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Intelligent Systems

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Intelligent Systems
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Founded: 1986
Founder: N/A
President: N/A
Parent company / owner: N/A
Divisions / subsidiaries: N/A

Intelligent Systems Co., Ltd is a Japanese game and hardware development group. They originally worked out of the Nintendo Kyoto Research Center in Higashiyama-ku, but in 2013 moved to a new office closer to Nintendo's headquarters. The company specializes in creating development kits for and assisting in developing Nintendo hardware, though they are also known as the developers for the Fire Emblem and Paper Mario series of games.


Intelligent Systems began with Tohru Narihiro, who was hired by Nintendo to port Famicom Disk System games to the Nintendo Entertainment System Game Pak format. The team later got into game development by assisting teams such as Nintendo R&D1 and R&D4 in creating games by hiring people to port, fix, and create software and providing development tools.

The first original games developed by Intelligent Systems, Famicom Wars and Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, were assisted by Nintendo R&D1. The team then began to hire game development staff and became a proper video game developer for Nintendo.

In October of 2013, Intelligent Systems moved from its previous headquarters in the Nintendo Kyoto Research Center to a building closer to Nintendo's headquarters in Kyoto.

Games published by Nintendo[edit]

Game Year Console
Donkey Kong 1983 NES
Mario Bros. 1983 NES
Tennis* 1984/1986 NES, FDS
Wild Gunman* 1984 NES
Duck Hunt* 1984 NES
Hogan's Alley* 1984 NES
Devil World* 1984 NES
Soccer 1985/1986 NES, FDS
Wrecking Crew 1985 NES
Metroid* 1986 FDS/NES
Famicom Wars 1988 Famicom
Alleyway* 1989 Game Boy
Yakuman 1989 Game Boy
Baseball 1989 Game Boy
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light 1990 Famicom
SimCity** 1991 SNES
Game Boy Wars* 1991 Game Boy
Fire Emblem Gaiden 1992 Famicom
Mario Paint* 1992 SNES
Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru* 1992 Game Boy
Battle Clash 1992 SNES
Metal Combat: Falcon's Revenge* 1993 SNES
Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem 1994 Super Famicom
Super Metroid* 1994 SNES
Galactic Pinball 1995 Virtual Boy
Panel de Pon* 1995 SNES
Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War 1996 Super Famicom
Tetris Attack* 1996 SNES
BS Yoshi's Panepon 1996 Satellaview
BS Fire Emblem: Akaneia Senki 1997 Satellaview
Super Famicom Wars 1998 Super Famicom
Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 1999 Super Famicom
Trade & Battle: Card Hero* 2000 Game Boy Color
Paper Mario 2000 Nintendo 64
Pokémon Puzzle Challenge 2000 Game Boy Color
Pokémon Puzzle League*** 2001 Nintendo 64
Napoleon 2001 Game Boy Advance
Mario Kart: Super Circuit 2001 Game Boy Advance
Advance Wars 2001 Game Boy Advance
Cubivore: Survival of the Fittest**** 2002 Nintendo GameCube
Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade* 2002 Game Boy Advance
Nintendo Puzzle Collection* *** 2003 Nintendo GameCube
Fire Emblem 2003 Game Boy Advance
Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising 2003 Game Boy Advance
WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Game$! 2003 Nintendo GameCube
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door 2004 Nintendo GameCube
Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones 2004 Game Boy Advance
WarioWare: Twisted!* 2004 Game Boy Advance
Game Boy Wars Advance 1 + 2 2004 Game Boy Advance
WarioWare: Touched!* 2004 Nintendo DS
Yakuman DS 2005 Nintendo DS
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance***** 2005 Nintendo GameCube
Advance Wars: Dual Strike 2005 Nintendo DS
Dr. Mario & Puzzle League 2005 Game Boy Advance
Kanji Sonomama Rakubiki Jiten DS 2006 Nintendo DS
WarioWare: Smooth Moves***** 2006 Wii
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn 2007 Wii
Super Paper Mario 2007 Wii
Planet Puzzle League 2007 Nintendo DS
Face Training 2007 Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
Kōsoku Card Battle: Card Hero***** 2007 Nintendo DS
Advance Wars: Days of Ruin 2007 Nintendo DS
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon***** 2008 Nintendo DS
WarioWare: Snapped!***** 2008 DSiWare
Puzzle League Express 2009 DSiWare
Atsumeru Egaochō 2009 DSiWare
WarioWare: D.I.Y.***** 2009 Nintendo DS
WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase***** 2009 WiiWare
Card Hero: Speed Battle Custom 2009 DSiWare
Eco Shooter: Plant 530 2009 WiiWare
Nintendo DSi Instrument Tuner 2009 DSiWare
Nintendo DSi Metronome 2009 DSiWare
Dictionary 6 in 1 with Camera Function 2009 DSiWare
Link 'n' Launch 2009 DSiWare
Spotto! 2009 DSiWare
Nintendo Countdown Calendar 2009 DSiWare
Kaite Oboeru: Eigo Tangochō 2010 DSiWare
Kaite Oboeru: Shashin Tangochō 2010 DSiWare
Fire Emblem: Shin Monshō no Nazo: Hikari to Kage no Eiyū 2010 Nintendo DS
Pushmo 2011 Nintendo 3DS
Fire Emblem Awakening***** 2012 Nintendo 3DS
Crashmo 2012 Nintendo 3DS
Paper Mario: Sticker Star 2012 Nintendo 3DS
Game & Wario***** 2013 Wii U
Daigasso! Band Brothers P****** 2013 Nintendo 3DS
Pushmo World 2014 Wii U
Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. 2015 Nintendo 3DS
Stretchmo 2015 Nintendo 3DS
Fire Emblem Fates 2015 Nintendo 3DS
Paper Mario: Color Splash 2016 Wii U
Fire Emblem Heroes 2017 iOS / Android
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia 2017 Nintendo 3DS
WarioWare Gold[1] 2018 Nintendo 3DS
Fire Emblem: Three Houses 2018 Nintendo Switch
Paper Mario: The Origami King 2020 Nintendo Switch
WarioWare: Get It Together! 2021 Nintendo Switch

