Namco Bandai Gobbles D3 Publisher For $12 Million

By Spencer . March 17, 2009 . 9:10am

image Namco Bandai made a bid for the Onechanbara creator D3 Publisher last month. Today, the deal is done with Namco Bandai owning 19,990 shares, 95.02% of the outstanding shares. Each share was purchased for 62,000 yen ($628) valuating the buyout at 1,239,380,000 yen ($12.55 million).


D3 Publisher known for its quirky Simple series also has the rights to publish Ben 10 video games overseas and owns technology like the Vicious Engine. Namco Bandai plans to keep D3 Publisher’s stream of budget software flowing and hopes the partnership will increase their presence overseas.


Subsidiaries for D3 Publisher are housed in North America and Europe. It is unknown how the buyout will affect them.

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  • jarrodand

    Think we’ll start seeing Pac-Man and Gundam SIMPLE stuff now? Maybe a real counter to Sega Ages now that D3 lost that contract?

    • Hahaha. It sounded like one of Namco Bandai’s plans all along so I wouldn’t be surprised. I wonder if this means more Simple stuff will come out overseas.

  • Please Namco don’t mess up D3. What I mean by that is don’t stop D3 from bringing obscure titles to the US, they’ve been doing a great job with that point up to this point.

  • If Namco Bandai keeps giving USA and especially Europe the lousy attention they’ve been known for even through D3 I will write SO MANY angry letters.
    If D3 instead helps Namco Bandai to release MORE games in Europe and the US (like Culdcept Saga in EU!) I will send them cake.

    Wouldn’t say no to some more Simple Series releases in the west world either. Especially the terrific collection of Taito shmups that 505 Games had the license to way back.

  • Hero of legend

    I’d love a low-priced Pac-Man, etc Simple Series line for Wii, that’d be really neat!

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