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'''Bandai Company, Limited''' <span style="font-weight: normal">(<span class="t_nihongo_kanji" lang="ja" style="font-family: sans-serif;">株式会社バンダイ</span> ''Kabushiki-gaisha Bandai''<sup>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Installing_Japanese_character_sets <span class="t_nihongo_icon" style="color: #00e; font: bold 80% sans-serif; text-decoration: none; padding: 0 .1em;">?</span>]</sup>)</span> is a Japanese [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toy toy] making and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_game video game] company, as well as the producer of a large number of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plastic_model plastic model] kits. It is the world's third-largest producer of toys (after [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mattel Mattel] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anime anime] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokusatsu tokusatsu] programs. Its headquarters is located in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tait%C5%8D,_Tokyo Taitō], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokyo Tokyo].<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-2">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandai#cite_note-2 [2]]</sup>
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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>
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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 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Namco Namco], Bandai Company, Limited is now under the management of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Namco_Bandai_Holdings Namco Bandai Holdings] and a member of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandai_Namco_Group Bandai Namco Group]. After group reorganisation in 2006, Bandai heads the group's Toys and Hobby [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strategic_Business_Unit 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>
 
 
==History==
 
==History==
 
Bandai was founded in 1950. In the 1960s Bandai expanded to include export sales. Bandai's racing car set, which first appeared in 1962, became a huge success. The 1970s continued to see Bandai expand, with Bandai Models being established in 1971. Although not their most profitable range, Bandai's 1/48 scale AFV models dominated that segment of the model kit market. Bandai America Inc. was established as local US sales/marketing operation in 1978.
 
Bandai was founded in 1950. In the 1960s Bandai expanded to include export sales. Bandai's racing car set, which first appeared in 1962, became a huge success. The 1970s continued to see Bandai expand, with Bandai Models being established in 1971. Although not their most profitable range, Bandai's 1/48 scale AFV models dominated that segment of the model kit market. Bandai America Inc. was established as local US sales/marketing operation in 1978.
   
Since the 1980s, Bandai has become the leading toy company of Japan, and to this day, has the main toy licenses in Japan to popular properties including ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaiju Daikaiju]'', ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultraman Ultraman]'', ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Robot Super Robot]'', ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamen_Rider_%28franchise%29 Kamen Rider]'', the ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Sentai Super Sentai]'' and ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_Rangers Power Rangers]'' series (which they took part in creating), ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gundam Gundam]'' and many others.
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Since the 1980s, Bandai has become the leading toy company of Japan, and to this day, has the main toy licenses in Japan to popular properties including ''[[Wikipedia:Kaiju|Daikaiju]]'', ''[[Wikipedia:Ultraman|Ultraman]]'', ''[[Wikipedia:Super Robot|Super Robot]]'', ''[[Wikipedia:Kamen Rider (franchise)|Kamen Rider]]'', the ''[[Wikipedia:Super Sentai|Super Sentai]]'' and ''[[Wikipedia:Power Rangers|Power Rangers]]'' series (which they took part in creating), ''[[Wikipedia:Gundam|Gundam]]'' and many others.
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The management of Bandai and [[w:c:sega:Sega|Sega]] discussed a merger in the late 1990s, but the merger was later cancelled, citing "cultural differences".<sup class="Template-Fact" style="white-space:nowrap;">[''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Citation_needed citation needed]'']</sup>
   
The management of Bandai and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sega Sega] discussed a merger in the late 1990s, but the merger was later cancelled, citing "cultural differences".<sup class="Template-Fact" style="white-space:nowrap;">[''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Citation_needed citation needed]'']</sup>
 
 
==Former subsidiaries==
 
==Former subsidiaries==
 
Before the formation of Namco Bandai Holdings, Bandai had many subsidiaries. After group reorganization in 2006, they are managed under several strategic business units (SBUs) of the group. Further detail:
 
Before the formation of Namco Bandai Holdings, Bandai had many subsidiaries. After group reorganization in 2006, they are managed under several strategic business units (SBUs) of the group. Further detail:
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===Toys and Hobby SBU===
 
