Namco Bandai Named Most “Powerful” Japanese Game Company, Sony Drops Sharply, Nintendo Collapses

Every year Japan’s prominent business and economy magazine Toyo Keizai publishes the New – Corporate Power Ranking where it grades Japanese companies on four parameters: growth, profitability, safety and scale.

Namco Bandai was the first ranked between video game companies. Sony dropped sharply, while Nintendo literally collapsed by more than 1400 positions in the overall ranking.

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MultiConsoleGamer1581d ago

Very happy for Namco Bandai. I love me some Pac-Man!

Magicite1581d ago

More RPGs please! Tales games FTW!

djplonker1581d ago

I agree who needs a decent ff game when there is tales games!

Spenok1581d ago

Absolutely. Just picked up Tales of Xillia on the PSN for $10. Already excited for Xillia 2 :D

Magicite1581d ago

Tales are great on its own, but they cant replace Final Fantasy ever.

RandomGamer1581d ago

I agree and unlike like Square Enix with Final Fantasy Namco Bandai doesn't always try to change the formula so much they alienate large portions of the fan base .

GameNameFame1581d ago (Edited 1581d ago )

Well. I just check stock. Sony market cap is over 17 billion dollars.

Namco Bandai is 4 billion... So Sony is over 4 times bigger. Not sure if the author read 4 billion in yen or something lol. Kinda bad journalism. Namcos stock have been rising though.

Still,completely false article. Author needs better homework

Skip_Bayless1580d ago

PS4>PS3 , so this subjective ranking system is gonna change come next year :)

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truefan11581d ago

Are they including the complete Sony company? I can understand if they are including the other struggling departments, but if its ps4 only why did it fall? ps4 has had a pretty successful launch with sales and reviews, so why the drop?

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Snookies121581d ago

@R0ver0ff - If they're 'betting everything on the PS4', then they're going to be absolutely fine. That thing is taking off.

Gamer19821581d ago

Its the complete Sony company yeah. Not just gaming division even though the article is slightly misleading but they put Sony in there as they do make games. It doesn't say SEJ it says Sony. So that includes there TV and entertainment divisions which have taken massive hits over the past few years especially there TV department thanks to warehouse floods and 3D not taking off etc..

ShinMaster1581d ago

@ R0ver0ff

That's a good bit of stealth trolling right there.

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Chrono1581d ago

Namco is probably one of the few old Japanese video game companies that are still doing as good as before or even better.

Concertoine1581d ago

Most of it probably isnt even games too...
They own all those animes and stuff.

YellowTempes1580d ago

And they're doing a great job for all their products, that's for sure.

mewhy321581d ago

Nintendo is really in need of some redirection.

Volkama1581d ago (Edited 1581d ago )

With great power comes great.... earning potential?

Good for them keeping up with the industry where others are struggling to adapt.


Silly gameAr1581d ago

Grrrr, Heeey! This isn't a TitanFall or X1 article! What are you doing here?!

Volkama1581d ago


I stick to articles that interest me :) Titanfall and X1 are on that list (on separate lines, as I'm getting Titanfall for the PC), but there are many other things on it too!

Japanese companies of influence are only moderately interesting though, so perhaps I should leave.

MrWonderful1581d ago

with great power comes releasing more of the Tales series outside of the East.

mii-gamer1581d ago

Nintendo has a safety rating of 998 which is almost close to perfect. But Nintendo's growth is poor, which is expected since the 3DS has been selling steadily well while the wii u has been struggling. Nintendo only needs to work on the profitability this year (which will be hard) to get back to the where they were in 2012.

Good find Abriael

abzdine1581d ago (Edited 1581d ago )

no surprise about that, Namco have been delivering for the past years.
I don't know what's wrong with SCEJ

ZodTheRipper1581d ago

Read this

Short version: They were struggling with the PS3 and their old fashioned approach to game development but the future looks promising thanks to some internal restructuring done by the former head of Sony Santa Monica.

abzdine1581d ago (Edited 1581d ago )

i still think it's strange we haven't seen any announcement other than Knack. Let's wait and see what they are up to but i really hope they release something for the oldschool fans.

thanks 4 the link

ZodTheRipper1581d ago

Well it's strange because you're wrong. They released Soul Sacrifice, Rain, Puppeteer, and Knack in the last 12 months. They are currently working on Destiny of Spirits, Soul Sacrifice Delta, Gravity Rush 2, Deep Down and The Last Guardian.

majiebeast1581d ago (Edited 1581d ago )

They are also working on freedom wars together with the developer of Gods eater 2. The rumoured Demons souls 2/spiritual succesor and probably some other stuff we havent heard of. Allan Becker is telling Fumito Ueda to get of his ass and finish Last Guardian.

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