Creator: Falcom

One of the oldest game publishers in the world... and this is probably the first you've seen of this logo!

Nihon Falcom Corporation 『日本ファルコム株式会社』 is one of Japan's oldest and most venerable video game development and publication houses, having begun business in 1981 selling Apple ][ hardware and software, and released their first game, Galactic Wars, in 1982 on the PC88, with their first truly significant release being Dragon Slayer two years later, that being perhaps the very first Action RPG... and you've probably never heard of them. They are probably best known outside of Japan for creating the Ys Action RPG series and giving its games catchy soundtracks courtesy of the company's internal sound production staff: the "Falcom Sound Team jdk"(not to be confused with jdk Band - a band made of freelance musicians who provides arrangements and performances of Sound Team jdk's music for both arranged albums/soundtracks and live on stage during concerts). In Japan they have a number of other famous franchises, most notably the The Legend of Heroes franchise, and especially the Trails/Kiseki series.

Unlike other developer-publishers of its pedigree and generation (particularly Square and Enix), Falcom never established an overseas subsidiary... and as a result, their overseas releases have been extremely scattershot and spread among a legion of publishers, from Nintendo to BrÝderbund to Sega to NEC to Working Designs to American Sammy to Hudson Soft to Namco Bandai to Sierra Entertainment to Infocom to Atlus. (Falcom even helped found "Kyodai Software Marketing" in 1988 in an attempt to self-publish on American PCs, but that operation folded after just releasing Ys 1.) The end result was very little consistency in release schedule or quality and style of translation, the Falcom name often not appearing on their own products (or at best tangentially appearing) leading to no brand recognition, general neglect of Falcom's strongest platform (the PC), and some of Falcom's best games taking years to cross the Pacific, especially in the latter part of The '90s and into The Noughties (with some still in No Export for You limbo as of this writing) and with some games getting absolutely shameful treatments (the "Gagharv trilogy", The Legend of Heroes III-V, being the most infamous disaster and one which nearly killed the chance for Trails In The Sky to cross the Pacific). Recently, Falcom formed a partnership with XSEED Games to bring a number of games to North America, ensuring that a more regular release pipeline for their games is maintained.

These days, Falcom's greatest focus is on their "Kiseki" or "Trails" franchise, the first game of which finally came to North America in March of 2011. To date, seven Trails games have been released in Japan. The company remains well-respected for generally solid gameplay, great writing in its Trails games, and incredible music in basically every game it releases; both original soundtracks and arranged music albums. While still not extremely well-known in the West, recent releases like Ys: The Oath in Felghana have raised the company's profile significantly due to warm reception and Trails could cement their place in the relative mainstream.

You can find most of their musical works on this YouTube channel . Starting in January 11th, 2012, they also began to put their soundtracks up on the western portions of iTunes store and Amazonstores! As of this edit, they have put up albums for the majority of their games released overseas as well as all the recent Trails releases in Japan.

Now with its own music page!

Games developed or licensed by Falcomnote  :

  • Asteka
  • Brandish & Brandish: The Dark Revenant
    • Brandish 2: The Planet Buster
    • Brandish 3: Spirit of Blacan
    • Brandish 4 & Brandish VT
  • Dinosaurnote 
    • Dinosaur Resurrection
  • Dragon Slayer
    • Dragon Slayer II: Xanadu
      • Faxanadu
      • Dragon Slayer VIII: The Legend of Xanadu
      • The Legend of Xanadu II
      • Xanadu Next
    • Dragon Slayer III: Romancia
    • Dragon Slayer IV: Drasle Family (Legacy of the Wizard internationally)
    • Dragon Slayer V: Sorcerian
      • Sorcerian Forever
    • Dragon Slayer VI: The Legend of Heroes
      • Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes II
      • Gagharv trilogy note 
      • The Legend of Heroes III: White Witch (Legend of Heroes II: Prophecy of the Moonlight Witch internationally, first to drop the DS branding)
      • The Legend of Heroes IV: A Tear of Vermillion (Legend of Heroes: A Tear of Vermillion internationally)
      • The Legend of Heroes V: A Cagesong of the Ocean (Legend of Heroes III: Song of the Ocean internationally)
      • Trails/Kiseki series
      • Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky (The Legend of Heroes VI: Sora no Kiseki FC in Japan)
      • The Legend of Heroes: Sora no Kiseki SC
      • The Legend of Heroes: Sora no Kiseki The 3rd
      • The Legend of Heroes: Zero no Kiseki
      • The Legend of Heroes: Ao no Kiseki
      • Nayuta no Kiseki
      • The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki
      • The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki II
    • Dragon Slayer VII: Lord Monarch
  • Gurumin
  • Popful Mail
  • Star Trader
  • Vantage Master
    • VM Japan
    • Vantage Master Portable
  • Ys
    • Ys: Ancient Ys Vanished: Omen
    • Ys II: Ancient Ys Vanished: The Final Chapter
      • Further collected into various packages such as Ys Eternal, Ys Complete and Ys Chronicles
    • Ys III: Wanderers from Ys
      • Remade as Ys: The Oath in Felghana
    • Ys IV: Mask of the Sun/The Dawn of Ys
      • Remade as Ys: Memories of Celceta - technically Falcom's own version of Ys IV, but it's so completely unlike any other version that it's worth playing at least The Dawn of Ys as well and possibly Mask of the Sun.
    • Ys V: Lost Kefin, Kingdom of Sand
    • Ys VI: The Ark of Naphistim
    • Ys Origin
    • Ys SEVEN
  • Ys vs. Sora no Kiseki: Alternative Saga
  • Zwei!!
    • Zwei 2

Alternative Title(s):

Nihon Falcom