You may never have heard of Nihon Falcom; you may never even have heard of their games.
Their creations appeal to the hardest of hardcore role-playing fans. The Ys and Trails in the Sky series have loyal devotees, but one need only look at their most recent U.S. release — a remake of 1991's PC dungeon crawler Brandish, for PSP, in 2015! — to see just how deeply into the niches of the medium this company operates.
According to company president Toshihiro Kondo, it's precisely that commitment to keeping things small that has kept Falcom alive all these years. While countless peers and competitors from the early PC days have fallen by the wayside through the years, Falcom has carved itself a reliable niche.