Mad Catz and Cross Counter Asia were in Japan for Tokyo Game Show 2012, and Zhi filed this report from Namco Bandai’s pre-TGS press day.


We recently visited Namco Bandai’s shiny glass office in Tokyo, Japan, but our internal GPS read Cairo Egypt. The monolithic pyramid houses real-life mummies of global icon Pac-Man, preserved over 30 years in arcade perfection. The pyramid is so huge that it has its own internal river flowing through it, turned on precisely when workers start trickling in to start the day.

In metropolitan Tokyo, where space is a precious commodity, the Namco Bandai headquarters’ hollow interior is a sight to behold. The pharaoh in the top office of the pyramid is TEKKEN  Harada, as higher offices are allocated to senior members within the company. Two beautiful Cleopatras greeted us at the entrance with precise 45 degree bows and charming smiles.

The tour began promptly after breakfast, and we saw Namco Bandai’s impressive lineup of Tales of Xillia 2, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 3, TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT 2 Wii U Edition, and TANK! TANK! TANK!  presented by their respective producers. The last two games were on the new Wii U platform, discretely covered by a black cloth so that we could not see the actual unit itself. We contemplated removing the cover and uploading pictures to the internet, but erred on the side of discretion as TEKKEN  Force units surely would have surrounded the building and assassinated us. We did manage, however, to smuggle out these classified pictures and videos of the tour for your viewing pleasure. You have been granted Mad Catz top-secret clearance.