RUMORS: Namco Bandai Wii U, StarBlade

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

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A number of rumors regarding Namco Bandai have been floating around the internet.  The first comes in regards to the Tokyo Game Show, which will start on September 20th.  Namco Bandai currently has no games listed for the Wii U but is expected to show off something for Nintendo’s new console.

Yeah, it’s a bit of a slow news day for some people.  But if you look at what has been announced for Wii U, Namco Bandai’s offerings are rather slim compared to other big third party publishers like Activision, Ubisoft, and Warner Bros. Interactive.  The only games so far are Tank! Tank! Tank! and Tekken Tag Tournament 2, along with a hand in developing the next Smash Bros.  Expect to see both Namco Bandai produced games along with something new as well as little to no news on Smash Bros.

The other rumor making the rounds is the possible enhanced remake of StarBlade.  The 1991 3D rail shooter arcade game has had its trademark renewed in the US for use with video games.  Though it could just be for a classic games collection (which Namco Bandai has released in the past) a new version of StarBlade could work well on its own given not only the recent lack of rail shooters but the modern technology of the Wiimote and the PlayStation Move.

Sources: TGS (Google translation included), Andriasang, Siliconera

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  • Namco Bandai already does have a game listed for Wii U:  Tekken Tag Tournament 2.

    • Jeff Neuenschwander

      If you mean for the Game Show: I just go by what I find.  And what I found showed that no Wii U games from Namco Bandai had been listed as appearing at the show.

      If you mean in general: Was I not clear in the article when I listed their current offerings on the Wii U?  I not only listed Tekken but Tank! Tank! Tank! as well as the co-development of Smash Bros.  I know that Namco Bandai has games listed for Wii U.  I was just pointing out that other big companies have more right now.

    • Sorry!  I misread.

    • Jeff Neuenschwander

      No worries.  It happens.

  • Maybe we’ll see Smash Bros.  Maybe?

    • Jeff Neuenschwander

      A slight chance but, outside of any artwork or teasing a Namco character, I doubt it.  The game is still very much in its infancy and still has anywhere from two to three years before we’re even close to seeing the final product.