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Capcom Company, Limited
株式会社カプコン
Type Public TYO: 9697
Founded May 30, 1979
Headquarters Flag of Japan Osaka, Japan
Flag of the United States San Mateo, California, USA
(HQ & Studios)
Asia HQ: Flag of Hong Kong Hong Kong
Europe HQ: Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom
Offices:
Flag of Germany Germany
Flag of England England
Key people Kenzo Tsujimoto, CEO
Yoshiki Okamoto
Tokuro Fujiwara
Shinji Mikami
Keiji Inafune
Industry Video games
Entertainment
Products Mega Man
Resident Evil
Onimusha
Devil May Cry
Street Fighter
Captain Commando
Strider
Breath of Fire
Darkstalkers
Final Fight
Marvel vs. Capcom
SNK vs. Capcom
(See complete products listing.)
Revenue ¥74.542 billion (2006)[1]
Net income ¥5.852 billion (2006)
Employees 1,206
Website http://www.capcom.com
For the original NASA meaning, see capsule communicator.

Capcom Co., Ltd. (株式会社カプコン Kabushiki-gaisha Kapukon?, TYO: 9697) is a leading Japanese international developer and publisher of video games headquartered in Osaka, Japan. It was founded in 1979 as Japan Capsule Computers, a company devoted to the manufacturing and distribution of electronic game machines. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Tokyo Stock Exchange ), or TSE, is one of the largest stock exchange markets in the world by monetary volume located in Tokyo, Japan, second only to the New York Stock Exchange. ... is the 150th day of the year (151st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... San Mateo is a city in San Mateo County, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. ... For other uses, see Asia (disambiguation). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Hong_Kong. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Yoshiki Okamoto (born June 10, 1961 in Ehime Prefecture, Japan) is a video game designer credited with designing a number of the most popular games in the industry. ... Tokuro Professor F, Arthur King Fujiwara (藤原 得郎 Fujiwara Tokuro) is a Japanese video game designer at Capcom best known for creating the Ghosts n Goblins and Mega Man series. ... Shinji Mikami, circa 2002. ... Keiji Inafune Keiji Inafune , born 8 May 1965) is the character designer of Mega Man and producer of Onimusha and Dead Rising video game series and designs characters for many other Capcom games, and is the head of the Capcom Production Studio 2. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... The entertainment industry consists of a large number of sub-industries devoted to entertainment. ... An illustration of the starring characters in the various series. ... This article is about the video game series. ... Onimusha Japanese Icon Onimusha (Japanese: 鬼武者, literally Oni Warrior) is a PlayStation 2 action-adventure game series by Capcom. ... The series takes its name from a shop owned by Dante, the main character Devil May Cry is a series of video games set in the modern day, developed by Capcom and created by Shinji Mikami. ... “Street Fighter” redirects here. ... Captain Commando is an arcade game produced by Capcom in 1991, featuring the character of the same name. ... Strider, also known as Strider Hiryu, is an arcade game produced by Capcom in 1989. ... Breath of Fire, also known as Breath of Fire: The Dragon Warrior ) in Japan[1][2] is the first entry in the Breath of Fire series of console role-playing games. ... Darkstalkers, known in Japan and Asia as Vampire ), is a series of 2D fighting games produced by Capcom during the late 1990s for the CPS-2 hardware. ... Final Fight ) is a beat em up series from Capcom. ... Marvel vs. ... “Capcom vs. ... List of games developed or released by Capcom: // Super Street Fighter II Turbo Street Fighter II Super Street Fighter II 1941: Counter Attack 1942 1943: The Battle of Midway 1943 Kai: Midway Kaisen 1944: The Loop Master 19XX: The War Against Destiny Adventure Quiz 2: Hatena? no Daibouken Adventure Quiz... For the tax agency in Ireland of the same name, see Revenue Commissioners. ... ISO 4217 Code JPY User(s) Japan Inflation -0. ... Net income is equal to the income that a firm has after subtracting costs and expenses from the total revenue. ... ISO 4217 Code JPY User(s) Japan Inflation -0. ... This article is about work. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... For other uses, see NASA (disambiguation). ... During much of the U.S. manned space program, NASA felt it was important for all communication with the astronauts in space to pass through a single individual in the Mission Control Center. ... The Tokyo Stock Exchange ), or TSE, is one of the largest stock exchange markets in the world by monetary volume located in Tokyo, Japan, second only to the New York Stock Exchange. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual) that creates video games. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Computer and video games redirects here. ... For other uses, see Osaka (disambiguation). ... 1979 1979 in games 1978 in video gaming 1980 in video gaming Notable events of 1979 in video gaming. ...

