While we may know it as Namco Bandai, in its Japanese homeland the famous developer is known as Bandai Namco. In a bid to boost the brand around the world, the company has now decided to unify the name, so from 1st April we will have to revert to the Japanese convention.
Bandai Namco it is, then, with its subsidiaries and regional company's names to formally change. It's a name we're likely to hear plenty of this year, of course, as the studio is working with Masahiro Sakurai and his team on the new Super Smash Bros. titles on the Wii U and 3DS. Those releases are due this year, while multi-platform gamers with a taste for challenge may be looking ahead to Dark Souls 2 in March.
So there you have it, as of April we'll have to remember that Bandai Namco's working on the new Smash Bros. titles, not Namco Bandai. We have no such plans here, as Life Nintendo doesn't quite work, does it?
Gosh, glad that's cleared up. I may have embarrassed myself at social gatherings.
So they just switched name places? Well that's new.
I don't think this is how April Fools jokes are supposed to work...
So I've been saying their name wrong all this time? MY WHOLE WORLD IS A LIE
"Life Nintendo" is not unreasonable directly translated to at least 2 languages. Not even sure whether English is the odd one out compared to what most people do. (Think the world should hurry up and switch to Chinese).
Maybe I should change my name to MrTalkieWalkie...
Um. Yaaaaa, I'm just still calling 'em, Namco.
Ok then. I'm still calling them Namco and Bandai.
Aww, great! Now whenever I think of the name, I get all confused, and I'm like "Namco Bandai, no, wait Bando Namcai, uh, Namdai Camco? Ah, Bandai Namdai?! AHHH!"
I'm confused about the relationship between Nintendo and Namco. They're helping make a Nintendo exclusive yet like zero games from them are coming to the Wii U, like DBZ, Dark Souls 2, etc. Other than like one Tekken game, Pac-man, and Tank! Tank! Tank! I've seen nothing.
Doesn't sound quite right.
It's like, it rhymes less.
Namco Bandai makes more sense. I mean, it was Namco who absorbed Bandai and not the other way around.
So, before this, the company was called Bandai Namco in Japan, but Namco Bandai everywhere else.
Funny thing is that Koei did the same: Koei Tecmo in Japan, Tecmo Koei in other regions. It's even funnier when you see the logo is K-T.
April first is a funny day to pick.
This'll take a while for me to get used to.
@Captain_Toad Namco is something totally different. It is the bit that owns arcades.
@Zobocop The toy part of Bandai is massive miles bigger than the video game part of Namco.
Life Nintendo makes sense right.....since we are all fanboys who hate everything else.....there is Life, Nintendo......and that's about it
And we needed to know that.. for what reason?
That just made my weekend. Forget everything else this was amazing news zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Sounds like a bad prank. T-T
Did I just enter the Bizarro world or something?
Why April 1st of all dates? Is that so they can pretend it was a lie on that day, and then be like "April Fools, we were telling the truth!"
Good, I like consistency.
@Gioku ya i was wondering the same thing. Its probably not true... Haha
Make all the name changes you want, but they'll always be Bamco in my heart.
I would really loooooooooooooove to see a new "Racer Ridge", "Calibur Soul" and most of all a "Combat Ace" on Wii U...
That's fine. Now where's my One Piece games? >:V
@CaviarMeths Haha! Brilliant
At least now it is in alphabetical order.
Does this mean that there's going to be a patch for existing games to show Bandai-Namco, such as the logo in Tekken Tag 2?
I'm very concerned.
@Jazzer94 - Glad I wasn't the only one to notice.
Is April 1st the 1st day of the second fiscal quarter?
@PikminWorld not even the tales of symphonia chronicles that is going to PS3 and I thing xbox 360 isn't coming to wiiu, nor is any other tales game... sigh
I prefer "Namdai Banco".
I'll have to remember that, in the event I make it on "Jeopardy!" and I get an answer concerning this company.
Me: "What is Namco Bandai?, Alex."
Alex: "No. The correct question is 'What is Bandai Namco?'"
lol at all these jokes here XD
..here, I'll make one: U Wii no?
