Imagineer absorbs Rocket Company

15 05 2016

rocketlogoStarting July 1st, 2016, Rocket Company will be no more. The Japanese publisher behind the Medarot games will be merged with its parent company Imagineer. The move is being made as Imagineer plans to transition its business to focus less on packaged software for dedicated gaming devices and more on games for smart phones/tablets. While the company will continue to release games on dedicated platforms, worsening market conditions will see fewer titles launch as they review their business strategy. Read the rest of this entry »





Medarot 8’s Reception

11 10 2014

BwBPnSICQAAX28U.jpg largeRocket Company and Delta-Arts published Medarot 8, the latest entry in the robot-battling RPG series on August 28th in Japan on the Nintendo 3DS. Now that the game has been out for a few months, it’s about time to reflect on how the latest outing performed.

Japan’s most popular gaming magazine Famitsu reviewed the title. Their four editors awarded the game a total score of 31/40, or split as 8/7/8/8. This is the best result an RPG entry has seen from the outlet, topping the 30/40 scores granted to Medarot Navi, DS and 7. However this is a single point decline from last year’s Medarot DUAL, the action spinoff developed by Jupiter. Each of Famitsu’s four reviewers each gave that game an 8.

In a rare English review, Bri Bri of Japanese 3DS gave the game a 7 out of 10. Praise was directed toward the robot customization while the length of battles drew criticism. Overall he felt that Medarot 8 “is a really fun game with good (not great) visuals, an excellent soundtrack and a wonderful array of characters.” Read the rest of this entry »





Imagineer posts higher revenues due to Medarot 7

6 06 2013

medarot7imagineerImagineer, owner of Medarot series publisher Rocket Company reported their fiscal results for the year ending March 31, 2013. The packaged software division reporting revenues of 633 million yen compared to 401 million the year before. The company attributes the rise to the release of Medarot 7, and Neratte! Tobashite! Rilakkuma GuraGura Sweets Tower for 3DS. Touching on Medarot 7, the company highlighted running the short manga series in Saikyo Jump as a success. Interestingly, the company says it will start aiming software more towards a female audience as Imagineer feels that audience leads itself well to games with longer sales windows, rather than the front loaded nature of games targeted at men. For the next fiscal year the company expects packaged software sales to decline to 554 million yen.
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Imagineer pleased with Medarot 7 sales

1 11 2012

Imagineer, owner of video game publisher Rocket Company released their fiscal year 2012 results on Halloween. In regards to Medarot 7’s sales, the company said they were pleased with the amount it was selling, and that the title was doing well with both returning fans, as well as new fans. This is in contrast to sales reports that gave the game a low sell through. As of this week the game should have cleared 100,000 units since launch in Japan.





Medarot 7’s reception

23 09 2012

Medarot 7’s currently out in Japan, and of course we’ve got some reviews, and sales figures to look over. On the review front famed Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu gave the game a solid 8/8/7/7 score totaling to 30/40. This score actually happens to be the exact same as what Medarot DS received in 2010. 4gamer reader reviews give the game an 85 compared to DS’s 75. After 25 user reviews Amazon.jp has Medarot 7 at a great 4 stars out of 5. Comparatively, Medarot DS has a 3.5 from 19 ratings. Read the rest of this entry »





Imagineer reports lower sales, blames the lack of Medarot titles

8 01 2012

Let’s kick off 2012 (15 years since Medarot was first released on GameBoy) with some goods news!

Imagineer, the owner of the Medarot franchise via its Rocket Company video game publishing company reported their Q3 2011 fiscal results a while back, and surprisingly, Medarot means a lot to the company. This year Imagineer has been posting their quarterly results, and we can compare some things. Let’s start this off with Q2 2011 compared to Q2 2010. For those who don’t know the business lingo, sales quarters are broken up into blocks of 4 with 3 months each. So quarter 2 corresponds to April, May, and June sales periods. Read the rest of this entry »