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Bandai Namco is a media conglomerate with business in television, film, toys and video games. The company was founded in 2006 following the merger of Bandai and Namco. Prior to their merger, Namco were best known for arcade and console games, while Bandai produced a variety of media including video game products such as anime and manga games, popular digital pets and niche consoles.

Bandai Namco are among the best-selling game publishers, especially in Japan as well as internationally. Beyond video games, they are also the world's largest toy manufacturer as of 2017,[1] while also being a successful anime production studio.

Best-selling game franchises[]

Rank Franchise Debut year Debut platform(s) Sales Ref
1 Tamagotchi 1996 Handheld 98,615,286 [2][3][4]
2 Pac-Man 1980 Arcade 75,563,680 [5]
3 Dragon Ball 1986 Famicom / NES 70,846,249 [6]
4 Tekken 1994 Arcade 57,000,000 [7]
5 Dark Souls 2011 PS3 / Xbox 360 35,180,000 [2]
6 Naruto 2003 GameCube 32,520,000 [2]
7 Gundam 1983 Computers 30,904,400 [n 1]
8 Tales 1995 Super Famicom 29,290,000 [2]
9 Elden Ring 2022 Multi-platform 25,000,000 [12]
10 Digimon / Digital Monsters 1997 Handheld 24,000,000 [13]
11 Super Robot Taisen / Super Robot Wars 1991 Game Boy 20,600,000 [2]
12 Ace Combat / Air Combat 1993 Arcade 18,000,000 [14]
13 Family Stadium (Famista) / R.B.I. Baseball 1986 Famicom / NES 17,000,000 [15][16]
14 Soul Calibur / SoulCalibur 1995 Arcade 17,000,000 [17]
15 One Piece 2000 WonderSwan 14,876,103 [18]
16 Namco Museum 1995 PlayStation 14,087,000 [n 2]
17 Galaxian / Galaga 1979 Arcade 12,255,770 [n 3]
18 Little Nightmares 2017 Multi-platform 12,000,000 [29]
19 Taiko no Tatsujin 2001 Arcade 10,400,000 [30]
20 Ridge Racer 1993 Arcade 5,000,000 [31]
21 Anpanman PC 1999 Computer 2,510,000 [2]
22 My Hero One's Justice 2020 Multi-platform 2,500,000 [32]
23 Project CARS 2015 PS4 / XB1 / PC 2,000,000 [33]
24 Xenosaga 2002 PlayStation 2 1,686,930 [34]
25 Sword Art Online 2013 PSP 1,405,272 [4]
26 The Idolm@ster 2005 Arcade 1,247,535 [4]
27 Jojo's Bizarre Adventure 1993 Super Famicom 1,135,868 [35]
28 The Dark Pictures Anthology 2019 PS4 / XB1 / PC 1,000,000 [36]

Best-selling games[]

