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Kemco (abbreviated from Kotobuki Engineering & Manufacturing Co., Ltd.) is a Japanese video game developer and publisher established in 1984. It is headquartered in Kure, Hiroshima.[1][2]

Brand of Kotobuki Solution Co., Ltd
IndustryVideo games
PredecessorKotobuki System Co., Ltd.
HeadquartersKure, Hiroshima, Japan

One of its best known franchises is the Top Gear series, developed by Sheffield-based English developers Gremlin Graphics.[3]



Kemco was founded in 1984 as Kotobuki System Co., Ltd. to be the video game subsidiary of the multifaceted corporation Kotobuki Engineering & Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (itself established in 1979).[4][5][6] The Kemco name represents the initial letters of Kotobuki Engineering Manufacturing Co.[4]

Kemco started by developing video games for the Nintendo Entertainment System.[4][6] Although technically called Kotobuki System until 2004, the company was already using the brand Kemco on its first game Dough Boy in 1985.[7]

In the late 1980s until the early 1990s, Kemco's video games were distributed in North America by Seika Corporation of Torrance, California under the joint label of Kemco * Seika.[8]


In the 1990s, Kemco developed and published video games for an array of platforms including the Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64 and Game Boy.[9] During this decade, the company had its first North American subsidiary, Kemco America, which operated from October 2, 1991 to January 24, 2000.[10]


In 2001, Kemco USA was founded as a wholly owned subsidiary of Kemco of Japan, especially targeting the American market.[6]

In 2004, Kotobuki's system development division split to become the company Kotobuki Solution Co., Ltd., keeping the Kemco video game brand in the spinoff.[4][2]


In the 2010s, Kemco is primarily known for its mobile games.[11] Kemco USA closed in 2007, but products continue to be released in North America through Kemco of Japan.[12][13]

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  1. ^ "About - KEMCO".
  2. ^ a b "「鉄人28号」が軽快アクションゲームになった!!".
  3. ^ "Electronic Entertainment Expo 2003 Exhibitor Profiles".
  4. ^ a b c d "ケムコって、ファミコン時代のメーカーでしょ? ざんねん!! ケムコの ぼうけんは モバイルアプリしじょうで つづいていた!!".
  6. ^ a b c "Kemco Games". 12 August 2003.
  7. ^ "Dough Boy Box Shot for NES - GameFAQs".
  8. ^ "Uninvited" (PDF).
  9. ^ "Kemco Games - IGN". 2 October 2015.
  10. ^ "Washington Company List". Washington Companies Directory.
  11. ^ Sheffield, Brandon. "Interview: Valcon's Gordon On Why Game Boxes Matter, And 'Odd' Japanese Titles".
  12. ^ "Washington Company List". Washington Companies Directory.
  13. ^ "Contact us - KEMCO".

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