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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
357 63
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
256 67
Sony Computer Entertainment is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Interactive entertainment, Video game industry

Located in: Tokyo, 
Founded in: 1987

3
260 72
Square Enix is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry

Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 2003

4
188 56
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
195 63
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
169 51
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
159 46
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
108 45
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
109 47
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
77 30
HAL Laboratory is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry

Located in: Chiyoda, Founded in: 1980

11
92 43
Tecmo Koei is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Tecmo Koei

Located in: Yokohama, Founded in: 2009

12
69 28
Monolith Soft is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry

Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1999

13
79 38
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
142 99
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
59 34
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
49 27
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
41 23
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
46 32
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
42 31
Natsume is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Natsume

Located in: Shinjuku, Tokyo, Founded in: 1987

20
39 28
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
57 47
Sonic Team is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry

Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1988

22
35 27
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
33 26
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
30 23
Nihon Falcom is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Nihon Falcom Video game, Video game industry

Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1981

25
30 24
Marvelous Entertainment is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Marvelous Entertainment

Located in: Shibuya, Tokyo, Founded in: 1997