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Bandai Namco Entertainment
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Founded Bandai: 1950
Namco: 1955
Namco Bandai Entertainment: 2006­
First Mario game Donkey Konga­
Latest Mario game Mario Kart Arcade GP VR­
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 publisher, created when Namco and Bandai merged their video game divisions in 2006. On April 1, 2015, the company changed its name to Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc.. Bandai Namco Games is 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.

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 three sequels, Mario Kart Arcade GP 2, Mario Kart Arcade GP DX and Mario Kart Arcade GP VR. These arcade Mario Kart games have featured playable appearances of Pac-Man characters, as well as the Tamagotchi Mametchi and Don-chan from the Taiko no Tatsujin series. The company also assisted in Mario Kart 8's development, where a Mii Racing Suit based on Pac-Man appears. 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 and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U with Sora Ltd.. Their own character, Pac-Man, is featured as a playable fighter in the games, with various Namco characters appearing in one of his taunts, and the ghosts Blinky, Inky, Pinky, and Clyde appearing as an Assist Trophy. Heihachi Mishima from the Tekken series and Lloyd Irving from Tales of Symphonia are the basis for downloadable costumes for Mii Fighters.

Bandai Namco owns Banpresto, the publisher of the Japan-only arcade games Mario Undoukai and Super Mario Attack, as well as Tamashii Nations, producers of S.H. Figuarts.

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