Nexon Corporation of Seoul, Korea is a gaming company specializing in online games. It is best known for its extremely popular MMORPG, MapleStory. Nexon published its first title, Nexus: The Kingdom of the Winds, in 1996. In 1999 Nexon released Dark Ages: Online Roleplaying which was loosely based off the Korean game Legend of Darkness, using the same server technology.
Nexon has also released a few unsuccessful games to the North American audience in beta form which have since been dropped. Nexon has several games exclusively available to Korean players such as Elsworld, Elancia, and Huskey Express.
In 2003, Nexon created a hugely successful game called MapleStory, which eventually had clients in Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Southeast Asia, North America, Europe, Hong Kong, and more recently, Brazil and Vietnam.
It has produced several online video games, primarily MMORPGs and online action games. Most games have used a 2D perspective, including side-scrolling, top-down, and isometric perspectives. Newer 3D titles are currently being published. Although most games are available for free, various gameplay enhancements can be purchased through Nexon's innovative micro-transaction business, the Cash Shop.
Nexon announced that they have made a partnership with Nintendo, making them a second-party developer for the company, though they will continue games for the computer as well.