From Pac-Man to Mappy, to Vampire Holmes Pac-Man?
The soul still burns
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kb3IgskJdMY Bandai Namco's weapon-based 3D fighter Soul Calibur (or "Soulcalibur", if you prefer) turns 20 today, but the publisher isn't giving us a new outing to celebrate - we're getting a Soul Calibur-themed Pachinko machine instead. Just what the doctor ordered, right? The series began not...
"Read into that what you like"
Tekken 7 has been doing the rounds in Japanese arcades since last year but is finally making its way to home consoles in early 2017. Tekken as a series began life on Sony hardware but has since branched out to rival systems, including the Wii U. Given that Tekken 7 is being ported to PS4 and Xbox One around the same...
It seems like a broad variety of video game franchises are being given the movie treatment, for better and for worse. This has been the case for a long time, though it has ramped up in the last two years. Naturally we're waiting and hoping to see Nintendo get involved, but an announcement out of Japan is sure to please fans of a certain...
From Pac-Man to Mappy, to Vampire Holmes Pac-Man?
Way back in March 2015 we told you about an intriguing 'IP Open' project being run by Bandai Namco in Japan. A number of iconic franchises were included, and the initiative enabled developers of various types to submit games using those IPs, with an approval and selection process in place. As you...
Last week's Nintendo Direct gave us some nice 3DS-sized surprises, one of which was the previously-unannounced Mario Sports Superstars. The next entry in the long-running Mario Sports series of games, it aims to pull together several different disciplines into one package. Now, thanks to the Australian Board of Classification, we have...
Negotiations didn't happen, sadly
The recent western release of Sega 3D Classics Collection is a reminder not only of how amazing some retro titles are, but also of the incredible talent of Japanese studio M2, which worked alongside Sega's Yosuke Okunari to port and enhance some of its most famous arcade and domestic games on the 3DS. M2 has also...
"I believe this is one of the great crossovers in recent years"
The 3DS family of systems, rather like its DS predecessors, has gradually accumulated a highly impressive library of RPG titles, with that library representing varying styles and approaches. A few of these are hitting the market this year, especially in Europe where some 2015 releases...
Yes please, Bandai Namco
Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden is out now in both Europe and North America, giving Western 3DS owners a welcome dose of the popular franchise. It has a pretty decent range of content and a surprisingly deep combat system, prompting us to give it a recommendation in our review. One complaint we had, though, was the lack of...
That won't be timeline spamming at all
Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden is getting ever closer to its Western release, and Bandai Namco has announced a quirky social media campaign that's clearly taken some inspiration from Twitch Plays - it's going for 'Twitter Plays'. As you can see in the trailer below you're supposed to sign-up on the official...
Update: Bandai Namco speaks, programme only applies to Japan
Update: Bandai Namco has been in touch to clarify some of the information detailed in this news item. The company's official, unedited response is as follows: We would like to provide some clarification pertaining to a recent BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. announcement from our Japan HQ...
Fingers crossed that Nintendo fans can join in
For fans of Bandai Namco and RPGs, the Tales Of - known by many simply as Tales - series likely stands up as a favourite; it all began with Tales of Phantasia on the Super Famicom in Japan, a title that would eventually grace a Nintendo system in the West through a Game Boy Advance re-release. As a...
Another success for the franchise
The Pokémon trading card series has been running for years and continues to generate revenue for Game Freak and Nintendo, but it's not the only game of this type that Nintendo has up its sleeve. The recent Level-5 3DS hit Yokai Watch - which has since been followed by Yokai Watch 2 - has its own collectable card...
Nintendo Direct footage has people talking
Bandai Namco's big news from the recent Nintendo Direct broadcast was that it's working on a free-to-play downloadable title for the Wii U under the tentative title of Project Treasure. The game is being pitched as an action title where 4 players work co-operatively to disarm traps, beat enemies and grab...
4 players working together to claim the loot
Bandai Namco is working on a free-to-play, 4-player co-operative action title for the Wii U eShop. The news came as part of a special segment during the recent Nintendo Direct broadcast where Bandai Namco's Katsuhiro Harada explained the core mechanics of the new game, which has the current working title...
You can be my wingman any time
Bandai Namco has confirmed that Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy + (try saying that three times as fast) will be leaving the hanger just in time for the New 3DS launch in both North America and Europe. On February 13th the game -- which is an updated of the existing Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy -- will be...
Will include amiibo support
Rookie pilots – at least in Japan – will soon be able to take to the skies once again, with Bandai Namco earlier this week announcing Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy Plus for 3DS in the latest issue of Famitsu magazine. This new entry in the series is essentially an enhanced version of the 2012 3DS title, Ace...
Pac is back! .....again
There's a moment during the opening cutscene of Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 where the series' villain Lord Betrayus delights over his giant robot being ready to ''unleash on Pacopolis. Again!'' It's just a throwaway joke that's fitting of the Saturday morning cartoon vibe, but while it may have raised a slight smile...
Japan-only, for the time being
We've seen Pokémon arcade games in the past from the likes of Sammy and Takara Tomy, and now Bandai Namco is trying its hand at bringing those famous pocket monsters to amusement centres — in Japan, at least. It has just revealed a promotional trailer for Pokémon: Battle Nine, an arcade title which uses the famous...
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In the past couple of years Nintendo has forged a particularly strong working relationship with Bandai Namco — the latter is heavily involved in the primary development of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, while also contributing to Mario Kart 8. Unsurprisingly Bandai Namco's also shown support for Nintendo's systems...
Still lining up in November
The almost unbelievably stunning racer Project CARS has a new teammate in its garage: Bandai Namco Games Europe, who has announced a worldwide distribution agreement with developer Slightly Mad Studios. According to Bandai Namco's press release, the publisher will be involved with distribution of the crowd-funded title...
Part of Nintendo's 30% off E3 eShop promotion
Hot off the heels of Pac-Man's announcement as a playable character in the new Super Smash Bros, two Pac-classics have popped up on the North American Wii U Virtual Console, and you can snag 'em for 30% off as they join
Hot on the heels of last year's Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures based on the television show of the same name, Bandai Namco has revealed an announcement trailer for Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2, set for release this year on Wii U, 3DS, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. If you've ever wanted to see Pac-Man skyboarding, you're in...
Transcending Nintendo history and the Smash Bros. world
The development of Super Smash Bros. Brawl apparently took its toll on series creator Masahiro Sakurai, though you'd have never of guessed from his perpetually fresh-faced appearance and calm demeanour. Since Brawl's release, Kirby's creator has been rather outspoken on the stressful amount...
"We hope Sega aren't offended, more delighted"
Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures may be old news in the US but the European launch is only just happening, and to remind everyone of that fact publisher Bandai Namco has picked a rather unique approach when it comes to promotion: projecting a massive image of Pac-Man himself onto Sega's HQ in...
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