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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
327 58
Nintendo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Consumer electronics, Video game, Interactive entertainment - Located in: Kyoto, Founded in: 1951

2
239 62
Square Enix is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry - Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 2003

3
231 60
Sony Computer Entertainment is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Interactive entertainment, Video game industry - Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1987

4
174 49
Capcom is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry - Located in: Osaka, Founded in: 1979

5
180 53
Sega is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry - Located in: Ota, Tokyo, Founded in: 1951

6
153 45
Bandai Namco Holdings is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Interactive entertainment, Video game industry - Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 2005

7
145 43
Atlus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry - Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1986

8
97 39
From Software is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry - Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1986

9
100 42
Game Freak is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game industry - Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1989

10
62 21
Monolith Soft is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry - Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1999

11
67 26
HAL Laboratory is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry - Located in: Chiyoda, Founded in: 1980

12
81 40
Tecmo Koei is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Tecmo Koei Located in: Yokohama, Founded in: 2009

13
70 34
Level-5 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry - Located in: Fukuoka, Founded in: 1998

14
134 88
Konami is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry - Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1969

15
53 27
Koei is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry - Located in: Ashikaga, Tochigi, Founded in: 1978

16
45 21
Intelligent Systems is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry - Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1986

17
37 18
SNK Playmore is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry, Game - Located in: Osaka, Founded in: 1978

18
41 25
Arc System Works is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry - Located in: Yokohama, Founded in: 1988

19
53 38
Sonic Team is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry - Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1988

20
34 22
Hudson Soft is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry - Located in: Sapporo, Founded in: 1973

21
38 27
Natsume is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Natsume Located in: Shinjuku, Tokyo, Founded in: 1987

22
31 22
Taito Corporation is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry - Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1953

23
29 21
Polyphony Digital is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry - Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1998

24
27 19
Marvelous Entertainment is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Marvelous Entertainment Located in: Shibuya, Tokyo, Founded in: 1997

25
26 20
Nihon Falcom is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Nihon Falcom Video game, Video game industry - Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1981

26
22 19
Mistwalker is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game industry - Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 2004

27
25 24
Grasshopper Manufacture is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry - Located in: Suginami, Tokyo, Founded in: 1998

28
18 19
Banpresto is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Toy - Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1977

29
16 19
tri-Ace is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
tri-Ace Video game industry - Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1995

30
12 16
Active Gaming Media is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Active Gaming Media Located in: Osaka, Founded in: 1995

31
15 20
Sora Ltd. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Sora Ltd. Video game industry - Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 2005

32
12 18
1-UP Studio is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game industry - Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 2000

33
11 17
Artoon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Artoon Video game, Video game industry - Located in: Yokohama, Founded in: 1999

34
10 16
Climax Entertainment is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Climax Entertainment Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1990

35
14 22
Dimps is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry - Located in: Osaka, Founded in: 2000

36
12 20
Jaleco is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Telecommunications - Located in: Shinagawa, Tokyo, Founded in: 2006

37
13 22
Yuke's is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Yuke's Located in: Osaka, Founded in: 1993

38
10 18
AQ Interactive is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry - Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 2005

39
8 16
0verflow is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
0verflow Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1997

40
10 20
Q Entertainment is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry - Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 2003

41
7 16
feelplus is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
feelplus Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1992

42
8 18
Mitchell Corporation is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Mitchell Corporation Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1960

43
8 19
Syn Sophia is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game - Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1995

44
7 18
ArtePiazza is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game - Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1989

45
6 18
Nihon Bussan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Nihon Bussan Located in: Osaka, Founded in: 1970

46
7 22
Tose Co., Ltd. is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Located in: Kyoto, Founded in: 1979

47
5 20
Pax Softnica is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Pax Softnica Located in: Kanagawa, Founded in: 1983