Nihon Falcom Studio

Nihon Falcom Corporation is a Japanese corporation that develops video games. Masayuki Kato created the business in March 1981. Falcom also played a vital role in the growth of the Japanese personal computer tech industry. The firm published the first Japanese RPG computer game in 1983, featuring real-time action and adventure games, with complete soundtracks.

Its featured games include Dragon Slayer, The Heroes Legend, and other Falcom games, which were adapted to different platforms of all types.

Nihon Falcom was founded in 1981 by Masayuki Kato and soon became one of Japan’s leading and popular video game companies alongside Enix and Square. The foundations of the Japanese role-playing game industry are credited to them.

Falcom’s first role-playing game was to create the Dragon Slayer and Brandish franchises, Panorama Toh (Panorama Island), published for the PC-8801 and developed for Yoshio Kiya in 1983. The game presented an in-house battle with a pistol that introduced the RPG style of gameplay that would later be popular for Falcom. In contrast, its RPG features were minimal and without conventional statistics or ranking structures. The player may even be attacked by snakes that kill and paralyze the player, need medication to cure or seek NPC aid.

Falcom eventually set up their signature series, namely Dragon Slayer, The Legend of Heroes and Ys Series. The first Dragon Slayer set up a prototype for the Dragon Slayer II action game: Xanadu (1985) shipped more than 400,000 copies, making it the best-selling PC title until at that time.

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