MonkeyPaw Games

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MonkeyPaw Games
IndustryVideo game publisher
FounderJohn Greiner

MonkeyPaw Games is a video game publisher based in San Jose, California.[1] They localize retro Japanese games that were never released in the West and publish them on modern gaming consoles.[1]


The company was created by John Greiner, who is its president.[2]

In 2012, the company attempted to run a Kickstarter alongside Gaijinworks to localize Class of Heroes 2 and publish the game's special edition.[3] However, this failed to raise enough funds to meet the $500,000 goal.[3] Greiner attributed this to the desire to quickly begin the Kickstarter in order to capitalize off of the success of the Double Fine Adventure Kickstarter, and not having adequate planning.[3] Additionally, MonkeyPaw had promised to release a digital version regardless of whether it succeeded or failed, which led to a lack of urgency.[3] Greiner stated he would continue his goal of publishing as many JRPGs as possible in the United States.[3]

In January 2014, the company announced that it would bring 6 classic PlayStation games to PlayStation Network, in an event called "Retro Rush".[4][5]

In 2015, the company also localized Class of Heroes 3.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Home - MonkeyPaw Games". MonkeyPaw Games. Retrieved 2017-07-25.
  2. ^ Reese, Zack. "E3 2012: MonkeyPaw Games and Gaijinworks Interview | RPG Site". Retrieved 2017-07-25.
  3. ^ a b c d e Schreier, Jason. "When A Kickstarter Fails". Kotaku. Retrieved 2017-07-25.
  4. ^ Jackson, Leah B. (2014-01-13). "Tomba! 2, Double Dragon Coming To PlayStation Network Between January And February". IGN. Retrieved 2017-07-25.
  5. ^ Davison, Pete. "MonkeyPaw Games Prepares for PS1-Centric "Retro Rush" Event". USgamer. Retrieved 2017-07-25.
  6. ^ "The PSP is still alive and kicking with Class of Heroes 3". Destructoid. Retrieved 2017-07-25.