Perhaps one of the oldest companies that started creating arcade Machines, Namco was founded in 1955. The founder was Masaya Nakamura created the company which was first named Nakamura Seisakusho. The company made coin operated amusement rides. In 1959 they managed to get into a partnership with Walt Disney Productions which gave them room to expand the company further. Around 1960 they started to make electro mechanical arcade games like the game Periscope. It was only in 1974 that Namco bought the Japanese division of Atari with which they started to enter the arcade market. It was then that Namco released the game Breakout. In 1977 they changed the name to Namco and with that released the game Gee Bee within a year. In 1979 Namco release one of their major successes Galaxian and after that in 1980 Pac-Man which is in fact the best selling arcade game of all times. In the 1980’s Namco had some great succes in the arcade with machines like Galaga, Xevious and Pole Position. In the 1990’s they had some major successes as well such as Ridge Racer, Tekken and Taiko no Tatsujin. By the end of the 90’s the arcade scene was struggling and as a consequence Namco was experiencing financial difficulties. This resulted in a merger with Bandai in 2005 which is now called Bandai Namco Games.
NAMCO Arcade Candy Cab Machines:
Cyber Lead II
Noir Cabinet HD
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