Namco Bandai And Disney Are Buddies In Japan

By Spencer . September 11, 2013 . 6:00pm

imageNamco Bandai is the king of licensed video games in Japan with a constant stream of Naruto, Dragon Ball, and Gundam anime tie-ins. Earlier this year, Namco Bandai started working with Disney and developed Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life for Nintendo 3DS, which sold over a quarter million units in Japan.


In addition to Disney Magic Castle, Namco Bandai will bring Disney Infinity to Japan, but only for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Disney also carries Namco Bandai’s new Pac-Man series, Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures in the US.


Disney games are often licensed to other publishers for Japan. Spike Chunsoft, known for Virtue’s Last Reward, will publish Epic Mickey 2 and before that Namco Bandai published Every Extend Extra which was actually a Disney funded game published by Buena Vista Games in the West.

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  • Otoya

    people from Japan will confirm screw the 3ds version of it. It is horrible!!!

  • CirnoLakes

    What, not Square Enix? Capcom? Sega, even?

    Guess this means we’re not getting Kingdom Hearts DLC for this game.

    • SuperSailorV

      Yeah… hugely missed opportunity. I don’t think Disney top-level suits even know Kingdom Hearts exists.

      • CirnoLakes

        I don’t think they’re aware that Kingdom Hearts exists, either. Which is evident by how much Western branches of Disney have continued to ignore Kingdom Hearts for so many years despite having ownership over the IP rather than Square.

        Disney, give Kingdom Hearts some love, for once.;_;

        • Göran Isacson

          Well from what I’ve read in interviews they DO apparently know that it exists and considers it quite profitable… but they are taking a VERY hands-off approach to it, peculiarly enough. I think it’s a situation where they know they exist but acknowledge that they have NO idea what they would even want to do with it, so they just kind of… let those quirke Japanese guys do what they do and just sit back and let the money quietly roll in.

          There was a comic book drawn by a western artist and published in a western Disney comic book surrounding Kingdom Hearts, but from what I’ve heard it’s not canon and was mostly just promo-material, so yeah. I think they’re just taking a hands-off approach to it.

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