16 Facts About Namco Bandai


Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc is a Japanese multinational video game publisher headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo.

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Bandai Namco Entertainment was formed on 31 March 2006, following a corporate merge between Namco and Bandai on 29 September of the previous year.

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Namco Bandai Games absorbed Banpresto's video game division in 2008 and dissolved Bandai Networks in 2009.

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Namco Bandai Games was renamed Bandai Namco Games in 2014 and again to Bandai Namco Entertainment a year later.

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Bandai Namco Entertainment owns several multi-million video game franchises, including Pac-Man, Tekken, Gundam, Soulcalibur, Tales, Ace Combat, Taiko no Tatsujin, The Idolmaster and Dark Souls.

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In February 2005, in the wake of their 50th anniversary, Namco announced their intent to merge with Bandai to form Bandai Namco Holdings.

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In 2010, Namco Bandai Games entered the Guinness World Records as the company that released the most TV commercials for the same product, a Nintendo DS game called Solatorobo: Red the Hunter.

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On 2 April 2012, Namco Bandai Games spun off its development operations into a new company called Namco Bandai Studios.

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On 1 April 2018, the amusement machine business division of Bandai Namco Entertainment was transferred over to sister company Bandai Namco Amusement.

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Namco Bandai acquired minority stake in Limbic Entertainment in February 2021.

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In March 2021, Bandai Namco Amusement announced that withdrawal of the arcade game facility business in North America due to closure of various gaming facilities from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Bandai Namco Entertainment was originally headquartered in Shinagawa, Tokyo, moving their operations to Minato-ku, Tokyo in February 2016.

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Bandai Namco Entertainment is the core development division of the Bandai Namco Group's "Content Strategic Business Unit", and the main video game branch of Bandai Namco Holdings.

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Core video game development studio of Bandai Namco Entertainment is Bandai Namco Studios, established in April 2012 as a separate company — Bandai Namco Studios creates video games for home consoles, handheld systems, mobile devices and arcade hardware, while Bandai Namco Entertainment handles the managing, marketing and publishing of these products.

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Bandai Namco Studios produces music and videos based on its properties and has development studios in the European, Asian, and Americas offices.

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Bandai Namco Online was established in 2009 and is a subsidiary responsible for online in Bandai Namco Studios games, and develop games focusing on online.

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