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Ex-Sachen developers
Origin Taiwan
Consoles Famicom, Game Boy Color?
Sounds used Sachen
Engines used Ei-How Yang's FC platform engine, others
Games published by Ka Sheng, Hosenkan Electronics, J.Y. Company, Ramar Int., Fortune Power/Jichang. more?
Related companies Sachen, Yong Yong?

Ex-Sachen developers refers to an unknown development team, believed to mostly consist of ex-Sachen staff, who worked on a number of pirate platform games and other unlicensed games for the Famicom in the mid to late 90s.

Several such games were programmed by Ei-How Yang (also known as E.H.Y. and variations such as Yi-How Yang), who mostly worked on Game Boy titles for Sachen. He is often the only person credited (although the credit is usually hidden), but he presumably worked as part of a larger development team.

Other games, although credited to a number of different companies (most likely publishers/distributors) share certain features with Yang's and each other, such as fonts, sound and graphics storage methods, however they do not appear to be programmed by Yang himself. They may have been produced by the same development team that worked with Yang, but with a different lead programmer(s). This may be Wu Zhenhong (吳振宏), who is credited in Bao Qing Tian.

Many of these games have very similar music and sound effects to Sachen's later TC-series games. Wang Yueli (王樂禮) is credited for music in Bao Qing Tian; he is usually credited as Amadeus Wang in Sachen games. Others, including most of Yang's own, seem to use the a similar sound engine with a different musician.

Games

Ei-How Yang's

Name Console Released Description Cartridge No.
Contra Spirits Famicom 1995-1996 Published by Hosenkan Electronics.
Mickey Mania 7 / China Rabbit Baby Famicom 1996 Published by J.Y. Company. JY-077 (JY-076)
Pocahontas Famicom 1997 Published by Hosenkan Electronics.
Super Donkey Kong Famicom September 1996 Published by Hosenkan Electronics.
Toy Story Famicom March 1997 Published by Ka Sheng.

Others

Name Console Released Description Cartridge No.
Bao Qing Tian Famicom 1996 Published by Ka Sheng. NT-679
Chu Da D 1995 Published by Fortune Power/Jichang.
Earthworm Jim 2 Famicom 1997 Published by Ka Sheng.
Super Donkey Kong 2 Famicom 1997 Published by Ka Sheng, credited to Family/Gold Leopard.
The Dragon Famicom 1995 Published by Ramar International (Rinco)/Tony Tech).
The Panda Prince / Super Lion King 2 Famicom 1997 Published by Ka Sheng.

Famiclone games

Several games have appeared built into Famiclones dating from around the mid-late 2000s, such as the handheld D-Cat 8 and AtGames' Millennium Super Arcade (a hybrid Firecore/Famiclone system, albeit with only a Mega Drive cartridge slot) which appear to exhibit connections with Sachen and its former developers:

  • Jungle Adventure - An extremely glitchy hack of The Panda Prince containing only the boss fights from that game (including the unused wasp). Each boss can take many more hits than in the original, but from the second stage onwards it is prone to crashing, slowdown and glitchy music.
  • Lair's Secret - A hack of Rockball by Sachen, using music from Panda Prince.
  • Magic Block - A Tetris clone, not known to be a hack of any previously released game, but using the same sound engine as these games and a text font seen in many Sachen games.

Other connections

  • Fonts used in games by these developers have appeared in Yong Yong's Game Boy games, as well as Sachen's GBC ports of their NES games.
  • Sachen itself did not release any original games from about 1995 until 1999, when they released Game Boy Color port of Jurassic Boy 2, Rocman X and Street Heroes. While Rocman X appears to have been developed by Yong Yong, the other two are higher quality than Yong Yong's games, and two other GBC fighting games - Street Fighter Zero 4 and Capcom vs SNK: Millennium Fight 2001 - share certain similarities with Street Heroes, so these may have been developed by the same or a related group of ex-Sachen staff.

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