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July2017

April2017

  • News Bandai Namco Files a Patent for Pac-Man Maker

    Hmm...

    It seems like a rather odd oversight that it took Nintendo so many years to finally put out a level editor for the Super Mario series, but when it finally got around to it, the final result was something to remember. Super Mario Maker was a fantastic success on the Wii U (and on the 3DS to a certain extent), offering gamers the chance at...

January2017

  • News Namco Founder Masaya Nakamura Dies Aged 91

    The man who spoke out against Nintendo and Hiroshi Yamauchi

    One of the most influential names in the Japanese video game arena has passed away, it has been revealed. A former engineer in the Japanese navy, Masaya Nakamura established Nakamura Manufacturing in 1955 after purchasing two mechanical horse ride for $3,000. Due to the intense competition...

May2015

  • News Waka-Waka-Well I Never, Pac-Man Turns 35 Today

    Everyone's favourite pill-popper is all grown up

    Mario and Sonic may be two of gaming's most recognisable faces but even they are young pups when compared to the true elder statesman of interactive entertainment: Pac-Man. 35 years ago, Namco released Toru Iwatani's seminal title in Japanese arcades and began a gaming legend which endures even to...

March2015

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    Wii U eShop / NES

    Review Mappy-Land

    Cats vs. Mouse

    Mappy, a plucky mouse detective, is one of many arcade game mascots lost to time, having only starred in a few games over the years. While the character has guest-starred in various Namco games over the years (and makes a clever cameo in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS), the biggest role Mappy's had is in a web series from the...

October2014

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    Wii U eShop / GBA

    Review Namco Museum

    Does it deserve to be exhibited on your Wii U?

    Originally released for the Game Boy Advance in 2001, Namco Museum is part of a long-running series (which goes by the same name) that saw regular releases over a 15-year period all the way up until 2010. This game is a compilation, featuring five classic arcade games: Ms. PAC-MAN, Galaga, Galaxian,...

June2014

April2014

  • News New Taiko Drum Master Game Revealed for 3DS

    ...in Japan, that is. Alas.

    Popular Namco rhythm series Taiko no Tatsujin (known as Taiko: Drum Master in the West) will get a new instalment on 3DS in Japan, as reported by Famitsu. Entitled Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu’s Space-Time Great Adventure, the new drumming game will arrive 26th June for ¥4,740 (roughly $46 or £28). It will support...

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May2013

  • Video Namco Bandai Salutes the Tales Series and its 15th Anniversary

    Includes the major titles since its debut

    Namco Bandai has released an anniversary trailer in honour of fifteen years of the Tales series, as well as celebrating its upcoming release for the franchise, Tales of Xillia. The new addition to its family may not be arriving on the Wii U or 3DS - exclusive to the PS3, if you must know - but previous...

  • News Second Project X Zone Demo Hitting 3DS eShop On June 27th

    Lucky, lucky Europe

    European 3DS owners are currently getting their hands on the recently-released Lethal Surprise demo for Project X Zone, which showcases characters from Sakura Wars, Cyberbots, Space Channel 5 and Valkyria Chronicles and offers a glimpse of what the final game will look like when it launches in the region on July 5th (the North...

August2012

August2011

  • News Turns Out You Can Delete Pac-Man & Galaga Save Data

    And here's how

    That single save file issue in Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions? Bit of a mistake on Namco's part, but not for the reason you might think. Despite earlier reports that came from the publisher itself, it is possible to delete your save data on the cartridge if you want to. A company rep confirmed to Eurogamer that with a simple six-button combination you can wipe all you

July2011

  • News Uh Oh, Now Namco Goes for Single 3DS Save File

    List is getting longer

    Last month's Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D save file debacle might seem a long time ago now, but it's about time it got dredged up again as it appears Namco has stuck the unpopular system in Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions. According to a report from Wired, the cartridge only stores your most recent high score rather than the traditional leaderboard, and that these scores..

  • News Tales of Graces Wii Will Not Be Released In the West

    More bad news

    Japanese RPGs and Wii consoles are like Superman and Clark Kent at the moment: we're sure they're related, but they're rarely seen in the same place at the same time. While Operation Rainfall continues to campaign for Nintendo to bring its infamous three across the Atlantic, Namco has confirmed Tales of Graces won't be making it to the West either. Producer Makoto Yoshizumi delivered..

June2011

  • News eShop Update May Cause Crashes in Ridge Racer 3D

    Patch coming soon

    A recent SpotPass message from Nintendo let 3DS owners know about the upcoming eShop update, but right at the bottom lies an interesting statement: the update might cause issues with Ridge Racer 3D. Important notice: Users of Ridge Racer 3D who install this Nintendo 3DS system update may experience gameplay disruption under...

August2009

  • News Japan Gets 20 More Namco Arcade Games

    As if the lack of Namco arcade game support in the west wasn't bad enough already.

    There's still no sign of more Namco games for Virtual Console Arcade outside Japan - We're still stuck with their initial three releases. Meanwhile, Japan has gotten over 20 arcade releases from Namco alone (That's about 2/3 of all the arcade games available in...

May2009

  • News Klonoa 3? Depends On Wiimake's Sales

    Series creator has ideas for sequel but needs financial incentive.

    Cartoony platformer Klonoa's Wiimake has enjoyed critical success, which must make Namco pleased as punch over the decision to resurrect the series. So does that mean sequels are imminent? That one falls under a big fat "maybe," as the series creator, Hideo Yoshizawa, told...

  • First Impressions Muscle March

    Namco delivers possibly the most bizarre game to come from Japan in years.

    If you've gotten into the Japanese import scene at all you've probably discovered that there's games released in Japan that never see localisation outside of Japan. Japanese game developers have a knack for coming up with some pretty unusual game concepts and Japanese publishers seem to be willing to bring these to a..

March2009

  • News Korogashi Puzzle Katamari Comes to DSiWare!

    According to Famitsu, Korogashi Puzzle Katamari will be DSiWare's entry in the tremendously popular (and tremendously fun) Katamari series. But it won't look a lot like its bigger brothers.

    Korogashi Puzzle Katamari looks (and appears to play) very similar to Pac-Attack, but you can judge for yourself by watching the trailer below. The game should be released in Japan this coming week for 500..