Capcom Explained

Company Name:Capcom Company, Limited
Company Type:Public
Foundation:May 30, 1979
Location:Osaka, Japan
San Mateo, California, USA
(HQ & Studios)
Asia HQ: Hong Kong
Europe HQ: United Kingdom
Germany, England, Canada
Industry:Video games
Revenue:¥74.542 billion (2006)[1]
Net Income:¥5.852 billion (2006)
Num Employees:1,206
Key People:Kenzo Tsujimoto, CEO
Yoshiki Okamoto
Tokuro Fujiwara
Shinji Mikami
Keiji Inafune
Products:Mega Man
Street Fighter
Devil May Cry
Resident Evil
Captain Commando
Breath of Fire
Final Fight
Marvel vs. Capcom
SNK vs. Capcom
Dino Crisis
(See complete products listing.)

is a leading 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. In 2008, Capcom was one of the fifty largest software companies in the world.[2]


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". [3]

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.

In the late 1980s, Yoshiki Okamoto joined the company from Konami. In 1987, Capcom released the game Street Fighter. Also in 1987, the company released the platformer Mega Man (Rockman in Japan) for the Nintendo Entertainment System.

Final Fight, a beat 'em up, was released in 1989. In 1991, Okamoto's Street Fighter II was released in the arcades.

Breath of Fire, Capcom's first major foray into the RPG genre, was released in 1994 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.

Resident Evil (Biohazard in Japan), a successful survival horror, was released on the PlayStation in 1996.

Two Capcom development houses, Clover Studio [4] and Flagship [5] have created successful titles in recent years, including the Viewtiful Joe series and Ōkami.

In 2002, a movie based on the series entitled Resident Evil was released, which did well enough financially to warrant a sequel () in 2004. A third movie, was released on September 21, 2007, and led the box office in first place.

Capcom also teamed up with Microsoft to make the successful Dead Rising in 2006, which was a popular zombie survival and adventure game and timed exclusive for the Xbox 360. However, in 2009, the Wii version hit the market, and Dead Rising 2 is announced for both the 360 and the PS3.

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.

As of mid-2007, Capcom teamed up with Valve Corporation to release games through Valve's Steam content delivery system, being the first Japanese company to do so.[6] At present, only three games are available, those being Onimusha 3, Devil May Cry 3 Special Edition, and Lost Planet.

Capcom develops products for all age groups and supports the programs and guidelines established by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). Capcom's "E" rated games for Everyone (content suitable for persons 6 and older) include the Mega Man franchise of games. Capcom's "T" rated games for Teens (content suitable for persons 13 and older) include the Street Fighter, Breath of Fire and DarkStalkers franchise of products. Capcom's "M" rated games for mature audiences (content suitable for persons 17 and older) include the Resident Evil, Devil May Cry and Onimusha series of products.


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 syllables of both words are combined as a portmanteau, a method of abbreviation popular in Japan. 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). Along with that, he appeared in the manuals and the back covers 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.

Mega Man has superseded Captain Commando as Capcom's official mascot, primarily because of the immense popularity of the Mega Man series.

Also, Ryu of the Street Fighter series 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.


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.

The item appeared first in 1984, 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.

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.

Subsidiaries and related corporations


Former subsidiaries

Spin-off companies

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:

See also


External links

Notes and References

  1. Financial Results for Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2006
  2. Software Top 100: "The World's Largest Software Companies"
  3. Web site: Origin of "Capcom" Name. CAPCOM. 2008-10-20.
  4. Web site: Clover Studio (overview). IGN. 2008-10-20.
  5. Web site: Flagship (JP). IGN. 2008-10-20.
  6. Web site: Alexander. Sliwinski. Capcom Gets Steam Power. Joystiq. June 12 2007. 2008-11-16.
  7. Web site: Sega announces Platinum Games partnership, first three games. Joystiq. Christopher Grant. May 15th 2008. 2008-10-20.
  8. Web site: Games-to-Film: Devil May Cry. IGN. Brian Linder. June 3, 2003. 2008-10-20.
  9. Web site: Clock Tower: The Movie. IGN. June 22, 2006. IGN FilmForce. 2008-10-20.
  10. Web site: The Official GS Manga!. 2008-10-20.