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Hacker International
ハッカーインターナショナル
Hacker logo
Origin Japan
Years 1987-2001
Consoles Famicom, PC Engine, PlayStation, PC
First Game Metal Fighter μ
Aliases Games Express, Map Japan, Air Plans, Excelta, Super Pig (?), Mimi-Pro, Indies Soft
Published games by C&E, Sachen, Idea-Tek, Color Dreams, in-house
Related companies Sezon, I2

Hacker International (ハッカーインターナショナル) was a Japanese video game company that developed and published games from 1990 to 1994 for the Nintendo Famicom (including Famicom Disk System) and NEC PC Engine (including PC Engine CD) consoles. The company was known for its play-for-porn approach to gaming[1], with such games as AV Pachi-Slot (Hot Slots) and Soap Panic (Bubble Bath Babes) featuring female nudity as a reward for skillful playing. These games were usually distributed through mail-order and sold approximately 30,000 to 50,000 copies each.[1] Many of their games were developed by Taiwanese companies and were released in non-pornographic form elsewhere in the world; however three of were released in the USA for the Nintendo Entertainment System with pornography intact (albeit sometimes modified to "Westernize" the girls' features) by another Taiwanese company, Panesian.

Hacker magazine

An issue of Hacker magazine

The Hacker name was first used by Satoru Hagiwara, an entrepreneur and former music producer, for a monthly PC magazine.[2] Hacker International was founded by Hagiwara as an outlet for its writers' ideas; its first product was the Hacker Junior, an upgrade for Famicom systems that provided composite video output and turbo controllers, for which they were sued by Nintendo and eventually settled out of court. The company was also known for the Disk Hacker software which allowed users to copy Famicom Disk System disks using only an ordinary Disk System (as opposed to the official method of using Nintendo's authorised Disk Writer units, which were placed only in game stores and charged 500yen to copy a selected game to a customer's disk)[3]. Several versions were released to combat successive anti-piracy measures introduced by Nintendo.

None of Hacker's games were licensed by the respective console manufacturers; Hiroshi Yamauchi personally opposed pornographic content in Famicom games, believing they would tarnish Nintendo's reputation[1]. When Tokuma Shoten's Family Computer magazine published advertisements for Hacker's games, it felt its relationship with Nintendo—which it relied on for preview materials—was so threatened that five of Tokuma's top executives travelled to Nintendo to apologise Yamauchi in person.[1] However, NEC was more tolerant of Hacker's PC Engine releases (under the Games Express brand) and actually thanked Hacker for helping console sales.[2] Hacker became a licensee for the PlayStation under the name Map Japan, releasing 15 games, but eventually closed in 2001 due to competition from other publishers and Hagiwara's own loss of interest in gaming.[2]

Hacker's relationship to other Japanese adult console game producers of the era, such as Super Pig and MIMI Pro, is debated. For example, in the case of Super Pig, some claim this is merely a pseudonym under which Hacker published Disk System games[4] while others maintain it is an entirely separate company that only occasionally worked with Hacker. [5]

GamesEdit

Famicom ROM cartridgeEdit

Title Alternate versions (pornographic) Alternate versions (non-pornographic) Developer Date
AV Dragon Mahjang Mahjong Block (Idea-Tek/TXC, Taiwan) (On-screen title Majohn Block); Poke Block (Idea-Tek/TXC, Taiwan); Stakk'M (American Video Entertainment, USA) Idea-Tek 1991
Hayama Reiko, Katsuragi Mayako no AV Hanafuda Club (On-screen title AV Hanafuda Club) Idea-Tek 1991
AV Mahjong Club AV Mahjong Club (C&E, Taiwan) C&E 1991
AV Pachi Slot: Big Chance Hot Slots (Panesian, USA) (On-screen title Hot Slot: Big Chance)[6] Idea-Tek 1991
AV Poker (On-screen title Poker) Peek A Boo Poker (Panesian, USA); Pu Ke Jing Ling (Idea-Tek, Taiwan)[6] Idea-Tek 1990
AV Super Real Pachinko (On-screen AV Pachinko) C&E 1991
AV World Soccer (On-screen title AV Soccer) Ultimate League Soccer (American Video Entertainment, USA); Soccer (Magexa, Europe); Futebol (Milmar, Brazil)[6] C&E 1991
Hanafuda Yuukyouden Nagarebana Oryu C&E 1991
Idol Shisen Mahjong Tiles of Fate (American Video Entertainment, USA); Zhan Guo Si Chuan Sheng (C&E, Taiwan)[6] C&E 1990
Mahjong Companion Mahjong Partner (Sachen, Taiwan) Sachen 1990
Mahjong Summit Kabukichou Hen The Mahjong World (Sachen, Taiwan) Sachen 1990
Metal Fighter μ Sachen Sachen 1989
Miss Peach World (On-screen title Miss Peach World I: Super LA Cop) Mr. Assy (unreleased prototype)[7] Menace Beach (Color Dreams, USA); Sunday Funday (Wisdom Tree, USA) [6] Color Dreams 1991
Pyramid Cleopatra Kiki Ippatsu (On-screen title Pyramid) Pyramid (Sachen, Taiwan/American Video Entertainment, USA) Sachen 1990
Papillon Gals Galatic Crusaders (Sachen, Taiwan\/Bunch Games, USA); Incantation/Chou Hen (Sachen, Taiwan) Sachen 1989
Shinsen Mahjong Seifuku Hen Sachen 1990
Soap Panic Bubble Bath Babes (Panesian, USA); Magic Bubble (C&E, Taiwan) [8] Mermaids of Atlantis (American Video Entertainment, USA)[8] C&E 1991

