Namco Bandai Is Japan’s Strongest Game Company As Nintendo Plummets

Publisher Namco Bandai emerged the better company in the yearly Japanese charts, climbing over a fumbling Nintendo, who took a serious nosedive. The former is now listed way below many other companies.

Here is a list of rankings:

  • 126th – Namco Bandai – Last year’s position: 442nd
  • 173rd – Nihon Falcom – Last year’s position: 215th
  • 292nd – Sony – Last year’s position: 163rd
  • 318th – Capcom – Last year’s position: 701st
  • 363rd – Sega – Last year’s position: 133rd
  • 363rd – Marvelous AQL – Last year’s position: not ranked
  • 390th – Tecmo Koei – Last year’s position: 451st
  • 567th – Konami – Last year’s position: 355th
  • 1647th – Nintendo – Last year’s position: 219th

There are 2000 companies listed in total, meaning Nintendo isn’t doing too hot. They recently took a big hit, after their projected losses, despite having much better news a little prior to that. Their shares tumbled by 18%, which is a sizable drop.

Ranking is determined by looking at a company’s growth, profitability, safety and scale. We can guess which ones Nintendo didn’t succeed in.

In Namco Bandai’s case, however, this spells good news.

Last year, they could count on releases for popular Japanese franchises like One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2, Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers and Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3.

This year, Namco Bandai will release Dark Souls II and Super Smash Bros on both Nintendo Wii U and 3DS. There’s perhaps still growth afoot in those.