Capcom is a leading third-party game developer that got its start in 1979 as a publisher of electronic games. In 1984, Capcom (originally the name Capcom was a contracted form of its official name at the time, Japan Cap
puters) released its first Arcade Game
, a scrolling shooter entitled Vulgus
. They would go on to make several more shooters like that, including the famed 19XX
series, before hitting it big with games like Mega Man 1
and Street Fighter II
Capcom also briefly entered the arcade Pinball
industry in the mid-ninties, hiring Mark Ritchie
from Williams Electronics
to be their Director of Engineering. Williams sued, claiming Ritchie violated his contract's non-competitive clause; the case was rendered moot when Capcom closed its pinball division in 1996.
Likes to challenge other companies
to Fighting Game
crossover showdowns.Trope Namers
of Capcom Sequel Stagnation
Games and franchises started by Capcom:
Capcom games that were cancelled:
- Capcom Fighting All Stars: Code Holder
- Dead Phoenix
- Final Fight: Seven Sons
- Galum Pa!
- Ghosts N Goblins series
- Ghosts N Goblins Online Zero (A 2003 MMORPG meant for PC and Xbox)
- Ghosts N Goblins Match Fight
- Maximo 3
- The Magical Ninjya Jiraiya Kenzan!
- Major Damage
- Mega Man series
- Mega Man Anniversary Collection (Game Boy Advance)
- Mega Man Legends 3
- Mega Man Universe
- Rockman Online
- Maverick Hunter (2010 FPS)note
- Red Dead Revolver note
- Resident Evil (Game Boy Color)
- Sammy vs. Capcom (it was supposedly going to feature characters from Guilty Gear and Darkstalkers)
- Strider (unnamed 2009 remake/reboot developed by GRIN)
- Talisman (a game licensed by Games Workshopnote )
- Titan Warriors (a sequel to Vulgus. It was originally named Neo Vulgus)
- War of the Grail
- Werewolf: The Apocalypse (a game licensed by White Wolf Publishing)
Pinball Games developed by Capcom:
Tropes associated with Capcom:
- Capcom Sequel Stagnation: Trope Maker and Trope Namer: Commonly seen in the Street Fighter franchise.
- Cash Cow Franchise: Like Square Enix, Capcom has three of them: Mega Man, Street Fighter, and Resident Evil. Monster Hunter too has established itself as a huge moneymaker, although this is mostly limited to Japan.
- Demoted to Extra: A number of their former flagship series have seen very few releases in recent years, the most apparent of these being the "Mega Man" and "Ghosts 'n Goblins" franchises. They've gone from console games, to handheld games, to downloadable titles, to, in the case of Mega Man, freeware and mobile titles.
- Iconic Item: The Yashichi, a shuriken or pinwheel-like object that has seen itself in many of the company's games. Originally an enemy, it could also be an Easter Egg that may benefit the player in other games.
- Iconic Logo: With the font even being based on that used for Jeopardy!'s questions.
- Mascot: Originally, it was the titular Captain Commando. Then, it was Mega Man. Now it's Ryu.
- Short Runners: The Pinball division.