===Toys and Hobby SBU===
 
===Bandai USA===
 
===Bandai USA===
'''Bandai USA''' (doing business as '''Bandai America''') is the American distribution arm of Bandai that makes toy products for the U.S. market and manufactures [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_Rangers Power Rangers], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamen_Rider_Dragon_Knight Kamen Rider Dragon Knight], and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_10 Ben 10] toys. Other past products include
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'''Bandai USA''' (doing business as '''Bandai America''') is the American distribution arm of Bandai that makes toy products for the U.S. market and manufactures Power Rangers, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamen_Rider_Dragon_Knight Kamen Rider Dragon Knight], and [[Wikipedia:Ben 10|Ben 10]] toys. Other past products include
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alienators:_Evolution_Continues Alienators: Evolution Continues]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alienators:_Evolution_Continues Alienators: Evolution Continues]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astro_Boy_%282003_TV_series%29 Astro Boy]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astro_Boy_%282003_TV_series%29 Astro Boy]
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xyber_9:_New_Dawn Xyber 9: New Dawn]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xyber_9:_New_Dawn Xyber 9: New Dawn]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zatch_Bell%21 Zatch Bell!]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zatch_Bell%21 Zatch Bell!]
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===Visual and music contents SBU===
 
===Visual and music contents SBU===
 
====Bandai Visual====
 
====Bandai Visual====
 
Main article: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandai_Visual Bandai Visual]'''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandai_Visual Bandai Visual] Company, Limited''', produces and distributes many popular [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anime anime] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokusatsu tokusatsu] titles. These titles include ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cowboy_Bebop Cowboy Bebop]'', ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Big_O Big O]'', ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outlaw_Star Outlaw Star]'', ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Please_Teacher%21 Please Teacher!]'', ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Escaflowne Escaflowne]'', and the popular ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gundam Gundam]'', ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamen_Rider_Series Kamen Rider]'', ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultra_Series Ultraman]'', and ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Sentai Super Sentai]'' series. The company logo is the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moai Moai], a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statue statue] found on [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_Island Easter Island]. It now heads the Visual and Music Contents SBU. Their American division, '''Bandai Visual USA''' was absorbed into Bandai Entertainment in July 2008. Bandai Entertainment is no longer acquiring licenses to new anime. As of March 1, 2013 Bandai Entertainment is no longer distributing home video in North America.
 
Main article: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandai_Visual Bandai Visual]'''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandai_Visual Bandai Visual] Company, Limited''', produces and distributes many popular [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anime anime] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokusatsu tokusatsu] titles. These titles include ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cowboy_Bebop Cowboy Bebop]'', ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Big_O Big O]'', ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outlaw_Star Outlaw Star]'', ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Please_Teacher%21 Please Teacher!]'', ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Escaflowne Escaflowne]'', and the popular ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gundam Gundam]'', ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamen_Rider_Series Kamen Rider]'', ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultra_Series Ultraman]'', and ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Sentai Super Sentai]'' series. The company logo is the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moai Moai], a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statue statue] found on [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_Island Easter Island]. It now heads the Visual and Music Contents SBU. Their American division, '''Bandai Visual USA''' was absorbed into Bandai Entertainment in July 2008. Bandai Entertainment is no longer acquiring licenses to new anime. As of March 1, 2013 Bandai Entertainment is no longer distributing home video in North America.
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====Bandai Entertainment====
 
====Bandai Entertainment====
 
Main article: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandai_Entertainment Bandai Entertainment]'''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandai_Entertainment Bandai Entertainment], Inc.''' was involved in the distribution of numerous anime in North America, as well as [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manga manga] and other merchandising ventures related to anime. Its headquarters in the United States were located in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cypress,_California Cypress, California] until it shut down in March 2013.
 