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History

According to Capcom, "The name CAPCOM is an abbreviation of CAPsule COMputer. This was a phrase symbolic of an internal company objective to create a new gaming experience that would exceed that of rival personal computers which had also been increasing in popularity during the same period." [2]


Over the years, Capcom has created some of the biggest and longest running franchises in video gaming history. The company released their first arcade game in 1984: Vulgus. Their early games were mostly arcade games such as the scrolling shooter 1942. This is a list of video game franchises organised alphabetically by name. ... Centipede by Atari is a typical example of a 1980s era arcade game. ... Vulgus (J: バルガス), is a simple vertically scrolling shooter released by Capcom in 1984. ... Scrolling shooters are a type of video game, a subgenre of shoot em up . ... 1942 is a vertically scrolling shoot em up made by Capcom that was released for the arcade in 1984. ...


In the late 1980s, Yoshiki Okamoto joined the company from Konami. In 1987, Capcom released the game Street Fighter. In 1989, the company released the platformer Mega Man (Rockman in Japan) for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Yoshiki Okamoto (born June 10, 1961 in Ehime Prefecture, Japan) is a video game designer credited with designing a number of the most popular games in the industry. ... Konami Corporation ) (TYO: 9766 NYSE: KNM SGX: K20) is a leading developer and publisher of numerous popular and strong-selling toys, trading cards, anime, tokusatsu, slot machines and video games. ... Street Fighter ) is a 1987 arcade game developed by Capcom. ... A simple platform sequence from the game Wonder Boy Platform game, or platformer, is a video game genre characterized by jumping to and from suspended platforms or over obstacles. ... This article is about the Nintendo Entertainment System game. ... “NES” redirects here. ...


Final Fight, a beat 'em up, was released in 1990. In 1992, Okamoto's Street Fighter II was released in the arcades. Final Fight ) is a beat em up series from Capcom. ... Screenshot of The King of Fighters XI (2005, SNK Playmore). ... Street Fighter II ) is a 1991 competitive fighting game by Capcom. ... arcade, see Arcade. ...


Breath of Fire, Capcom's first major foray into the RPG genre, was released in 1994 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Breath of Fire, also known as Breath of Fire: The Dragon Warrior ) in Japan[1][2] is the first entry in the Breath of Fire series of console role-playing games. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Super Nintendo Entertainment System or Super NES (also called SNES and Super Nintendo) was a 16-bit video game console released by Nintendo in North America, Europe, Australasia, and Brazil between 1990 and 1993. ...


Resident Evil (Biohazard in Japan), a successful survival horror, was released on the PlayStation in 1996. Resident Evil, known in Japan as Biohazard ), is a survival horror video game by Capcom and is the inaugural title and 1st installment in the Resident Evil series. ... Three enemies from Silent Hill 4: The Room, a survival horror title released by Konami in 2004. ... For other uses, see PlayStation (disambiguation). ...


Two Capcom development houses, Clover Studio [3] and Flagship [4] have created successful titles in recent years, including the Viewtiful Joe series and Okami. A development studio of Capcom. ... Flagship was an independent developer funded by Capcom, Nintendo and Sega that was founded by game designer Yoshiki Okamoto. ... Viewtiful Joe is a video game developed by Capcoms Capcom Production Studio 4 design team Team Viewtiful. The other games in the series, including the PS2 port of the first game, have been made by Clover Studio. ... Ōkami (大神 in Japanese) is a cel-shaded video game developed by Clover Studio that will be coming coming for the PS2 sometime in late 2005 or 2006. ...


