Banpresto

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Banpresto Co., Ltd
Native name
株式会社バンプレスト
Romanized name
Kabushiki gaisha Banpuresuto
Formerly
  • Hoei Sangyo
  • (1977-1982)
  • Coreland
  • (1982-1989)
Kabushiki gaisha
Subsidiary
Industry Wholesale
FoundedApril 1977;42 years ago (1977-04) (as Hoei Sangyo, Co. Ltd.) (original company, merged with BEC to form B.B. Studio) [1]
April 1, 2008;11 years ago (2008-04-01)(current company) [2]
DefunctFebruary 23, 2019
Headquarters Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan
Products Toys
Parent Bandai Namco Holdings
Website www.banpresto.co.jp/english/

Banpresto Co., Ltd.(株式会社バンプレスト,Kabushiki gaisha Banpuresuto) was a Japanese toy company, and a former game developer and publisher, headquartered in the Shinagawa Seaside West Building in Shinagawa, Tokyo. [3] The current iteration of the company was formed on April 1, 2008, with the focus on the toy consumer business. [2] The company was dissolved in February 2019 and combined to Bandai Spirits, with the company getting all the rights and duties of Banpresto. [4]

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History

The original company was founded April 1977 as Hoei Sangyo, Co. Ltd.. During the 1980s it worked mainly as a subcontractor for Sega and its arcade division, [5] and the company was renamed Coreland in 1982. It started to be partially owned by Bandai in 1989, when it gained its current name. [6] It became a wholly owned subsidiary of Bandai Namco Holdings in March 2006.

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Banpresto has created a variety of Japan-only video games, most notably the Super Robot Wars series. Other projects include anime tie-in games such as the Slam Dunk basketball games and Tenchi Muyou! Game Hen . Banpresto also made the Another Century's Episode series, a collaboration with FromSoftware, and the Compati Hero series of games which crosses over the Ultraman , Kamen Rider and Gundam franchises. Banpresto also makes several varieties of mechanical prize-winning games. As Coreland, the company has produced a number of games for Sega, including Pengo , 4-D Warriors and I'm Sorry .

Super Robot Wars is a series of tactical role-playing video games produced by Banpresto, which is now a Japanese division of Bandai Namco Entertainment. Starting out as a spinoff of the Compati Hero Series, the main feature of the franchise is having a story that crosses over several popular mecha anime, manga and video games, allowing characters and mecha from different titles to team up or battle one another. The first game in the franchise was released for the Nintendo Game Boy on April 20, 1991. Later spawning numerous games that were released on various consoles and handhelds. Due to the nature of crossover games and licensing involved, only a few games have been released outside Japan, and in English. The franchise celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016.

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Banpresto's video game operations were merged with BEC to form the successor company B.B. Studio, which was delegated into Bandai Namco Games on April 1, 2008. [2]

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