  • - [Battletoads series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/551/battletoads-series/)
  • - [Doom Eternal](https://www.mobygames.com/game/143581/doom-eternal/)
  • - [Ninja Gaiden](https://www.mobygames.com/game/16619/ninja-gaiden/)
  • - [Ninja Gaiden II](https://www.mobygames.com/game/34480/ninja-gaiden-ii/)
  • - [Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening - Special Edition](https://www.mobygames.com/game/21597/devil-may-cry-3-dantes-awakening-special-edition/)
  • - [YuYu Hakusho](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/YuYu_Hakusho)
  • - [Hunter × Hunter](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunter_%C3%97_Hunter)
  • - [Yu Yu Hakusho - Opening 1 | Hohoemi no Bakudan](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urZWmEgm72Q)
  • - [Guardian Heroes](https://www.mobygames.com/game/9738/guardian-heroes/)
  • - [Mario Party series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/1765/mario-party-series/)
  • - [Bleach: The Blade of Fate](https://www.mobygames.com/game/30600/bleach-the-blade-of-fate/)
  • - [Bleach: Dark Souls](https://www.mobygames.com/game/142920/bleach-dark-souls/)
  • - [Dark Souls](https://www.mobygames.com/game/53619/dark-souls/)
  • - [Mischief Makers](https://www.mobygames.com/game/8090/mischief-makers/)
  • - [Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom](https://www.mobygames.com/game/63783/dungeons-dragons-tower-of-doom/)
  • - [Gunstar Super Heroes](https://www.mobygames.com/game/21631/gunstar-super-heroes/)
  • - [Rapid Angel](https://www.mobygames.com/game/57382/rapid-angel/)
  • - [Pandemonium!](https://www.mobygames.com/game/3400/pandemonium/)
  • - [Klonoa](https://www.mobygames.com/game/90885/klonoa/)
  • - [Mega Man 8](https://www.mobygames.com/game/3732/mega-man-8-anniversary-edition/)
  • - [Chippoke Ralph no Daibōken: The Adventure of Little Ralph](https://www.mobygames.com/game/52963/chippoke-ralph-no-daiboken-the-adventure-of-little-ralph/)
  • - [Hermie Hopperhead: Scrap Panic](https://www.mobygames.com/game/52964/hermie-hopperhead-scrap-panic/)
  • - [Shinrei Jusatsushi Tarōmaru](https://www.mobygames.com/game/29656/shinrei-jusatsushi-taromaru/)
  • - [Shinobi Legions](https://www.mobygames.com/game/23073/shinobi-legions/)
  • - [Tomba! series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/1382/tomba-series/)
  • - [Animal Crossing series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/4468/animal-crossing-series/)
  • - [Hollow Knight](https://www.mobygames.com/game/84194/hollow-knight/)
  • - [Yakuza / Ryū ga Gotoku series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/8208/yakuza-ryu-ga-gotoku-series/)
  • - [The Ninja Warriors series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/7097/the-ninja-warriors-series/)
  • - [Final Fight 3](https://www.mobygames.com/game/10058/final-fight-3/)
  • - [Streets of Rage 3](https://www.mobygames.com/game/11193/streets-of-rage-3/)
  • - [Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge](https://www.mobygames.com/game/185858/teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-shredders-revenge/)
  • - [Steam-Heart's](https://www.mobygames.com/game/29763/steam-hearts/)
  • - [Sōkyūgurentai](https://www.mobygames.com/game/26560/sokyugurentai/)
  • - [Kazuo Ishiguro](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazuo_Ishiguro)
  • - [Ursula K. Le Guin](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ursula_K._Le_Guin)
  • - [John Romero](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Romero)
  • - [Pac-Man](https://www.mobygames.com/game/138/pac-man/)
  • - [Silpheed: The Lost Planet](https://www.mobygames.com/game/3988/silpheed-the-lost-planet/)
  • - [Lost Planet series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/9248/lost-planet-series/)
  • - [Silpheed series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/385/silpheed-series/)
  • - [Gungriffon](https://www.mobygames.com/game/12830/gungriffon/)
  • - [Lunar: Eternal Blue](https://www.mobygames.com/game/15310/lunar-eternal-blue/)
  • - [Grandia](https://www.mobygames.com/game/5751/grandia/)
  • - [Starblade](https://www.mobygames.com/game/11206/starblade/)
  • - [Stretch Panic](https://www.mobygames.com/game/7903/stretch-panic/)
  • - [Thunder Force series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/1619/thunder-force-series/)
  • - [R-Type Final](https://www.mobygames.com/game/15759/r-type-final/)
  • - [Elevator Action II](https://www.mobygames.com/game/17195/elevator-action-ii/)
  • - [Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master](https://www.mobygames.com/game/8073/shinobi-iii-return-of-the-ninja-master/)
  • - [Ninja Five-O](https://www.mobygames.com/game/9024/ninja-five-o/)
  • - [Ore no Ryōri](https://www.mobygames.com/game/60907/ore-no-ryori/)
  • - [Suzuki Bakuhatsu](https://www.mobygames.com/game/68534/suzuki-bakuhatsu/)
  • - [Dragon Quest VII](https://www.mobygames.com/game/5640/dragon-warrior-vii/)
  • - [Ranger X](https://www.mobygames.com/game/8051/ranger-x/)
  • - [Missile Command series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/16893/missile-command-series/)
  • - [Cybernator](https://www.mobygames.com/game/11879/cybernator/)
  • - [Metal Warriors](https://www.mobygames.com/game/17021/metal-warriors/)
  • - [Rampage](https://www.mobygames.com/game/124/rampage/)
  • - [Sub-Terrania](https://www.mobygames.com/game/14235/sub-terrania/)
