Banpresto Co., Ltd.[a] was a Japanese toy company, and a former game developer and publisher, headquartered in the Shinagawa Seaside West Building in Shinagawa, Tokyo. The current iteration of the company was formed on April 1, 2008, with the focus on the toy consumer business. The company was dissolved in February 2019 and combined to Bandai Spirits, with the company getting all the rights and duties of Banpresto.
|Kabushiki gaisha Banpuresuto|
|Founded||April 1977(as Hoei Sangyo, Co. Ltd.)|
|Defunct||February 23, 2019|
|Fate||Video game operations taken over by Bandai Namco Games, Company merged with Bandai Spirits|
|Headquarters||Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan|
|Parent||Bandai Namco Holdings|
The original company was founded April 1977 as Hoei Sangyo, Co. Ltd. (豊栄産業株式会社, Hōei Sangyō Kabushiki-gaisha, also known as Hoei Manufacturing Corp.). During the 1980s it worked mainly as a subcontractor for Sega and its arcade division, and the company was renamed Coreland Technology Co., Ltd. (コアランドテクノロジー株式会社, Koarando Tekunorojī Kabushiki-gaisha) in 1982. It started to be partially owned by Bandai in 1989, when it gained its current name. It became a wholly owned subsidiary of Bandai Namco Holdings in March 2006.
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.
Banpresto's video game operations were fully merged into Bandai Namco Games on April 1, 2008. Banpresto's internal development division, Banpresoft, merged with BEC to form the successor company B.B. Studio on April 1, 2011.
|Gombe's I'm Sorry||Sega||1985|
|WEC Le Mans||Konami||1986|
|SD Lupin the 3rd: Operation to Break the Safe||Game Boy||April 13, 1990|
|SD Battle Ōzumō: Heisei Hero Basho||Family Computer||April 20, 1990|
|SD Hero Soukessen: Taose! Aku no Gundan||Family Computer||July 7, 1990|
|Ranma ½||Game Boy||July 28, 1990|
|SD Sengoku Bushou Retsuden: Rekka no Gotoku Tenka wo Nusure!||Family Computer||September 8, 1990|
|Kininkou Maroku Oni||Game Boy||December 8, 1990|
|Hissatsu Shigotonin||Family Computer||December 15, 1990|
|SD the Great Battle||Super Famicom||December 29, 1990|
|Super Robot Wars||Game Boy||April 20, 1991|
|Battle Dodge Ball||Super Famicom||July 20, 1991|
|Game Boy||October 16, 1992|
|Super Puyo Puyo||Super Famicom||December 10, 1993|
|Puyo Puyo||Game Boy||July 31, 1994|
|Super Hero Operations||PlayStation||1999|
|Crayon Shin-chan: Saikyou Kazoku Kasukabe King Wii||Wii||December 2, 2006|
|Gintama: Gintoki vs. Hijikata||Nintendo DS||December 14, 2006|
|Crayon Shin-Chan: Arashi wo Yobu Cinema Land - Kachinko Gachinko Daikatsugeki!||Nintendo DS||March 20, 2008|
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