Syn Sophia

Syn Sophia

Infobox Company
company_name = AKI Corporation
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company_type = Public
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foundation = June 19, 1995
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location = Tokyo, Japan
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key_people = Yan Qiu (NA President)
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revenue = 10,000,000 yen (as of August 1st, 2004)
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num_employees = 80 (as of August 1st, 2004)
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homepage = http://www.aki.co.jp/index_e.html
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syn Sophia, Inc., formerly Aki Corporation, is an independent video game development studio located in Kichijōji, Tokyo, Japan. Founded on June 19, 1995, Aki is best known for their critically acclaimed wrestling games. The company went public in 1998.

In 2007-4-1, the company was renamed to syn Sophia, Inc.Fact|date=July 2007 However, the American division was still named AKI USA, Inc.

Games developed under Aki Corporation

* 1996 - "Virtual Pro-Wrestling" (PlayStation) "Released only in Japan".
* 1997 - "Tactics Formula" (Sega Saturn) "Released only in Japan".
* 1997 - "Virtual Pro Wrestling 64" (Nintendo 64) "Released only in Japan".
* 1997 - "WCW vs. nWo World Tour" (Nintendo 64)
* 1997 - "WCW vs. The World" (PlayStation)
* 1998 - "WCW/nWo Revenge" (Nintendo 64)
* 1999 - "WWF WrestleMania 2000" (Nintendo 64)
* 2000 - "Animastar" (Dreamcast) "Released only in Japan".
* 2000 - "" (Nintendo 64) "Released only in Japan".
* 2000 - "WWF No Mercy" (Nintendo 64)
* 2001 - "Animastar GB" (Game Boy Color) "Released only in Japan".
* 2001 - "World Fishing" (PC) "Released only in Japan".
* 2003 - "Def Jam Vendetta" (GameCube, PlayStation 2)
* 2003 - "" (GameCube)
* 2004 - "" (GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox)
* 2004 - "" (PlayStation 2)
* 2006 - "" (PlayStation Portable)
* 2006 - "Kinnikuman Muscle Grand Prix" (Arcade)
* 2006 - "Kinnikuman Muscle Grand Prix MAX" (PlayStation 2) "Released only in Japan".
* 2006 - "Touch Panic" (Nintendo DS) "Released only in Japan".
* 2007 - "Kinnikuman Muscle Grand Prix 2" (Arcade)
* 2007 - "Sim City DS" (Nintendo DS)
*TBA - "Mikke!" (Nintendo DS)
* 2007 - "" (TBA)

A version of "WWF No Mercy" for the Game Boy Color was in the works and planned for release alongside the Nintendo 64 version. The game was originally planned to utilize the Nintendo 64 Transfer Pak accessory to unlock special content in each version of the game. This feature was later scrapped, however, with the extra content in each version instead being unlocked via gameplay. After further developmental woes, the game was shifted to Natsume, developers of the previous WWF game for Game Boy Color, before finally being canceled in late December 2000. Screenshots of this game at one point existed, but the websites which had them up were forced to remove them following the game's cancellation.

A sequel to "WWF No Mercy" was in the early stages of development when it was shelved in early 2001 as Nintendo began to phase out the Nintendo 64 console.

A puzzle game spinoff of the Dreamcast game "Animastar", titled "Animastar Puzzle", was announced in early 2000 but was later cancelled, presumably due to the sudden demise of the Dreamcast console.

External links

* [http://www.aki.co.jp/index_e.html Aki Corporation website] (English version)
* [http://www.syn-sophia.co.jp/index.html syn Sophia, Inc. site]


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