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Namco Ltd.
Type Private
(subsidiary of Namco Bandai)
Founded 1955
Headquarters Flag of Japan Ōta, Tokyo, Japan
Flag of the United States Santa Clara, California, USA
Key people Masaya Nakamura (Founder)
Kyushiro Takagi (CEO)
Industry Leisure industry
Products (see List of Namco games)
Parent Namco Bandai Holdings
Slogan N/A
Website www.namco.com

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On September 29, 2005, Namco officially merged with Japanese toymaker Bandai to form Namco Bandai Holdings Inc (NBHD), one of the largest entertainment companies in Japan.[2]Namco became a wholly owned subsidiary of the holding company. Although officially the merger was absorption, "Under the holding company, Namco, Bandai and other affiliated companies will mutually cooperate and contribute to the growth of the whole group based on their respective business strategies."[3] is the 272nd day of the year (273rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the Japanese toy manufacturer. ... Namco Bandai Holdings, Inc. ...


Under the holding company, on March 31, 2006, Namco merged with Bandai's video game operations and was renamed Namco Bandai Games Inc. (NBGI), which is also the head of NBHD's Game Contents Strategic Business Unit (SBU). is the 90th day of the year (91st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the Japanese toy manufacturer. ... Namco Bandai Games, Inc. ... Strategic Business Unit or SBU is understood as a business unit within the overall corporate identity which is distinguishable from other business because it serves a defined external market where management can conduct strategic planning in relation to products and markets. ...


Namco Ltd.'s arcade venue, theme park and exploratory businesses as well as the Namco Ltd. corporate name and logo were spun off to create a new sister company. (Namco 2: see below). It is the head of NBHD's Amusement SBU.


Some of the company's most famous games include Galaxian, Pac-Man, Klonoa, Rally-X, Galaga, Bosconian, Dig Dug, Pole Position, Xevious, Mappy, Soul series, Time Crisis, Tekken, Tales, Xenosaga, Ace Combat, and Ridge Racer. Galaxian is a 1979 fixed shooter arcade game by Namco. ... Pac-Man is an arcade game developed by Namco and licensed for distribution by Midway Games in 1979. ... Klonoa (クロノア, Kuronoa), sometimes referred to as Klonoa of the Wind (風のクロノア, Kaze no Kuronoa) is an anthropomorphic video game character created by Namco and Klonoa Works, and has starred in several games bearing his name since 1997. ... Rally-X is a maze arcade game that was released by Namco in 1980. ... Galaga is a fixed shooter arcade game that was released by Namco in 1981 (and also licensed to Midway). ... Bosconian is a multi-directional shooter arcade game that was made by Namco in 1981. ... Dig Dug is an arcade game released by Namco in 1982 to run on Namco Galaga hardware. ... This article is about the arcade game. ... Xevious is a vertical scrolling shooter arcade game by Namco, released in 1982. ... Mappy is a 1983 arcade game by Namco. ... Official logo of the original Soulcalibur Namcos Soul series is a weapon based fighting game series of arcade games. ... Time Crisis is a video game initially available in arcades and later released for the PlayStation and cell phones. ... Tekken lit. ... The Tales ) series is a franchise of role-playing games published by Namco. ... It has been suggested that List of Xenosaga cast members be merged into this article or section. ... This article is about the video games series. ... Ridge Racer on the PlayStation Ridge Racer is a series of arcade racing games developed and published by Namco for both the arcade and various consoles. ...

Contents

History of Namco (Namco 1: now Namco Bandai Games)

This section mainly describes the history of the original Namco Ltd. which was renamed Namco Bandai Games Inc. on March 31, 2006. See Namco Bandai Games for the history after the renaming. Namco Bandai Games, Inc. ...


