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List of Bandai Namco video game franchises

The Logo for Bandai Namco holdings. It consists of the text "BANDAI NAMCO" in white, on a yellow and red overlapping background.

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 29 September 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. They are best known for their video game franchises; Pac-Man is their highest-grossing franchise with over US$12.8 billion as of 2016,[2] while Tekken is their best selling franchise, selling over 40 million copies across multiple platforms.[3] As of 2017, Bandai Namco was the largest toy company by revenue in the world, as well as the third-largest video game company in Japan and the seventh-largest in the world.[4][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, notably Dragon Ball;[8] 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. The company retains the rights to defunct developer BEC, who merged with Banpresto in 2011 to form B.B. Studio.[9]

List of franchisesEdit

Key
  Licensed IP
Franchise Primary genre First release Latest release Ref.
Ace Combat Combat flight simulator Air Combat (1995) Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown (2019) [10]
Ace Driver Racing Ace Driver (1994) Ace Driver 3: Final Turn (2008) [11]
Alpine Racer Alpine skiing Alpine Racer (1994) Super Alpine Racer (2014) [12]
Ar Tonelico Action role-playing Ar Tonelico: Melody of Elemia (2006) Ar Tonelico Qoga (2010) [13]
Babylonian Castle Saga Role-playing The Tower of Druaga (1984) The Labyrinth of Druaga (2011) [14]
Baraduke Platform Baraduke (1985) Bakutotsu Kijutei (1988) [15]
Compati Hero Platform, action role-playing, sports SD Battle Ōzumō: Heisei Hero Bash (1991) Lost Heroes 2 (2015) [16]
Dark Souls Action role-playing Dark Souls (2011) Dark Souls: Remastered (2018) [17]
Dig Dug Maze Dig Dug (1982) Dig Dug Island (2008) [14]
Digimon Role-playing Digital Monster Ver. S: Digimon Tamers (1998) Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker's Memory (2018) [18]
Dragon Ball Action role-playing, fighting Dragon Ball: Dragon Daihikyō (1986) Dragon Ball Legends (2018) [19]
Family Stadium Sports Pro Baseball: Family Stadium (1986) Pro Baseball: Famista Evolution (2018) [20]
Final Lap Racing Final Lap (1987) Final Lap Special (2002) [21]
Galaxian Fixed shooter Galaxian (1979) Galaga Revenge (2019) [22]
Genpei Tōma Den Hack and slash Genpei Tōma Den (1986) Samurai Ghost (1992) [14]
God Eater Action role-playing God Eater (2010) God Eater 3 (2018) [23]
Golly! Ghost! Lightgun shooter Golly! Ghost! (1990) Golly! Ghosts! Goal! (1996) [24]
Gundam Fighting, Action Kidou Senshi Gundam Part 1 (1983) Gundam Breaker (2019) [25]
.hack Action role-playing .hack//Infection (2002) .hack//G.U. Last Recode (2017) [26]
The Idolmaster Rhythm, simulator The Idolmaster (2005) The Idolmaster Shiny Colors (2018) [27]
Katamari Puzzle Katamari Damacy (2004) Katamari Damacy Reroll (2018) [28]
Klonoa Platform Klonoa: Door to Phantomile (1997) Klonoa (2008) [29]
Kotoba no Puzzle Puzzle Kotoba no Puzzle: Mojipittan (2001) Kotoba no Puzzle: Mojipittan Wii Deluxe (2009) [30]
Mappy Platform Mappy (1983) Mappy World (2011) [14]
Mr. Driller Puzzle Mr. Driller (1999) Mr. Driller W (2009) [31]
Namco Museum Compilation Namco Museum Vol. 1 (1995) Namco Museum Arcade Pac (2018) [32]
Naruto Fighting, role-playing Naruto: Ultimate Ninja (2003) Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker (2018) [33]
Numan Athletics Sports Numan Athletics (1993) Mach Breakers: Numan Athletics 2 (1995) [34]
One Piece Action role-playing, fighting One Piece: Become the Pirate King! (2000) One Piece: World Seeker (2019) [35]
Pac-Man Maze Pac-Man (1980) Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 (2016) [36]
Point Blank Lightgun shooter Point Blank (1994) Point Blank X (2016) [37]
Pole Position Racing Pole Position (1982) Pole Position Remix (2008) [38]
Project X Zone Tactical role-playing Project X Zone (2012) Project X Zone 2 (2015) [39]
Rally-X Maze Rally-X (1980) Rally-X Rumble (2011) [40]
Ridge Racer Racing Ridge Racer (1993) Ridge Racer Draw & Drift (2016) [41]
Rolling Thunder Run'n gun Rolling Thunder (1986) Rolling Thunder 3 (1993) [42]
Simple Various Simple 1500 Series Vol. 1: THE Mahjong (1998) Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade (2012) [43]
Sky Kid Horizontal-scrolling shooter Sky Kid (1985) Sky Kid Deluxe (1986) [14]
Soulcalibur Fighting Soul Edge (1995) Soulcalibur VI (2018) [44]
Splatterhouse Beat'em up Splatterhouse (1988) Splatterhouse (2010) [45]
Star Luster Space combat flight simulator Star Luster (1985) Star Ixiom (1999) [14]
Summon Night Role-playing Summon Night (2000) Summon Night 6: Lost Borders (2016) [46]
Super Robot Wars Tactical role-playing Super Robot Wars (1991) Super Robot Wars T (2019) [47]
Suzuka 8 Hours Racing Suzuka 8 Hours (1992) Suzuka 8 Hours 2 (1993) [48]
Sword Art Online Action role-playing Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment (2013) Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet (2018) [49]
Taiko no Tatsujin Rhythm Taiko no Tatsujin (2001) Taiko no Tatsujin Green Ver. (2019) [50]
Tales Action role-playing Tales of Phantasia (1995) Tales of Berseria (2016) [51]
Tank Battalion Maze Tank Battalion (1980) Shingun~Destroy! Girl's Tank Battalion (2014) [52]
Tekken Fighting Tekken (1994) Tekken 7 (2017) [53]
Thunder Ceptor Third-person shooter Thunder Ceptor (1986) 3-D Thunder Ceptor II (1986) [54]
Time Crisis Lightgun shooter Time Crisis (1995) Time Crisis 5 (2015) [55]
Valkyrie Action role-playing Valkyrie no Bōken: Toki no Kagi Densetsu (1986) The Glory of Walküre II (2009) [56]
Wagan Platform Wagan (1987) Chibikko Wagan no Ōkina Bōken (2009) [57]
Wangan Midnight Racing Wangan Midnight (2001) Wangan Midnight: Maximum Tune 6 (2019) [58]
We Ski Skiing We Ski (2008) We Ski & Snowboard (2009) [59]
Winning Run Racing Winning Run (1988) Winning Run '91 (1991) [60]
Xenosaga Role-playing Xenosaga Episode I (2002) Xenosaga Episode III (2006) [61]
Xevious Vertical-scrolling shooter Xevious (1983) Xevious Resurrection (2009) [14]

See alsoEdit

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