In 1978, Sun Electronics began producing Arcade Games. The company never became a major player in the arcades, though Sunsoft continued sporadically to develop arcade games into the 1990s.
In 1985, Sun Electronics began releasing games for the Nintendo Family Computer under the Sunsoft label. A few years later, the company began to distribute NES games in the U.S. through Sun Corporation of America. In 1988, Sunsoft formed a partnership with Tokai Engineering (TEC); it was actually a dummy corporation created by Sunsoft to circumvent Nintendos limitations on publishing how many games on the Famicom/NES in a year, coinciding with a dramatic improvement in their quality. Sunsoft also became heavily interested in producing Licensed Games and console ports of computer games.
The changing economics of video game development were not kind to Sunsoft. In 1995, the company escaped bankruptcy, selling off a few games to be released by Acclaim. A more serious decline became evident around 2001, when its international distribution channels closed. What saved Sunsoft from extinction was the advent of online game services; as well as making many of their older games available on Nintendo's Virtual Console, Sunsoft has released a small number of original downloadable games.
Games developed/published by Sunsoft include:
- Aero the Acro-Bat series (developed by Iguana Entertainment)
- Astra Superstars
- Atlantis no Nazo
- Blaster Master series
- Chameleon Twist series (developed and released in Japan by Japan System Supply)
- Deae Tonosama Appare Ichiban
- Galaxy Fight
- Ufouria is the European release of Hebereke.
- Journey to Silius
- Mr. Gimmick
- Power Quest (developed by Japan System Supply)
- Quest: Brian's Journey (developed by Imagineer in Japan, developed by Sunsoft in America)
- Trip World
- Waku Waku 7
- The Addams Family: Uncle Fester's Quest
- Batman games
- Justice League Task Force
- Looney Tunes Acme Animation Factory (SNES game that uses the SNES Mouse)
- Road Runner's Death Valley Rally (developed by ICOM Simulations)
- Super Spy Hunter
- Super Fantasy Zone
- Taz-Mania (developed by Visual Concepts for the SNES and Palmer Productions for the Game Boy)
- The Death and Return of Superman (developed by Blizzard Entertainment)