Rank Title Year Platform(s) Sales Ref
1 Pac-Man 1980 Multi-platform 64,586,002 [5]
2 Tamagotchi / Tamagotchi Generation One 1996 Handheld 40,000,000 [2]
3 Elden Ring 2022 Multi-platform 25,000,000 [12]
4 Tamagotchi Plus / Tamagotchi Connection 2004 Handheld 20,000,000 [37]
5 Tekken 3 1996 Arcade / PS1 / PS2 14,535,000 [7]
6 Digital Monster / Digimon 1997 Handheld 14,000,000 [38]
7 Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 2016 Multi-platform 11,880,000 [39]
8 Tekken 2 1995 Arcade / PS1 / PS2 11,740,000 [7]
9 Dark Souls III 2016 PS4 / XB1 / PC 10,000,000 [40]
10 Tekken 7 2017 PS4 / XB1 / PC 10,000,000 [41]
11 Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 2016 Multi-platform 9,000,000 [42]
12 Dragon Ball FighterZ 2018 Multi-platform 8,000,000 [43]
13 Tekken 5 2004 PS2 / PSP 8,200,000 [7]
14 Tekken 1995 Arcade / PS1 / PS2 7,786,556 [7]
15 Namco Museum 64 / Namco Museum 1999 N64/GBA/PS2/DC/GC/XB 6,033,550 [19][44]
16 Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot 2020 Multi-platform 6,000,000 [45]
17 Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2015 Multi-platform 5,000,000 [46]
18 Dark Souls II 2014 Multi-platform 4,500,000 [47]
19 Dark Souls 2011 PS3 / X360 / PC 4,190,000 [47]
20 Pro Yakyū: Family Stadium / R.B.I. Baseball 1986 Famicom / NES 4,050,000 [48][16]
21 Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown 2019 PS4 / XB1 / PC 4,000,000 [49]
22 Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2002 PS2 / GameCube 3,500,000 [6]
23 Tekken 6 2009 PS3 / X360 / PSP 3,500,000 [50]
24 Ms. Pac-Man 1982 Multi-platform 3,495,108 [5]
25 Pokkén Tournament 2015 Multi-platform 3,417,775 [7]
26 Game de Hakken! Tamagotchi 1997 Game Boy 3,000,000 [3]
27 Code Vein 2019 PS4 / XB1 / PC 3,000,000 [51]
28 Little Nightmares 2017 Multi-platform 3,000,000 [52]
29 Tales of Vesperia 2008 Multi-platform 2,800,000 [53]
30 My Hero One's Justice 2 2020 Multi-platform 2,500,000 [32]
31 Tales of Symphonia 2003 Multi-platform 2,400,000 [54]
32 Namco Museum Vol. 3 1996 PlayStation 2,388,758 [4][19]
33 Tekken Tag Tournament 1999 Arcade / PS2 2,386,340 [7]
34 Soul Calibur IV 1999 PS3 / X360 2,320,000 [55]
35 Street Fighter X Tekken 2012 Multi-platform 2,103,525 [7]
36 Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 2003 PS2 / GameCube 2,010,000 [6]
37 Tekken 4 2002 PlayStation 2 2,005,092 [7]
38 Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker 2018 Multi-platform 2,000,000 [56]
39 One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 2020 Multi-platform 2,000,000 [57]
40 Soul Calibur VI 2018 PS4 / XB1 / PC 2,000,000 [58]
41 Tales of Berseria 2016 PS3 / PS4 / PC 2,000,000 [59]
42 Tales of Arise 2021 Multi-platform 2,000,000 [60]
43 Project CARS 2015 PS4 / XB1 / PC 2,000,000 [33]
44 Little Nightmares II 2021 Multi-platform 2,000,000 [61]
45 Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 2006 PlayStation 2 / Wii 1,996,000 [6]
46 Dig Dug 1982 Multi-platform 1,943,040 [n 4]
47 Namco Museum Vol. 1 1995 PlayStation 1,817,786 [4][19]
48 Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 2004 PlayStation 2 1,820,000 [6]
49 Tales of Destiny 1997 PlayStation / PS2 1,720,000 [65]
50 Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2005 PlayStation 2 1,552,000 [6]
51 Xevious 1984 Arcade / NES 1,505,295 [62][66]
52 Pac-Man World 1999 PlayStation 1,500,000 [67]
53 Tekken Tag Tournament 2 2012 PS3 / X360 / Wii U 1,500,000 [68]
54 Tales of Phantasia 1995 Multi-platform 1,474,738 [53]
55 Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden 1993 Super Famicom 1,450,000 [6]
56 Game de Hakken!! Tamagotchi 2 1997 Game Boy 1,450,000 [69]
57 Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku 2002 Game Boy Advance 1,400,000 [19]
58 Dragon Ball: Shenlong no Nazo 1986 Famicom 1,250,000 [6]
59 Pac-Man World 2 2002 PlayStation 2 1,210,000 [5]
60 Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden 2 1993 Super Famicom 1,200,000 [6]
61 Tamagotchi no Puchi Puchi Omisetchi 2005 Nintendo DS 1,120,000 [69]
62 Pac-Man Collection 2001 Game Boy Advance 1,060,000 [19]
63 One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 2015 Multi-platform 1,055,826 [70][18]
64 Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 2007 PlayStation 2 / Wii 1,040,000 [6]
65 Xenosaga Episode I 2002 PlayStation 2 / DS 1,038,500 [34]
66 One Piece: Unlimited World Red 2013 Multi-platform 1,024,541 [18]
67 Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun! 2018 Switch 1,000,000 [71]
68 One Piece: World Seeker 2019 Multi-platform 1,000,000 [72]
69 Scarlet Nexus 2021 Multi-platform 1,000,000 [73]
70 The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan 2019 PS4 / XB1 / PC 1,000,000 [36]

Best-selling arcade games[]

Note: The list includes arcade games from Namco up until 2006, as well as titles from their former subsidiary Atari Games when it was owned by Namco between February 1985 and June 1990.[74]

