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ACS - Logo

The current logo of ACS, used from 2006 onwards

ACS Visual Entertainment LLC.
, also known as simply ACS, is a Japanese product distributor (which produces and distributes trading cards, light novels, slot and pachinko machines and arcade cabinets, among others), video game developer and publisher company. It is currently one of the largest gaming companies in the world in terms of revenue.

Founded in 1967 as A.C.S. Manufacturing Ltd., as a manufacturer of arcade attractions such as kiddie rides, toy cranes and coin pusher games, the company later officially changed its name to ACS Co., Ltd. in 1980 following the company's full-time shift into video game development, eventually changing it again into ACS Computer Entertainment LLC. in 1995, before changing into its current name in 2006.

ACS is best known for various video game franchises, such as, Fighting Champions, Fight or Die, Code Chronos, Sentoki, Crisis MoonArkane Arena (a 50-50 joint project with SBEntertainment), Spunky the Squirrel, Blazin' WheelsTo the Beat and Half*Dead, among various others. They also currently own the publishing rights to the Bloody Roar franchise, after having bought them from rival company Konami.

ACS currently owns several development studios for their games such as ACS Production Studios Tokyo and Osaka, as well as Orange Soft (known for developing fighting games), Digital Revolution (noted for their racing games) and Team Beats (ACS' rhythm game divison). ACS had also acquired the San Jose, California-based development studio Innovision Softworks (later renamed ACS Production Studios San Jose in 2006).

ACS once served as the Japanese distributor for In-Verse games following the success of their crossover Cross Code: Project Ultimate Versus Battle. In exchange, its subsidiary Shiny Star Games distributed ACS' games in the European PAL region.

ACS has also made licensed video games, with their most recent licensee being the professional wrestling promotion Ring of Honor, creating the yearly Ring of Honor: Unchained series of wrestling games from 2016 to 2019. In the past, ACS has also made licensed sports games for the National Basketball Association the National Football League, the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball under the ACS Sports label.

In 1999, ACS expanded their business module by indroducing their light novel publishing imprint, DokiDoki Bunko (DDB). Since its introduction in 1999, DokiDoki Bunko has published hundreds upon thousands of popular light novels.

Arcade Systems

Besides developing and publishing games, ACS has also developed system boards for its arcade games, the latest of which being the System 204: CASSIOPEIA, first unveiled in 2020 as the hardware used for Blazin' Wheels: Speed Kings.

Proprietary Hardware (1985-2001)

  • ACS NT-1 System (2D) (1985-1987)
  • ACS NT-2 System (2D) (1987-1989)
  • ACS Hyper-V System (2D scaling) (1989-1994)
  • ACS Mega¹⁶ System (2D) (1989-1995)
  • ACS Supra³² System (2D) (1994-2001)

Sony PlayStation-based (1995-2000)

  • ACS TGX Modeller System (3D) (1995-1998)
  • ACS TGX2 Modeller System (3D) (1997-2000)

Sony PlayStation 2-based (2000-2012)

  • ACS NOVA System (2D/3D) (2000-2012)
  • ACS NOVA-II System (2D/3D) (2003-2008)

PC-based (2006-present)

  • ACS System 201 (2D/3D) (2006-2013)
  • ACS System 202: ENDYMION (2D/3D) (2009-2017)
  • ACS System 203: ATLANTIS (2D/3D) (2016-)
  • ACS System 204: CASSIOPEIA (2D/3D) (2020-)

Games

A list of games created by ACS through the years.

