Mecano Associates

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Mecano Associates
Founded 1985
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Other Names Game Arts sound team

Mecano Associates (メカノアソシエイツ or メカノアソシエーツ Mekano Asoshieitsu) was the former sound team tasked to sound design and creating music for the Japanese game developer, Game Arts. They also did 3 games for UPL. (Ninja-Kid II, Atomic Robo-Kid, and Omega Fighter)


Released Title Sample Notes
1985-04-?? Thexder (PC88)
1985-??-?? Cuby Panic (PC88)
1986-??-?? Silpheed (PC88)
1987-12-?? Zeliard (PC88)
1987-??-?? Gambler Jikochuushinha (PC88)
1987-??-?? Gambler Jikochuushinha 2 (PC88)
1987-??-?? Ninja-Kid II (ARC)
1988-??-?? Atomic Robo-Kid (ARC)
1988-??-?? Gambler Jikochuushinha 3 (PC88)
1989-07-29 Faria: A World of Mystery and Danger (NES)
1989-11-24 Gekitou 36 Janshi (PCE)
1989-12-08 Bullfight: Ring no Hasha (PCE)
1989-??-?? Fire Hawk: Thexder - The Second Contact (PC88)
1989-??-?? Omega Fighter (ARC)
1990-12-14 Gambler Jikochuushinha (SMD)
1990-??-?? Harakiri (PC88)
1991-12-28 Tenka Fubu (SCD)
1992-02-28 Mahjong Puzzle Collection (PCE)
1992-04-23 Alisia Dragoon (GEN)
1993-05-11 Janou Touryuumon (SMD)
1993-07-30 Silpheed (SCD)

Music Development


Mecano's Genesis sound driver was programmed by Ari Kamijo, but it is unknown exactly how their music and sound was created for the Genesis. Most likely either assembly or a custom MML. It was only used in three games; Gambler Jiko Chuushinha, Alisia Dragoon, and Janou Touryumon.

None of the three games that use the sound driver were released outside of Japan.


The game Faria and possibly Gambler Jiko Chuushinha use the same sound engine which was programmed by Kazuya Takahashi.

Gambler Jiko Chuushinha 2 uses Hiroshi Nakamura's sound driver on loan from Bits Laboratory. It is unknown how the composers developed the music. They may have given sheet music of their compositions to the sound programmers for them to implement into the game. Fumihito Kasatani and Nobuyuki Aoshima are the only NES composers listed, however in Gambler Jiko Chuushinha 2, no specific composer is listed, as only Mecano Associates is credited along with Bits Laboratory.

Audio Personnel