Today it was announced that the founder of Namco, Masaya Nakamura died on January 22nd at the age of 91. Masaya originally founded Namco back in 1955 under the name Nakamura Manufacturing. The news was announced via a press release on the official Bandai Namco website. Namco and Nintendo’s relationship over the years has been important, with Nintendo stating today – “As a 3rd party partner Namco has been a big part of Nintendo’s history, thanks in large part to Masaya Nakamura. He changed gaming for the better”. While not every system Nintendo released enjoyed great Namco support their we’re contributions by Namco that provided great content and plenty of exclusives over the years. Masaya Nakamura died at the age of 91.
NAMCO started by installing two electric horse on the roof of department store Matsuya (then) in Isezaki Town, Nakamura. In 1980 “Pac-Man” was released in arcades, and would go on to become a world hit – recognized as the “most successful commercial game machine” for Guinness World Records. Nakamura is widely known as “Father of PAC – MAN” worldwide.