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Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked

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A list of the best Japanese game developers. These are video game developers currently headquartered in Japan. Video game development is a specialized type of software development focusing on games. These games can be for any type of computer whether it be game consoles such as Xbox, PlayStation, or Nintendo, mobile platforms such as the iPhone or iPad, or traditional computers such as PC and Macintosh. Developers often further specialize into a specific type of genre, whether it be RPG's, FPS's, or RTS's.

What are the best Japanese developers of video games? Unlike regular software development, game development can also trek into the territory of Hollywood, requiring work from writers, artists, and actors to complete their projects. Vote on the best Japanese developer of video games or Japanese video game companies. If there are Japanese game developers who haven't made the list, please add them.
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  • 1
    444
    103

    Nintendo

    Consumer electronics, Video game

    Located in: Kyoto, Founded in: 1951

  • 2
    260
    65

    Capcom

    Video game, Video game industry

    Located in: Osaka, Founded in: 1979

  • 3
    317
    92

    Square Enix

    Video game, Video game industry

    Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 2003

  • 4
    308
    96

    Sony Computer Entertainment

    Video game, Interactive entertainment

    Located in: Tokyo, 
    Founded in: 1987

  • 5
    218
    63

    Atlus

    Video game, Video game industry

    Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1986

  • 6
    234
    80

    Sega

    Video game, Video game industry

    Located in: Ota, Tokyo, Founded in: 1951

  • 7
    209
    66

    Bandai Namco Holdings

    Video game, Interactive entertainment

    Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 2005

  • 8
    181
    59

    From Software

    Video game, Video game industry

    Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1986

  • 9
    86
    29

    Marvelous Entertainment

    Located in: Shibuya, Tokyo, Founded in: 1997

  • 10
    116
    55

    Tecmo Koei

    Located in: Yokohama, Founded in: 2009

  • 11
    92
    40

    Monolith Soft

    Video game, Video game industry

    Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1999

  • 12
    120
    74

    Game Freak

    Video game industry

    Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1989

  • 13
    82
    41

    HAL Laboratory

    Video game, Video game industry

    Located in: Chiyoda, Founded in: 1980

  • 14
    79
    46

    Level-5

    Video game, Video game industry

    Located in: Fukuoka, Founded in: 1998

  • 15
    57
    33

    Arc System Works

    Video game, Video game industry

    Located in: Yokohama, Founded in: 1988

  • 16
    140
    119

    Konami

    Video game, Video game industry

    Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1969

  • 17
    54
    30

    Intelligent Systems

    Video game, Video game industry

    Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1986

  • 18
    53
    34

    SNK Playmore

    Video game, Video game industry

    Located in: Osaka, Founded in: 1978

  • 19
    57
    38

    Koei

    Video game, Video game industry

    Located in: Ashikaga, Tochigi, Founded in: 1978

  • 20
    43
    24

    Yuke's

    Located in: Osaka, Founded in: 1993

  • 21
    38
    20

    Jaleco

    Video game, Telecommunications

    Located in: Shinagawa, Tokyo, Founded in: 2006

  • 22
    42
    26

    Nihon Falcom

    Video game, Video game industry

    Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1981

  • 23
    35
    20

    1-UP Studio

    Video game industry

    Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 2000

  • 24
    44
    31

    Natsume

    Located in: Shinjuku, Tokyo, Founded in: 1987

  • 25
    41
    29

    Taito Corporation

    Video game, Video game industry

    Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1953