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Intelligent Systems

Nintendo 2nd Party Developer

Intelligent Systems is a Japanese video game developer based in Kyoto, Japan. They are closely affiliated with Nintendo and are best known for developing some of Nintendo’s most popular series such as Paper Mario, WarioWare, Nintendo Wars and Fire Emblem.

The roots of Intelligent Systems go back to 1986 when Nintendo hired programmer Toru Narihiro to port Famicom Disk System software to the standard ROM-cartridge format that was being used by the Nintendo Entertainment System outside of Japan. Their history is similar to the origins of HAL Laboratory where the team soon became an extension of Nintendo by providing supplementary programming.

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Action-Adventure game for the NES

StarTropics is an action-adventure video game developed by Nintendo R&D3 and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Entertainment System.  Unlike most games developed by Nintendo, StarTropics was designed specifically for a western audience and was never intended to be released within Japan.

The game was first released in North America on December 1, 1990 and was later released throughout Europe on August 20, 1992.  Produced, written, and directed by Nintendo Research & Development 3 general manager Genyo Takeda, the game builds upon the gameplay style made popular by The Legend of Zelda and implements its own unique elements.

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