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
(the company's mascot since 1991) and Street Fighter II
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)
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.
- Ironically, the first one seems to be losing its status for God-knows-what reasons (though the recent departure of Keiji Inafune may have something to do with it); just about every single planned Mega Man project has been getting cancelled with reckless abandon in recent months.
- Monster Hunter has also 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.