* - Co-developed with Nintendo R&D1 ** - Co-developed with Nintendo EAD *** - Co-developed with NST **** - Co-developed with Saru Brunei ***** - Co-developed with Nintendo SPD ****** - Co-developed with Nintendo SDD

External links[edit]

Intelligent Systems on other NIWA Wikis:
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Fire Emblem Wiki
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Super Mario Wiki
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Wars Wiki


  1. メイド イン ワリオ ゴージャス [Nintendo Direct 2018.3.9]. Nintendo 公式チャンネル (March 8, 2018). Retrieved June 7, 2018.

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Internal divisions
Owned / Affiliated Seattle Mariners* • The Pokémon Company • Warpstar Inc.
* – Former / Defunct

8-4 • AlphaDream* • Ambrella* • Argonaut Games* • Arika • Artoon* • Arzest • ASTRO Softworks • Bandai Namco • Capcom • Camelot • Cing* • Creatures Inc. • DeNA • DigitalScape • Eighting • Flagship* • Fuse Games* • Game Freak • Ganbarion • Genius Sonority • Good-Feel • Grezzo • HAL Laboratory • Hatena • Hudson Soft* • indieszero • iNiS • Intelligent Systems • Jamsworks • Jupiter • Koei Tecmo • Kuju • Left Field Productions* • Level-5 • Marigul Management* • Mistwalker • Monster Games • Noise • Paon • PlatinumGames • Q-Games • Rare* • Red Entertainment • Sega (Atlus) • Sora Ltd. • skip • Softnica • Square Enix • St.GIGA* • Syn Sophia • TOSE • Treasure • Vanpool • Vitei
* – Former / Defunct

Managers, etc. Internal
  • NNSD: Yusuke Beppu
  • Monolith Soft: Hirohide Sugiura, Tetsuya Takahashi
  • 1-Up Studio: Gen Kadoi
  • ND Cube: Hidetoshi Endo
  • Retro: Michael Kelbaugh
  • NERD: Alexandre Delattre