It appears as though Namco Bandai may have lent Nintendo a hand with the forthcoming Mario Kart 8. The publisher and developer was spotted on the closing credits on Mario’s latest karting adventure. You can see their name listed in the above video, but of course as this is the end credits it may contain some spoilers. Namco Bandai have worked with Nintendo before on their arcade Mario Kart titles.
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Namco Bandai has announced that it will change its English name from Namco Bandai to Bandai Namco, the same as it is in Japan. The company says the name change is a way to unify the brand internationally. Bandai Namco says that the move will increase the “value” and “appeal” of the name and brand. Guess we will have to get used to the name change.
Japanese economy magazine Toyo Keizai has published its “New – Corporate Power Ranking“. This determines just how well Japanese companies are performing and grades them on four parameters: growth, profitability, safety and scale. The publication determines the overall ranking of companies in a list of 2,000 corporations.
- 126th – Namco Bandai – Last year’s position: 442nd
- 157th – Broccoli – Last year’s position: not ranked
- 173rd – Nihon Falcom – Last year’s position: 215th
- 292nd – Sony – Last year’s position: 163rd
- 318th – Capcom – Last year’s position: 701st
- 363rd – Sega – Last year’s position: 133rd
- 363rd – Marvelous AQL – Last year’s position: not ranked
- 390th – Tecmo Koei – Last year’s position: 451st
- 567th – Konami – Last year’s position: 355th
- 1647th – Nintendo – Last year’s position: 219th
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New characters have been revealed for Mario Kart Arcade GP DX. Namco Bandai and Nintendo has added Rosalina as a playable character and showcased a few screenshots of her in action. But Rosalina is not the only revealed character as a variation for firm fan favourite Luigi has also been added. This new dress-up variation sees Luigi don an ice blue hat with the staple green ‘L’, accompanied with an ice blue shirt for “Ice Luigi”. You can check out the new screenshots, here. Mario Kart Arcade GP DX is due to head to western arcades soon.
The latest edition of Iwata Asks covers the development and release of Wii Sports Club, which constitutes the updated Wii U versions of Wii Sports games like tennis and bowling. The question and answer session with the game’s developers revealed several interesting tidbits about the games, including the unique “Day Pass” pricing system that allows players to play any of the sports games for 24 hours at a price of $1.99, as well as the revelation that Namco Bandai were called upon to play a small part in the development of the game. Here is what developers Kozo Makino and Takayuki Shimamura had to say about Namco Bandai’s involvement:
Makino: “We asked Namco Bandai Studios to develop it, so I first participated as a coordinator. But in the end, I got into just about anything. I mainly worked on the network aspect of the game, but at times I made suggestions on how some features should turn out to be.”
Shimamura: “From the middle of development, Makino-san and Suzuki-san were also working as full-fledged planners. We did ask Namco Bandai Studio to develop the game this time, but staff in Nintendo’s Network Development & Operations Department—the Software Planning & Development Department that these two are in—and EAD also chipped in.”
Wii U fighting mash-up Tekken Tag Tournament 2 for Wii U is currently selling for only $9.99 on Amazon.com, marked down from a list price of $39.99. Players can dress their fighters up as characters from the Mario and Zelda series in this latest incarnation of Tekken Tag. The Wii U title has been struggling for sales ever since its release, so this Amazon markdown may give Tekken Tag Tournament 2 a bit of a boost. Here’s hoping the sale helps lift numbers for both the game and the fast-sinking ship that is Nintendo’s Wii U home console.
Namco Bandai has explained to the Examiner exactly why the recently announced Soul Calibur 2 HD Online is skipping Nintendo’s latest home console, Wii U. Basically, the reason why the game isn’t coming to the system is due to poor sales, which has resulted in a small user base for the console. The company says it will bring the game to any platform which will bring in the greatest sales results possible.
“We have always been willing to try any platform if there is enough demand. Project Soul doesn’t have any attachment to a particular console; only the desire to achieve the greatest results possible for the platform chosen.”
announced a new Power Rangers title for the Nintendo 3DS and yesterday they unleashed the trailer. The Power Rangers Megaforce trailer showcases some gameplay, as well as blasting you with the Go! Go! Power Rangers theme tune for added nostalgia effects. You can play as all your Megaforce characters and power up for extra juice with the trading cards. Namco Bandai even have a snazzy website for you to take a look at here. Power Rangers Megaforce will be available this Autumn on the Nintendo 3DS.
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Namco Bandai’s teaser site is no longer a teaser, as it has recently been confirmed that the 3DS title will be a collection of retro classics that were first seen on the Famicom and Super Famicom. According to web publication Siliconera, there are five games that will, so far, appear within the collection that are linked to the original Jump series:
- Dragon Ball: Mystery of Shenlong – originally released in 1986 in Japan and named as Dragon Power in the West in 1988.
- Saint Seiya: The Golden Legend – published in 1987 for the Famicom
- Saint Seiya: The Golden Legend Final Chapter
- Charge! Men’s Private School
- Go! Go! Ackman 3
Namco Bandai’s new teaser site just opened up some extra information for us to speculate over. The teaser website – which you can see here – had previously told us that the new title would be a game for the Nintendo 3DS, and gave us the letter ‘V’ and ‘F’ followed by the numbers ‘20’ and ‘30’. Now, Namco Bandai has dropped further clues as to what the game could be – ‘V’ is followed by 20th Anniversary and ‘F’ by 30th Anniversary. It’s quite clear at this point that the 30th Anniversary the company is referring to is the Famicom, which is currently celebrating 30 years. However, the ‘V’ takes a little more digging, Siliconera reports that it could be to do with Japanese Publication V Jump, which is celebrating its 20th year after it began publishing in 1993.
Further reports suggest that this new title could be an homage to a manga crossover game Bandai published back in the Famicom era - Famicom Jump: Hero Retsuden. With just under 3 days to go until the big reveal, it won’t be long until we discover what Namco Bandai are teasing – let us know what you think in the comments below.