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Fast facts on Bandai
Founded: 1950-07-05
T-series code: T-133
Merged with: Namco (2005)
Headquarters: Taitou-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Bandai Co. Ltd. (バンダイ) is a Tokyo-based Japanese toy making company with 30 subsidiaries in 13 countries worldwide. It was founded in 1950 and is the world's third largest producer of toys. Its most well-known product outside Japan is the virtual pet Tamagotchi.

They have or had several game development/publishing divisions: Ma-Ba, Banpresto, Bandai Visual, and B-Factory all acted independently when working with Sega.

In January 1997, Sega announced a proposed merger with Bandai.[1] In late May 1997 the proposed merger collapsed. On September 29, 2005, Bandai's management was merged with that of Namco to create BANDAI NAMCO Holdings Inc., the third largest video game entity in Japan.

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  1. File:CVG UK 184.pdf, page 8