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TypeSubsidiary of Nintendo
FoundedMarch 1989
Fatedisbanded in 1995
HeadquartersKyoto, Japan
Founder(s)Shigesato Itoi
IndustryVideo games

APE was a subsidiary of Nintendo that was established in March 1989 and was disbanded in 1995.


APE was founded after Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi decided to form a new company to support the work of a writer named Shigesato Itoi.

It was primarily founded to create Mother, although APE also provided development support for projects by other studios.

The sequel to Mother, Mother 2, was co-developed by HAL Laboratory, which was brought in after the game's development started to falter.


APE disbanded in 1995, and much of the former staff of APE joined a new company named Creatures, also a subsidiary of Nintendo, which was founded on November 8, 1995.

Games by Ape

Title Released Platform Notes Added to the Museum
EarthBound Beginnings 1989
Wii U
Originally released only in Japan for Famicom as Mother.
The previously unreleased NES version was released on the Wii U Virtual Console.
Wii U: December 3, 2017
Monopoly 1993 Super Famicom Co-developed with Cream Soft and released only in Japan. Not Yet
Earthbound 1994
Super Famicom
Wii U
New 3DS
SNES Classic
Co-developed with HAL Laboratory and originally released in Japan as Mother 2.
Localized for North America as Earthbound.
The SNES version was released on the Wii U Virtual Console.
The SNES version was released on the New Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console.
The SNES version was included on the SNES Classic Edition.
New 3DS: February 19, 2018
SNES Classic: March 16, 2018
Mario's Picross 1995
Game Boy
Co-developed with Jupiter.
It was re-released on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console.
Not Yet
Tamori's Picross 1995 Super Famicom
Co-developed with Jupiter and released episodically on the Satellaview only in Japan with a new puzzle each week.
Although he wasn't featured in the game, it tied into and was promoted on a radio show by the Japanese celebrity, Tamori.
Not Yet
The Monopoly Game 2 1995 Super Famicom Co-developed with Tomcat System and released only in Japan. Not Yet
Mario's Super Picross 1995
Super Famicom
Wii U
Co-developed with Jupiter and released on Super Famicom only in Japan.
It was re-released on the Wii and Wii U Virtual Consoles in Japan, Europe, and Australia, with the original Japanese text untouched.
Not Yet