February 15, 2019

Branpresto is a Japanese brand which created and distributed videogames either their own or based on popular Anime franchises like Tenchi Muyo (Super Famicom) and Sailor Moon (Arcade.) If you ever played an Anime game, then you sure have heard of Branpresto overall.

Currently it has merged with Bandai and continues on with its business related with Anime and producing toys and figures, dwelling in merchandising more than contributing to videogames as it did in the 90s. Its gaming legacy is quite extensive, especially after its merging with entertainment business giant Bandai, releasing games on the likes of Gameboy Advance such as their own Robot Wars titles and Dragonball Z.

Other classic Anime titles Banpresto released in gaming was Mazinger Z, which was a top down shooter featuring all 3 Mazin mecha that was shown on Japanese TV, the ever popular Macross series, and Ultraman. On the Super Famicom, Banpresto released Tenchi Muyo! Game Hen, an Strategic JRPG featuring titular characters from the Anime. It also contributed on releasing games for SEGA such as My Hero and 4-D Warriors.

The company was founded April 1977 as Hoei Sangyo, Co. Ltd and it went on the 80s as subcontractor for SEGA and its arcade games division, later on renamed Coreland and then Bandpresto as Bandai partially owned the company by that point. By 2006 it was absorbed by Bandai Namco.

If anything Banpresto had a nice run in popularizing Anime on gaming consoles and Arcade, bringing feelings of nostalgia right to gamer's screens.

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