Namco Bandai turns into Bandai Namco on April 1

Namco Bandai officially announced plans to change its name to Bandai Namco. The change, which spans the company's many regional subsidiaries, will go into effect on April 1. Yes, that's April Fool's Day. No, we're pretty sure Namco Ban – sorry, Bandai Namco is serious here.

The publisher was the result of a merger between Namco and Bandai in September 2005. The umbrella company's logo, seen above, will be used for all of the publisher's products going forward. Up until this point, Namco Bandai used its traditional, individual Namco and Bandai logos on some of its games. For instance, Tales of Xillia sported a Namco logo, while Dark Souls featured the Namco Bandai one.
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NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. to Unify Under Global Rebranding Efforts and Emerge as BANDAI NAMCO Games America Inc.
Corporate Rebranding Efforts Will Unite All BANDAI NAMCO Games Subsidiaries Under One Cohesive Brand
February 05, 2014 08:00 AM Eastern Standard Time
SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. today announced that the company will officially rebrand itself as BANDAI NAMCO Games America Inc. The BANDAI NAMCO Games corporate logo and name will be fully integrated in all of the company's communications, product branding, and presences in digital and online spaces effective April 1, 2014.

"The BANDAI NAMCO Games logo has now become synonymous with great gaming products and services; it's the perfect time for us to unify our corporate brand around the world and move forward together in a united front as a global company."

On September 29, 2005, Bandai Co., Ltd. and NAMCO LIMITED implemented a management integration to form NAMCO BANDAI Holdings Inc. This step was taken to compete more effectively on the global stage in the fast-changing digital entertainment industry and to deliver further growth for the newly merged company. The resulting BANDAI NAMCO Group has become a premier global entertainment group involved in business sectors ranging from video games, toys, amusement facilities, mobile and digital game software, to apparel and sundries. As previous separate entities (Namco Hometek Inc. and Bandai Games Inc.) the companies were each known for creating some of the industry's top interactive entertainment franchises.

"Since its merger in late 2005, BANDAI NAMCO Games has grown to be one of the largest and most successful game publishers in its native Japan, the United States, Latin America, and Europe," says Nobuhiro Kasahara, Chief Operating Officer at NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. "The BANDAI NAMCO Games logo has now become synonymous with great gaming products and services; it's the perfect time for us to unify our corporate brand around the world and move forward together in a united front as a global company."

The NAMCO BANDAI nomenclature continued to be used in North America and Europe post-merger due to the strong connection the Namco brand commanded in the video game space in these territories at the time. Today's announced corporate rebranding will consolidate all BANDAI NAMCO Games subsidiaries under one cohesive logo and name for all communications, branding, and product labelling purposes.

About NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.

NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., part of NAMCO BANDAI Holdings Inc., is a leading global publisher and developer of interactive content - including all major video game consoles, iOS, mobile and online. The company is known for creating and publishing many of the industry's top video game franchises, including PAC-MAN®, TEKKEN®, SOULCALIBUR®, NARUTO™, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN™, Dragon Ball®, GALAGA®, RIDGE RACER® and ACE COMBAT®. More information about the company and its products can be found at www.namcobandai.com or www.facebook.com/namco

This article was originally published on Joystiq.