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Technos Japan Corporation

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Technos Japan Corporation is a defunct Japanese video game publisher that had an American publishing subsidiary called American Technos Inc. It is known by gamers as the originator of the Nekketsu Kouha: Kunio-Kun (including River City Ransom) and Double Dragon franchises. It was founded in 1981 by three former members of the now-defunct video game company Data East, including Kunio Taki, whom the Nekketsu Kouha: Kunio-Kun franchise was named after. It was formed from a single-room apartment.

Technos Japan Corporation's earliest games, like Tag Team Wrestling, Karate Champ, and Dog Fight were published by DataEast. In 1987, Technos Japan Corporation started the Double Dragon video game franchise in the arcade, which was marketed in the United States by Taito. After the success of the arcade game, the company became financially able to relocate from an apartment room to an urban plant of its own. The success of Double Dragon in the United States also gave the company more confidence on the Western video game market, which led to the formation of its US subsidiary, American Technos.

Technos goes out of business

The sun sets on Technos Japan Corporation, because the Neo-Geo version of Double Dragon and Voltage Fighter Gowcaizer did not do well in the arcades. Super Dodgeball for Neo Geo was the last game from the company. In 1996, Technos Japan Corporation filed for bankruptcy and went defunct. A few years later, the company's assets were acquired by Million Corp., a company founded by former staff members of Technos Japan (including its president, Kunio Taki). There have recently been enhanced remakes of games from the defunct company. The games by Million Corporation are published by Atlus Games, Inc.

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