Namco Bandai changing name to Bandai Namco
posted on 01.24.14 at 04:05 PM EST by (@salromano)
Now you, too, can call them Ban'namu.

Bandai Namco

Namco Bandai Japan is unifying the names of its overseas subsidiaries. In Japan, the company is called Bandai Namco. Overseas, it’s Namco Bandai. But not for long.

At a board of director’s meeting held on January 23, Namco Bandai announced that beginning April 1, the names of its 31 subsidiaries—including six domestic and 25 overseas—will change from Namco Bandai to Bandai Namco.

A note about those six domestic company name changes: though the company is already Bandai Namco in Japan, its name in English writing is still Namco Bandai. Those will change to Bandai Namco. For example, Namco Bandai Games Inc. will become Bandai Namco Games Inc. And overseas, Namco Bandai Games America Inc. will become Bandai Namco Games America Inc., and so on.

The reason for the change, the company said, is to elevate the appeal and value of the Bandai Namco brand overseas.

Find a PDF with all 31 company name changes here.

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  • matty


    • Gariya

      They will but with the expense that your favorite aidoru must not be included in the localized version.

      • TetsuyaHikari

        Maybe he likes all of them and that’s why we’re not getting it ;w;

        • matty

          This is getting intense :o

          • TetsuyaHikari

            GO MY WAY

    • Renaldi Saputra

      I don’t think so
      is it well-known in the west?

  • Gariya

    Enix Square when?

    • Revenge of Anonymous

      I liked Enix’s games better back then anyway lol

  • TetsuyaHikari

    I’ve been so used to typing ‘NBGI’, it’s going to be kind of hard to remember to make it ‘BNGI’ instead from now on, lol.

    • GhostNomad

      Pronounce it bin-ji. Problem solved!

      • TetsuyaHikari

        Bin-ji, lol. This will take some getting used to!

  • ExTrooperBrenTurner

    It’s not a real change. In Japan, they’ve always been known as Bandai Namco Games Inc.

    • TetsuyaHikari

      >In Japan, they’ve always been known as Bandai Namco Games Inc.

      The article already states that. It is a real change, but only to their overseas businesses.

      • ExTrooperBrenTurner

        Nigga, you just said what I was tryna say, but smarter !!!

  • Six

    I will continue to refer to them as “douche canoes” until I get a new dot hack game.

    • Gariya


      I liked it better when it was called Sword Art Online.

      • TetsuyaHikari

        .hack was around before SAO was even conceived. I’d love to think you’re trolling, but sadly… I believe you honestly believe what you say, lol.

      • Sevyne

        Because you have no taste.

        • Gariya

          Lies and slander.

          • Sevyne

            Eh, I’m just being a big mean jerkface. Nothing wrong with SAO, but .hack is awesome and it was first.

      • Renaldi Saputra

        trapped in online game? Digimon World 3 was before .hack and SAO

    • matty

      To be fair, CyberConnect2 is the one that handles the .hack games.
      Then again, they seem pretty busy with the 50 gazillion Naruto games released each year.

  • Elvick

    That’s dumb. Namco Bandai sounds far better than Bandai Namco.

    • TetsuyaHikari

      Namco Bandai does roll off the tongue better for me. Maybe I’m just more accustomed to saying it.

      • Budgiecat

        You have a lot of Bamco import games so I’m sure you’re used to hearing “Bandai Namuco Games” voiced out when you boot up several of them…

        • TetsuyaHikari

          More like seeing it. There aren’t many that actually say that :p

        • Renaldi Saputra

          maybe no, this isn’t Sega

    • Kougeru

      but Bamco sounds far better than Namdai.

      • Elvick

        But you could use either shortening. I’ve already been using Bamco to shorten the two. Since it sounds better.

        But Namco Bandai is the better one written out.

  • 罪罰

    Amazing name change.

    • TetsuyaHikari

      Gematsu has just been officially changed to Ustameg.

      • Gariya

        Site owner is Somano Ral.

        • TetsuyaHikari

          Site troller is Gariya.

          • Gariya

            Not Yariga?

            • Budgiecat

              Yariga is when you transform into the 40 meter tall giant monster to wreck havoc on Gematsu town….

              Then you get destroyed by Ultraman Six (who was previously known as Ultraman Xaltmas before he got disintegrated in a battle and reincarnated into Six) in about 3 minutes (before his time meter runs out) by way of the Specium Ray final attack…

              Unlike the standard silver and red colors of the Ultramen, Ultraman Six’s colors are Green and Black (to symbolize the XBox), with two parallel neon blue lines across the body (to also symbolize an affinity with Sony products, mainly the Vita)

              then somehow you reform back into normal sized Gariya a few days later….

        • Mugen555

          Friend of Ramba Ral?

        • Zero

          My new name is Orez? … Orz! Yep. Orz!

