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Capcom Co., Ltd. (株式会社カプコン Kabushiki-gaisha Kapukon, stylized as CAPCOM) 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.

Capcom is the company responsible for the Ace Attorney series, as well as many other best-selling video game franchises.

An annual private media summit called Captivate, renamed from Gamers Day in 2008, is traditionally used as a platform for new game and business announcements.


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.

Over the years, Capcom has created some of the biggest and longest running franchises in video gaming history. The company released Vulgus, their first arcade game, in 1984. Their early games were mostly arcade games, such as the scrolling shooter 1942.

In the late 1980s, Yoshiki Okamoto joined the company from Konami. In 1987, Capcom released the game Street Fighter. In the same year, the company also released the platformer Mega Man (Rockman in Japan) for the NES.

Final Fight, a fighting game, was released in 1989. In 1991, Okamoto's Street Fighter II was released in arcades.

Breath of Fire, Capcom's first major foray into the RPG genre, was released in 1993 for the SNES.

Resident Evil (Biohazard in Japan) was released on the PlayStation in 1996.

Gyakuten Saiban was released on the Game Boy Advance in 2001 in Japan. The game spawned two sequels, and then all three games were ported to the Nintendo DS. These ports localized and released outside of Japan, with the first game being Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney in 2005.

Two Capcom development houses, Clover Studio and Flagship created successful titles in the following years, including the Viewtiful Joe series and Ōkami.

In 2002, a movie based on the Resident Evil 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.

In 2004, Capcom released Monster Hunter, a 4-player online co-op title for the PlayStation 2.

Besides developing games under its own brand, Capcom also developed the arcade, Dreamcast, and PlayStation 2 versions of its Mobile Suit Gundam third person shoot 'em ups for Banpresto and also distributes many games, including the Grand Theft Auto series, for the Japanese market.


Along with Captain Commando and Mega Man, 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.

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 now defunct independent Clover Studio and Flagship, which were funded by Capcom of Japan.

Influence in general media[]

Capcom's games and characters have been featured in a number of anime, cartoons, theatrical movies, and so on. Street Fighter II has been a popular source for films, anime, and cartoons. A popular anime adaptation was made, followed by a live action adaptation, both in 1994. Shortly afterwards, two different animated TV series, a Japanese series and an American series were produced in 1995.


  1. Origin of "Capcom" Name. Capcom Investor Relations. Retrieved on 2017-06-13.

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