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Namco Bandai Gobbles Up D3

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Posted March 18, 2009 - By Stephen Johnson

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Back in February, Namco made its intention's clear to swallow D3. Now it's official: Namco Bandai now owns 95.02% of D3. The buyout is valued at $12.55 million. Reportedly, Namco plans to keep D3 Publisher’s budget software coming and hopes the partnership will increase its presence overseas.

No word on how the change will affect D3 subsidiaries in the States, but I'll put in a call and see if I can dig up an answer. Watch this space!

D3 published Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution for the Wii, as well as the cult favorite Onechanbara series. It also owns the rights to some high profile movie and TV properties, including Ben 10 and Coraline.

Personally, I have a soft spot for D3 games. I unabashedly love the WTF? quality of the Onechanbara games (even if the gameplay is crazy repetitive). And I appreciate the work and care that obviously went into D3's Naruto game. A title like that could easily have been shovelware, but Clash of Ninja Revolution wasn't. Too bad D3 didn't work on the sequel... although that was a good game, too.

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