List of Bandai Namco video game franchises

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Bandai Namco Holdings is a Japanese holdings company that specializes in video games, anime, toys, arcades and amusement parks, and is currently based in Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan.[1] The company was formed following the merger of Bandai and Namco on September 29, 2005, with both companies' assets being merged into a single corporate entity. The video game branch of the company is Bandai Namco Entertainment, formerly called Namco Bandai Games, and continues to develop games for home consoles, arcades and mobile phones internationally. The company is best known for their video game franchises, with Pac-Man becoming their highest-grossing franchise with over US$12.8 billion as of 2016,[2] as well as becoming the company's official mascot and flagship character, while Tekken is their best selling franchise, selling over 40 million copies across multiple platforms.[3] As of 2017, the company is the third-largest video game company in Japan, the seventh-largest in the world,[4] and the largest toy company by revenue.[5]

Bandai Namco owns former developer Banpresto, which operates as a toy company in Japan and was purchased in 2008,[6] and acquired a 95% stake in D3 Publisher in 2009.[7] Additionally, the company owns the video game rights to several anime licenses, including Dragon Ball, One Piece and Sailor Moon; in this instance, the first entry for these franchises will list the first game developed or published by Bandai Namco or a subsidiary company even if the series did not begin at that time period. Bandai Namco also owns the rights to the Baten Kaitos, Project X Zone and Xenosaga franchises, after developer Monolith Soft was sold to Nintendo in 2007. The company retains the rights to defunct developers BEC, who merged with Banpresto in 2011, and Sunrise Interactive, who closed in 2008.

List of franchises[edit]

Key
  Original franchise.
  Licensed franchise.
Franchise Primary genre First release Latest release
Ace Combat[8] Combat flight simulator Air Combat (1995) Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown (2019)
Babylonian Castle Saga Role-playing The Tower of Druaga (1984) The Labyrinth of Druaga (2011)
Compati Hero Platform, action role-playing, sports SD Battle Ōzumō: Heisei Hero Bash (1991) Lost Heroes 2 (2015)
Dig Dug[9] Maze Dig Dug (1982) Dig Dug Island (2009)
Digimon Action role-playing Digital Monster Ver. S: Digimon Tamers (1986) Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker's Memory (2018)
Dragon Ball[10] Action role-playing, fighting Dragon Ball: Dragon Daihikyō (1986) Dragon Ball Legends (2018)
Family Stadium[11] Sports Pro Baseball: Family Stadium (1986) Pro Baseball: Famista Evolution (2018)
Galaxian[12] Fixed shooter Galaxian (1979) Galaga Revenge (2019)
God Eater[13] Action role-playing God Eater (2010) God Eater 3 (2019)
Gundam Fighting Kidou Senshi Gundam Part 1 (1983) Gundam Versus (2018)
.hack Action role-playing .hack//Infection (2002) .hack//G.U. Last Recode (2017)
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Action role-playing, fighting JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (1993) JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Records (2017)
Katamari Puzzle Katamari Damacy (2004) Katamari Damacy Reroll (2018)
Klonoa[14] Maze Klonoa: Door to Phantomile (1997) Klonoa (Wii) (2008)
Mappy[15] Platform Mappy (1983) Mappy World (2011)
Mr. Driller[16] Puzzle Mr. Driller (1999) Mr. Driller W (2009)
Namco Museum Compilation Namco Museum Vol. 1 (1995) Namco Museum Arcade Pac (2018)
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Fighting Naruto: Ultimate Ninja (2003) Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy (2017)
One Piece Action role-playing, fighting From TV Animation - One Piece: Become the Pirate King! (2000) One Piece: World Seeker (2019)
Pac-Man[17] Maze Pac-Man (1980) Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 (2016)
Pole Position Racing game Pole Position (1982) Pole Position Remix (2008)[18]
Rally-X Maze Rally-X (1980) Rally-X Rumble (2011)
Ridge Racer[19] Racing Ridge Racer (1993) Ridge Racer Draw & Drift (2016)
Sailor Moon Action role-playing Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon (1993) Sailor Moon Drops (2016)
Simple Various Simple 1500 Series Vol. 1: The Mahjong (1998) Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade (2012)
Soulcalibur[20] Fighting Soul Edge (1995) Soulcalibur VI (2018)
Summon Night Role-playing Summon Night (2000) Summon Night 6: Lost Borders (2016)
Super Robot Wars[21] Tactical role-playing Super Robot Wars (1991) Super Robot Wars T (2019)
Taiko no Tatsujin[22] Rhythm Taiko no Tatsujin (2001) Taiko no Tatsujin Green Ver. (2019)
Tales[23] Action role-playing Tales of Phantasia (1995) Tales of Berseria (2016)
Tekken[24] Fighting Teken (1994) Tekken 7 (2017)
The Idolmaster[25] Rhythm, simulator The Idolmaster (2005) The Idolmaster Shiny Colors (2018)
Time Crisis[26] Lightgun shooter Time Crisis (1995) Time Crisis 5 (2015)
Ultraman Fighting Ultraman (1984) Ultraman Fusion Fight! (2016)
Valkyrie[27] Action role-playing Valkyrie no Bōken: Toki no Kagi Densetsu (1986) The Glory of Walküre II (2009)
Wangan Midnight Racing Wangan Midnight (2001) Wangan Midnight: Maximum Tune 6 (2019)
Winning Run[28] Racing Winning Run (1988) Winning Run '91 (1991)[28]
Xenosaga Role-playing Xenosaga Episode I (2002) Xenosaga Episode III (2006)
Xevious Vertical-scrolling shooter Xevious (1983) Xevious Resurrection (2009)[29]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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