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Banpresto Co., Ltd
Native name
Kabushiki gaisha Banpuresuto
  • Hoei Sangyo
  • (1977-1982)
  • Coreland
  • (1982-1989)
Kabushiki gaisha
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
HeadquartersShinagawa, Tokyo, Japan
ParentBandai Namco Holdings

Banpresto Co., Ltd. (?, 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]


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.

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 merged with BEC to form the successor company B.B. Studio, which was delegated into Bandai Namco Games on April 1, 2008.[2]

See also


  1. ^ "History". BANDAI NAMCO Holdings Inc. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "History". Banpresto. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "Company Outline". 18 February 2008. Archived from the original on 18 February 2008. Retrieved 2010.
  4. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (February 22, 2019). "Toy Company Banpresto Dissolves, Combines With Bandai Spirits". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ "Banpresto Co., Ltd". MobyGames. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "Banpresto". IGN. Ziff Davis. Archived from the original on February 21, 2002. Retrieved 2019.

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