In 2002 a movie based on the series entitled Resident Evil was released, which did well enough financially to warrant a sequel (Resident Evil: Apocalypse) in 2004. A third movie, Resident Evil: Extinction was released on September 21, 2007, and led the box office in first place. Movie poster of Resident Evil. ... Resident Evil: Apocalypse is the sequel to the 2002 film Resident Evil from Screen Gems, written by Paul W. S. Anderson and directed by Alexander Witt. ... is the 264th day of the year (265th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


Beside developing games under its own brand, Capcom also developed the arcade, Dreamcast and PS2 versions of its Mobile Suit Gundam third person shoot em ups for Banpresto and also distribute many games including the Grand Theft Auto series for the Japanese market. Mobile Suit Gundam ) is a televised anime series, created by Sunrise. ... Banpresto Co. ... Grand Theft Auto may refer to Motor vehicle theft, a crime in many jurisdictions Grand Theft Auto (film), a film directed by Ron Howard Grand Theft Auto (series), a computer and video game series Grand Theft Auto (video game), the first game in this series Category: ...


Mascot

Capcom's original mascot, Captain Commando, is a superhero who wears a futuristic armor of unknown origin. His name forms the word Capcom when the first syllable of each word is combined in the Japanese abbreviation way. He originally appeared in the early Capcom Famicom/NES game Section Z (the arcade version of Section Z has similar gameplay, but it is not clear that the hero is the same person) and in the manuals of Capcom's early NES games to thank players for purchasing them. He also appeared in the self named beat em up game, Captain Commando, in 1991. He later appeared in Marvel vs. Capcom and Marvel vs. Capcom 2, in which he is often considered to be an excessively powerful character. In Marvel vs. Capcom, he still serves as a mascot, regularly shouting "Capcom!" during fights and relaying Capcom-themed messages after winning. He displays the ability to quickly change from regular clothing, including a cowboy hat, into his armor, suggesting a secret identity. Captain Commando's storyline is not connected to that of Commando and Bionic Commando, despite the similar name. Millie, once mascot of the City of Brampton, is now the Brampton Arts Councils representative. ... For other uses, see Superhero (disambiguation). ... “NES” redirects here. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Gameplay includes all player experiences during the interaction with game systems, especially formal games. ... Beat-em-up is a genre of video games that usually involves punching and kicking your way through enemy characters from the start of an area to a goal. ... Captain Commando is an arcade game produced by Capcom in 1991, featuring the character of the same name. ... This article is about the series. ... The Marvel vs. ... For other uses of this term, please see Secret identity (disambiguation). ... Commando is a vertically-scrolling shoot em up released in 1985. ... Bionic Commando lit. ...


Mega Man has superseded Captain Commando as Capcom's official mascot, primarily because of the immense popularity of the Mega Man series. Mega Man, known as Rock Man ) in Japan, is a video game character created by Keiji Inafune and is the title character of what has been referred to as the Classic Mega Man series developed by Capcom since 1987. ... An illustration of the starring characters in the various series. ...


Also, Ryu is one of the more prominent Capcom characters and is not only the face of Capcom's fighting games, but is generally associated with the fighting genre.   , also written as 隆) is a video game character created by Capcom, and is the main character in the Street Fighter series. ...


Yashichi

The Yashichi
The Yashichi

The Yashichi is an item found in many Capcom video games. It often restores the player's health or acts as a bonus point item. The symbol is a red circle decorated with a stylised white cross that resembles a pinwheel. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...


The item appeared first in 1985, in Capcom's first title, Vulgus, as an enemy (it was also featured in Capcom's fifth title, Exed Exes, in a similar role.) It also appeared in Mega Man (Rockman in Japan) as an item which fully restored health and weapon energy. Since then, it has been featured in many other games in a far more benign role such as a playable character in Street Fighter IV Vulgus (J: バルガス), is a simple vertically scrolling shooter released by Capcom in 1984. ... Exed Exes is an arcade game that was released in 1985 by Capcom. ... Mega Man is a video game developed and published by Capcom in 1987 for the Nintendo Entertainment System/Famicom. ...


