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[[File:Hitmaker Logo.svg|thumb|right|300px|Hitmaker logo]]'''Hitmaker''' (originally '''AM3''') is a former second-party developer for [[Sega|Sega Corporation]]. The development house has produced some popular video games, including ''Virtual-On'', ''Crazy Taxi'', and ''Virtua Tennis''. In 2000, as a part of a restructuring of Sega, they were renamed Hitmaker. Later in 2004, they were merged back with the other "AM teams" into Sega.
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'''Hitmaker''' (ヒットメーカー) is a former internal development studio owned by [[Sega]]. It was founded in 2000 largely on the remains of '''Sega Software R&D Dept. 3''' (formerly [[Sega AM3]]), and was one of the 10 that was spun off during the 2000 restructure.
  
==Production history==
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AM3 was a dominant force within Sega throughout the 1990s, however had been very much arcade-orientated by design. With Hitmaker, this focus shifted more towards home consoles, but as the arcade section did not go away, this led to Hitmaker producing a large chunk of Sega games during the 2000-2004 period.
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* ''[[Crazy Taxi]]'' (1998)
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By far and away the biggest international success for Hitmaker were the ''[[Crazy Taxi]]'' and ''[[Virtua Tennis]]'' games, which defined the Dreamcasts library. But perhaps an even more defining success is changing the Japanese arcade landscape with the titles ''[[World Club Champion Football: Serie A 2001-2002]]'' and
* ''[[Virtual-On Oratorio Tangram]]'' (1998)
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''[[The Key of Avalon: The Wizard Master]]''. These titles along with the [[Sega AM2]] ''[[Virtua Fighter 4]]'', brought new features and dynamics, with cards and internet usage.
* ''[[L.A. Machineguns]]'' (1998)
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* ''[[Virtua Tennis]]'' (1999)
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In October 2003, [[Sega Rosso]] was merged back into the studio{{fileref|IR EN 2003-07-30.pdf|page=3}}.
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Hitmaker even had their own record label, [[Hitmaker Records]], for a short period.
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==Members==
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*[[Junichi Tsuchiya]]
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*[[Juro Watari]]
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*[[Kenji Kanno]]
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*[[Maasaki Ito]]
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*[[Mie Kumagai]]
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*[[Nobuyuki Yamashita]]
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*[[Shinichi Osagawara]]
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*[[Shoichiri Kanazawa]]
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*[[Takeshi Goden]]
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*[[Tetsu Okano]]
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==Former members==
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*[[Hisao Oguchi]]
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==Softography (arcade)==
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===[[NAOMI]]===
 
* ''[[Confidential Mission]]'' (2000)
 
* ''[[Confidential Mission]]'' (2000)
* ''[[Virtua Athlete 2000]]'' (2000)
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* ''[[Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Oratorio Tangram M.S.B.S. Ver. 5.66]]'' (2000)
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* ''[[Crackin' DJ]]'' (2000)
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** ''[[Crackin' DJ Part 2]]'' (2001)
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* ''[[Derby Owners Club 2000]]'' (2000)
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** ''[[Derby Owners Club 2]]'' (2002)
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* ''[[Derby Owners Club World Edition]]'' (2001)
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* ''[[The Maze of the Kings]]'' (2002)
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* ''[[Virtua Athlete]]'' (2002)
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===[[Hikaru]]===
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* ''[[Air Trix]]'' (2001)
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* ''[[Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Force]]'' (2001)
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===[[NAOMI 2]]===
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* ''[[World Club Champion Football: Serie A 2001-2002]]'' (2002)
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** ''[[World Club Champion Football: Serie A 2002-2003]]'' (2003)
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** ''[[World Club Champion Football: European Clubs 2004-2005]]'' (2004)
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*''[[Initial D Arcade Stage: Ver. 3]]'' (2004)
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===[[Triforce]]===
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* ''[[Avalon no Kagi]]'' (2003)
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** ''[[Avalon no Kagi Ver.1.20: Summon The New Monsters]]'' (2004)
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===[[Chihiro]]===
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* ''[[Crazy Taxi 3: High Roller]]'' (2003)
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* ''[[The Quiz Show]]'' (2004)
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==Softography (consumer)==
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===[[Dreamcast]]===
 
* ''[[Crazy Taxi 2]]'' (2001)
 
