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GungHo Online Entertainment

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GungHo Online Entertainment
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Info
Type Public company (JASDAQ: 3765)
Industry Software & Programming
Founded 1998 July 01[1]
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Key People Taizo Son, Chairman
Kazuki Morishita, President & CEO
Products MMORPG and Mobile video games
Parent SoftBank (58.5%)[2]
Subsidiaries GRAVITY Co.

Game Arts
GungHo Mode
Broccoli
Acquire
GungHo Works
Grasshopper Manufacture

Website GungHo Online Entertainment Japanese

GungHo Online Entertainment (Japanese:ガンホー・オンライン・エンターテイメント株式会社) is a Japanese video game corporation. They are primarily known for hosting the Japanese server of Ragnarok Online, as well as their development of Ragnarok DS for the Nintendo DS. More recently, the company has reported huge financial success thanks to its mobile game Puzzle & Dragons, which, in 2013, was reportedly responsible for 91% of the company's $1.6 billion revenues for the year.[3]

History[edit | edit source]

Established as ONSale Co., Ltd. on July 1, 1998 (a joint venture between Softbank and onSale Inc. in the US) to engage in the online interactive auction business.

In 2000, the company moved its headquarters to Tokyo, Japan and changed its focus to providing auction systems, etc. using Active Server Pages.[4]

In 2002, the company once again changed its focus, this time to Online Game Services. Primarily hosting the Japanese server of Ragnarok Online.

In 2004 the company began joint development of online games with Game Arts Co., Ltd.

In March 2005, the company was listed on the Hercules Nippon New Market of the Osaka Securities Exchange.

In August 2005, the company invested in G-Mode Co., Ltd. a game manufacturer for mobile phones.

In December 2005, the MMORPG developed by GungHo, Emil Chronicle Online, was officially released.

In August 2006, they completed the contract to distribute Ragnarok Online II.

In February 2007, a licensing agreement was signed with Nintendo, for development on the Nintendo DS platform.

In October 2007, GungHo Works, Inc., behind the development of Ragnarok DS, was established.

In April 2008, Gravity Co., Ltd. was acquired as a subsidiary.

  • In January 2013, GungHo acquired Grasshopper Manufacture, the studio behind titles such as No More Heroes and Lollipop Chainsaw.[5]

Games[edit | edit source]

Currently Offered[edit | edit source]

GungHo offers services for the following games. () is the official launch date or beta.

MMORPG[edit | edit source]

  • Ragnarok Online (December 1, 2001)
  • Tantra (March 10, 2004)
  • Emil Chronicle Online (August 1, 2005)
  • Hiten Online (April 19, 2007)
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Imagine (June 26, 2007)[6]
  • ROSE Online (March 26, 2009)[7]
  • Grandia Online (August 26, 2009)[8]
  • Lucent Heart (2009)
  • Blade Chronicle (2009)
  • Eternal City 2 (June 23, 2010)
  • DIVINA (September 9, 2010)
  • Grand Fantasia
  • Le Ciel Bleu

Shooter[edit | edit source]

Puzzle Games[edit | edit source]

  • Fishdom: Seasons under the Sea
  • Dokuro
  • Puzzle & Dragons[10]
  • Summons Board

Future Titles[edit | edit source]

MMORPG[edit | edit source]

  • Ragnarok Online II (β August 30, 2007 - September 27, 2007)
    • Open Beta was suspended for the redevelopment of the title. It is still undetermined when the title will once again be available.
  • Codename: Rondo

Sports[edit | edit source]

  • eXtreme Soccer (β August 11, 2006 – 2008)
    • Beta suspended in 2008. It is still undetermined when the title will be available.

Service Ended[edit | edit source]

These titles are no longer available.

  • Survival Project (June 29, 2004 - August 31, 2006)
  • A3 (October 15, 2004 - November 1, 2007)
  • GetAmped (April 27, 2004 - January 31, 2006)
  • Saiyuki Reload Gunlock (September 1, 2004 - January 31, 2006)
  • Squirrel Pot 2 (May 25, 2004 - December 28, 2007)
  • Mahjong (May 31, 2007 - March 26, 2008)
  • Koi Koi Playing Cards (May 31, 2007 - March 26, 2008)
  • Poker (May 31, 2007 - March 26, 2008)
  • Millionaire (May 31, 2007 - March 26, 2008)
  • Shanghai (May 31, 2007 - March 26, 2008)
  • Chat (May 31, 2007 - March 26, 2008)
  • Pachinko Slot (September 6, 2007 - November 4, 2008)
  • Hakenden (June 4, 2008 - October 29, 2008)
  • Yogurting (September 1, 2005 - May, 2010)
  • Tetris Online (October 23, 2007 - July 5, 2011)

PlayStation 2[edit | edit source]

  • Nadepro!!: Kisama mo Seiyū Yattemiro!

PlayStation Portable[edit | edit source]

PlayStation 3[edit | edit source]

PlayStation Vita[edit | edit source]

PlayStation 4[edit | edit source]

  • Let It Die

Nintendo DS[edit | edit source]

  • Otometeki Koi Kakumei Love Revo!! (Nintendo DS version)
  • Nakamura Tooru Kanshuu: India Shiki Keisan Drill DS (The Method of Indian Calculation)[11]
  • Aquazone DS
  • Ragnarok DS (February 1, 2010)[12]
  • Hero's Saga Laevatein Tactics
  • Minna de Jibun no Setsumeisho: B-Gata, A-Gata, AB-Gata, O-Gata
  • Ecolis: Aoi Umi to Ugoku Shima

Mobile[edit | edit source]

Media[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]