Namco Essentials

Founded in 1955, Namco is a company that runs game centres as well as developing and publishing video games. In 2006 the company absorbed its sister organisation Bandai to become Namco Bandai Games and subsequently Bandai Namco Entertainment, the latter of which is affectionately referred to as “Bamco” by some people.

Namco is perhaps best known for its genre-defining arcade games from the ’80s and ’90s, but is still active today, with popular franchises such as Tekken, Soul Calibur and Tales spanning several console generations.

Namco’s seminal arcade racing series Ridge Racer had its own Cover Game feature here on MoeGamer; check that out here.


Articles about Namco games

Namco Essentials: Dig Dug - Dig Dug represents a type of game that doesn’t really exist any more, at least in its original form: what I shall refer to from hereon as “Dirt and Boulders” games. The idea of a Dirt and Boulders game is that you dig through a bunch of dirt while trying to accomplish something, attempting not … Continue reading Namco Essentials: Dig Dug
Namco Essentials: Galaga - Some games are utterly timeless, remaining just as fun today as they were back on their original release. Namco’s Galaga is definitely one of those games, though it’s also a title the company has taken great pains to keep “relevant” over the years with numerous re-releases, the most recent at the time of writing being as part … Continue reading Namco Essentials: Galaga
Namco Essentials: Galaga ’88 - Arcade-era Namco was good at sequels. Not from a story perspective, mind — the sequel to “shoot the aliens” tended to be “shoot more aliens” — but definitely from a mechanical perspective. One of the best things about arcade-era Namco’s handling of sequels was that they remained recognisably true to their source material while innovating … Continue reading Namco Essentials: Galaga ’88
Namco Essentials: Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 - Poor old Pac-Man’s been put through the wringer since his first appearance in 1980. He’s gone on adventures, been platforming, attempted to educate the masses and even kicked the snot out of his fellow video game icons. But somehow it always comes back to doing what he does best: munching his way through mazes while … Continue reading Namco Essentials: Pac-Man Championship Edition 2
Namco Essentials: Pac-Man Vs. - One of the most interesting inclusions in the Nintendo Switch release of Namco Museum is Pac-Man Vs. Originally released for GameCube in 2003, it’s an unusual title for Namco in that it wasn’t developed in-house as an arcade game; rather, it was designed by the legendary Shigeru Miyamoto and developed by Nintendo specifically for the … Continue reading Namco Essentials: Pac-Man Vs.
Namco Essentials: Rolling Thunder - Proper “spy games” are something I don’t feel like we see a lot of any more, perhaps since fascination with the concept waned somewhat with the end of the Cold War. That said, there are tons of awesome “spy games” from back in the day that we can still enjoy, and Rolling Thunder, a 1986 arcade game … Continue reading Namco Essentials: Rolling Thunder
Namco Essentials: Sky Kid - While I was familiar with most of the other games in the Namco Museum collection for Switch, one that I hadn’t come across before was Sky Kid. First released in 1985, Sky Kid is a horizontally scrolling shoot ’em up based on the company’s Pac-Land hardware introduced the previous year. Indeed, this fact is fairly obvious, as the two … Continue reading Namco Essentials: Sky Kid
Namco Essentials: Tank Force - While they’ve fallen a bit out of fashion in more recent years, tanks have been an important part of the gaming landscape pretty much since its dawn. (Then, of course, they trundled right over said landscape, flattened it and blew it up.) Indeed, one of the earliest competitive games — Atari’s Combat for 2600, released in 1977 … Continue reading Namco Essentials: Tank Force
PS2 Essentials: Ace Combat: Squadron Leader - The Ace Combat series is a jewel in Namco’s crown that people sadly seem to forget about quite often — though hopefully the seventh installment due early in 2019 will rectify that to an extent. The series mostly stretches across the PlayStation and PlayStation 2 eras, with a less well-received (but still enjoyable) spinoff installment … Continue reading PS2 Essentials: Ace Combat: Squadron Leader
PS2 Essentials: Alpine Racer 3 - I am one of the least sporty people I know, and I find the prospect of winter sports particularly terrifying. But I’ve always found something appealing about games involving skiing and suchlike. My interest in this type of game dates right back to the imaginatively titled Skiing on the Philips G7000 Videopac (aka the Magnavox Odyssey 2 … Continue reading PS2 Essentials: Alpine Racer 3
Taiko no Tatsujin Drum ‘n’ Fun: Plastic Drums and Music Most Definitely Mix - A little while ago, I offered my first impressions on the demo version of Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! for Nintendo Switch. I came away from the experience less than enamoured with the game’s motion controls, but starting to understand the appeal of the game when I switched to playing with buttons. Despite my … Continue reading Taiko no Tatsujin Drum ‘n’ Fun: Plastic Drums and Music Most Definitely Mix

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