|Headquarters||Mukoujima, Sumida-ku, Tokyo, Japan|
Westone Bit Entertainment (株式会社ウエストンビットエンタテインメント) was a Japanese game developer founded by Ryuichi Nishizawa and Michishito Ishizuka. The company name comes from the first kanji characters of the founders names translated to English. The company originally started in 1986 as Escape, but the developers didn't think that was a good name for their company, so they changed to Westone later. In April 2000, the company's name expanded to "Westone Bit Entertainment".
The company specialized in developing games for Sega consoles, but also attempted a couple Nintendo consoles, and later moved on to the PlayStation, Windows, some other various consoles and computers, and even designed some toys. They also developed Panic Bomber, one of the few Virtual Boy games. The company is mostly known for its Wonder Boy series on the Sega consoles, and the infamous "Jaws" on the NES.
Westone only developed two games, each with their own unique sound driver; Jaws, and the Japanese-exclusive Mashin Eiyuuden Wataru Gaiden. Both games were composed by Shinichi Sakamoto. For both games, he had to write the music in 6502 assembly macros using hexadecimal numbers as notation. For Jaws, he used a sound driver by the game's programmer, Michishito Ishizuka, and for Mashin Eiyuuden Wataru Gaiden, he programmed his own sound driver.
- Michishito Ishizuka - Sound driver programmer for Jaws (NES).
- Ryuichi Nishizawa - Composer.
- Shinichi Sakamoto - Lead composer.
- westone.co.jp - Official.