Namco, Bandai merging Japanese game ops

Game of corporate-merger musical chairs continues; Namco Bandai Games to be established March 31.

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TOKYO--While the formation of Namco Bandai Games America seems to have resolved the merger between Namco and Bandai across the Pacific, the two companies are still jumping through restructuring hoops in their homeland.

Namco Bandai Holdings announced it will establish a new company, Namco Bandai Games Inc., that will absorb its video game operations starting March 31. While it will incorporate all of the pair's combined gaming ventures, Namco's arcade operations will soon be spun off into their own new company.

Current Namco chairman Masaya Nakamura will serve as chairman of Namco Bandai Games, with Namco vice president Shukuo Ishikawa taking over the new company's president position, and Bandai board member Shin Unozawa becoming its vice president.

Discussion

41 comments
kirktheninja
kirktheninja

Neat, now maybe Namco's success will rub off onto Bandai :)

mlakin
mlakin

All I care about is making damned sure Cowboy Bebop comes Stateside!!!

djkizzle
djkizzle

I hope bandai doesn't mess up any of namco's franchises

zhuojloh
zhuojloh

cooooollll..... Tales of + .Hack.....hmmmmmmmmmmm sound good to me

spartan202
spartan202

If namco is the one pulling the strings in the new company i have no problems

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

ok. now go make some toys, i guess.

Tuddytudman
Tuddytudman

... hopefully they can now make a decent game, bandai that is, not namco. just I hope there is no messing up gundam with namco character cameos (pictures pacman in a gumdam ship) *shudder*

Just_in
Just_in

Bandai needs this...... Namco doesnt but heck! good luck to them! *ahem.

yuginodo
yuginodo

Yay!!!Hopefully it's for the best! I'm still doubtful though! HOPEFULLY THEY MAKE GUNDAM GAMES BETTER!!!!!!

Viquist
Viquist

I like that the games company will almost be a seperate division than all the other crap the companies do. This means better direction and more focus on just the games without the other stuff getting in the way.

ewjim
ewjim

It must be good for everyone, especially Bandai...

jams_shop
jams_shop

i think it was a smart move by bandai becase they suck

neoand12
neoand12

also maybe YU YU hakasho will be like the ones for Sega Geneisis

neoand12
neoand12

Binpo maybe namco can help them make DBZ games better. a series that they already ruined.. same here

VFG
VFG

Yay, now start pumping out action figures based on Namco games.

topherstud
topherstud

YAY!!! Maybe Katamari will come to the 360 now!!!

D4rThx_xR3Lik
D4rThx_xR3Lik

I feel this a good merge especially with all cards on the table.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

Bandai does put out some good stuff, but most of it doesn't get released in the US. Hopefully things will work out in our favor.

Curly21029
Curly21029

Quote: "hope Bandai doesn't ruin the Tekken series." Namco already did that after Tekken 3. :) Seriously though, Bandai is terrible and Namco has steadily been either ruining their good franchises or creating crappy new ones. Frame City Killer looks like it might be alright, but fix Tekken and Soul Calibur first please! (Soul Calibur 3=a step backward)

KageMonkey
KageMonkey

I hope this merger will provide Bandai with the technical knowledge to make Gundam games with better gameplay. I hope that the merger will not affect the quality of Namco's series.

nizzynova
nizzynova

Didnt Bandai always suck? (power rangers games) anyone?

Musashi46
Musashi46

that was (i think) an awful move for Namco. Namco is a pretty good company, but merging with Bandai (which has been recently been making crappy games) is gonna ruin some of Namco's great games. I hope i am wrong :(

LordOfMidnight
LordOfMidnight

As long as one doesn't try to bully the other this could be a good deal.

Kitsune1
Kitsune1

Maybe more Kaiketsu Zorori games :3

seibei
seibei

What I think is that Namco will teach Bandai something about gameplay. Yeah right!

AnimeMasters
AnimeMasters

I only hope for one thing out of this merger. DUAL AUDIO OPTION ON EVERY NEW GAME THEY RELEASE!!!!!!

spr4yp4int
spr4yp4int

Optimusv2, that doesn't mean that... A developer making a exclusive for one platform might have another exclusive for another platform.

MadGamer132
MadGamer132

mergers can be good business, especiallly in the video game biz.

Optimusv2
Optimusv2

haha sick this means we'll be seeing the budokai or tenkai series on 360 :D

Donkeljohn
Donkeljohn

All of the hoops are needed primarily to cover their assets for tax purposes.

Diskombobulated
Diskombobulated

Bamco?.........Nandai? Just like the above post....i hope the next DBZ game is ALOT better!!

M-Yu
M-Yu

Sounds great

Binpo
Binpo

maybe namco can help them make DBZ games better. a series that they already ruined....

doomed51
doomed51

digimon in tekken? i hope not!

jacker55
jacker55

This is great. They will help each other and make better games.

Binpo
Binpo

hope bandai doesnt ruin the tekken series

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

This could be a good move it good be a nice thing I just hope they can work together and make it all work out and in the end we can see many more good games coming out.