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HeadquartersYokohama, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan
IndustryVideo game industry
FoundedAugust 27, 1999
Key peopleNaoto Ohshima (Founder)
ParentAQ Interactive
Artoon (株式会社アートゥーン Kabushiki-Gaisha Ātūn) was a computer and video game third-party developer established in 1999. The team was primarily affiliated in the United States with recent and current Microsoft Xbox and Xbox 360 projects, although they had also worked with Hudson Soft and Nintendo on other platforms. Key Artoon personnel include Yoji Ishii, Manabu Kusunoki, Hidetoshi Takeshita, Yutaka Sugano, Masamichi Harada, Takuya Matsumoto and Naoto Ohshima. When the company formed, it drew personnel and talent from several of Sega's development teams, particularly those which worked on Sonic the Hedgehog (created by Ōshima), and Panzer Dragoon. The developer had approximately 85 employees. The company's focus was to create original game content for various consoles. Artoon became defunct when the parent company, AQ Interactive, filed for bankruptcy.

Artoon was situated in Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan. A secondary studio was maintained in Naha, Okinawa prefecture, Japan.

Artoon, along with feelplus and Cavia, were all absorbed into parent company AQ Interactive.

Games developed by Artoon

Gameboy Advance

  • Pinobee: Wings of Adventure (2001)
  • Pinobee and Phoebee (2002)
  • Ghost Trap (2002)
  • The King of Fighters EX: Neo-Blood (2003)
  • Yoshi's Universal Gravitation (2004)

Nintendo DS

  • Yoshi's Island DS (2006)
  • Away: Shuffle Dungeon (2008)
  • The World of Golden Eggs: Nori Nori Rhythm-kei (2009)


  • Pinobee (2003)

PlayStation 2

  • Ghost Vibration (2002)
  • Swords of Yi (Cancelled)
  • Swords of Destiny (2005)

PlayStation 3

  • Vampire Rain: Altered Species (2008)

PlayStation Portable

  • Echoshift (2010)


Xbox 360

  • Blue Dragon (2006)
  • Vampire Rain (2007)


  • The World of Golden Eggs: Nori Nori Rhythm-kei (2008)
  • Club Penguin: Game Day! (2010)
  • FlingSmash (2010)


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