Masaya Nakamura, founder of NAMCO and “father of Pac-Man” has passed away aged 91 according to a statement from the company.
Masaya Nakamura started what would become known as NAMCO back in 1955 as the Nakamura Manufacturing company. Nakamura decided to focus on the arcade machine industry. After acquiring Atari’s Japanese subsidiary he changed the name to Nakamura Amusement Machine Manufacturing Company or NAMCO.
In 1979, NAMCO launched Galaxian which was the first video game to use multicoloured sprites. The company really hit it big in 1980 when it released Pac-Man. That was followed in 1981 by Ms. Pac-Man and then Galaga. All classic arcade hits that feature in many retro compilation favourites.
Pac-Man was designed by NAMCO engineer and video-game maker Toru Iwatani.
NAMCO and Bandai, a Japanese toymaker, merged in 2005 to form the company as it is now, Namco Bandai.