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{{Wikipedia|Bandai}}{{Nihongo|'''Bandai Company, Limited'''|株式会社バンダイ|Kabushiki-gaisha Bandai}} is a Japanese toy making and video game company, as well as the producer of a large number of plastic model kits. It is the world's third-largest producer of toys (after [[Wikipedia:Mattel|Mattel]] and [[Wikipedia:Hasbro|Hasbro]]).<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-1">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandai#cite_note-1 [1]]</sup> Some ex-'''Bandai''' group companies produce anime and [[Wikipedia:Tokusatsu|tokusatsu]] programs. Its headquarters is located in [[Wikipedia:Taitō,_Tokyo|Taitō, Tokyo]].<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-2">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandai#cite_note-2 [2]]</sup> May 15, 2004
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{{Nihongo|'''Bandai Company, Limited'''|株式会社バンダイ|Kabushiki-gaisha Bandai}} is a Japanese toy making and video game company, as well as the producer of a large number of plastic model kits. It is the world's third-largest producer of toys (after [[Wikipedia:Mattel|Mattel]] and [[Wikipedia:Hasbro|Hasbro]]).<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-1">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandai#cite_note-1 [1]]</sup> Some ex-'''Bandai''' group companies produce anime and [[Wikipedia:Tokusatsu|tokusatsu]] programs. Its headquarters is located in [[Wikipedia:Tait%C5%8D,_Tokyo|Taitō, Tokyo]].<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-2">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandai#cite_note-2 [2]]</sup>
   
 
After the merger with game developer and amusement facility operator [[Namco]], Bandai Company, Limited is now under the management of [[Namco Bandai Holdings]] and a member of [[Bandai Namco Group]]. After group reorganisation in 2006, Bandai heads the group's Toys and Hobby Strategic Business Unit (SBU).<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-toyshobbysbu_3-0">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandai#cite_note-toyshobbysbu-3 [3]]</sup>
 
After the merger with game developer and amusement facility operator [[Namco]], Bandai Company, Limited is now under the management of [[Namco Bandai Holdings]] and a member of [[Bandai Namco Group]]. After group reorganisation in 2006, Bandai heads the group's Toys and Hobby Strategic Business Unit (SBU).<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-toyshobbysbu_3-0">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandai#cite_note-toyshobbysbu-3 [3]]</sup>
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===Motorsports===
 
===Motorsports===
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SuperGT-BANDAI.jpg][http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SuperGT-BANDAI.jpg]2006 Bandai Direzza [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lexus_SC430 SC430].See also: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006_Super_GT_season 2006 Super GT season]In 2006, Bandai entered [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_GT Super GT] with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lexus_SC Lexus SC], and won 2006 Super GT Season GT500 Class Round 3 Overall Winner and ranked on fifth place in GT500 Class.
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[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SuperGT-BANDAI.jpg ][http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SuperGT-BANDAI.jpg ]2006 Bandai Direzza [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lexus_SC430 SC430].See also: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006_Super_GT_season 2006 Super GT season]In 2006, Bandai entered [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_GT Super GT] with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lexus_SC Lexus SC], and won 2006 Super GT Season GT500 Class Round 3 Overall Winner and ranked on fifth place in GT500 Class.
   
 
==Consoles==
 
==Consoles==
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pippin-Atmark-Console-Set.jpg][http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pippin-Atmark-Console-Set.jpg]The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Bandai_Pippin Pippin Atmark]During the late 1970s, Bandai sold the ''TV Jack'' console line: a series of pong based consoles. The last of the series was the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandai_Super_Vision_8000 Bandai Super Vision 8000] console released in 1979. It wasn't a simple pong based console system but a cartridge system with an 8-bit NEC D780C (Z80 clone) as [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CPU CPU].
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[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pippin-Atmark-Console-Set.jpg ][http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pippin-Atmark-Console-Set.jpg ]The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Bandai_Pippin Pippin Atmark]During the late 1970s, Bandai sold the ''TV Jack'' console line: a series of pong based consoles. The last of the series was the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandai_Super_Vision_8000 Bandai Super Vision 8000] console released in 1979. It wasn't a simple pong based console system but a cartridge system with an 8-bit NEC D780C (Z80 clone) as [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CPU CPU].
   
 
During the early 1980s, Bandai distributed a number of videogame machines. In 1982 the Bandai Arcadia, a variant of the Emerson [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arcadia_2001 Arcadia 2001], was released in Japan by Bandai. There were also four Japan-exclusive game releases which were the only known Arcadia titles written by other companies than UA Ltd. They also released local variants of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intellivision Intellivision] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vectrex vectrex] game consoles.
 
During the early 1980s, Bandai distributed a number of videogame machines. In 1982 the Bandai Arcadia, a variant of the Emerson [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arcadia_2001 Arcadia 2001], was released in Japan by Bandai. There were also four Japan-exclusive game releases which were the only known Arcadia titles written by other companies than UA Ltd. They also released local variants of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intellivision Intellivision] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vectrex vectrex] game consoles.
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==Handheld systems==
 
==Handheld systems==
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Wonder-Swan-Crystal.jpg][http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Wonder-Swan-Crystal.jpg][http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swan_Crystal Swan Crystal]Bandai has also released a series of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handheld_game_console handheld game consoles] including the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WonderSwan WonderSwan], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WonderSwan_Color WonderSwan Color] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swan_Crystal Swan Crystal]. The systems were only released in Japan.
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[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Wonder-Swan-Crystal.jpg ][http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Wonder-Swan-Crystal.jpg ][http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swan_Crystal Swan Crystal]Bandai has also released a series of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handheld_game_console handheld game consoles] including the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WonderSwan WonderSwan], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WonderSwan_Color WonderSwan Color] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swan_Crystal Swan Crystal]. The systems were only released in Japan.
   
 
Bandai has also released a series of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LCD_games LCD games] including ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuttuki_Bako Tuttuki Bako]'' (released in Japan in 2008) and the ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandai_LCD_Solarpower LCD Solarpower]'' series (released in the 1980s in both regions).
 
Bandai has also released a series of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LCD_games LCD games] including ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuttuki_Bako Tuttuki Bako]'' (released in Japan in 2008) and the ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandai_LCD_Solarpower LCD Solarpower]'' series (released in the 1980s in both regions).
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