Epoch Co.

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Epoch Co.
IndustryVideo game industry, Toy industry
FoundedMay 1958; 61 years ago (1958-05) in Komagata, Taitō, Tokyo, Japan
Headquarters,
Japan
Websiteepoch.jp Edit this on Wikidata

Epoch Co., Ltd. (株式会社エポック社, Kabushiki Gaisha Epokku Ja) is a Japanese toy and computer games company founded in 1958 which is best known for manufacturing Barcode Battler and Doraemon video games, and the Sylvanian Families series of toys. Its current Representative President is Michihiro Maeda.

They also made Japan's first successful programmable console video game system, the Cassette Vision, in 1981.

History[edit]

The TV Vader, a dedicated home video game console that played a Space Invaders clone.

Founded in May 1958 by Maeda Taketora and three others in Tokyo with ¥1 million, Maeda Taketora is made president, eleven months later, it had increased its capital to ¥2.5 million. Epoch participated in the first Japanese international toy trade fair in 1962. It moved to its headquarters to its current location in Tokyo in 1963. After 20 years of its founding in 1978, Epoch had increased to ¥200 million - 200 times the original startup cost. In the 1980s it briefly had a United States office in Englewood, New Jersey, which sold imported English versions of its products. In September 2001 it founded an international branch. It is most famous for its Doraemon and Sylvanian Families toy and video game productions.

Video game consoles[edit]

LCD handheld electronic games[edit]

Epoch created four LCD handheld electronic games in cooperation with ITMC, Gama-Mangold, Tomy and other companies.[1][2]

Computer games produced[edit]

Doraemon Games[edit]

  • Doraemon: Giga Zombie no Gyakushuu
  • Doraemon
  • Doraemon 2
  • Doraemon 3
  • Doraemon 4
  • Doraemon: Nobita to Fukkatsu no Hoshi
  • Doraemon 2: SOS! Otogi no Kuni
  • Doraemon
  • Doraemon Kart
  • Doraemon no GameBoy de Asobou yo DX10
  • Doraemon 2
  • Doraemon Kart 2
  • Doraemon: Nobita to Fukkatsu no Hoshi (Saturn)
  • Doraemon: Aruke Aruke Labyrinth
  • Doraemon Memories: Nobita no Omoide Daibouken
  • Doraemon: Nobita to 3-tsu no Seirei Ishi (N64)
  • Doraemon 2: Nobita to Hikari no Shinden (N64)
  • Doraemon 3: Nobita no Machi SOS! (N64)
  • Doraemon 3: Makai no Dungeon
  • Doraemon no Study Boy: Kuku Game
  • Doraemon no Study Boy: Gakushuu Kanji Game
  • Doraemon Kimi to Pet no Monogatari
  • Doraemon Board Game
  • Doraemon no Quiz Boy 2
  • Doraemon no Study Boy: Kanji Yomikaki Master

Sylvanian Families Games[edit]

  • Sylvanian Families: Otogi no Kuni no Pendant (シルバニアファミリー おとぎの国のペンダント, Shirubania famirī: Otogi no kuni no pendanto, lit. Sylvanian Families: The Fairyland Pendant) (Game Boy Color)
  • Sylvanian Melodies ~Mori no Nakama to Odori Masho!~ (シルバニアメロディー ~森のなかまと踊りましょ!~, Shirubania merodī ~Mori no naka ma to odorimasho!~, lit. Sylvanian Melodies ~Let's Dance with the Forest Friends!~) (Game Boy Color)
  • Sylvanian Families 2: Irozuku Mori no Fantasy (シルバニアファミリー2 色づく森のファンタジー, Shirubania famirī tsu: Irodzuku mori no fantajī, lit.Sylvanian Families 2: Rainbow Forest Fantasy) (Game Boy Color)
  • Sylvanian Families 3: Hoshifuru Yoru no Sunadokei (シルバニアファミリー3 星ふる夜のすなどけい, Shirubania famirī suri: Hoshifuru yoru no sunadokei, lit. Sylvanian Families 3: Hourglass of the Wishing Stars) (Game Boy Color)
  • Sylvanian Families 4: Meguru Kisetsu no Tapestry (シルバニアファミリー4 めぐる季節のタペストリー, Shirubania famirī fo: Meguru kisetsu no tapesutorī, lit. Sylvanian Families 4: Tapestry of the Four Seasons) (Game Boy Advance)
  • Sylvanian Families: Yosei no Stick to Fushigi no Ki Maron Inu no Onnanoko (シルバニアファミリー 妖精のステッキとふしぎの木 マロン犬の女の子, Shirubania famirī: Yōsei no sutekki to fushigi no ki maron inu no on'nanoko, lit. Sylvanian Families: The Fairy's Wands and the Mystery Tree Esme Huckleberry) (Game Boy Advance)
  • Sylvanian Families: Fashion Designer ni Naritai! Kurumi Risu no Onnanoko (シルバニアファミリー ファッションデザイナーになりたい! くるみリスの女の子, Shirubania famirī: fasshondezainā ni naritai! Kurumi risu no on'nanoko, lit. Sylvanian Families: I wanna be a Fashion Designer! Saffron Walnut) (Game Boy Advance)

Licensed Games[edit]

Other games[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (in French) Epoch LCD handheld electronic games Archived 2008-11-14 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "GAMAtronic Handheld Games". www.handheldmuseum.com. Retrieved 2019-05-19.