While Tecmo was founded on July 31, 1967 as Tehkan (they changed their name to Tecmo in 1986), they didn't start making video games until 1981. They started by selling cleaning equipment and amusement equipment in 1969. In 1981 Tecmo released their first game, Pleiads
. However, they are better known as the creators of popular series such as Ninja Gaiden
and Tecmo Bowl
. On April 1, 2009 Tecmo merged with Koei
to create Tecmo Koei
. However, in 2010 Tecmo's development studio was re-launched.
Here are some of the notable franchises Tecmo has been involved in either as a publisher or developer.