Famicom Disk SystemEdit

  • Bishoujo Alien Battle
  • The Gold Bishoujo Classic
  • Date De Black Jack
  • Kobayashi Hitomi Shougeki Tennis
  • Kobayashi Hitomi no Hold Up
  • Bishoujo Hanafuda Club Vol.1
  • Bishoujo Hanafuda Club Vol.2
  • Bishoujo Kachinuki Rennju Gomoku Narabe
  • Yousei Tachi no Pinball

Super Pig games Edit

  • Emi chan no Moero Yakyuuken!
  • Aki to Tsukasa no Fushigi no Kabe
  • Gal's Dungeon
  • Sexy Yakyuuken Adventure II
  • Bishoujo Sexy Puzzle
  • Bishoujo Sexy Derby
  • Bishoujo Sexy Slot
  • Sexy Invader

MIMI-Pro games Edit

  • Bishoujo Mahjong Club
  • Tenshi Tachi no Houkago
  • Fruits Mahjong 1
  • Fruits Mahjong 2
  • Fruits Mahjong 3
  • Fruits Mahjong 4
  • LIP STICK #1 Lolita Hen
  • LIP STICK #2 Joshi Kousei Hen
  • LIP STICK #3 OL Hen
  • LIP STICK #4 Hakui no Tennshi Hen
  • LIP STICK #5 Schwerdes Hen
  • Meimon Joshi Kousei Sailor Fuku Bishoujo Zukan #1 Meimonnyama no Te Ojousama Joshikou Henn A
  • Meimon Joshi Kousei Sailor Fuku Bishoujo Zukan #2 Meimonnyama no Te Ojousama Joshikou Henn B
  • Meimon Joshi Kousei Sailor Fuku Bishoujo Zukan #3 Meimonn Seijun Ojousama Kouritsu Joshikousei A
  • Meimon Joshi Kousei Sailor Fuku Bishoujo Zukan #4 Meimonn Seijun Ojousama Kouritsu Joshikousei B
  • Meimon Joshi Kousei Sailor Fuku Bishoujo Zukan #5 Meimonn Jjunnai Ojousama Shiritsu Kouritsu Joshikousei A
  • Meimon Joshi Kousei Sailor Fuku Bishoujo Zukan #6 Meimonn Jjunnai Ojousama Shiritsu Kouritsu Joshikousei B

Indies Soft games Edit

  • Body Conquest Abakareshi Musumetachi
  • Game no Tatsujin Money Wars
  • Mahjong Goraku Bishoujo Meijinsen
  • Comic Sakka Series Tiuma Sennki 1 Mashoujo Gakuen Evil
  • Comic Sakka Series Tiuma Sennki 2 Mermaid no Gyaskushu
  • Comic Sakka Series Tiuma Sennki 3 Ryushins Sensei Kiki Ippatsu
  • Comic Sakka Series Tiuma Sennki 4 Tenku Ryu Maou Fukkatsu
  • Comic Sakka Series Tiuma Sennki 5 Youju Rudo no Chousen

Famicom Disk System Tools Edit

  • Disk Hacker Ver 1.1
  • Disk Hacker II
  • Hacker Pro Digital
  • Disk System you Nama Disk

PC-Engine HuCardEdit

All games branded Games Express.

  • AV Poker World Gambler
  • Quiz Toukou Shashin
  • Strip Fighter II
  • Body Conquest II ~Kyuseishu~
  • Lady Sword ~Ryakudatsu sareta 10nin no Otome~
  • PC Pachislo Idol Gambler

PC-Engine CDEdit

All games branded Games Express, they require the Games Express System Card.

  • AV Tanjou
  • CD Pachislo Bishoujo Gambler
  • CD ・ Bishoujo Pachinko
  • CD Hanafuda Bishoujo Fanclub
  • CD Mahjong Bishoujo Chushinha
  • Hi-Leg Fantasy
  • Bishoujo jiang Shi Idol Pi

PC-Engine Tools Edit

  • Hacker CD Card (More commonly known as Game Express System Card)

Trivia Edit

  • The shape of the Famicom Cartridge is often done as a trapezoid shape. This prevents it with the Famicom Eject Lever which is the mechanism is patented by Nintendo.
  • Hacker International also distributed how to get around with the Nintendo's anti-piracy protection code to various companies. One of them was Sezon; a company that also made various adult Famicom Disk System games under their Wild/Pheonix alias. Another company was I2 who made the Tonkachi Editor and various Famicom Disk System copiers/modifiers.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Sheff, David: Game Over: How Nintendo Zapped an American Industry, Captured Your Dollars, and Enslaved Your Children (1993)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Hacker International's head speaks
  3. Disk Drive Add-On For The Famicom
  4. Shoveen, Nick: How To Be A Porno Producer (2007)
  5. Super Pig's Computer Magic
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Unlicensed NES Games Guide
  7. A Color Dreams Dedication
  8. 8.0 8.1 FAMI Dumping Project

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