Codemasters

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Founded 1985
Defunct No
Major Products Dizzy series, Micro Machines series, F1 series, various racing games
Key People
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Company website Codemasters United States of America/Flag of the United Kingdom.svg/France/Germany/Italia/Spain

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The Codemasters Software Company Limited, or simply Codemasters (ja:コード�Eスターズ), or just as Code Masters in their early years, is a video game company, founded in 1985, at Warwickshire, United Kingdom. The company is known to develop games for European PCs, such as ZX Spectrum 48k, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, Atari ST, MSX and Commodore Amiga. Many of their games are well received by magazines, appearing in demos supplied in cassette or floppy disk, and by the public itself. Codemasters entered into home console business in 1990, as a NES developer. With not enough money to became a official third-party from Nintendo, all of their games are unlicensed. In the USA and Canada, their games are released by Camerica. While Codemasters cannot be a official third-party from Nintendo, on the other hand, they could be a official third-party from Sega, releasing many of their games, as well the Game Genie licensed by Sega. However, they won't release games for Mega Drive, Master System and Game Gear until 1993. In 1996, Codemasters heavily focused on PlayStation game development, dropping away most of their Sega support. Codemasters won't released a game for a Nintendo system until 1999, when they released Micro Machines 64 Turbo in Europe, which is also licensed by Nintendo.

Codemasters' focus is now in racing games: They have the rights of F1 series (which was previously handled by SCE), which let them make a lot of true F1 games and spinoffs. Aside from that, other racing series are DiRT, GRID and Micro Machines.

Codemasters is also the developer of all Game Genie versions, leaving Galoob to release it in North America (Codemasters released the Game Genie in Europe). The NES ROM of Game Genie is turned into a Public Domain ROM, allowing various emulators to lock-on the GG ROM + Game ROM. MESS is one of these emulators capable of this feature.