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Ambrella
株式会社アムブレラ
Private
Industry Video games
Fate Disband
Founded 1996
Defunct 2020
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Key people
Norio Matsumura, Muneaki Ozawa
Products Pokémon games for Nintendo video game consoles

Ambrella (Japanese: 株式会社アムブレラ , Hepburn: Kabushiki-Gaisha Amuburera) was a Japanese video game development company that worked under a publishing agreement with Nintendo. They were best known for making spin-off games for the Pokémon video game franchise, particularly the Pokémon Rumble series. Ambrella was formerly a part of Marigul Management.

Overview

Ambrella developed the Nintendo 64 voice recognition game, Hey You, Pikachu! in 1998, Pokémon Channel for the Nintendo GameCube in 2003, and Pokémon Dash for the Nintendo DS in 2004. Ambrella developed My Pokémon Ranch for the Wii's WiiWare service, which was released in Japan on March 25, 2008, and in North America on June 9, 2008. It developed Pokémon Rumble which was released in North America on November 16, 2009.

The company developed further entries in the Pokémon Rumble series with Pokémon Rumble Blast for Nintendo 3DS, Pokémon Rumble U for the Wii U, and Pokémon Rumble World for the Nintendo 3DS. The most recent Rumble games were released via the Nintendo eShop, and contain some variant of microtransactions; Pokémon Rumble World uses traditional microtransactions and Pokémon Rumble U uses NFC figurines that predate Amiibo.

On October 16, 2020, Creatures announced the acquisition of Ambrella; Creatures received all property rights and Ambrella was disbanded, with the employees then working under Creatures.

Gameography

List of video games developed by Ambrella
Year Title Genre Platforms Publisher
1998 Hey You, Pikachu! Life-simulation Nintendo 64 Nintendo
2003 Pokémon Channel Adventure, digital pet, simulation GameCube Nintendo
The Pokémon Company
2004 Pokémon Dash Racing Nintendo DS Nintendo
The Pokémon Company
2008 My Pokémon Ranch Digital pet WiiWare The Pokémon Company
2009 Pokémon Rumble Action role-playing, beat'em up WiiWare The Pokémon Company
2011 Pokémon Rumble Blast Action role-playing, beat'em up Nintendo 3DS Nintendo
The Pokémon Company
2013 Pokémon Rumble U Action role-playing, beat'em up Wii U Nintendo
The Pokémon Company
2015 Pokémon Rumble World Action role-playing, beat'em up Nintendo 3DS Nintendo
The Pokémon Company
2017 uVu - yoU versus Universe Arcade Mobile Ambrella
2019 Pokémon Rumble Rush Action role-playing, beat'em up Android, iOS The Pokémon Company
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