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Bandai Namco Entertainment
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Founded Namco: 1950
Bandai: 1953
Bandai Namco: 2005­
First Mario Game Donkey Konga­
Latest Mario Game Mario Sports Superstars­
Current President Satoshi Oshita

Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. (officially capitalized BANDAI NAMCO Games Inc.; previously Namco Bandai Games Inc., officially capitalized NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc.) is a video game publisher, created when Namco and Bandai merged in 2005. On April 1, 2015, the company changed its name to Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc.. Bandai Namco Games is the division in charge of managing, publishing, and marketing content; while Bandai Namco Studios serves as the company's main game development studio. They have developed several Mario games for Nintendo in the past. They are notable for creating various classic arcade video game titles, and owning the rights to the Pac-Man series. They additionally own the rights to Mametchi, a Tamagotchi who made a playable appearance in Mario Kart Arcade GP 2.

The first Mario game developed by the company, before the merger, was Mario Superstar Baseball for the Nintendo GameCube. After the merger, they later developed the game's follow-up for the Wii, Mario Super Sluggers. The company produced an arcade cross-over Mario Kart game, which came to be known as Mario Kart Arcade GP, as well as two sequels, Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 and Mario Kart Arcade GP DX. The company also assisted in Mario Kart 8's development. They are the primary developers for Mario Sports Superstars, with Camelot Software Planning co-developing for the tennis and golf segments of the game.

Bandai Namco Games co-developed Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U with Sora Ltd.. Their own character, Pac-Man, is featured as a playable fighter in the games.

Bandai Namco owns Banpresto, the publisher of the Japan-only arcade game Mario Undoukai.


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