Released from 1979

Released from 1980-1989

  • Starblazer (Shoot 'em up) (1980; Arcade (Dedicated Hardware), Various consoles)
  • Mr. Slither (Snake Game(1981; Arcade (Dedicated Hardware), Various consoles)
  • Jungle Barry (Vertical Scrolling Game) (1981; Arcade (Dedicated Hardware), Various consoles)
  • Milky n' Cheese (Maze Game) (1982; Arcade (Dedicated Hardware), Various consoles)
  • Starblaster (Shoot 'em up) (1982; Arcade (Dedicated Hardware), Various consoles)
  • Firefighter Fred (Breakout Clone) (1983; Arcade (Dedicated Hardware), Various consoles)
  • Rev n' Ride (Racing game(1983; Arcade (Dedicated Hardware), Various consoles)
  • Mr. Slither Plus (Snake Game(1983; Arcade (Dedicated Hardware, Various consoles)
  • Leaper (2D Platformer) (1984; Arcade (Dedicated Hardware), Various consoles)
  • Milky n' Cheese II (Maze Game) (1984; Arcade (Dedicated Hardware), Various consoles)
  • Starbreaker (Shoot 'em up) (1984; Arcade (Dedicated Hardware), Various consoles)
  • Firefighter Fred Jr. (Breakout Clone) (1985; Arcade (Dedicated Hardware), Various consoles)
  • Rally Racer (Racing game(1985; Arcade (Dedicated Hardware), Various consoles)
  • Dragon Fist (Beat 'em Up) (1985; Arcade (Dedicated Hardware), Various consoles)
  • Kumite (2D Fighting Game) (1986; Arcade (Dedicated Hardware), Various consoles)
  • Odysseus (Shoot 'em up) (1986; Arcade (ACS NT-1 System), Various consoles)
  • Jungle Barry II (Vertical Scrolling Game) (1986; Arcade (Dedicated Hardware), Various consoles)
  • Dragon Fist II (Beat 'em Up) (1987; Arcade (ACS NT-1 System), Various consoles)
  • Kinta no Daibouken (2D Platformer) (1987; MSX, Nintendo Entertainment System)
  • Mr. & Mrs. Slither (Snake Game) (1987; Arcade (ACS NT-1 System), Various consoles)
  • Starblazer IV (Shoot 'em up) (1987; Arcade (ACS NT-2 System), Various consoles)
  • AttackForce (Run n' Gun Platformer(1988; Arcade (ACS NT-2 System), Various consoles)
  • Bloxx (Puzzle game) (1988; Arcade (ACS NT-2 System), Various consoles)
  • Kinta no Daibouken 2 (2D Platformer) (1988; Nintendo Entertainment System)
  • Odysseus II (Shoot 'em up) (1988; Arcade (ACS NT-2 System), Various consoles)
  • Bloxx2 (Puzzle game) (1989; Arcade (ACS NT-2 System), Various consoles)
  • Kurokage (Beat 'em Up) (1989; Arcade (ACS Mega¹⁶ System), Various consoles)
  • Terry the Treasure Raider (2D Platformer) (1989; Nintendo Enterntainment System)
  • Top Speed GP (Racing game) (1989; Arcade (ACS Hyper-V System)

