"Father of Pac-Man" Nakamura Masaya Dies at 91 (News)


Tokyo, Jan. 30 (Jiji Press)—Nakamura Masaya, the founder of Japanese arcade game pioneer company Namco, died on January 22 at the age of 91, Bandai Namco said Monday.

Namco founder Nakamura Masaya (center) after a May 2005 press conference related to the company’s merger with Bandai. The company leaders exchanged models of their famous characters Pac-Man (Namco) and Gundam (Bandai). (© Jiji)

Nakamura set up Nakamura Manufacturing in Tokyo in 1955 and started making electric horse rides for rooftop amusement facilities at department stores. The company later pioneered arcade game machines as well as home video game software.

The company was renamed Namco in 1977, and it became a globally known game machine maker following its launch of Pac-Man for arcades in 1980. Pac-Man has been recognized by the Guinness World Records as the most successful coin-operated arcade game.

When Bandai Namco Holdings was established through a merger between Bandai and Namco, Nakamura assumed the post of supreme adviser at the company.

He received the Medal with Blue Ribbon in 1986 and the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, in 2007.

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