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In early 2005, Namco Ltd. and Bandai Co. Ltd. announced plans to combine their operations. The merger took effect in September of that same year and both companies became under the umbrella of the newly created Bandai Namco Holdings.

On March 31, 2006, the video games division of Bandai was merged with Namco and renamed Namco Bandai Games (Bandai Namco Games in Japan).

On January 25, 2014, Namco Bandai Games and Namco Bandai Studios announced that the companies would be known as Bandai Namco Games and Bandai Namco Studios worldwide, respectively. The change is intended to unify the brand internationally (since the company was already known as Bandai Namco in Japan) in order to increase the "value" and "appeal" of the name. In December 2014, the company announced in a press release that the full company name will be changed to Bandai Namco Entertainment on April 1, 2015. Bandai's toy division, the largest toy company in Japan and third largest in the world, still operates as the core company of Bandai Namco's Toy and Hobby unit, and the Namco brand continued to be used until 2018.

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They had a Webcomic site known as ShiftyLook , which specialized in comics based off various games, however it was closed down in 2014.

Back on June 22, 2012, it was announced that Bandai Namco Games are partnering with Nintendo and Sora Ltd. to produce the next Super Smash Bros. games for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Almost two years later, it was confirmed that Pac-Man would be a playable fighter. Namco Bandai are lending some of their top staff to the project, such as director of the Tales Series Yoshito Higuchi and the main TEKKEN Project development team.


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Developed Games

Licensed Games:

Published Games (different developer)

Outside Games/Franchises published by Bandai Namco in a set region:

Japan

Asia

  • Agents of Mayhem (Can be purchased either through PSNnote  or through a physical copy)
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum (Demo only in Asia, full game released by Eidos Interactive and later by WB Interactive except in Japan by Square Enix)
  • Dead Island (via Definitive Edition compilation)
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (Only when purchased through PSN)note 
  • Final Fantasy X (Only for the Nintendo Switch through physical copy)
  • Hitman (2016) (Only when the bundle is purchased through PSN)note  (As of 2018, it's not available on the PSN. This is most likely due to Square Enix surrendering the rights of the games back to IO Interactive.)
  • Just Cause 3 (Can be purchased either through PSNnote  or through a physical copy)
  • Just Cause 4 (Can be purchased either through PSNnote  or through a physical copy)
  • Murdered: Soul Suspect (Only when purchased through PSN)note 
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider (Can be purchased either through PSNnote  or through a physical copy)
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider (Can be purchased either through PSNnote  or through a physical copy)
  • Thief (2014) (Only when purchased through PSN)note 

North America

Europe

Oceania

Shows and movies produced (in whole or in part) by Bandai Namco:

See also Bandai Namco Pictures, and Fox Kids (thanks to Power Rangers, many other FK shows created or dubbed by Saban Entertainment had their merch handled by Bandai, like Xyber 9 New Dawn).

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Tropes associatyed with Bandai Namco

  • Coca-Pepsi, Inc.: Both Bandai and Namco were big companies before the merger, having each one owning various absorved and third-party companies.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Players of Namco's Banapassport-enabled arcade games sometimes refer to the card as a "Bananapassport" or just a "Bananapass".
    • Namco itself is derisively referred to as "Scamco" by those who feel that they undertake shady methods of milking players of their money.

Alternative Title(s): Bandai, Namco, Bandai Namco Games, Namco Bandai Games, Namco Bandai, Bandai Namco

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