It has come to light that on January 22nd, NAMCO’s founder Masaya Nakamura passed away at the age of 91. He started his first business in 1955, buying two mechanical horse rides you would find in an amusement park, and in 1958, grew to become Nakamura Amusement Machine Manufacturing Company, best known to us all as NAMCO.
NAMCO made a name for themselves over the years with hits like Pac-man, Ridge Racer, Time Crisis, Tekken, Soul Calibur and more. Mr. Nakamura was inducted into the International Video Game Hall of Fame in Ottumwa, Iowa in 2010.
NAMCO began working with Atari, who were massive in the 80s, and gained the rights to distribute their games in Japan, which was a huge boost to both companies. I’m sure we all have fond memories of one of their games, from the old arcade titles to a modern console release. News of his death was kept close to his family and friends, and word was only released to the public following the ceremony.
May Masaya Nakamura rest in peace.