T&E Soft

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T&E Soft
Industry Video game development
FoundedOctober 14, 1982
(old company)

January 21, 2008
(new company)
DefunctJanuary 2013
(new company)
SuccessorDaikokuya Global Holding Co., Ltd
Headquarters
Japan
Website dwonderland.co.jp

T&E Soft Incorporated (株式会社ティーアンドイーソフト, Kabushiki-Gaisha Tīandoīsofuto) was a Japanese-based video game developer founded in 1982. [1] Although they have made games with a wide variety of genres, they are primarily known in the U.S. for their golf and puzzle video games. [2]

The original company exists today under the name of Daikokuya Global Holding Co., Ltd but is not currently engaged in game development. [3] A company named Deep Co., Ltd. acquired T & E Soft 's trademark rights on April 22, 2005, to continue game development which would go on until January 2013.

History

Founded in 1982, T & E Soft Co., Ltd was initially named after the founder's older brother Toshiro Yokoyama and his younger brother Eiji Yokoyama, but later changed the abbreviation to "Tri & Exciting" and eventually "Technology & Entertainment".

T & E Soft started activities by selling games for NEC's PC-6001 series. Beginning in 1983, it developed games for multiple models other than the PC-6001. In December 1983, T & E Soft published its own magazine to promote its products and by January 1985 launched its newsletter that would last until July 1990. In October 1990, Xtalsoft was merged with T&E Soft and became T & E SOFT Osaka Development Department.

T&E Soft became famous for its 8-bit personal computer games including the Hydlide series. It entered the home video game console in March 1986 with the in-house development of the Family Computer software Hydlide Special which was released by Toshiba EMI. Since the success of the Super Famicom software Harukanaru Augusta, released in April 1991, T&E Soft gradually moved away from personal computers to focus on its titles for video game consoles. At some point, Square founder Masafumi Miyamoto was the majority shareholder of T&E Soft. [4]

In May 2002, T&E Soft Corporation changed its name to D Wonderland Inc. [1]

In April 2005, Deep Co., Ltd. acquired the trademark rights of the T & E Soft name. In January 2006, Digital Golf Co., Ltd. absorbed Deep Co., Ltd. and established a game development branch in Nagoya under the brand name of T & E Soft.

The development department of Digital Golf in Nagoya was eventually split off into its own company T & E Soft Co. , Ltd on January 21, 2008. The following week on January 30, Games Arena Co. , Ltd. (a subsidiary of Dwango Co., Ltd.) announced that it would acquire all issued shares of T & E Soft Co., Ltd.

Chunsoft and Spike, which Games Arena had both previously acquired on individual basis, merged in April 2012 to form Spike Chunsoft. The new T & E Soft Co., Ltd was absorbed and merged with Spike Chunsoft in January 2013. (Games Arena had itself dissolved in June 2012).

In January 2015, D Wonderland (the old T & E Soft) changed its company name to Daikokuya Global Holding Co. , Ltd. [5] [6]

On March 4, 2019, D4 Enterprise announced that it has acquired the intellectual property rights of the T & E Soft game content. [7]

Games published

3DO

Game Boy

Mega Drive/Genesis

MSX

PlayStation

Super NES/Super Famicom

Virtual Boy

Games developed

3DO

Game Boy

Genesis/Mega Drive

MSX

Famicom/NES

Nintendo 64

Nintendo DS

PC

PlayStation

PlayStation 2

Saturn

Super NES/Super Famicom

Virtual Boy

References

  1. ^ a b Kyodo News International, Inc. (2002-04-01). "Insider trading complaint filed over Disney software deal". TheFreeLibrary.com. Retrieved 2015-05-10.
  2. ^ "T&E Soft Games". IGN. Archived from the original on 2012-11-05. Retrieved 2015-05-10.
  3. ^ "会社情報 | 大黒屋グローバルホールディング - Daikokuya Global Holding 公式サイト".
  4. ^ "Disney, T&E in online games tieup". 16 January 2001.
  5. ^ (PDF). September 6, 2016 https://web.archive.org/web/20160906232149/http://www.daikokuya-ghd.jp/wp/wp-content/uploads/151228_dw-shogo.pdf. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 6, 2016. Missing or empty |title= ( help)
  6. ^ . December 27, 2015 https://web.archive.org/web/20151227011045/http://dwonderland.co.jp/top.html. Archived from the original on December 27, 2015. Missing or empty |title= ( help)
  7. ^ "株式会社D4エンタープライズ、地位継承済ゲームソフトウェア・コンテンツのご案内". D4エンタープライズ. 2019-03-04.

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