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)
1986-07-?? XX Mission (ARC) (XXミッション)
1986-??-?? Panic Road (ARC) (パニックロード)
1986-??-?? Silpheed (PC88) (シルフィード)
1987-07-?? Rad Action (ARC) (忍者くん 阿修羅ノ章)
1987-12-?? Zeliard (PC88) (ゼリアード)
1987-??-?? Gambler Jikochuushinha (PC88) (ぎゅわんぶらぁ自己中心派)
1987-??-?? Gambler Jikochuushinha 2 (PC88)
1988-12-16 Veigues Tactical Gladiator (PC88) (ヴェイグス)
1988-??-?? Atomic Robo-Kid (ARC) (アトミックロボキッド)
1988-??-?? Gambler Jikochuushinha 3 (PC88)
1989-07-29 Faria: A World of Mystery and Danger (NES) (ファリア 封印の剣)
1989-11-24 Gekitou 36 Janshi (PCE)
1989-12-08 Bullfight: Ring no Hasha (PCE) (ブルファイト リングの覇者)
1989-??-?? Fire Hawk: Thexder - The Second Contact (PC88) (ファイアーホーク)
1989-??-?? Omega Fighter (ARC) (オメガファイター)
1990-09-28 Gomola Speed (PCE) (ゴモラスピード) One song
1990-12-14 Gambler Jikochuushinha (SMD) (ぎゅわんぶらぁ自己中心派)
1990-??-?? Harakiri (PC88)
1991-12-28 Tenka Fubu (SCD)
1992-02-28 Mahjong Puzzle Collection (PCE)
1992-04-23 Alisia Dragoon (GEN) (アリシアドラグーン)
1993-05-11 Janou Touryuumon (SMD) (雀皇登竜門)
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