  • - [Solar Jetman: Hunt for the Golden Warpship](https://www.mobygames.com/game/7377/solar-jetman-hunt-for-the-golden-warpship/)
  • - [Bangai-O Spirits](https://www.mobygames.com/game/36363/bangai-o-spirits/)
  • - [Grasshopper Manufacture](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grasshopper_Manufacture)
  • - [Gears of War series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/8069/gears-of-war-series/)
  • - [Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury](https://www.mobygames.com/game/93566/bangai-o-hd-missile-fury/)
  • - [Final Fantasy XIII](https://www.mobygames.com/game/43866/final-fantasy-xiii/)
  • - [Vandal-Hearts II](https://www.mobygames.com/game/30287/vandal-hearts-ii/)
  • - [Culdcept series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/8281/culdcept-series/)
  • - [Infinite Undiscovery](https://www.mobygames.com/game/37253/infinite-undiscovery/)
  • - [Space Harrier series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/4504/space-harrier-series/)
  • - [G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero](https://www.mobygames.com/game/75851/gi-joe-a-real-american-hero/)
  • - [Cabal](https://www.mobygames.com/game/3733/cabal/)
  • - [Shiren the Wanderer series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/12717/shiren-the-wanderer-series/)
  • - [Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner](https://www.mobygames.com/game/9221/zone-of-the-enders-the-2nd-runner/)
  • - [Wild Guns](https://www.mobygames.com/game/6786/wild-guns/)
  • - [Sin & Punishment: Star Successor](https://www.mobygames.com/game/46494/sin-punishment-star-successor/)
  • - [Bayonetta](https://www.mobygames.com/game/43659/bayonetta/)
  • - [Kid Icarus: Uprising](https://www.mobygames.com/game/55482/kid-icarus-uprising/)
  • - [Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting!](https://www.giantbomb.com/hajime-no-ippo-the-fighting/3030-34475/)
  • - [Bleach: Versus Crusade](https://nintendo.fandom.com/wiki/Bleach:_Versus_Crusade)
  • - [Dragon Drive: D-Masters Shot](https://www.mobygames.com/game/40569/dragon-drive-d-masters-shot/)
  • - [Crusader of Centy](https://www.mobygames.com/game/10114/crusader-of-centy/)
  • - [Camelot](https://www.mobygames.com/game/121391/camelot/)
  • - [Landstalker](https://www.mobygames.com/game/6955/landstalker/)
  • - [Knuckles' Chaotix](https://www.mobygames.com/game/7592/knuckles-chaotix/)
  • - [Gun Beat](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_Beat)
  • - [Windjammers](https://www.mobygames.com/game/16956/windjammers/)
  • - [Hajime no Ippo](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hajime_no_Ippo)
  • - [Wario Land: Shake It!](https://www.mobygames.com/game/36527/wario-land-shake-it/)
  • - [Sakura Wars](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sakura_Wars)
  • - [Monster Hunter series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/7144/monster-hunter-series/)
  • - [Yo-kai Watch series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/12349/yo-kai-watch-series/)
  • - [Speed Power Gunbike](https://www.mobygames.com/game/29701/speed-power-gunbike/)
  • - [Bleach](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bleach_(TV_series))
  • - [Bleach - Ichigo's Theme - Number One](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lsn2tT5yTc)
  • - [League of Legends](https://www.mobygames.com/game/43647/league-of-legends/)
  • - [Dota](https://www.mobygames.com/game/128669/dota-underlords/)
  • - [Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn](https://www.mobygames.com/game/61766/final-fantasy-xiv-online-a-realm-reborn/)
  • - [Guilty Gear 2: Overture](https://www.mobygames.com/game/37342/guilty-gear-2-overture/)
  • - [Gunslinger Stratos](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunslinger_Stratos)
  • - [Senko no Ronde series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/12411/senko-no-ronde-series/)
  • - [Naruto: Ultimate Ninja series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/8610/naruto-ultimate-ninja-series/)
  • - [VIDEOBALL](https://www.mobygames.com/game/79738/videoball/)
  • - [Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana](https://www.mobygames.com/game/95841/ys-viii-lacrimosa-of-dana/)
  • - [Frame Gride](https://www.mobygames.com/game/169053/frame-gride/)
  • - [Tales of Arise](https://www.mobygames.com/game/171514/tales-of-arise/)
  • - [Scarlet Nexus](https://www.mobygames.com/game/166686/scarlet-nexus/)
  • - [Star Ocean: The Last Hope](https://www.mobygames.com/game/51424/star-ocean-the-last-hope/)
  • - [Super Smash Bros.](https://www.mobygames.com/game/3546/super-smash-bros/)
  • - [Dino Crisis 2](https://www.mobygames.com/game/3625/dino-crisis-2/)
  • - [Destiny](https://www.mobygames.com/game/68327/destiny/)
  • - [Jeff Minter](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Minter)
  • - [Drakengard](https://www.mobygames.com/game/12409/drakengard/)
  • - [Bullet Witch](https://www.mobygames.com/game/28268/bullet-witch/)
  • - [Resident Evil: Dead Aim](https://www.mobygames.com/game/9671/resident-evil-dead-aim/)
  • - [Gladius](https://www.mobygames.com/game/11835/gladius/)
  • - [Rise of the Argonauts](https://www.mobygames.com/game/38106/rise-of-the-argonauts/)
  • - [Rygar](https://www.mobygames.com/game/48823/rygar/)
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    “the sort of dudes whose wives bought them a super NES mini for Christmas”

