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T-series code: T-18,(and T-19?)
Merged into: Twenty-one Company
Headquarters: Japan

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Tecnosoft Co., Ltd. (テクノソフト), known as Technosoft, Techno Soft, Tecno Soft, Tecno-Soft, and Techno-Soft depending on where the company name is seen, was a Japanese video game development company, founded in the 1980s. It is best known for its Thunder Force series of games.

Tecnosoft was bought out by pachinko maker Twenty-one Company in 2001 and merged into their R&D division. Technosoft still own the rights to Thunder Force, but have not developed a video game since after the merger (the 2008 game Thunder Force VI was licensed by Technosoft, but was developed and published by Sega). However, at Tokyo Game Show 2016, it was announced that Sega had acquired the rights to Technosoft's games, including Thunder Force.

A lot of Tecnosoft games have distinctive design that makes them easy to recognize: Mechanical enemies often have an organic shape, default shots often have 2 projectiles instead of one, and their games mainly use high contrast coloring for sprites.


System C2

Mega Drive



Promotional material

Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1990-03: "March 1990" (1990-02-08)

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