Main article: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandai_Entertainment Bandai Entertainment]'''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandai_Entertainment Bandai Entertainment], Inc.''' was involved in the distribution of numerous anime in North America, as well as [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manga manga] and other merchandising ventures related to anime. Its headquarters in the United States were located in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cypress,_California Cypress, California] until it shut down in March 2013.
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====Carddass====
 
====Carddass====
'''Carddass''' is the Bandai [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subsidiary subsidiary] responsible for releasing [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collectible_card_game trading card games] based on popular Bandai franchises. This includes games such as the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gundam_War_Collectible_Card_Game Gundam War Collectible Card Game] based on the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gundam Gundam] metaseries, as well as a Gash Bell ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zatch_Bell%21_The_Card_Battle Zatch Bell!]) TCG, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naruto_CCG Naruto CCG], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rangers_Strike Rangers Strike] ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Sentai Super Sentai] Series, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamen_Rider_Series Kamen Rider Series], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metal_Hero Metal Hero] Series), ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neon_Genesis_Evangelion Neon Genesis Evangelion]'' [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultra_Galaxy_Daikaijyu_Battle Ultra Galaxy Daikaijyu Battle] ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultra_Series Ultra Series]) and most recently their most successful to date, the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_Spirits_Trading_Card_Game Battle Spirits Trading Card Game].
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'''Carddass''' is the Bandai subsidiary responsible for releasing trading card games based on popular Bandai franchises. This includes games such as the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gundam_War_Collectible_Card_Game Gundam War Collectible Card Game] based on the Gundam metaseries, as well as a Gash Bell ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zatch_Bell%21_The_Card_Battle Zatch Bell!]) TCG, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naruto_CCG Naruto CCG], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rangers_Strike Rangers Strike] ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Sentai Super Sentai] Series, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamen_Rider_Series Kamen Rider Series], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metal_Hero Metal Hero] Series), ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neon_Genesis_Evangelion Neon Genesis Evangelion]'' [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultra_Galaxy_Daikaijyu_Battle Ultra Galaxy Daikaijyu Battle] ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultra_Series Ultra Series]) and most recently their most successful to date, the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_Spirits_Trading_Card_Game Battle Spirits Trading Card Game].
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====Sunrise====
 
====Sunrise====
Main article: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunrise_%28company%29 Sunrise (company)]===Game contents SBU===
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Main article: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunrise_%28company%29 Sunrise (company)]
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===Game contents SBU===
 
====Bandai Games (Now Namco Bandai Games)====
 
====Bandai Games (Now Namco Bandai Games)====
 
'''Bandai Games''' produced and distributed [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_game video games] based on Bandai properties including [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_Suit_Gundam:_Zeonic_Front Mobile Suit Gundam: Zeonic Front], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Mobile_Report_Gundam_Wing:_Endless_Duel Gundam Wing: Endless Duel] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_Suit_Gundam:_Journey_to_Jaburo Mobile Suit Gundam: Journey to Jaburo]. In the beginning of 2005, Bandai Games opened a United States office as a wholly owned subsidiary of Bandai America which, prior to that, handled the publishing of video games in North America itself.
 
'''Bandai Games''' produced and distributed [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_game video games] based on Bandai properties including [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_Suit_Gundam:_Zeonic_Front Mobile Suit Gundam: Zeonic Front], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Mobile_Report_Gundam_Wing:_Endless_Duel Gundam Wing: Endless Duel] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_Suit_Gundam:_Journey_to_Jaburo Mobile Suit Gundam: Journey to Jaburo]. In the beginning of 2005, Bandai Games opened a United States office as a wholly owned subsidiary of Bandai America which, prior to that, handled the publishing of video games in North America itself.
   
 
On March 31, 2006, it was merged into Namco Ltd. and Namco Ltd. was renamed [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Namco_Bandai_Games Namco Bandai Games] Inc.
 
On March 31, 2006, it was merged into Namco Ltd. and Namco Ltd. was renamed [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Namco_Bandai_Games Namco Bandai Games] Inc.
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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.
 
[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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==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].
 
