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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.
list ordered by

1
339 60
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
248 65
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
242 63
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
179 52
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
189 58
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
163 47
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
153 44
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
105 43
Game Freak is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game industry -

Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1989

9
102 41
From Software is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry -

Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1986

10
72 27
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
87 40
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
65 24
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
75 35
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
138 93
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
57 29
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
46 23
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
39 19
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
56 41
Sonic Team is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry -

Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1988

19
42 28
Arc System Works is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry -

Located in: Yokohama, Founded in: 1988

20
37 24
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
40 29
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
33 25
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
31 24
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
29 22
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
28 22
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

26
24 21
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
28 26
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
20 20
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 22
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
16 24
Dimps is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry -

Located in: Osaka, Founded in: 2000

31
13 20
1-UP Studio is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game industry -

Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 2000

32
12 19
Active Gaming Media is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Active Gaming Media

Located in: Osaka, Founded in: 1995

33
13 21
Jaleco is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Telecommunications -

Located in: Shinagawa, Tokyo, Founded in: 2006

34
15 24
Sora Ltd. is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Sora Ltd. Video game industry -

Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 2005

35
11 20
Artoon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Artoon Video game, Video game industry -

Located in: Yokohama, Founded in: 1999

36
10 19
Climax Entertainment is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Climax Entertainment

Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1990

37
13 24
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 20
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 18
0verflow is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
0verflow

Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1997

40
7 17
feelplus is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
feelplus

Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1992

41
8 19
Mitchell Corporation is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Mitchell Corporation

Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1960

42
10 22
Q Entertainment is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry -

Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 2003

43
8 20
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 19
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 20
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 24
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 22
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