Namco was founded in Tokyo in 1955, by Masaya Nakamura under the name Nakamura Manufacturing Ltd. It began by producing mechanical rocking-horses and similar children's rides, which were installed in a number of department stores in Yokohama and Nihonbashi. It continued this line of production through the 1960s, and expanded with the addition of rides modeled after Walt Disney characters in 1966. For other uses, see Tokyo (disambiguation). ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... Masaya Nakamura born December 24, 1925 in Tokyo, Japan) is the founder of Namco, the third largest video game developing entity in Japan. ... For the town of Yokohama in Aomori Prefecture, see Yokohama, Aomori. ... Nihonbashi (the bridge) Marker from which distances are measured Bank of Japan For the place in Osaka written with the same kanji in Japanese, see Nipponbashi. ... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ...


After the company's brand name was changed to Namco in 1971, it acquired the Japanese division of Atari in 1974, thus bringing Namco into the coin-operated video game market. Namco Enterprises Asia Ltd. was established in Hong Kong and was soon followed by Namco America, Inc., based in California. In 1978, Namco released its first arcade video game Gee Bee which was designed by Toru Iwatani. He also designed two sequels, Bomb Bee and Cutie Q, which were released in 1979. The year 1980, saw the introduction of the company's most famous coin-operated arcade game, Pac-Man, which was also developed by Iwatani. The main character, Pac-Man, has now been made the company's official mascot. When Nintendo began producing its Famicom home console unit, Namco started the development of game titles for it, beginning with Galaxian, which had first been introduced to arcades in 1979. Video games for this console were released in Japan under the moniker Namcot (with the letter t at the end). Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about a corporate game company. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... Centipede by Atari is a typical example of a 1980s era arcade game. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Gee Bee is Namcos very first arcade game, released in 1978. ... Toru Iwatani Toru Iwatani (born January 25, 1955) was a video game designer in the 1980s, and created one of the most popular arcade games of all time, Pac-Man. ... Bomb Bee is an arcade game that was released by Namco in 1979. ... Cutie Q is an arcade game that was released by Namco in 1979. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Pac-Man is an arcade game developed by Namco and licensed for distribution by Midway Games in 1979. ... Nintendo Company, Limited (任天堂 or ニンテンドー Nintendō; NASDAQ: NTDOY, TYO: 7974 usually referred to as simply Nintendo, or Big N ) is a multinational corporation founded on September 23, 1889[1] in Kyoto, Japan by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards. ... The Nintendo Entertainment System (North America, Europe, and Australia) NES redirects here. ... Galaxian is a 1979 fixed shooter arcade game by Namco. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Game console redirects here. ... For other uses, see T (disambiguation). ...


Namco was the industry's first manufacturer to develop and release a multi-player, multi-cabinet competitive game, Final Lap, in 1987. This game allowed up to 8 players to compete when four 2-player cabinets were linked in a simple network. By 1988, the company's capital exceeded 5,500 million Yen. In 1989, another racing simulation game, Winning Run, was released; that same year, the company's expertise with driving simulation matured with the development of the Eunos Roadster Driving Simulator, a joint venture with the Mazda Motor Corporation, followed by an educational program for traffic safety developed with Mitsubishi. On the other hand in the vision of barrier-free amusement Namco started up business for the eldery and the disabled with "Talking Aid" in 1985 . Final Lap is a video game released by Namco and Atari Games (for the Americas) in 1987 which was the unofficial sequel to the popular Pole Position games. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Japanese 10 yen coin (obverse) showing Phoenix Hall of Byodoin Yen is the currency used in Japan. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... For information on Mitsubishi brand computer monitors, see NEC-Mitsubishi Electronics Display of America Inc. ... This article is about the year. ...


In the 1990s, Namco began directly selling coin-operated arcade games in the United States through subsidiary Namco America. Sennichimae Plabo was opened in Osaka, featuring a new concept of large-scale arcade amusement, and Namco Wonder Eggs, a theme park, was opened in Tokyo. Additional amusement parks were opened, including Namco Wonder Park Sagamihara and Namco Wonder City. Osaka )   is a city in Japan, located at the mouth of the Yodo River on Osaka Bay, in the Kansai region of the main island of HonshÅ«. The city is the capital of Osaka Prefecture. ...