[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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In the '90s, Bandai teamed up with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Inc. Apple] to make [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Bandai_Pippin The Pippin]. They also made their own game console, the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playdia Playdia]. Neither was a mass-market success. In 1999, Bandai created the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WonderSwan WonderSwan] portable game system. It, and its update, the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WonderSwan_Color WonderSwan Color], sold modestly well, but were unable to seriously challenge the dominant Game Boy Color and later, the Game Boy Advance. It was discontinued in 2003.
 
In the '90s, Bandai teamed up with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Inc. Apple] to make [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Bandai_Pippin The Pippin]. They also made their own game console, the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playdia Playdia]. Neither was a mass-market success. In 1999, Bandai created the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WonderSwan WonderSwan] portable game system. It, and its update, the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WonderSwan_Color WonderSwan Color], sold modestly well, but were unable to seriously challenge the dominant Game Boy Color and later, the Game Boy Advance. It was discontinued in 2003.
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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.
 
[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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==Games developed/published by Bandai==
 
==Games developed/published by Bandai==
 
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandai_Super_Vision_8000 Bandai Super Vision 8000]
 
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandai_Super_Vision_8000 Bandai Super Vision 8000]
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digimon_Racing Digimon Racing]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digimon_Racing Digimon Racing]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Zatch_Bell%21_Electric_Arena&action=edit&redlink=1 Zatch Bell! Electric Arena]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Zatch_Bell%21_Electric_Arena&action=edit&redlink=1 Zatch Bell! Electric Arena]
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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 Mattel and Hasbro).[1] Some ex-Bandai group companies produce anime and tokusatsu programs. Its headquarters is located in Taitō, Tokyo.[2]

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).[3]

History

Bandai was founded in 1950. In the 1960s Bandai expanded to include export sales. Bandai's racing car set, which first appeared in 1962, became a huge success. The 1970s continued to see Bandai expand, with Bandai Models being established in 1971. Although not their most profitable range, Bandai's 1/48 scale AFV models dominated that segment of the model kit market. Bandai America Inc. was established as local US sales/marketing operation in 1978.

Since the 1980s, Bandai has become the leading toy company of Japan, and to this day, has the main toy licenses in Japan to popular properties including Daikaiju, Ultraman, Super Robot, Kamen Rider, the Super Sentai and Power Rangers series (which they took part in creating), Gundam and many others.

The management of Bandai and Sega discussed a merger in the late 1990s, but the merger was later cancelled, citing "cultural differences".[citation needed]

Former subsidiaries

Before the formation of Namco Bandai Holdings, Bandai had many subsidiaries. After group reorganization in 2006, they are managed under several strategic business units (SBUs) of the group. Further detail:

Toys and Hobby SBU

Bandai USA

Bandai USA (doing business as Bandai America) is the American distribution arm of Bandai that makes toy products for the U.S. market and manufactures Power Rangers, Kamen Rider Dragon Knight, and Ben 10 toys. Other past products include

Visual and music contents SBU

Bandai Visual

Main article: Bandai VisualBandai Visual Company, Limited, produces and distributes many popular anime and tokusatsu titles. These titles include Cowboy Bebop, Big O, Outlaw Star, Please Teacher!, Escaflowne, and the popular Gundam, Kamen Rider, Ultraman, and Super Sentai series. The company logo is the Moai, a statue found on Easter Island. It now heads the Visual and Music Contents SBU. Their American division, Bandai Visual USA was absorbed into Bandai Entertainment in July 2008. Bandai Entertainment is no longer acquiring licenses to new anime. As of March 1, 2013 Bandai Entertainment is no longer distributing home video in North America.

Bandai Entertainment

Main article: Bandai EntertainmentBandai Entertainment, Inc. was involved in the distribution of numerous anime in North America, as well as manga and other merchandising ventures related to anime. Its headquarters in the United States were located in Cypress, California until it shut down in March 2013.