Released from 1990-1999

  • Airhawk (Combat Flight Simulator(1990; Arcade (ACS Hyper-V System), Various Consoles)
  • Bloxx3 (Puzzle game) (1990; Arcade (ACS Mega¹⁶ System), Various consoles)
  • Kinta no Daibouken 3 (2D Platformer) (1990; Nintendo Entertainment System)
  • Odysseus III (Shoot 'em up) (1990; Arcade (ACS Mega¹⁶ System), Various consoles)
  • Pocket Kinta-kun (2D Platformer) (1990; Game Boy)
  • Urban Warriors (Beat 'em Up) (1990; Arcade (ACS Mega¹⁶ System), Various consoles)
  • Warlands: 1941 (Run n' Gun Shooter(1990; Arcade (ACS Mega¹⁶ System, Various consoles)
  • Hype-Moto (Racing game) (1991; Arcade (ACS Hyper-V System)
  • Kurokage's Revenge! (Beat 'em Up) (1991; Arcade (ACS Mega¹⁶ System), Various consoles)
  • Starblazer Horizon (Shoot 'em up) (1991; Arcade (ACS Hyper-V System), Various consoles)
  • Super Bloxx4 (Puzzle game) (1991; Arcade (ACS Mega¹⁶ System), Various consoles)
  • Tenshi: The Sky Guardians (Shoot 'em up) (1991; Arcade (ACS Mega¹⁶ System), Sharp X68000, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Game Boy, Game Gear)
  • Terry the Treasure Raider II: The Blue Diamond (2D Platformer) (1991; Nintendo Entertainment System)
  • Urban Warriors 2: The Beatdown (Beat 'em Up) (1991; Arcade (ACS Mega¹⁶ System), Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis)
  • Warlands II: The Path to Victory (Run n' Gun Shooter(1991; Arcade (ACS Mega¹⁶ System, Various consoles)
  • Airhawk II: Ace Pilot (Combat Flight Simulator(1992; Arcade (ACS Hyper-V System)
  • Fighting Champions (2D Fighting Game) (1992; Arcade (ACS Mega¹⁶ System), Sharp X68000, FM TownsSuper Nintendo, Sega Genesis, TurboGrafx-CD, Game Boy, Game Gear)
  • Future Fighters (Light Gun Shooter Game) (1992; Arcade (ACS Hyper-V System, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis)
  • Mega Bloxx5 (Puzzle game) (1992; Arcade (ACS Mega¹⁶ System), Various consoles)
  • Odysseus Force (Shoot 'em up) (1992; Arcade (ACS Mega¹⁶ System), Various consoles)
  • Pocket Kinta-kun 2 (2D Platformer) (1992; Game Boy)
  • Spunky the Squirrel's Fur-tastic Journey! (2D Platformer) (1992; Super Nintendo)
  • Super Kinta no Daibouken (2D Platformer) (1992; Super Nintendo)
  • Tenshi 2: Return of the Sky Guardians (Shoot 'em up) (1992; Arcade (ACS Mega¹⁶ System, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis)
  • Top Speed GP II (Racing game) (1992; Arcade (ACS Hyper-V System)
  • Urban Warriors 3: The Battle for Justice City (Beat 'em Up) (1992; Arcade (ACS Mega¹⁶ System), Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis)
  • Aces of Ice (Ice Hockey Game) (1993; Arcade (ACS Mega¹⁶ System)
  • Airhawk 3 (Combat Flight Simulator(1993; Arcade (ACS Hyper-V System))
  • Bodyslam Busters (Wrestling Game) (1993; Arcade (ACS Mega¹⁶ System)
  • Fighting Champions II (2D Fighting Game) (1993; Arcade (ACS Mega¹⁶ System), Sharp X68000, FM Towns, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Sega CD, 3DO, Game Boy, Game Gear)
  • Future Fighters Mk.II (Light Gun Shooter Game) (1993; Arcade (ACS Hyper-V System), Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis)
  • Hardcourt Heroes (Basketball Game) (1993; Arcade (ACS Mega¹⁶ System)
  • Home Run Hitters (Baseball Game) (1993; Arcade (ACS Mega¹⁶ System)
  • Hype-Moto Rush (Racing game) (1993; Arcade (ACS Hyper-V System)
  • Justice League: The Arcade (Beat 'em Up) (1993; Arcade (ACS Mega¹⁶ System), Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis)
  • Monsters Arena: Chaos Unleashed (2D Fighting Game) (1993; Arcade (ACS Mega¹⁶ System), 3DO, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Sega CD, Game Boy, Game Gear)
  • Kick-Off Kaisers (Soccer Game) (1993; Arcade (ACS Mega¹⁶ System)
  • Knights of Knockout (Boxing Game) (1993; Arcade (ACS Mega¹⁶ System)
  • Odysseus G (Shoot 'em up) (1993; Game Boy)
  • Power Putters (Golf Game) (1993; Arcade (ACS Mega¹⁶ System)
  • Pocket Kinta-kun 3 (2D Platformer) (1993; Game Boy)
  • Racket Smashers (Tennis Game) (1993; Arcade (ACS Mega¹⁶ System)
  • Sangoku Densetsu (Beat 'em Up) (1993; Arcade (ACS Mega¹⁶ System), Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis)
  • Spunky the Squirrel II: Back Fur the Second Time! (2D Platformer) (1993; Super Nintendo)
  • Super Kinta no Daibouken 2 (2D Platformer) (1993; Super Nintendo)
  • Tenshi III (Shoot 'em up) (1993; Arcade (ACS Mega¹⁶ System, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis)
  • Terry the Treasure Raider III: Quest for the Seven Wonders (2D Platformer) (1993; Super Nintendo)
  • The Curse of Kurokage (Beat 'em Up) (1993; Arcade (ACS Mega¹⁶ System), Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis)
  • Touchdown Titans (Football Game) (1993; Arcade (ACS Mega¹⁶ System)
  • Xtra Bloxx6 (Puzzle game) (1993; Arcade (ACS Mega¹⁶ System), 3DO, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Game Boy, Game Gear)
  • Aces of Ice 2 (Ice Hockey Game) (1994; Arcade (ACS Supra³² System)
  • Bodyslam Busters 2 (Wrestling Game) (1994; Arcade (ACS Supra³² System)
  • Bushi no Ken: The Feudal Arena (2D Fighting Game) (1994; Arcade (ACS Supra³² System), Super Nintendo, Sega 32X, Game Boy, Game Gear)
  • Fighting Champions II Excellent (2D Fighting Game) (1994; Arcade (ACS Supra³² System), Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, PlayStation, Sega Saturn)
  • Hardcourt Heroes 2 (Basketball Game) (1994; Arcade (ACS Supra³² System)
  • Home Run Hitters 2 (Baseball Game) (1994; Arcade (ACS Supra³² System)
  • Kick-Off Kaisers 2 (Soccer Game) (1994; Arcade (ACS Supra³² System)

