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Founded 1979
Headquarters Osaka, Japan
Other Names Japan Capsule Computers

Capcom (株式会社カプコン Kapukon Kabushikigaisha = Capcom Co., Ltd.) is one of the most successful video game companies in history releasing to the arcade, console, and PC markets. They have created several successful franchise like Mega Man, Street Fighter, Resident Evil, Devil May Cry, Breath of Fire, and Monster Hunter.

Capcom is short for Japan CAPsule COMputers.


Music Development


The majority of Capcom's NES games use a sound driver written by Yoshihiro Sakaguchi in 6502 assembly to produce sound on the audio processing unit of the CPU of the NES, the RP2A03. Composition required musicians to arrange their music into a custom Music Macro Language using hex values, a very tedious process. Capcom's sound driver was quite robust and yielded an distinctly identifiable sound.

It is unknown if the earliest NES Capcom games used the same driver, as the composers have given differing reports as to whether they used Sakaguchi's driver or one by Micronics programmer Kazuo Yagi, but it is known that the last few games use a sound driver created by Make Software rather than Sakaguchi's driver, possibly because it was easier to work with.


Yoshihiro Sakaguchi also wrote the sound driver used for most of the company's early SNES releases. His sound driver was later refined by Yasushi Ikeda, with Breath of Fire (SNES) the earliest known game to use the newer version.

Audio Personnel

These composers worked at Capcom:

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