      • Sal Romano

        Smug Tea, actually. We’re going to start making tea, and it’s going to be the best tea.

        • Elvick


        • TetsuyaHikari

          Smug Tea, lol. One drink is sure to make you smug as if you know everything about anything! Wait… That actually does sort of apply to a lot of people around here.

          And here I thought it was just kool-aid.

          • tokyobassist

            You guys need to find a drink that actually sucks. Quit disrespecting Kool-Aid by putting in a negative light lol.

        • GhostNomad

          I’ll take mod status then! Figured out how to make some badass tea when I was in Italy for a couple of years. Brought all the boys to the yard!

          Actually on second thought I’m not sure if that’s something I should be proud of >.>

        • Sevyne

          I’ll take 50 orders of the smuggest tea ya got!

  • ECM

    So now it’s BAMCO all ’round. Huzzah.

    • Gariya

      I always think Bamco sounds like the name of an American comic book publishing company.

  • new_tradition

    I used to called them Namdai.

    Bamco it is then.

  • OverlordZetta

    >April 1

  • bloodiOS

    Well, Bamco certainly is easier to remember than Namdai.

  • Solomon_Kano

    That’s funny. Still gonna call em Namdai though. I like it better than saying Bamco.

    • Budgiecat

      Your new name is Solomon Bamco

      • Solomon_Kano

        I dub thee Bamcat.

        • Budgiecat

          no no…

          The Bamcat is the roving cat tank mecha that I drive around…

  • AlphaSixNine

    BamCo has won over NamDai. The war is finally over!

  • Angel Orlando

    BamCo… well like bank in spanish, except for the m

  • sunK1D

    Manko sounds better.

    • Gariya

      No male can resist the manko.

      • Sevyne


      • tokyobassist


  • PrinceHeir

    yeah i always hear Bandai Namco in Japan, but not in overseas.

    though i wonder why they omit the Namco name when it comes to shows like Gundam.

    sure Bandai is the main producer, but i thought Bandai Namco is the whole company itself.

    and we have companies like D3 who is a subsidary of Namco?

    • 永次

      Bandai is the main producer of anime games.
      Namco is the main producer of first party games.
      Bandai-Namco is the producer.

      Something like this.

  • Crossbones (Prodigy-X)

    It’s a new era.

  • Sae-Won Yoon

    Okay, so how about a new .Hack game “Bamco?”

  • Unretributed

    I’m still just calling them Namco

  • MrRobbyM

    …Okay, Bamco.

  • fireemblembeast

    Interesting! I noticed it was Bandai Namco on a few imported games recently, so it shouldn’t be too hard to get used to! As long as they still make good games I don’t mind different names ;D

  • epy

    So… Bamco…? Nothing changes,

  • Budgiecat

    Whatever. I hope this means more localizations…

    • Solomon_Kano

      Yes. This corporate name shuffle will get us all those Gundam games!

      • Budgiecat

        No, you’ll get us all the Gundam games

        *puts Solomon in a cannon and fires him off to Japan aimed directly at Bandai Namco headquarters*

        • Solomon_Kano

          If I do, I’m keeping em :V

        • Gigus

          U know he ain’t coming back right?

        • HeatPhoenix

          The Nightmare of Solomon

      • Raiyu

        Don’t play with my heart :(

  • HighBrowDrifter

    Whatever tickles yer fancy me lad….I höpe des means yer get yer heads outta yer arses andt localize der Goodies!

  • Eder García

    BANDAI taking over

    • HeatPhoenix

      Never trust Bandai.

  • りんごタルト@エスカのアトリエ

    Whatever. Bamco. Bring over im@s games.

  • KingNigma

    Article title made me laugh as soon as I read it.

  • Earthjolly


  • Renaldi Saputra

    kay.. so from now I’ll call Bamco

  • Aldridge517

    “The reason for the change, the company said, is to elevate the appeal and value of the Bandai Namco brand overseas.”

    How does switching around the company name accomplish this goal??? Furthermore, if most people outside of Japan know the company as Namco Bandai, wouldn’t it be more appealing to change the name of the Japanese branch to something people from overseas are familiar with?

  • Chestnut Bowl

    This is an outrage!

  • tubers

    Well, at least BaMco rolls easier on the tongue IMO than NamDai.

  • Daverost

    Officially 876 globally.

  • Kobracon

    I got turned down by their Singapore branch………….

  • tokyobassist

    My buddy and I have been calling them Bamco for years now. They simply made our saying make more sense.

  • xMCXx

    Earth-shattering revelation!

  • Budgiecat

    Another interesting note:

    In the West, it’s always been “Bandai Namco” whenever a Bandai licensed game comes over (like a Gundam game)

  • MasterSensei

    Did they also discuss changing it to Bamco Nandai? I like that one!

    • HeatPhoenix

      BAMCO WHYYYYY – most apt naming scheme ever