Kotobuki Solution Co., Ltd., better known by its brand Kemco, is a Japanese video game company founded originally as Kotobuki System Co., Ltd. in 1984 as a division of Kotobuki Engineering & Manufacturing Co., Ltd. The division was founded specifically to develop games for the Famicom, and it branched out to the Game Boy, Super Famicom, and Nintendo 64 as the platforms became available. Kemco and remained almost exclusively tied to Nintendo consoles until the early 2000s. Kemco published in the USA under the name Kemco▲Seika from 1989 to 1993 before dropping Seika and becoming simply Kemco USA. In 2007, they dissolved Kemco USA and have since handled the operations of all external regions from their headquarters in Kure, Hiroshima.
I knew of the Kemco brand after I started buying the NES ports of the three ICOM Simulations puzzle adventures: Déjà Vu: A Nightmare Comes True!!, Uninvited, and Shadowgate. I had seen a couple other games bearing the Kemco brand, however, when I was really following the releases of new video games back in the 1980s and early 1990s, Kemco was only distributing a fraction of its catalog in the USA, so I missed out on a lot of their games. It was only after emulation became possible that I started learning just how many games they had created which I had missed, but a lot of it isn't that impressive in retrospect.
Here are some of the games Kemco released that are important to me.
These are people who worked at Kemco whose work I appreciate.
- Hiroyuki Masuno - Composer.