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Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked  

El Gamer Grande
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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
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
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
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
Atlus is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry

Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1986

6
Sega is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry

Located in: Ota, Tokyo, Founded in: 1951

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
HAL Laboratory is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry

Located in: Chiyoda, Founded in: 1980

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

Located in: Ashikaga, Tochigi, Founded in: 1978

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

Located in: Tokyo, Founded in: 1986

16
SNK Playmore is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry, Game

Located in: Osaka, Founded in: 1978

17
Arc System Works is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Video game, Video game industry

Located in: Yokohama, Founded in: 1988

18
Konami 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: 1969

19
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
Polyphony Digital 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: 1998

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

Located in: Sapporo, Founded in: 1973

22
Sonic Team 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: 1988

23
Marvelous Entertainment is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Current 20+ Top Japanese Game Developers, Ranked
Marvelous Entertainment

Located in: Shibuya, Tokyo, Founded in: 1997

24
Taito Corporation 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: 1953

25
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