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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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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
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
Sony Computer Entertainm... 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
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
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
Atlus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry

Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1986

7
Bandai Namco Holdings is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Interactive entertainment, Video game industry

Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 2005

8
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
Tecmo Koei is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Tecmo Koei

Located in: Yokohama, Founded in: 2009

10
Game Freak is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game industry

Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1989

11
Konami is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry

Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1969

12
HAL Laboratory is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry

Located in: Chiyoda, Founded in: 1980

13
Monolith Soft is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry

Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1999

14
Level-5 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry

Located in: Fukuoka, Founded in: 1998

15
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
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
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
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
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
Taito Corporation is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry

Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1953

21
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
Hudson Soft is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry

Located in: Sapporo, Founded in: 1973

23
Nihon Falcom is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Nihon Falcom Video game, Video game industry

Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1981

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Polyphony Digital is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry

Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1998

25
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