From Sega Retro

Founded: 1950-07-05
Defunct: 2006 (stopped to be just referred as Bandai at the copyright of the products)
T-series code: T-133
Merged with: Namco (2005)
Headquarters: Taitou-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Bandai Co. Ltd. (バンダイ) was 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, Angel 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.

In 2006, the products copyrights stopped to be refered as just Bandai (depise the logo still be used).


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