Namco

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Namco
Type Brand of Bandai Namco Holdings
Founded June 1, 1955 (Nakamura Seisakusho)
1959 (Nakamura Manufacturing Company)
1973 (Atari Japan)
1977 (Namco)
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Key people Masaya Nakamura, founder
Industry video games
Products Video games
Employees not disclosed
Website http://www.namcoentertainment.com/

Namco is a brand owned by Bandai Namco Holdings. Three divisions under Bandai Namco Holdings still retain the Namco name, Namco USA, Namco UK, and Namco Enterprises Asia.

Nakamura Works

Nakamura Works (中村製作所, "Nakamura Seisakusho") was formed on June 1, 1955. by Masaya Nakamura.

Nakamura Manufacturing Company

It was renamed Nakamura Manufacturing Company (株式会社中村製作所) in 1959. In 1971, it began releasing games under the Namco label, an acronym of Nakamura Manufacturing Company.

Atari Japan acquisition

Nolan Bushnell founded an Atari division named Atari Japan in 1973. In 1974, Nakamura purchased Atari Japan for $500,000 USD and Nakamura Manufacturing Company became the sole distributor of Atari products in Japan.

Namco

In 1977, Nakamura Manufacturing Company was renamed Namco.

Bandai Namco Holdings

In February 2005, Namco merged with Bandai forming Bandai Namco Holdings. The two companies operated independently under the holding company until March 31, 2006, when the development divisions of the two companies were merged into Namco Bandai Games.

The arcade divisions in the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and Asia are the only divisions to retain the Namco name.

Namco games owned by WEC Museum

Title Year System Added to museum Notes
Dig Dug Arrangement 1996 Xbox 360 December 25, 2008 A port of the game is in the Namco Museum for Xbox 360 owned by the WEC Museum.
Galaga Arrangement 1995 Xbox 360 December 25, 2008 A port of the game is in the Namco Museum for Xbox 360 owned by the WEC Museum.
Pac-Man Arrangement 1996 Xbox 360 December 25, 2008 A port of the game is in the Namco Museum for Xbox 360 owned by the WEC Museum.

Emulated Namco games owned by WEC Museum

Title Year System Added to museum Notes
Baraduke 1985 Arcade December 25, 2008 The Arcade version is in the Namco Museum for Xbox 360 owned by the WEC Museum.
Bosconian 1981 Arcade December 25, 2008 The Arcade version is in the Namco Museum for Xbox 360 owned by the WEC Museum.
Dig Dug 1982 Arcade December 25, 2008 The Arcade version is in the Namco Museum for Xbox 360 owned by the WEC Museum.
Dig Dug II 1985 Arcade December 25, 2008 The Arcade version is in the Namco Museum for Xbox 360 owned by the WEC Museum.
Dragon Buster 1985 Arcade December 25, 2008 The Arcade version is in the Namco Museum for Xbox 360 owned by the WEC Museum.
Dragon Spirit 1987 Arcade December 25, 2008 The Arcade version is in the Namco Museum for Xbox 360 owned by the WEC Museum.
Galaga 1981
1985
Arcade
NES/Famicom
Xbox 360: December 25, 2008
NES Classic: June 22, 2017
Famicom Mini: August 10, 2017
The Arcade version is in the Namco Museum for Xbox 360 owned by the WEC Museum.
The NES version is in the NES Classic Edition owned by the WEC Museum.
The Famicom version is in the Famicom Mini owned by the WEC Museum.
Galaga '88 1987 Arcade December 25, 2008 The Arcade version is in the Namco Museum for Xbox 360 owned by the WEC Museum.
Galaxian 1979 Arcade December 25, 2008 The Arcade version is in the Namco Museum for Xbox 360 owned by the WEC Museum.
Grobda 1984 Arcade December 25, 2008 The Arcade version is in the Namco Museum for Xbox 360 owned by the WEC Museum.
Katamari Damacy 2004 PlayStation 2 May 22, 2015 The PlayStation 2 version is in the PlayStation 3 owned by the WEC Museum.
King & Balloon 1980 Arcade December 25, 2008 The Arcade version is in the Namco Museum for Xbox 360 owned by the WEC Museum.
Mappy 1983 Arcade December 25, 2008 The Arcade version is in the Namco Museum for Xbox 360 owned by the WEC Museum.
Metro-Cross 1985 Arcade December 25, 2008 The Arcade version is in the Namco Museum for Xbox 360 owned by the WEC Museum.
Motos 1985 Arcade December 25, 2008 The Arcade version is in the Namco Museum for Xbox 360 owned by the WEC Museum.
Mr. Driller 2000 PlayStation December 3, 2018 The PlayStation version is in the PlayStation Classic owned by the WEC Museum.
New Rally X 1981 Arcade December 25, 2008 The Arcade version is in the Namco Museum for Xbox 360 owned by the WEC Museum.
Pac-Man 1980 NES/Famicom
Arcade
NES Classic: June 22, 2017
Famicom Mini: August 10, 2017
Arcade1Up: July 10, 2019
The NES version is in the NES Classic Edition owned by the WEC Museum.
The Famicom version is in the Famicom Mini owned by the WEC Museum.
The arcade version is in the Arcade1Up owned by the WEC Museum.
Pac & Pal 1983 Arcade December 25, 2008 The Arcade version is in the Namco Museum for Xbox 360 owned by the WEC Museum.
Pac-Mania 1987 Arcade December 25, 2008 The Arcade version is in the Namco Museum for Xbox 360 owned by the WEC Museum.
Pole Position 1982 Arcade December 25, 2008 The Arcade version is in the Namco Museum for Xbox 360 owned by the WEC Museum.
Pole Position II 1983 Arcade December 25, 2008 The Arcade version is in the Namco Museum for Xbox 360 owned by the WEC Museum.
R4: Ridge Racer Type 4 1999 PlayStation December 3, 2018 The PlayStation version is in the PlayStation Classic owned by the WEC Museum.
Rally-X 1980 Arcade December 25, 2008 The Arcade version is in the Namco Museum for Xbox 360 owned by the WEC Museum.
Rolling Thunder 1986 Arcade December 25, 2008 The Arcade version is in the Namco Museum for Xbox 360 owned by the WEC Museum.
Sky Kid 1985 Arcade December 25, 2008 The Arcade version is in the Namco Museum for Xbox 360 owned by the WEC Museum.
Sky Kid Deluxe 1986 Arcade December 25, 2008 The Arcade version is in the Namco Museum for Xbox 360 owned by the WEC Museum.
Super Pac-Man 1982 Arcade December 25, 2008 The Arcade version is in the Namco Museum for Xbox 360 owned by the WEC Museum.
Tekken 2 1996 PlayStation May 22, 2015 The PlayStation version is in the PlayStation 3 owned by the WEC Museum.
Tekken 3 1998 PlayStation December 3, 2018 The PlayStation version is in the PlayStation Classic owned by the WEC Museum.
The Tower of Druaga 1984 Arcade December 25, 2008 The Arcade version is in the Namco Museum for Xbox 360 owned by the WEC Museum.
Xevious 1982 Arcade December 25, 2008 The Arcade version is in the Namco Museum for Xbox 360 owned by the WEC Museum.