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Retro Gamer - - FROM THE ARCHIVES: BITS STUDIOS -

Bits Stu­dios is founded by Fouad ‘Foo’ Katan.

The com­pany re­verse-en­gi­neers the NES and Game Boy and cre­ates a func­tion­ing de­vel­op­ment sys­tem.

Chase HQ is re­leased for the Game Boy. Loopz is un­veiled for the NES.

Bits be­comes known as BITS Ltd.

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, T2: Ter­mi­na­tor 2: Judg­ment Day and R-type are re­leased.

Castelian, R-type II and Space Football: One On One are the high­lights (along with Sss­nake for the Su­per­vi­sion).

The Amaz­ing Spi­der-man Vs The King­pin is re­leased for the Game Gear.

Saigo No Nin­dou is re­leased in Ja­pan.

Bits pro­duces some poorly re­ceived ti­tles in­clud­ing Dream TV, Mary Shel­ley’s Franken­stein and No Es­cape.

The com­pany is tem­po­rar­ily known as Bits Cor­po­ra­tion be­fore re­vert­ing to the orig­i­nal name of Bits Stu­dios.

Itchy & Scratchy is Bits Stu­dios’ fi­nal 16-bit car­tridge game.

T-mek and Max­i­mum Road­kill her­ald a move into PC gam­ing.

Bits signs a deal with Philips to make New Day, Cartoon Acad­emy and Riqa.

Orig­i­nal game Ni­hilist is re­leased for Win­dows PCS.

R-type DX is launched for Nin­tendo’s Game Boy Colour.

Bits is listed on the AIM mar­ket on the London Stock Ex­change.

The won­der­ful War­locked is re­leased the Game Boy Colour.

Vir­tual Ath­lete and Lab Rat en­ter the on­line space un­der the sub­sidiary com­pany Games­mag­net, the lat­ter at­tracts 40,000 play­ers.

Die Hard: Vendetta is re­leased for Xbox, PS2 and Game­cube.

Bits’ turnover is £994,000.

Rogue Ops is re­leased as Bits Stu­dios turnover is re­vealed to be £1.7 mil­lion.

Con­stan­tine is re­leased as the com­pany announces the de­vel­op­ment of The Man With No Name, aimed for 2006.

Bits Stu­dios closes its doors.

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