Gaijin Games is an independent game studio founded in 2007 by Alex Neuse
. They are located in Santa Cruz, California.
Their first game, Bit.Trip Beat
, was released on Nintendo's WiiWare
service on March 16, 2009, and was published by Aksys Games
in the United States and Europe, and by Arc System Works
in Japan. Described as an "action/rhythm" game, its game play consists of a Pong
-like block that the player would move up and down to bounce back incoming blocks in various patterns. Correctly reflecting the blocks increases the resolution of the presentation, all while playing electronic 8-bit music.
Their second game, Bit.Trip Core
was released on WiiWare on July 6, 2009. It is similar in theme to Bit.Trip Beat, but this time uses only a d-pad and a button to shoot out yellow beams that intercept incoming blocks to again play electronic 8-bit music. The remaining four entries in the series used similarly diverse gameplay mechanics.
Alex Neuse reports that the
Bit.Trip series tells the story of Commander Video
, but what exactly that story means is up for interpretation.
On April 28, 2011, it was announced that Gaijin Games is working on Bit.Trip Saga
, a 3DS compilation of the full Bit.Trip series. The game is also to be the first non-downloadable title from the company, as it will be published on 3DS format game cards.