Released from 2000-2009

Released from 2010-2019

Released from 2020-present

Upcoming games

  • Arkane Ascension (TBA; Arcade (System 204: CASSIOPEIA, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PC) [Co-published and developed with SBEntertainment]
  • Crisis Moon: 0riginal Sin (TBA; PlayStation 4, Xbox ONE, Nintendo Switch)
  • Rosa (TBA; PlayStation 4, Xbox ONE, Samsung Zeo)

Compilations and Remasters

ACS Arcade Anthology

  • ACS Arcade Anthology Vol. 1 (1997; PlayStation)
    • Contains Jungle Barry, Milky n' Cheese, Mr. Slither, Starblaster and Starblazer.
  • ACS Arcade Anthology Vol. 2 (1998; PlayStation)
    • Contains Milky n' Chesse II, Odysseus, Rally Racer, Firefighter Fred and Starbreaker.
  • ACS Arcade Anthology Vol. 3 (1999; PlayStation)
    • Contains Attack Force, Bloxx, Kumite, Dragon Fist, Starblazer IV and Tesseract.
  • ACS Arcade Anthology: Greatest Hits (2004; PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo Gamecube)
    • Contains Bloxx, Fighting Champions, Milky n' Cheese, Odysseus, Peacekeepers, Rally Racer, Kurokage, Mr. Slither, Starblazer, Tenshi: The Sky Guardians, Urban Warriors and Warlands: 1941.
  • ACS Arcade Anthology: Extra Play (2005; PlayStation Portable)
    • Contains Bloxx, Fighting Champions, Jungle Barry, Odysseus, Peacekeepers, Rally Racer, Kurokage, Mr. Slither, Starblazer, Tenshi: The Sky Guardians, Urban Warriors and Warlands: 1941.

Series Compilations

  • Fighting Champions: Battle Recollection (2006; PlayStation 2, Wii, PlayStation Portable)
    • Contains Fighting Champions, Fighting Champions II, Fighting Champions II MAX, Fighting Champions III and Soul of the Fighter: Fighting Champions IV.
  • Odysseus Saga (2006; PlayStation 2, Wii, PlayStation Portable)
    • Contains Odysseus, Odysseus II, Odysseus III, Odysseus Force, Odysseus R, Odysseus R² and Odysseus R³.
  • MetaBurst Anthology (2008; Wii, PlayStation Portable)
    • Contains MetaBurst: Cyber Defense Force, MetaBurst 2, MetaBurst 3, MetaBurst 4 and MetaBurst 5)
  • Fight or Die Anthology (2009; Wii, PlayStation Portable)
    • Contains Fight or Die, Fight or Die II: As Daylight Dies and Fight or Die III: Fatal Vengenace.
  • fade.: UnREsolved Mysteries (2015; PlayStation 4, Xbox ONE, Samsung Zeo)
    • Contains remastered versions of fade., fade.II and fade.III: Left Behind.

Crossover Apperances

ACS' franchises and characters have also crossed over with other companies through the years. The most notable ones are with In-Verse, whom ACS used to share a long-standing working relationship with.

Other Ventures

DokiDoki Bunko

DokiDoki Bunko (ドキドキ文庫) is ACS' flagship light novel publishing imprint, aimed primarily at a male young adult audience. It was introduced in 1999 by ACS to tackle the rising market of light novels. DokiDoki Bunko's first published title is the fantasy novel series Fantasia of the Forbidden: Densetsu no Cavalier, a spin-off novel based on the Fantasia of the Forbidden series of RPGs published by ACS.

