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Type Former subsidiary of Nintendo
Founded March 1989 (disbanded in 1995)
Headquarters Kyoto, Japan
Key people Shigesato Itoi, founder
Industry Video games
Products EarthBound
Number of people
Website http://www.nintendo.com/

APE, Inc. 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 Platform Released Notes
EarthBound Beginnings Famicom 1989 Known in Japan as Mother.
Monopoly Super Famicom 1993
Earthbound Super Famicom 1994 Known in Japan as Mother 2.
Mario's Picross Game Boy 1995
Tamori's Picross Super Famicom 1995
The Monopoly Game 2 Super Famicom 1995
Mario's Super Picross Super Famicom 1995