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Tose Co., Ltd.

Moby ID: 3914

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Tose Co. Ltd.'s primary business is the outsourced development of games. The company has been in business since 1979 and employs over 1,000 developers in China (200) and Japan (800). A remarkable aspect is they don't like to take credit for their work - the company has worked on thousands of games for different platforms, but strives to keep its name off of covers and out of credits; going as far as using fake names sometimes.

At present, 70% of their clients are located in Japan, 15% in China, 10% in the U.S., and 5% in other regions such as Korea and Canada. The company consists of 6 studios in Kyoto, 1 studio in Tokyo and 2 in China.

Credited on 313 Games from 1980 to 2023

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Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince (2023 on Nintendo Switch)
WarioWare: Move It! (2023 on Nintendo Switch)
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII - Reunion (2022 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One...)
Dragon Quest Treasures (2022 on Windows, Nintendo Switch)
Final Fantasy VI (2022 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch...)
Final Fantasy V (2021 on Windows, PlayStation 4, iPhone...)
WarioWare: Get It Together! (2021 on Nintendo Switch)
Final Fantasy IV (2021 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch...)
Final Fantasy (2021 on Windows, iPhone, iPad...)
Final Fantasy II (2021 on Windows, iPhone, PlayStation 4...)
Final Fantasy III (2021 on Windows, iPhone, iPad...)
Scarlet Nexus (2021 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One...)
Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind (2021 on Nintendo Switch)
Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir (2021 on Nintendo Switch)
Animal Crossing: New Horizons (2020 on Nintendo Switch)
Star Ocean: First Departure R (2019 on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch)
World of Final Fantasy: Maxima (2018 on Xbox One, Nintendo Switch)
WarioWare: Gold (2018 on Nintendo 3DS)
8-Bit Collection: Jaleco Vol. 1 (2017 on NES)
Splatoon 2 (2017 on Nintendo Switch)

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March 2003

In a move to establish Tose on the Western markets, Tose Software USA, Inc. is set up in West Lake in California.

March 2000

Expanding further into China, Tose sets up its second development centre, DongXing software (Hangzhou) co., Ltd. in Hangzhou.

January 2000

In order to strengthen its abilities in the domain of mobile phone applications as well as WWW development and operation, Tose funds Japan Data Frontier, turning it into its own subsidiary. Data Frontier is reorganised into T-net Co., Ltd..

November 1993

In the search of fresh talent, Tose sets up its Shanghai operation, Dongxing Software (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

April 1993

Due to the weakening games market abroad, North American subsidiary Tose Software of America, Inc. is dissolved.

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Trivia +

Tose is called Dongxing in China.

Tose originally split off from robotics and industry computerisation company, Toa Seiko. Tose's name is derived from the first syllables of its former parent company.

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