Originally an imprint focusing on spin-off novelizations and side material for established ACS franchises, DokiDoki Bunko published its first original story with The Butterfly Halls, in 2001, and later found breaktrough success with MUGEN Voltage, in 2002. Since its inception in 1999, DokiDoki Bunko has published hundreds upon thousands of light novels.

DokiDoki Bunko's works are primarily aimed at a young male audience. Its spinoff imprint, DokiDoki-G's (ドキドキ-G's), was introduced in 2003, and is aimed more towards young females. Works from the DokiDoki Bunko and DokiDoki-G's imprints are serialized in their respective bimonthly magazines, DokiDoki Magazine and DokiDoki-G's Magazine.

Notable DokiDoki Bunko titles

  • Fantasia of the Forbidden: Densetsu no Cavalier (Fantasy) (1999-2002; Written by Shintaro Hiramatsu)
  • The Butterfly Halls (Horror) (2001-2005; Written by Kai Dokuro)
  • MUGEN Voltage (Action) (2002-2014; Written by Kenta Sayama)
  • Gakuen Hearts (Harem) (2003-2008; Written by Kumiko Sumitomo)
  • CiEL: The Girl of the Blue Sky (Yuri) (2004-2007; Written by Shotaro Ishida)
  • Tokyo Mahou Kyousou (Fantasy) (2005-2016; Written by Hideharu Toshiba)
  • Futari no Ai (Romantic Comedy) (2006-2011; Written by Genji Kanemoto)
  • Kessenju DD (Adventure) (2007-2012; Written by Hideaki Terasaki)
  • Smasher-S (Sports/Badminton) (2007-; Written by Otoya Tsuji)
  • Alive (Horror) (2008-2019; Written by Yutaro Ishida)
  • Harley & .44 (Girls with Guns) (2008-2013; Written by BAKKYUN Kawada)
  • Hatsukoi?! (Romantic Comedy) (2009-; Written by Shotaro Ishida)
  • Tokimeki GALS (Idol Genre) (2009-; Written by Kumiko Sumitomo)
  • Fragment:Chaos (Cyberpunk) (2010-2018; Written by Akihiko Hori)
  • SWORD×SHIELD (Isekai) (2010-2016); Written by Satoru Kashiwagi)
  • Kiku-Ichimonji: Tales of Shinsengumi (Historical fantasy) (2011-; Written by Isamu Mori)
  • Kanpeki Bowl (Sports/Bowling) (2011-; Written by Dosu Aoyama)
  • Boku ga Zokushite Inai Kono Sekaide Wa (Isekai) (2012-; Written by Ichiro "Ichi1" Nohara)
  • Crisis Moon Alter (Vampire Fiction) (2012-2017; Written by Katsuyuki "TAKA" Tabata)
  • Kaiten High School Mystery Club (Supernatural) (2013-; Written by Mitsuo Shigehara)
  • Tokimeki GALS splendor (Idol Genre) (2013-; Written by Kumiko Sumitomo)
  • Erase (Psychological Thriller) (2014-; Written by Takenori Kaida)
  • Datenshi no Koko Tousou (Comedy) (2014-2017; Written by Touta Nomoto)
  • AirBorn!! (Sports/Aggressive Inline) (2015-; Written by Kenta Sayama)
  • Tokimeki B-SIDE (Idol Genre) (2015-; Written by Kumiko Sumitomo)
  • NakaGei! (Slice of Life) (2016-2020; Written by Katsuyuki "TAKA" Tabata)
  • Dash-ON (Sports/Track & Field) (2016-; Written by Minami Hatanaka)
  • Kawaii Streamer Girl Asuka-chan! (Slice of Life) (2017-; Written by Yuya Masuda)
  • SERVICE!!!!! (Slice of Life) (2018-; Written by Touta Nomoto)
  • Tannaru Sapototaipu to Shite Fukkatsu Shita Koto o Oboete Imasu Ka? (Isekai) (2018-; Written by Jin Shimozaki)
  • Crisis Moon: 0riginal Sin (Vampire Fiction) (2019-; Written by Katsuyuki "TAKA" Tabata)
  • Tokyo Mahou Kyousou ν (Fantasy) (2019-; Written by Hideharu Toshiba)
  • Arkane Chronicles (Action) (2020-; Written by Luis Petrizzo Rengel)
  • Iro Harada's Colorful Life (Slice of Life) (2020-; Written by Kenta Sayama)

Kessenju

Main article: Kessenju

See also: List of Kessenju video games

Kessenju (決戦獣), known in the US as Kessenju!: Ultimate Battle Beasts, is a trading card game developed and published by ACS. It is part of the larger Kessenju media franchise, which also encompasses several manga and anime series, as well as numerous video game adaptations.