    FWIW Masato Maegawa wasn‘t involved in a lot of the Konami games listed on whatever wiki article Tim quoted, nor was he creatively involved with most of Treasure’s output, even—Maegawa‘s specific contributions at Konami were US-centric NES games like Laser Invasion (the shooter with the DBZ scouter-esque peripheral), Rollergames and Bucky O’Hare, as well as the terrible first Castlevania Game Boy game, which he‘s cited as an example of why he felt he had to leave. The McDonalds game and Dynamite Headdy are the ones Maegawa was most creatively involved with, but pretty much everything else he touched as a programmer was just odds-and-ends in service of the other devs, and IIRC he’d completely quit working directly on their games post-Mischief Makers.

    (Other Treasure folk were substantially involved with the likes of Castlevania 4 and Contra 3, just not Maegawa, but a lot of other people on the Contra 3 team in particular had migrated from Maegawa's old division and worked directly with him on those other games... apparently, they all remember Maegawa for being the one person who actually enjoyed doing forced calisthenics every morning.)

    I point this out because the Treasure of 2023 is basically just Maegawa managing the licenses for the few games they own, and there's no public info on the current whereabouts of many of his former colleagues and employees—my understanding from looking into their situation a few years back is that the only interest they were getting from publishers was for mobile/social game work, which Maegawa refused to entertain, and so everyone else slowly left because they had families to feed (and several of them had been working on an open-door basic for a while before then anyhow).

    The last hint we had at any sort of new development from Treasure is this incredibly exciting teaser image for an original action game he wanted to release on Steam, shared in 2018 but possibly sourced from a project shelved in 2014:

    Good to hear the Alien Soldier chat. I recently played it on Switch after not knowing anything about it and found it so difficult to play that I assumed it was just me. Love the look of it but cannot get it to click. Good to know that it isn't just me.

    I bought an ad for this episode and I'm too nervous to listen to it lol

    This seemed like a really fun way to support the show

    By the way, here's that “maybe best song in a treasure game” I was talking about.


