Namco Ltd is a Japanese corporation best known as a video game developer and publisher. Its headquarters are located in Ōta, Tokyo.
The company was founded by Masaya Nakamura
as Nakamura Manufacturing in 1955. The company started out by running children's rides on the roof of a department store in Yokohama. Nakamura Manufacturing was reorganized in 1958 and underwent a slight name change to Nakamura Manufacturing Co., which would later be used to form the acronym Namco.
In 1970 the company produced Racer
, a coin-operated mechanical driving simulator. Namco's first electronic arcade game was Gee Bee
(1978). The company's most popular creation of all times is Pac-man
(1980). Other influential titles include Galaxian
(1982), Pole Position
(1983), and others.
In September 2005, Namco merged with Bandai
Also Known As
- Namcot (from 1983 to 1994) -- Trade name used in the development of console titles.
Location in January 1996:
2-1-21, Yaguchi, Ota-Ku