Japan’s prominent business and economy magazine Toyo Keizai ranks Japanese companies each year according to four different aspects of their business, including growth, profitability, safety, and scale. These sums for these categories are then added and ranked to determine how well a company is doing for the past year. The interesting thing about this list is that Nintendo has nearly dropped from it this year, thanks to the harsh news Nintendo delivered over the last week.
At the top of the list is Namco Bandai, jumping up to the 126th spot on the list versus being listed as 442nd last year. Here’s a full look at the jump for some major Japanese video game companies, including Sony, Capcom, Tecmo Koei, Konami, and Nintendo.
- 126th – Namco Bandai – Last year’s position: 442nd
- 157th – Broccoli – Last year’s position: not ranked
- 173rd – Nihon Falcom – Last year’s position: 215th
- 292nd – Sony – Last year’s position: 163rd
- 318th – Capcom – Last year’s position: 701st
- 363rd – Sega – Last year’s position: 133rd
- 363rd – Marvelous AQL – Last year’s position: not ranked
- 390th – Tecmo Koei – Last year’s position: 451st
- 567th – Konami – Last year’s position: 355th
- 1647th – Nintendo – Last year’s position: 219th
As you can see, Nintendo had a large fall from grace, being near the top of the list last year and dropping more than 1,000 places. The company received an excellent safety rating thanks to its huge bank account, but it suffered with profitability and scale, while growth nearly killed the Kyoto giant, ranking the lowest possible score. Ouch.
Hopefully we’ll see Nintendo turn its fortunes around this year so we can see them climb back up this list in 2015.