Capcom Production Studios

Each Capcom Production Studio is the developer behind Capcom's games. The studios are divided into different sections and named after numbers, except for the independent Clover Studio (now defunct) and Flagship which is funded by Capcom of Japan. A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual) that creates video games. ... A development studio of Capcom. ... Flagship was an independent developer funded by Capcom, Nintendo and Sega that was founded by game designer Yoshiki Okamoto. ...


Subsidiaries and related corporations

  • Capcom Entertainment, Inc.
  • Capcom U.S.A., Inc. was established in California as the official North American subsidiary of Capcom in August 1985.
  • Capcom Studio 8, Inc. was established as the R&D division of Capcom USA, Inc. in June 1995. The studio was closed in 2006.
  • Capcom Asia Co., Ltd. was established in Hong Kong as the official Asian subsidiary of Capcom in July 1993.
  • Capcom Eurosoft Ltd. was established in United Kingdom as the official European subsidiary of Capcom in July 1998.
  • KOKO Capcom Asia Co., Ltd. the official South Korean subsidiary of Capcom in July 2001.
  • Suleputer was established to market and distribute games and related merchandising (books, music, anime, etc.) in Asia. Their current name is a conjunction of Capsule Computer.
  • Captron Co., Ltd. manages the rent, lease and operation of real estate properties.
  • Flagship Co., Ltd. was the development studio that made Onimusha and the Zelda games on the Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance, most recently releasing The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap. It was absorbed into Capcom's main studio in June 2007.
  • Capcom Charbo Co., Ltd. manages the rental, maintenance and lease of electronic game machines.
  • CE Europe Ltd. was established in London in November 2002.
  • CEG Interactive Entertainment GmbH was established in Germany in February 2003.
  • Nude Maker Co., Ltd. is the development studio that made Clock Tower 1, 2 games on the PlayStation and Xbox and Steel Battalion only available on the Xbox..
  • Clover Studio Co., Ltd. was a development studio based in Osaka. It was founded in July 2004, and was dissolved in March 2007. They created the Viewtiful Joe series, as well as Okami and God Hand.
  • Platinum Games is the new studio made up of former Clover Studio employees. It was formerly known as SEEDS. [1]
  • Arika formed in 1996 by former Capcom employees. The name of the company is the reverse of the name of the company's founder, Akira Nishitani, who (along with Akiman) created Street Fighter II. First game was Street Fighter EX and new properties of their own are Everblue and Endless Ocean.
  • Nickel City is a chain of video arcades once owned by Capcom where the machines ran on nickels or on free play. It was sold in 2004 and continues to operate under independent ownership.
  • Capcom Interactive Canada is a division of Capcom and their focus is developing games for mobile platforms.

A subsidiary, in business, is an entity that is controlled by another entity. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... The phrase research and development (also R and D or R&D) has a special commercial significance apart from its conventional coupling of research and technological development. ... [1]#redirect Book ... For other uses, see Music (disambiguation). ... Animé redirects here. ... For other uses, see Asia (disambiguation). ... Flagship was an independent developer funded by Capcom, Nintendo and Sega that was founded by game designer Yoshiki Okamoto. ... Onimusha (Japanese: 鬼武者, literally Oni Warrior) is a PlayStation 2 action-adventure game series by Capcom. ... A Legend of Zelda series logo The Legend of Zelda series (often shortened to Zelda, TLoZ, or LoZ), by Nintendo, is a series of video games created by celebrated game designer Shigeru Miyamoto. ... The Game Boy Color , shortened to GBC) is Nintendos successor to the Game Boy and was released on October 21, 1998 in Japan and in November of 1998 in the United States and 1999 in Europe. ... “GBA” redirects here. ... The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap is a game for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... A development studio of Capcom. ... For other uses, see Osaka (disambiguation). ... A development studio of Capcom. ... Arika is a video game developer. ... A video arcade is a place where people play arcade video games. ... Two countries have a coin called a nickel: The United States (see Nickel (U.S. coin)) Canada (see Nickel (Canadian coin)) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...