    What's the most Treasure game not made by Treasure?

    It was brought up briefly in the podcast that indie developers have held onto the torch but the example given was Hollow Knight which is pretty good but I think there are games out there that are more "Treasure."

    I would throw Copy Kitty into the ring. Completely bizarre mashup of Kirby and Bangai-O with a unique aesthetic and weird story.


    Oh dear, nearly 3 hours and on my most cherished developer of all time. I might have to save this one for later. Did spoil myself on the list though >!and it‘s very solid. Even though Gunstar Heroes should be #1, as it is a perfect game, I’m happy that Silhouette Mirage is there!<.


    @“cleobirdwell”#p118509 What’s the most Treasure game not made by Treasure?


    Going from Light Crusader to Brain Lord feels very natural. It's like Light Crusader in a lot of ways, but with a very distinct, "I'm definitely playing an SNES game" feel to it, if that makes any sense. A bit more polished and refined, but kinda has the same ideas knocking around that Light Crusader had with dungeon puzzles and kinetic experiences. Great music, funky characters and a unique story.

    If you like Light Crusader, you'll love Brain Lord. Both are fantastic games.

    [EDIT] Squeezing in two more:

    Mad Stalker for the X68000, which should make some sense because I believe I heard Guardian Heroes was inspired by the combat in that game (and then the Mad Stalker devs would essentially make their own Guardian Heroes with Panzer Bandit a year after Guardian's release). It feels like a prototype Guardian Heroes with how its moves are executed.

    Gear Fighter Dendoh for the PSX:


    It feels like a Treasure licensed game. Fantastic beat 'em up, satisfying air grabs like Mad Stalker. Worth checking out for sure.

    @“JJSignal”#p118523 gear fighter dendo is so good - I bought it in a whim knowing nothing, and what a fun time!! It's not very tight but it is fun to mess around with and at least feels like something!

    I have never been called a freak so many times in such a small amount of time (i can beat alien soldier)

    I'm not going to argue I agree Gunstar Heroes plays and feels much better, but Alien Wars still rules

    @“exodus”#p118542 I‘m not overly fond of the pre-rendered sprites, but on the other hand it does have a Kids Toy For Kids look to it, like those turbo-chunky, glossy plastic transformers you might see on an end cap in a Yodobashi Camera toy section, so I guess it’s fitting. I was surprised at how much effort they went into for all the fun moves and stuff you could do, the amount of levels, the weird 3D boss fights. There was definitely some amount of thoughtfulness put into it being a fun game over a simple license cash grab.

    Yoooo @fridgeboy!!! I freaked out (in the good way) when your ad came up.

    @“RubySunrise”#p118551 I'm excited to be among the first!!

    Archeology Tube is one of the best tubes going nowadays

    My mom called to complain that I'm not in this one enough


    @“JJSignal”#p118523 Mad Stalker for the X68000

    Mad Stalker was the brainchild of two people, essentially, and one of them (Masaki Ukyo) ended up at Treasure soon after Mad Stalker's release and was a key figure on YYH, Guardian Heroes, Silhouette Mirage, Rakugaki Showtime (and the cancelled Tiny Toons game that was essentially Rakugaki 2) and Advance Guardian Heroes, as well as Studio Saizensen's later Guardian Heroes-esque game Code of Princess.

    The other half of that duo, Masatoshi Imaizumi, was one of the key figures on the Asuka 120% series, as well as Panzer Bandit and the more recent Phantom Breaker series, among other things.


    @“JJSignal”#p118523 Gear Fighter Dendoh for the PSX

    This was one of Natsume-Atari's many licensed games, and the 2D combat borrows quite liberally from The Ninja Warriors Again, which came up in the episode. I don't necessarily think of them as "Treasure-like" beyond being fun post-SF2 single-plane brawlers, but TNWA's certainly a great game. They also made Wild Guns, which also came up in the episode, and the original devs remade both games in recent years as Wild Guns Reloaded and The Ninja Warriors Once Agin/Ninja Saviours: Return of the Warriors, respectively.

    @“gsk”#p118572 yeah, I kinda wanted to talk about tengo project as maybe being a treasure-like dev but they do feel like they‘re in a slightly different zone to me. Also it’s funny that they named themselves “I have project” in spanish. (they didn't actually, but… I wonder how spanish speakers look at that name)