Tecno Soft

Tecno Soft (also spelled Techno Soft, Tecnosoft, or Technosoft) is a Japanese video game developer that is better known for the Thunder Force series of shooter games, as well as Herzog Zwei, regarded as the world's first real time strategy game.

Other notable Tecno Soft games include the conversion of Turbo Grafx 16 game Devil's Crush (dubbed Dragon's Fury and released in North America by Tengen), and Elemental Master.

Some Technosoft staff left to start the game development company, CAProduction in 1993.

In 2001, the company was purchased by pachinko maker Twenty-one Company and was merged into its R&D division.

In 2006, the URL was registered and updated. However, as of January 2008, no updates other than "We will restart soon! Please wait for a while." and "THUNDERFORCE is a registered trademark." have been added to the website. However, with the announcement of Thunder Force VI, the copyright for the game has been apparently turned over to one of the series' creators and may no longer apply.

In September 2016, at the Tokyo Game Show, Sega announced that they owned all the intellectual property rights from Techno Soft. To commemorate this, Sega re-released Thunder Force III in 3D as part of Sega 3D Fukkoku Archives 3: Final Stage (Sega 3D Classics Collection 3) for the Nintendo 3DS.

Known ReleasesEdit

  • Batten Tanuki no Daibouken (MSX)
  • Blast Wind (Sega Saturn)
  • D' (pronounced "dee-dash") (MSX)
  • Dragon's Fury / Devil's Crush / Devil Crash (Sega Megadrive / Genesis, port from PC Engine/Turbo Grafx 16)
  • Elemental Master (Sega Megadrive / Genesis)
  • Fantastic Pinball Kyutenkai (PlayStation, Sega Saturn)
  • Feedback (MSX)
  • My Garden (PlayStation)
  • Nagai Dankon (MSX)
  • Herzog (MSX)
  • Herzog Zwei (Sega Megadrive / Genesis)
  • Hyper Duel (Arcade, Sega Saturn)
  • Hyper Reverthion (Sega Saturn)
  • Kaze no Oka Kouen Nite (PlayStation)
  • Kotetsu Reiki: Steeldom (PlayStation)
  • Kumi Mitachi Table Tour Cuts Set (Sega Saturn)
  • Kuttu Ketto (PlayStation)
  • Nekketsu Oyako (Sega Saturn, PlayStation)
  • Neorude (PlayStation)
  • Neorude 2 (PlayStation)
  • Neorude: Kizamareta Monshou (PlayStation)
  • Omise de Tensyu (PlayStation)
  • Reverthion (PlayStation)
  • Shin Kyuugyokuden (MSX)
  • Steeldom (Sega Saturn)
  • Thunder Force (Sharp X1, NEC PC-8801, Fujitsu FM-7)
  • Thunder Force Construction (NEC PC-9801, Fujitsu FM-7)
  • Thunder Force II (Sharp X68000)
  • Thunder Force II MD (Megadrive / Genesis)
  • Thunder Force III (Sega Megadrive / Genesis)
  • Thunder Force IV (Sega Megadrive / Genesis)
  • Thunder Force V (Sega Saturn)
  • Thunder Force V: Perfect System (PlayStation)
  • Thunder Force VI (PlayStation 2) (Developed under license by SEGA)
  • Thunder Force AC (Arcade)
  • Thunder Force Gold Pack 1 (Sega Saturn)
  • Thunder Force Gold Pack 2 (Sega Saturn)
  • Thunder Spirits (slightly varied port of Thunder Force AC) (Super Nintendo Entertainment System)