Treasure is a Japanese video game developer, founded by former employees of Konami on June 19 1992. Treasure is best known for classic-style action games that employ innovative gameplay systems. Their greatest commercial successes have been games like Wario World and Mischief Makers, but they are better known for their critical successes, such as Gunstar Heroes, Ikaruga, Radiant Silvergun, Bangai-O, Sin and Punishment and Guardian Heroes
Treasure is a small, privately held company, consisting of around 30-40 members, though this number is somewhat misleading as they also employ independent contractors to assist development and sometimes partner with other companies like Nintendo, G.rev, and Sega to increase the size of their teams.
Because Treasure is a small, independent company, they generally depend on outside partnerships to finance development. As a result, they've worked on many titles based on licenses, including Astro Boy, McDonald's, Bleach, and Tiny Toons, as well as partnering with companies like Sega, Enix, and Nintendo to produce original properties. They have produced a handful of independently produced games, most notably their arcade shooters, Ikaruga and Radiant Silvergun.
Treasure does not have a rigid hierarchy. There are not designated "directors" from project to project. A leader is selected for each individual project, and that leader will usually also work hands on as an artist or programmer as well. There are, however, rough divisions of "teams" which have many common members from project to project.
As of present, Treasure is divided informally into three teams. These team divisions have been fairly consistent since 2001. The "Shooting" team (formerly called the "Arcade" team) is led by Hiroshi Iuchi and Atsutomo Nakagawa, and focuses on developing arcade-style shoot 'em ups.
The "action" team is the company's primary console unit, and developed Stretch Panic, Wario World and has various leaders at different times.
The "handheld" team is usually led in part by founding Treasure employee Yoshiyuki Matsumoto, better known as "Yaiman," and also features a number of programmers and artists that have come to the company from Hitmaker, whom they partnered with on ''Astro Boy: Omega Factor.
Games developed by Treasure
Items marked with a '*' were not released in North America
- Gunstar Heroes (1993, Sega, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis; 1995, Sega, Sega Game Gear; 2006, Sega, Virtual Console; Game Gear port developed by M2)
- McDonald's Treasureland Adventure (1993, Sega, Mega Drive/Genesis)
- Dynamite Headdy (1994, Sega, Mega Drive/Genesis; 1994, Sega, Game Gear; 199?, Sega, Master System*; 2007, Sega, Virtual Console; Game Gear port developed by Minato Giken)
- YuYu Hakusho Makyoutoissen (幽☆遊☆白書 魔強統一戦) (1994, Sega, Mega Drive*)
- Alien Soldier (1995, Sega, Mega Drive; 2007, Sega, Virtual Console)
- Light Crusader (1995, Sega, Mega Drive/Genesis; 2007, Sega, Virtual Console)
- Guardian Heroes (1996, Sega, Sega Saturn)
- Mischief Makers (ゆけゆけ！トラブルメーカーズ yuke-yuke! Trouble Makers) (1997, Enix (JP)/Nintendo (US/EU), Nintendo 64)
- Silhouette Mirage (1997, ESP, Saturn*; 1998, ESP (JP)/Working Designs (US), PlayStation)
- Radiant Silvergun (1998, self-published, Arcade*; 1998, ESP, Saturn*)
- Rakugaki Showtime (1999, Enix, PlayStation*)
- Bangai-O/Bakuretsu Muteki Bangaioh (爆裂無敵バンガイオー) (1999, ESP, N64*; 1999 (JP)/2000 (EU)/2001 (US), ESP (JP)/Swing! Games (EU)/Conspiracy Entertainment (US), Sega Dreamcast)
- GunBeat (Cancelled, unknown publisher, Arcade)
- Silpheed: The Lost Planet (2000 (JP)/2001 (US/EU), Capcom (JP)/Swing! Games and Conspiracy Entertainment (EU)/Working Designs (US), PlayStation 2developed in collaboration with Game Arts, Seta)
- Sin and Punishment: Successor to the Earth (罪と罰～地球（ほし）の継承者～) (2000, Nintendo, Nintendo 64*; 2007, Nintendo, Virtual Console)
- Stretch Panic (ひっぱリンダ hippa linda) (Freak Out) (2001, Conspiracy Entertainment (US)/Swing! Games (EU)/Kadokawa Shoten (JP), PlayStation 2)
- Ikaruga (斑鳩) (2001, self-published, Arcade*; 2002, ESP, Dreamcast*; 2003, Atari, Nintendo GameCube; 2008, Xbox Live Arcade; developed in collaboration with G.Rev)
- Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster's Bad Dream AKA: Scary Dreams (2002, Swing! Games (EU)/Conspiracy Games (US), Nintendo Game Boy Advance)
- Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting (Game Boy Advance)
- Tiny Toon Adventures: Defenders of the Looniverse (cancelled, Swing! Games (EU)/Conspiracy Games (US), PlayStation 2, GameCube)
- Wario World (2003, Nintendo, GameCube)
- Dragon Drive D-Masters Shot (2003, Bandai, GameCube*)
- Astro Boy: Omega Factor (2004, Sega, Game Boy Advance; developed in collaboration with the Sega team, Hitmaker)
- Gradius V (2004, Konami, PlayStation 2; developed in collaboration with G.Rev)
- Advance Guardian Heroes (2004, Ubisoft, Game Boy Advance)
- Gunstar Super Heroes (Gunstar Future Heroes) (2005, Sega, Game Boy Advance)
- Bleach: The Blade of Fate (2006, Sega, Nintendo DS)
- Bleach: Dark Souls (2007, Sega, Nintendo DS)
- Gunstar Heroes Treasure Box (also contains Dynamite Headdy and Alien Soldier) (February 23, 2006, Sega, PlayStation 2*; developed by M2)
- Bangai-O Spirits (March 19, 2008, ESP, Nintendo DS)
- Untitled Xbox 360 Shooter (TBA , Unknown publisher, Xbox 360)
- Bleach: Versus Crusade (2008, Sega, Wii)
- Sin and Punishment 2 (2009, Nintendo, Wii)