Influence in general media

Capcom's games and characters therein have been featured in a number of anime, cartoons, theatrical movies, etc. Some of which include:

  • The company mascot, Mega Man, played a supporting role in a Nintendo inspired TV-show Captain N: The Game Master and has later been featured in three separate cartoons: Mega Man produced by Ruby-Spears, and the two anime series MegaMan NT Warrior and Mega Man Star Force. He also starred in three OVAs originally released in Japan in 1993, released later on DVD in North America, and the NT Warrior anime series spawned a 48-minute feature film (only in Japan) entitled Rockman EXE: The Program of Light and Dark, Mega Man's first ever appearance on the big-screen.
  • Street Fighter II has also been a popular source for films,anime, and cartoons. A popular anime adaptation was made, followed by live action adaptation, both in 1994. Shortly afterwards, two different animated TV series, a Japanese series and an American series were produced in 1995.
  • The fighting game Darkstalkers was made into two animated adaptations, in Japan and in the United States.
  • Another fighting game, Power Stone, saw an anime adaptation.
  • So far the most successful series of films has been based on Capcom's popular survivor horror series Resident Evil. The first film was received well at the box office, earning a solid 102 million worldwide. Its VHS and DVD sales were even stronger leading Screen Gems and Sony to make a sequel, which also proved to be a financial success. The third and final part Resident Evil: Extinction was released in Fall 2007.
  • An anime series based on Viewtiful Joe was made in 2004. It consists of 52 episodes and is based loosely around the first and second games. It features new characters, such as Captain Blue Jr. and Sprocket, who were later introduced into the GameCube and PSP game, Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble. Viewtiful Joe the anime series used to air on Kids' WB! on Saturdays at 8:00 AM, and later 11:30 AM but was cancelled shortly before the network changed to The CW (no specific date if the anime series will return on "Kids' WB)."
  • An anime based on the series Devil May Cry aired in Japan for 12 episodes. It is was handled by the same studio responsible for the anime based on Death Note, Madhouse. [2]
  • Two films based upon the Capcom franchises Devil May Cry [3] and Clock Tower [4] are currently in production and scheduled to be released in 2008.
  • A manga version of the courtroom drama action series Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is being produced in Japan [5].

For the video game system, see Nintendo Entertainment System. ... Captain N: The Game Master is a cartoon series that aired on U.S. and United Kingdom television from 1989 to 1992. ... MegaMan NT Warrior , RockMan. ... Mega Man Star Force , RyÅ«sei no Rockman (lit. ... Street Fighter is a 1994 action movie based on Capcoms popular fighting game series Street Fighter. ... Street Fighter II V , pronounced two vee) is an anime series based on the fighting game Street Fighter II. Directed by Gisaburo Sugii, the series first aired in Japan in 1995, from April 10 to November 27, on YTV. As of July 2007 re-runs of the series started to... Street Fighter is an American animated series that was featured on the USA Networks Cartoon Express and Action Extreme Team. ... Darkstalkers, known in Japan and Asia as Vampire ), is a series of 2D fighting games produced by Capcom during the late 1990s for the CPS-2 hardware. ... Resident Evil is a 2002 science fiction horror film loosely based on the Resident Evil series of survival horror games developed by Capcom. ... Resident Evil: Apocalypse is the sequel to the 2002 film Resident Evil from Screen Gems, written by Paul W. S. Anderson and directed by Alexander Witt. ... Original run 2 October 2004 – 24 September 2005 No. ... Captain Blue Jr. ... Death note redirects here. ... Madhouse ) is a Japanese animation studio, founded in the early 1970s by ex-Mushi Pro animators including Masao Maruyama, Osamu Dezaki, Rintaro, and Yoshiaki Kawajiri. ... This article is about the first game in the series. ... Clock Tower is a survival horror video game series created by Human Entertainment, a company founded in Japan. ...

See also

List of games developed or released by Capcom: // Super Street Fighter II Turbo Street Fighter II Super Street Fighter II 1941: Counter Attack 1942 1943: The Battle of Midway 1943 Kai: Midway Kaisen 1944: The Loop Master 19XX: The War Against Destiny Adventure Quiz 2: Hatena? no Daibouken Adventure Quiz... This is a list of companies from Japan. ... For other uses, see Steam (disambiguation). ...

References

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Capcom U.S.A., Inc. was established in California as the official North American subsidiary of Capcom in August 1985.
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