In 1993, Namco merged its US arcade operation, Namco Operations, Inc., with the newly acquired Aladdin's Castle, Inc. to form Namco Cybertainment, Incorporated, bringing the company to the forefront as the largest arcade company in the world. In subsequent years, Namco Cybertainment, Inc. (NCI) purchased several other arcade operators, further strengthening the company's overall arcade operation. NCI now operates arcades under the names Time Out, CyberStation, Aladdin's Castle, Diamond Jim's, Space Port, and Pocket Change. Throughout the 2000s Namco Cybertainment has continued to grow. They are the only operator of national scope. They manage over 1,000 locations in forty-eight states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. On any given day, customers play games over three-quarters of a million times in locations they manage. They have nearly 30,000 games in their inventory, far surpassing any other operator. If the games were stood end to end, they would stretch nearly 40 miles. Namco Cybertainment owns the largest number of the most popular manufactured games in North America, including Sega, Midway, Konami, ICE, and NAMCO AMERICA. They are generally a coin-op manufacturer's largest customer. Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Namco Cybertainment, Inc. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      A U.S. state is any one of the fifty subnational entities of... This article is about the video game company. ... Midway Games (NYSE: MWY) is an American video game publisher. ... Konami Corporation ) (TYO: 9766 NYSE: KNM SGX: K20) is a leading developer and publisher of numerous popular and strong-selling toys, trading cards, anime, tokusatsu, slot machines and video games. ...


Also in 1993, Ridge Racer, a driving simulation game, entered arcades, featuring 3D computer graphics; the game was later released for the Sony PlayStation. Another of the company's most famous games, Tekken, was released in 1994, which was also soon ported to the PlayStation. In 1995 the game Soul Edge (Soul Blade in the PAL region) was released. This was the second game to feature weapons in a three-dimensional fighting environment on a console system (Battle Arena Toshinden was the first). With its Tekken and Soul franchises, Namco has been dominating the 3D fighting game market. They also released Cyber Sled, a futuristic 3-D battle tank game, which was also ported to PlayStation. Some light gun games were also released such as Point Blank and Time Crisis. Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Ridge Racer on the PlayStation Ridge Racer is a series of arcade racing games developed and published by Namco for both the arcade and various consoles. ... 3D computer graphics (in contrast to 2D computer graphics) are graphics that utilize a three-dimensional representation of geometric data that is stored in the computer for the purposes of performing calculations and rendering 2D images. ... The original PlayStation was produced in a light grey colour; the more recent PSOne redesign sports a smaller more rounded case. ... Tekken is a fighting game and is first of the series of the same name. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Soul Edge ) is the first installment in the Soul series of fighting games developed and published by Namco. ... Soul Calibur is a 3D, weapon-based fighting game franchise, similar in basic mechanics to Virtua Fighter and Tekken. ... The PAL region is a video game publication territory which covers Australasia and the majority of Eurasia. ... Battle Arena Toshinden ) is a fighting game for the PlayStation. ... Screenshot of The King of Fighters XI (2005, SNK Playmore). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Point Blank (original Japanese title: Gun Bullet) is an arcade game first made by Namco in 1994. ... Time Crisis is a video game initially available in arcades and later released for the PlayStation and cell phones. ...


In 1996 it acquired the controlling share of the Japanese movie company Nikkatsu. Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about motion pictures. ... The Nikkatsu Company ) is Japanese entertainment company well known for its film and television productions. ...


On September 7 2005, it span-out Nikkatsu to Index Holding.


In September 2005, Namco merged with Bandai to become "Namco Bandai Holdings", the 3rd largest video game entity in Japan. As such, Namco is now a part of the Namco Bandai Group. Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the Japanese toy manufacturer. ...