* ''[[Crazy Taxi 2]]'' (2001)
* ''[[Segagaga]]'' (2001)
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* ''[[Confidential Mission]]'' (2001)
* ''Segagaga: Limited Edition'' (2001)
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* ''[[Segagaga]]'' (2001) (with [[Thunder Stone]])
* ''[[Virtua Tennis 2]]'' (2001)
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* ''[[Virtua Athlete 2K]]'' (2000)
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* ''[[Virtua Tennis]]'' (2000)
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* ''[[Virtua Tennis 2]]'' (2001)
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===[[Game Boy Advance]]===
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* ''[[Crazy Taxi: Catch a Ride]]'' (2003) (Supervision)
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* ''[[Astro Boy: Omega Factor]]'' (2003) (with [[Treasure]])
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* ''[[Virtua Tennis (Game Boy Advance)|Virtua Tennis]]'' (2002) (with [[Altron]])
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===[[GameCube]]===
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* ''[[Crazy Taxi]]'' (2001)
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===[[PlayStation 2]]===
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* ''[[Crazy Taxi]]'' (2001)
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* ''[[Cyber Troopers Virtual-On: Marz]]'' (2003)
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* ''[[Virtua Tennis 2]]'' (2002)
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===[[Xbox]]===
 
* ''[[Crazy Taxi 3: High Roller]]'' (2002)
 
* ''[[Crazy Taxi 3: High Roller]]'' (2002)
* ''[[Virtual-On Marz]]'' (2003)
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* ''[[Astro Boy: Omega Factor]]'' (2004) (also with Treasure Co. Ltd.)
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===PC===
* ''[[Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars]]'' (2007) (also with [[Sega Rosso]])
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* ''[[Crazy Taxi]]'' (2002)
* ''[[Virtua Tennis 3]]'' (2007) (also with [[Sega Rosso]])
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* ''[[Virtua Tennis]]'' (2002)
* ''[[Sonic and the Secret Rings]]'' (2007) (Special Thanks)
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* ''[[Crazy Taxi 3: High Roller]]'' (2004)
* ''[[Sega Superstars Tennis]]'' (2008) (Very Special Thanks)
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* ''[[Derby Owners Club Online]]'' (2004)
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===Mobile===
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* ''[[Nakayoshi Techo]]'' (2000)
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* ''[[Virtua Tennis (N-Gage)|Virtua Tennis]]'' (2003)
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* ''[[Sega Rally Championship (N-Gage)|Sega Rally Championship]]'' (2004)
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* ''[[The Sumou Kokoro Waza Tai]]'' (2001)
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* ''[[Uchuujinda!]]'' (2001)
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==Magazine articles==
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{{mainArticle|{{PAGENAME}}/Magazine articles}}
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
*[http://www.hitmaker.co.jp Hitmaker Official websites]
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* [http://web.archive.org/web/20040629001328/http://www.hitmaker.co.jp/site/index.html Hitmaker Official websites (Internet Archive)]
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** [http://web.archive.org/web/20040610032406/http://www.hitmaker.co.jp/site/comphistory.html Production history of the Hitmaker]
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==References==
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<references />
  
[[Category:Development Companies]]
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Latest revision as of 07:20, 21 August 2018

Hitmaker Logo.svg
Hitmaker
Founded: 2000-04-21Media:IR EN 2003-07-30.pdf[1]
Defunct: 2004-07-01 (as Subsidiary)Media:IR EN 2004-05-18.pdf[2], 2005-04-01 (as Division)
Merged into: Sega AM3
Headquarters: Japan

Hitmaker (ヒットメーカー) is a former internal development studio owned by Sega. It was founded in 2000 largely on the remains of Sega Software R&D Dept. 3 (formerly Sega AM3), and was one of the 10 that was spun off during the 2000 restructure.

AM3 was a dominant force within Sega throughout the 1990s, however had been very much arcade-orientated by design. With Hitmaker, this focus shifted more towards home consoles, but as the arcade section did not go away, this led to Hitmaker producing a large chunk of Sega games during the 2000-2004 period.

By far and away the biggest international success for Hitmaker were the Crazy Taxi and Virtua Tennis games, which defined the Dreamcasts library. But perhaps an even more defining success is changing the Japanese arcade landscape with the titles World Club Champion Football: Serie A 2001-2002 and The Key of Avalon: The Wizard Master. These titles along with the Sega AM2 Virtua Fighter 4, brought new features and dynamics, with cards and internet usage.

In October 2003, Sega Rosso was merged back into the studioMedia:IR EN 2003-07-30.pdf[1].

Hitmaker even had their own record label, Hitmaker Records, for a short period.

Members

Former members

Softography (arcade)

Softography (consumer)

Magazine articles

Main article: Hitmaker/Magazine articles.

External links

References

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