The game was launched by ACS in November, 2000 in Japan and May, 2003 in North America. In North America, the Kessenju trading card game was distributed by Topps up until 2006, when it was discontinued due to low sales. As of this writing, the North American version of the game is out of print, and the game is now only available in Asia, and only printed in Japanese. 

Besides publishing the card game, ACS has also published several games based around the Kessenju franchise, mostly ranging from digitized conversions of the card game, to role-playing games featuring characters from the Kessenju series.

Trivia

ACS - Logo (1988-2006)

ACS' old logo, used from 1981 to 2006

  • The meaning of the acronym ACS has remained inconsistent over the years. Several historical books claim that ACS stood for the initials of the company's founding members: Atsushi Kinoshita, Cole J. Howard and Satoshi Kinoshita. However, recent official promtional materials states that ACS stands for "Amazing Computer Software" instead.
  • The ACS logo used from 1981 to 2006 features the words "ACS" written on a red background. The updated logo unveiled in 2006 (first seen in Code Chronos) is the same, but with the red box removed, and the text itself recolored red with a white border. Both logos use the Ethnocentric typeface.
  • The company's slogan is "Come Join the Fun!", which appears in various ACS-related products.
    • In ACS arcade games starting with Sentoki: The Strongest Warrior, the words usually flash on the top left or right corner of the screen, when the player side is left with a credit (or a controller) and unattended (e.g. PRESS P2 START BUTTON/COME JOIN THE FUN)
    • ACS-related announcements are usually appeneded with the words "ACS: COME JOIN THE FUN!", usually near the end.
  • ACS used to have a strong working relationship with In-Verse. This bond carried on for years until 2017, when In-Verse had filed for bankruptcy.
    • ACS' recent title Cross Chaos was created as a dedication to In-Verse's founder and CEO Pauly-kun.
  • ACS has its own proprietary online arcade service in the form of Amaze.net. Like Konami's e-AMUSEMENT service, Amaze.net uses specialized cards that store the player's data in order to access special online-based services, from Internet rankings, to Amaze.net-exclusive offers, like exclusive customization options in the Sentoki games, exclusive songs in To the Beat and rythmic_touch, and exclusive cars in the Blazin' Wheels games.
    • The first ACS title to use Amaze.net is Sentoki 3, released in 2003, and since then, Amaze.net has been used for most of ACS' major arcade titles.
    • As of this writing, the Amaze.net service is only available in Japan and select Chinese and Korean arcades. Though several overseas version of ACS arcade games include options to access the Amaze.net exclusive content through special codes.
  • ACS' company mascot is Sofu-tan, a young and cheerful girl wearing a red shirt with the ACS logo that bares her midriff, white shorts and red sneakers. Sofu-tan appears in most Japanese advertisements for ACS games, and stars in her own Japan-only quiz game: Sofu-tan no Kyuyoku no ACS Quiz (translates to Sofu-tan's Ultimate ACS Quiz).
    • Sofu-tan's name comes from ACS' acronym of "Amazing Computer Software".
    • In most of her appearances, barring her first appearance in a 1994 ACS commercial, Sofu-tan is voiced by Japanese voice actress Noriko Hidaka, who also voiced Yuko Amano of the Fight or Die series, and, as of recent, Liang Meifen in the Sentoki series.
    • It is commonly believed that the character design of Twilight from the Crisis Moon series was created as a tribute to Sofu-tan, mostly bevause of the identical looks and color.
  • Several early ACS games were infamous for their awkward translations. The most notable ones are Fighting Champions (1992), where some of the lines and endings are translated awkwardly, the most prominent examples being Baron von Braun's winquote of "The strong only survive, you are but weakling!", and Fantasia of the Forbidden (1995), where one of the main characters was given the name of "Dorosy", a butchered translation of the English name "Dorothy".
    • ACS has since improved its translations, but there are still occasional appearances of awkward translation in ACS games, like in fade. (2000), in the part where Darryl discovers the hidden door to the underground passageway, he will utter the words 'Is that a door right there? Looks like a door.", which has been parodied several times since.
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