The best way to celebrate Opposite Day is to completely switch your name. Happy Opposite Day, from your good friend, Tokylocpus
@Gioku It's when the new financial year starts.
@PikminWorld Don't forget the new Tales of game.
@PrincessEevee9 it's a rather unfortunate day for that then, isn't it?
Nandai-Bamco it is, then
Sorry, but Namco Bandai sounds better than Bandai Namco when you say it out loud.
To avoid confusion, I'll call the Bandai-Namco-Bandai.
Extreme changes are necessary in life.
Err.. wasn't their logo always Bandai Namco in that order since they merged?
Either way since Bandai hasn't made anything I've cared about since I can remember I will always refer to Namco as Namco.
@DarkKirby i will also refer to them as namco
At least I will be correct when I call them Bamco now.
They should switch the name in japan around as well to confuse people
April fools, right?!
I don't know wich of the 2 company's bought the other. Lets say that Namco bought Bandai, then it should be Namco Bandai!
Ah well, the company stays the same!
@MrWalkieTalkie talkie walkie sounds good
"Phhhssttt! I'm still going to call them "Namco Bandai" whenever I referring to the stuff during that time just like I still call square "Square Soft" for the stuff they made.
I...er, uh...ok then? o.0
I still call them Namco
It all makes so much sense...the official name for the next Smash game is Smash Super Bros.! They've been waiting to reveal the name until after they revealed this! (eyeroll)
I missed it.
That's just stupid, I'm still going to call it Namco Bandai, or Namco for short.
Don't be so quick to jump on April 1st dates as pranks. The giant NintendoLife merger with VC-Reviews and WiiWare-World took place on April 1st, and it was not a prank. Yeah, I feel like an old-hat now, been here since 2007...
Oh, and it should have been left alone as Namco-Bandai makes better sense. At least in the west, Namco is instantly more recognisable than Bandai (due to Namco's arcade roots, namely Pacman), so it's a good idea to always put your better leg first, IMO.
I'll just keep sayng Namco because I don't know anything about Bandai aside from the name
@CaptainSquid No, you did not.
Yes it was, I actually checked. Oddly enough though, they only have Namco's logo on Tales of Symphonia and Xillia, while their Bandia-Namco one is on Abyss, so they've been switching logos for some games.
The only thing I can think of Bandia has done was the original Digimon games.
No different than the cleaning product Jif being renamed Cif in the UK to get put in line with the continent. If you're wondering how important naming your brand really is, talk to the people at Nintendo how clever calling their follow on console the Wii U was.
That's a tounge twister...
Yeah, just make things more like Japan only give Japan better treatment. Not like this is the first time. Well... if this is an early April Fools joke, then I'm not sure what the joke is...
......Namco it is then!
ok whatever you say namco bandai or 'cough' bandai namco i mean 'cough'
Hmmm... Alright, I'll take it like that... But I'll miss Namco-Bandai
Ugh, geez. Now they have to switch the name? That's complete bogus. What's next, Nintendo switching their name to "Don't Hate Us Because We Thought That Mega Gardevoir Would Appeal More in a Larger Dress"?
They made it further confusing by abbreviating their name "NBGI" even in Japan.
They should just call themselves Namdai officially... or Bamco, that sounds better.
Forever in my heart as Nam Bam Thankyou Ma'am
All of this craziness made me realize that Bandai is bandaid without the d on the end!
...and I'll continue to call them Namco.
also Taxan kinda did this too, as Naxat< (backwards)
I love the Tales games. Just throwing that out there.
still going to be calling them Namco-Bandai
It actually isn't considering it was remade for the PS2, we just didn't get that version. It kinda is for TOS2 though.
Its actually not that bad, just pointless outside Japan. Its only confusing when you consider they also read right-to-left while keeping sentences left-to-right. I think an example would have helped a lot though. Such as-
Kaze no Travelers would be Travelers of the Wind.
Now, what "no" and other particles mean and their uses on the other hand, thats a different story and a whole different lesson.
They should call it Nam Cobanda Isle Games
... please get the reference
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