Namco (also known as Namco Ltd. and sometimes stylized as NAMCO), was a Japanese video game developer primarily involved with publishing arcade and home consoles. The company also had three subdivisions, Namco America in the United States, Shangai Namco in China, and Namco Enterprises Asia in Hong Kong.
Namco was founded in 1955 as a producer of coin-operated amusement park rides.  Until its merge with Bandai in 2005, Namco both independently and co-produced many commercially successful, multi-million dollar franchises, including Pac-Man, Ace Combat, Galaxian, Dig Dug, and Soulcaliber.
In 2000, Namco published Vampire Night, a horror-themed rail-shooter developed by Sega Wow Entertainment (formerly Sega AM1). It was ported to Playstation 2 in 2001.
- Yuri Kageyama (February 4, 2017). "Masaya Nakamura, 91, founder of Namco video game company". bostonglobe.com. “Mr. Nakamura founded Namco, part of Bandai Namco, in 1955. It started out as just two mechanical horse rides on a department store rooftop but went on to pioneer game arcades and amusement parks.”
- "Namco Bandai's net income worldwide from FY2006 to FY2019 ". statista.com. “The company has produced several multi-million dollar video game franchises, including Tekken, Pac-Man and Galaxian, and it also owns the licenses to Dragon Ball and Naruto.”
- "Namco (Wikipedia Article)". Wikipedia.org. “Namco is remembered for being one of the most important and influential video game companies in history...”