Bandai Namco Games Inc. (株式会社バンダイナムコゲームス, Bandai Namco Games Inc.), formerly named Namco Bandai Games Inc., stylized as "BANDAI NAMCO Games Inc.", is an arcade, mobile and home video game developer and publisher based in Japan. It is a merge between the video game divisions of Bandai and Namco. It developed other fighting games, such as Tekken and Soul.
Bandai Namco is the head developer for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, along with Sora Ltd.. Several items and characters from some of Namco's games, such as Galaga and Rally-X, appear in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U.
Bandai Namco's mascot, Pac-Man, appears as a playable character. Pac-Man can also make characters and items from other Namco series appear by using his up taunt, Namco Roulette, and his neutral special, Bonus Fruit. Boss Galagas, a type of enemy in Namco's Galaga series, as well the Special Flag, a collectible from numerous Namco games, also appear in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U as items. Mii Fighter costumes based on Heihachi Mishima of the Tekken series, Lloyd Irving of the Tales series, and Gil from The Tower of Druaga are available as downloadable content.
Very early in the conceptual phase for 3DS/Wii U, Sakurai briefly contemplated the inclusion of other Namco characters, though made the decision to go with Pac-Man only almost immediately. In particular, he named Tekken's Heihachi as a character who came to mind, but wrote him off as his complex moveset would have been too difficult to effectively translate to Smash Bros.
- Super Smash Bros. for Wii U – tons of screenshots Nintendo Everything
- "My First Conception is My Landmark," Sakurai’s Famitsu column vol. 456 Source Gaming