In January 2006, a Namco Bandai subsidiary was established in the U.S. to handle mobile games in North America, called Namco Networks America Inc. Working with the new 'next-gen' platform, Namco is able to port many of their time-tested arcade games to cell phones. Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In March 2006, Namco Networks also opened an e-commerce operation, www.clubNAMCO.com offering official merchandise based on Namco games.


Under the parent Namco Bandai Holdings (NBHD), it absorbed Bandai's video game operations and was renamed "Namco Bandai Games Inc." on March 31, 2006. See Namco Bandai Games for the further development. This article is about the Japanese toy manufacturer. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Namco Bandai Games, Inc. ...


Other businesses (theme parks and exploratory) were transferred to a new NBHD subsidiary which was also transferred its old corporate name of "Namco Ltd." as well. See the "Namco 2" section below for the subsidiary.


History of Namco Ltd. (Namco 2: amusement facility developer and operator)

On March 31, 2006, Namco Ltd.'s amusement venue and incubation businesses including rehabilitainment (a contraction of rehabilitation and entertainment) were transferred to the newly created NBHD subsidiary which inherited the Namco Ltd. corporate name. Physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) or physiatry is a branch of medicine dealing with functional restoration of a person affected by physical disability. ...


It is the head of NBHD's Amusement SBU. Namco Ltd. itself operates within Japan and delegates overseas operations for the regional / field based sister companies in the Amusement SBU.


Namco Cybertainment, Inc., the American arcade division of Namco Ltd., is the largest chain of arcades in North America. Namco Cybertainment, Inc. ...


Currently Namco's operations includes:


Amusement

  • Amusement: game arcades, internet cafes and character theme parks
  • Food theme parks: food courts each specialized for single kind of foods.
  • Internet shop.

It has been suggested that PC bang be merged into this article or section. ... Food court at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City in Arlington, Virginia. ...

Incubation

  • Hustle Club: development and sales of apparatus for the aged and disabled.
  • Travel Entertainment Business: Namco Travel portal site.

Trivia

  • Namco is represented by the number "765" and this number or a variation like "7650" appears in several of their games. "7" in Japanese is "nana" shortened to "na"; "6" in Japanese is muttsu, shortened to "m"; "5" in Japanese is "go", changed to voiceless form "co". "765" = "na-m-co" or "na-mu-co" for Japanese pronunciation.
  • Many of Namco's arcade instalments have had some of their sprites remade into Dot-S sets. They include: Pac-Man, Dig Dug, Xevious, Mappy, and The Tower of Druaga.

Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Dot-S (styled as . ... Pac-Man is an arcade game developed by Namco and licensed for distribution by Midway Games in 1979. ... Dig Dug is an arcade game released by Namco in 1982 to run on Namco Galaga hardware. ... Xevious is a vertical scrolling shooter arcade game by Namco, released in 1982. ... Mappy is a 1983 arcade game by Namco. ... The Tower of Druaga is an arcade game released by Namco in 1984. ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.bandainamco.co.jp/en/about/group/
  2. ^ http://www.forbes.com/afxnewslimited/feeds/afx/2005/05/02/afx1990362.html
  3. ^ NAMCO LIMITED and Bandai Co., Ltd (2005): Notice of Management Integration Through Establishment of a Joint Holding Company of NAMCO LIMITED and Bandai Co., Ltd. Press Release, 2005-05-02, http://www.bandainamco.co.jp/en/releases/2005050201.html retrieved on 2007-09-19.

See also

This is a list of games by the company Namco and Namco Bandai Games. ... Namco Tales Studio is a joint venture by Namco and Telenet Japan founded in March 2003 and succeeds Wolfteam as main developer of the games in the Tales RPG series while retaining many of the series former staff. ...

External links

For the complete list of Namco Bandai group companies and the SBUs, see Group Company.


For the Game Contents SBU companies, see Namco Bandai Games#External links. Namco Bandai Games, Inc. ...


Amusement SBU companies (Incomplete)

  • Namco Arcade game PCB list at PCBdB*

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