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Sony Corporation(JP) is an electronics conglomerate. The PlayStation systems were created by a subsidiary of Sony's, Sony Computer Entertainment. Prior to the PlayStation's creation, Sony released games on Nintendo's consoles through some of their subsidiaries.

History[]

Founding[]

Sony was founded on May 7, 1946 as Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo (東京通信工業 Tōkyō Tsūshin Kōgyō?). The company changed it's name to Sony Corporation on January 1, 1958.

SNES-CD and PlayStation[]

PlayStation

The classic PlayStation

The first PlayStation console resulted from a joint project between Nintendo and Sony to make a CD-ROM for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Development of the format started in 1988, when Nintendo signed a deal with Sony to produce a CD-ROM add-on for the SNES. After several years of development, Sony introduced a standalone console at 1991's summer Consumer Electronics Show called the "Play Station". This system was to be compatible with normal SNES games and SNES-CD games, similar to the Twin Famicom.

However, the two companies conflicted over control of the licensing. Under their agreement, Sony would then develop and retain control over the SNES-CD disc format, effectively ceding a large amount of control over software licensing to Sony. To counter this, Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi sent Nintendo of America president Minoru Arakawa and executive Howard Lincoln to Europe to negotiate a more favorable deal with Philips, Sony's industry rival. At the June 1991 Consumer Electronics Show, Sony announced its SNES-compatible cartridge/CD console, the "Play Station". The next day, Nintendo revealed its partnership with Philips via a surprise announcement at the show. Sony eventually started developing their own console to rival Nintendo's consoles, the PlayStation.

CBS/Sony[]

CBS/Sony was a subsidiary of Sony that published a few video games for Nintendo's Famicom from 1986 to 1989.

Epic/Sony[]

Epic/Sony was a subsidiary of Sony that published a few video games for Nintendo's systems in Japan from 1987 to 1994.

Sony Imagesoft[]

Sony Imagesoft was a subsidiary of Sony that published video games for Nintendo's and Sega's systems. It was founded in January 1989 as CSG Imagesoft Inc. in Los Angeles, California as a subsidiary of the Japan-based CBS/Sony Group (CSG). The subsidiary closed in March 1995.

List of games[]

Unties[]

Unties is a branch of Sony Music Entertainment established in 2017 to publish indie titles. The branch closed in 2020 with the various titles going to other publishers

Aniplex[]

Aniplex is Sony Music's animation subsidiary. Several series under them have gotten licensed games for Nintendo platforms. In 2021, Aniplex started to self-publish games, starting with Everyday Today’s Menu for the Emiya Family. They also retained some rights to games that were Unties projects.

Sony Interactive Entertainment[]

Sony Interactive Entertainment is the primary structure for games for the Sony Playstation consoles. The development houses are organized under PlayStation Studios. Their titles are normally exclusive, but SIE developed titles started making their way to Nintendo platforms following their agreement with MLBAM to release the MLB The Show series on competing platforms. The publishing arm of PlayStation Studios, known as PlayStation Publishing LCC, are generally in charge of releases on non-PlayStation platforms. Though in the case of the MLB The Show series, its releases are handled by external partners. In 2024, Sony collaborated with LEGO to release a LEGO entry in their Horizon franchise which also releases on Nintendo Switch.

PlayStation Studios[]

PlayStation Publishing LCC[]

External Publishers[]

  • MLB The Show 22 (Nintendo Switch) (COKeM International Ltd./MLBAM for physical/digital)
  • MLB The Show 23 (Nintendo Switch) (COKeM International Ltd./MLBAM for physical/digital)
  • MLB The Show 24 (Nintendo Switch) (Solutions 2 GO Inc./MLBAM for physical/digital)

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