Rank Title Year Arcade unit sales Market Ref
1 Pac-Man 1980 700,000 Worldwide [75]
2 Ms. Pac-Man 1982 125,000 Worldwide [76]
3 Galaxian 1979 50,000 USA [77]
4 Tekken 2 1995 40,000 Worldwide [78]
5 Tekken 3 1996 35,000 Worldwide [79]
6 Dig Dug 1982 22,228 USA [62]
7 Pole Position 1982 21,000 USA [80]
8 Tekken Tag Tournament 1999 19,000 Worldwide [81]
9 Gauntlet 1985 7,848 NA / EU [62]
10 Klax 1990 6,759 Worldwide
11 RoadBlasters 1987 5,610 NA / EU
12 Tetris 1989 5,600 USA
13 Xevious 1982 5,295
14 R.B.I. Baseball (Pro Yakyū: Family Stadium) 1986 3,945
15 Cyberball 1988 3,800 NA / EU
16 Championship Sprint 1986 3,595
17 Paperboy 1985 3,442
18 Hard Drivin' 1989 3,318
19 Mr. Driller 1999 3,000 Japan [82]
20 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1985 2,825 NA / EU [62]
21 Rolling Thunder 1986 2,406 USA
22 Pole Position II 1983 2,400
23 Badlands 1989 2,393 NA / EU
24 720° 1986 2,265
25 Super Sprint 1986 2,232
26 APB 1987 2,000
27 Blasteroids 1988 2,000
28 S.T.U.N. Runner 1989 1,821
29 Xybots 1987 1,752
30 Vindicators 1988 1,719
31 Toobin' 1988 1,500
32 Pac-Mania 1987 1,412 USA
33 Final Lap 1987 1,150
34 Assault 1988 1,079

Best-selling game consoles[]

Rank Console Debut year Type Generation Sales Ref
1 WonderSwan 1999 Handheld Sixth 3,500,000 [83][84]
2 Apple Bandai Pippin 1996 Home Fifth 42,000 [85]

Notes[]

  1. Gundam series:
    • Sales through to March 2004: 20 million[8][9]
    • Sales from March 2004 to March 2012: 10,904,400[10][11]
  2. Namco Museum series:
    • Namco Museum Vol. 1 US sales: 1.65 million units[19]
    • Namco Museum Vol. 3 US sales: 2.24 million units[19]
    • Namco Museum 1-5 Japan sales: 1 million (1998)[20]
    • Namco Museum Encore sales: 51,303 units[21]
    • Namco Museum 64 sales: 1.04 million units[19]
    • Namco Museum (GBA) sales: 2.96 million units[19]
    • Namco Museum (PS2) sales: 1.8 million units[19]
    • Namco Museum 50th Anniversary sales: 241,000 units[22]
    • Namco Museum Battle Collection Japan sales: 79,527 units[23]
    • Namco Museum Vol. 2 (PSP) sales: 24,934 units[24]
    • Namco Museum DS Japan sales: 33,393 units[25]
    • Namco Museum Remix Japan sales (first week): 1,700 units[21]
    • Namco Museum Virtual Arcade Japan sales (first week): 5,912 units[26]
    • Namco Arcade downloads: 2 million[27]
  3. Galaxian series:
    • Galaxian3 sales: 66,770 units (JP)[28]
    • SD Gundam: Over Galaxian sales: 27,905 (JP)[28]
    • Namco Museum Vol. 1 sales: 1.65 million units (US),[19] 167,786 units (JP)[28]
    • Namco Museum Vol. 3 sales: 2.24 million units (US),[19] 148,758 units (JP)[28]
    • Namco Museum 64 sales: 1.04 million units[19]
    • Namco Museum (GBA) sales: 2.96 million units[19]
    • Namco Museum (PS2) sales: 1.8 million units[19]
    • Namco Museum Battle Collection sales: 79,527 units (JP)[28]
    • Namco Museum Vol. 2 (PSP) sales: 24,934 units (JP)[28]
    • Namco Museum DS sales: 33,393 units (JP)[28]
    • Namco Museum Virtual Arcade sales: 5,912 units (JP)[28]
    • Namco Arcade downloads: 2 million[27]
    • Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions sales: 10,785 units (JP)[28]
  4. Dig Dug:
    • Arcade - 22,228 (USA)[62]
    • Atari 2600 - 1,640,000[63]
    • Game Boy Advance - 58,572[4]
    • Xbox Live Arcade - 222,240[64]

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