Yes, Of Course Gundam Was Namco Bandai’s Most Popular License Last Year

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Tekken 6 and Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 may have been Namco Bandai’s best-selling games last year, but they also own a whole bunch of licensed properties in Japan, such as Gundam and One Piece, which continue to bring in revenue for them.


Here’s how those licenses contributed to Namco Bandai’s sales last year, and how they plan for them to contribute in their ongoing fiscal year:

You’ll notice Mobile Suit Gundam is by far the most lucrative license, followed closely by Masked Rider (perhaps better known as Kamen Rider). Bandai even opened a Gundam Café in Tokyo’s Akihabara district last year, which you can read impressions of here.

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Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.