About this Database

Scope of Publishing

The following game software is registered in this database.

Console Games

Information on the works supported by home video game consoles (*) up till December 2015.

*The registered home game consoles are as follows: “Wii”, “WiiU”, “Xbox”, “Xbox360”, “XboxOne”, Playstation Now”, “Game Gear”, “Gameboy”, “Gameboy Advance”, “Super Nintendo Entertainment System”, “3DOREAL”, “Sega Saturn”, “Dreamcast”, Nintendo 3DS”, “Nintendo DS”, “Nintendo Gamecube”, “Nintendo 64”, “Neo-Geo”, “Neo-Geo CD”, “Neo-Geo Pocket”, “PC-FX”, “PC Engine”, “Nintendo Entertainment System”, “Playstation Portable”, Playstation”, Playstation 2”, Playstation 3”, “Playstation 4”, “Playstation Vita”, “Sega Genesis”, “WonderSwan”.

Arcade Games

Information on the arcade game works released during the period from 1972 to 2015.

PC Games

Information on the softwares supported by “PC-8801” home computers.

Detailed Specifications of Items

GPIr Unique ID allocated to each game package. Also, so-called “unreleased titles” and software not released to the public etc. are outside of the purview this database.
Game Title Name of game package. The download version and package version, budget version (The Best version etc.) and standard platform etc. are each allocated different GPIrs, and handled as separate titles.
JM (Roman Alphabet) Name of a work indicated with the Roman alphabet. As indicated in accordance with the format designated by the National Diet Library (JAPAN/MARC), the indication may differ slightly from the standard Roman alphabet indication.
Reference Material: Synopsis of the Roman alphabet indication designated in the National Diet Library’s “JAPAN/MARC MARC21 Format”.
JM (Japanese Kana) Name of a work indicated with Japanese katakana. Indicated in accordance with the format designated by the National Diet Library (JAPAN/MARC).
Reference Material: Synopsis written in Japanese katakana in the National Diet Library’s “JAPAN/MARC MARC21 Format”.
English Transcription The title information which is not simply indicated with the Roman alphabet in its reading. The basic input rules are as follows.
  • Items featuring common English words will be written in English.
    E.g.: ドラゴン will be written as “Dragon” not as “Doragon”
  • When Japanese software’s package features English alphabet for proper nouns in Japanese katakana, the package’s transcription will be used as-is. However, if the title of a game is indicated with a neologism of the Japanese katakana, then such title is indicated in accordance with JAPAN/MARC.
    E.g.: Regarding “ゼビウス”, as there is an indication of “XEVIOUS” on the package, it is transcribed as-is.
    As “カルチョビット” is a neologism, it is transcribed as “Karuchobitto”.
  • The sound of the Japanese katakana may be indicated with an English word to the extent that such sound of the Japanese katakana is made based on an existing English word. For example, a game title of “ファイナル” may be indicated as “Final,” because the sound of “ファイナル”is made based on the existing English word of “Final”, a game title of “さいごの” as “Final” because the sound of “さいごの”is not made based on any existing English word, rather such indication being considered as a translation “さいごの”should be, then, indicated with the Japanese katakana of “Saigono”
Platform Information on game hardwares and online platforms.
E.g.: “Nintendo Entertainment System”, “Sega Saturn”, “Playstation Now”.
Release Date Information on release date.
Developer The name of the company which developed the game title.
Publisher The name of the company which provides development capital and advertise for the relevant game, manages the copyright of the game. In cases where there are differences between the data based on materials presented at the time of the game title’s release, and information published in the most recent websites etc. due to merger, bankruptcy or change of company name by publishers, the information at the time of release is in principle used.
Brand The brand name used at the release of the relevant game title. There may be instances where a publisher may release such game title with its own unique brand name, or two or more companies may be in collaboration to release it under a single brand.
Rating Information relating to age limit for game playing. The Media Art Database (development version) shows classifications with the following symbols. “A (for all ages)”, “B (12 and over)”, “C (15 and over)”, “D (17 and over)”, “Z (18 and over)”. The classifications are indicated on console games released after the beginning of operation of the rating system through CERO (October 1, 2002). The classifications for console games released during the period from October 1, 2002 to March 1, 2006 are based on the materials available, while those for console games released after March 1, 2006 are in accordance with the revised rating system of CERO.
Minimum No. of Players Minimum no. of players for offline play.
Maximum No. of Players Maximum no. of players for offline play. For titles which can only be played online, no input will be entered in this field.
Price (Value) Recommended retail price at time of release. For items provided free of charge (primarily including free-to-play games), “0” is entered into the relevant price field, and after entering the unit of currency, “-” is entered in under tax.
Price (Unit) Price unit such as yen and Microsoft Point, etc.
Price (incl./excl. tax) Price including/excluding tax. As a general rule, the tax inclusive price is in accordance with the consumption tax rate at the time of release.
Media Information on data storage media. E.g.: ROM cartridge, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM. A downloadable content is designated “Download”.
Media Capacity Game software capacity.
Media Capacity Unit Unit of media capacity.
Peripheral Equipment Information on designated peripheral devices. In addition to items mentioned in materials, devices which can connect to the game console are also noted, as a part of included items.
Required Specifications Information on devices necessary for playing. E.g.: Nintendo Entertainment System Disc System
Recommended Specifications Information on recommended specifications for peripheral devices etc. specified by manufacturers.
Copyright Information Information on copyright details.
Reference Materials Information on reference materials used for information input.
Genre An indication of a genre described in each material to be a source of information for input. Note that a game genre may not clearly defined, or the same game title may have a different description depending on the reference materials.
URL Information on URLs referred to.
Comments/Other Information which should be noted, or should be made public.
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