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ApeInc

Ape Inc.'s logo.

Ape Inc. was a Japanese video game developer. It was founded in March 1989 by Shigesato Itoi and Nintendo, and was involved in the development of the first two games in the Mother series. After completing their work on EarthBound, the development team disbanded.

On November 8, 1995, Tsunekazu Ishihara and several other former Ape employees founded a new company called Creatures Inc., which is now known as one of the developers of the Pokémon franchise. Hirokazu Tanaka, one of the composers of EarthBound Beginnings and EarthBound, is currently the president of Creatures.

Although Ape no longer produces games, the company still exists to manage its own IPs, including EarthBound. It is an affiliated company of Nintendo as well as Shigesato Itoi's company Hobonichi.[1][2] Itoi remains the CEO of Ape.[3]

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