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Nintendo developer Cing files for bankruptcy - report

By David Jenkins

Mon 08 Mar 2010 8:53am GMT / 3:53am EST / 12:53am PST

Hotel Dusk and Little King's Story creator suffers $2.9m in liabilities

Japanese developer Cing has filed for bankruptcy in Japan, with the company reportedly suffering from liabilities of 256 million yen (USD 2.9m/EUR 2.1m).

A brief report on the Japanese language site Net-IB, as translated by Web forum NeoGAF, suggests that the firm was forced to make the filing on 1 March.

A small studio with less than 30 staff, Cing was founded in 1999. Its debut title was the Japan and Europe-only release Glass Rose for Capcom.

However, the company has been most closely associated with Nintendo and Nintendo hardware, via titles such as Another Code (aka Trace Memory), Hotel Dusk and Marvelous' Little King's Story for the Wii.

The company's most recent title - Hotel Dusk follow-up Last Window for the Nintendo DS - was trademarked by Nintendo of Europe, but it is now unclear whether it will ever be released outside of Japan.

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Kevin Clark-Patterson Lecturer in Games Development, Lancaster and Morecambe College

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This is where Nintendo should step in and help 3rd party devs...

After all they only made about 100 billion million profit so far

Posted:6 years ago


Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator

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This is really sad, Cing in my opinion is a brilliant and underrated studio.
I want to see Last Window localised.

Posted:6 years ago


Terence Gage Freelance writer

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This is a real shame. They are/were an innovative and distinct studio, and it would be a real shame to see them go under. If Nintendo seemingly aren't that bothered, Sony or Microsoft could score a nice coup by saving them from bankruptcy and getting them as an exclusive third-party developer.

Posted:6 years ago


Matthew Humphies Freelance Game Designer

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Nintendo should make a grab for Cing's staff and IP. Pay off the relatively small debt, get a fantastic internal studio in the process, and develop Another Code, Hotel Dusk, Monster Rancher etc. into some strong new Nintendo titles.

Posted:6 years ago


Holly Pickering Prop and Environment Art, White Paper Games

2 3 1.5
This is a truely sad day. If nintendo don't do anything to save the studio or at least take on the staff themselves they are going to be very unpopular with the fans of Cing. Without them, the ds would not be the great system we know it as today since they took the system and approached it from a unique angle.

Posted:6 years ago


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