Carddass

Carddass is the Bandai subsidiary responsible for releasing trading card games based on popular Bandai franchises. This includes games such as the Gundam War Collectible Card Game based on the Gundam metaseries, as well as a Gash Bell (Zatch Bell!) TCG, Naruto CCG, Rangers Strike (Super Sentai Series, Kamen Rider Series, Metal Hero Series), Neon Genesis Evangelion Ultra Galaxy Daikaijyu Battle (Ultra Series) and most recently their most successful to date, the Battle Spirits Trading Card Game.

Sunrise

Main article: Sunrise (company)

Game contents SBU

Bandai Games (Now Namco Bandai Games)

Bandai Games produced and distributed video games based on Bandai properties including Mobile Suit Gundam: Zeonic Front, Gundam Wing: Endless Duel and Mobile Suit Gundam: Journey to Jaburo. In the beginning of 2005, Bandai Games opened a United States office as a wholly owned subsidiary of Bandai America which, prior to that, handled the publishing of video games in North America itself.

On March 31, 2006, it was merged into Namco Ltd. and Namco Ltd. was renamed Namco Bandai Games Inc.

Motorsports

[1][2]2006 Bandai Direzza SC430.See also: 2006 Super GT seasonIn 2006, Bandai entered Super GT with Lexus SC, and won 2006 Super GT Season GT500 Class Round 3 Overall Winner and ranked on fifth place in GT500 Class.

Consoles

[3][4]The Pippin AtmarkDuring the late 1970s, Bandai sold the TV Jack console line: a series of pong based consoles. The last of the series was the 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 CPU.

During the early 1980s, Bandai distributed a number of videogame machines. In 1982 the Bandai Arcadia, a variant of the Emerson 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 Intellivision and vectrex game consoles.

Bandai produced a running mat called the Family Fun Fitness System for the Nintendo Entertainment System starting in 1986. A series of games was released both in the US and in Japan, including Athletic World and Stadium Events for the NES. Shortly after its release, Nintendo purchased the rights to the FFF mat in North America, replacing it with their own redesign, the Power Pad. In order to maintain branding continuity, Stadium Events was pulled from shelves after a short period of availability at Woolworth's stores. Due to the fact that the game was pulled from shelves and discontinued before many copies were sold, Bandai's Stadium Events is universally accepted as the rarest licensed NES game released in North America.[4][5] A shrinkwrapped copy of the game sold for $41,270 on eBay in February 2010.[6] The sister game to Stadium Events, called Athletic World was initially released with a label that indicated compatibility with the Family Fun Fitness mat, but was later re-released with an updated label that mentions the Power Pad instead.[7] Stadium Events was not released again, but instead was slightly modified and relaunched as the Power Pad pack-in game, World Class Track Meet.

In the '90s, Bandai teamed up with Apple to make The Pippin. They also made their own game console, the Playdia. Neither was a mass-market success. In 1999, Bandai created the WonderSwan portable game system. It, and its update, the WonderSwan Color, sold modestly well, but were unable to seriously challenge the dominant Game Boy Color and later, the Game Boy Advance. It was discontinued in 2003.

Handheld systems

[5][6]Swan CrystalBandai has also released a series of handheld game consoles including the WonderSwan, WonderSwan Color and Swan Crystal. The systems were only released in Japan.

Bandai has also released a series of LCD games including Tuttuki Bako (released in Japan in 2008) and the LCD Solarpower series (released in the 1980s in both regions).

Games developed/published by Bandai

Bandai Super Vision 8000

  • Beam Galaxian
  • Gun Professional
  • Missile Vader
  • Othello
  • PacPacBird
  • Space Fire
  • Submarine

Arcadia 2001

Bandai RX-78

Mac OS

Playdia

3DO

Sega Game Gear

Game Boy

NES

Nintendo DS

Sega Genesis

  • Dragonball Z: Sagas of Bravery

SNES

PlayStation

PlayStation 2

Playstation 3

Sega Saturn

  • DragonBall Z:Shin Butoden

Nintendo GameCube

Wii

Virtual reality / Augmented reality

Xbox 360

Game Boy Advance

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