Start digging that grave for Atari V3, they officially lose DragonBall

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  1. Takao

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    Kotaku - Namco Bandai Locks Down Dragon Ball License For America - Dragon Ball

    Dragon Ball license leaves Atari, returns to Namco Bandai

    What both of those articles lack to mention is that DragonBall accounts for just under 50% of all the money Atari makes. Them losing the franchise will likely put them in their death bed. Their license was set to expire in January of 2010.

    Can't say DragonBall is in the best of hands, especially considering how Bandai Namco treats their other franchises, be it IPs they own, or other licenses.

    Atari's involvement with the franchise will be missed, because we certainly wouldn't have gotten as many games are we did if it wasn't for them. Be it from games they produced themselves, like the Legacy Of Goku series, to even the ill fated Sagas, or games they clearly pitched money into for development, like the Budokai, and Budokai Tenkaichi series.
     
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    Nacmo Bandai own a considerable stake in Atari, this isn't as bad as it might seem.
     
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    Until they decide to add some brand new content, instead of just rehashing the same damn story over and over, I will not be remotely interested in a DB game.
     
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    I don't know, i'm hyped to play Dragonball: Revenge of King Picollo for Wii. It seems like it's a spiritual sequel to Dragonball Origins.
     
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    Yeah, people seem stagnant to remember all the rehashes, but seem to neglect all the other games the franchise gets. Thus they bomb, games like DragonBall: Advanced Adventure, Super DragonBall Z (made by the people who made Street Fighter II), DragonBall: Origins sell less then well in the US.
     
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    Blame it on poor marketing. All of those DB games you mention, I've never heard of them before til now.

    Whereas the Budokai series got advertising out the ying yang.
     
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    The Budokai games got marketing because when they were released the franchise was still on TV in North America.

    Revenge Of King Piccolo seems to be the next game that no one will buy, because it isn't a straight up fighting game.
     
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    I was just thinking the other day about the Time/Warner deal to get Midway. Midway because of their past ownership of Atari owns a vast majority of Atari's Back Catalog and IP. Time/Warner owned Atari before selling it to Midway.
     
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    This current Atari is owned by Infrogrames (who incidentally changed their name to Atari), who got Atari from Hasbro back in the early days of this millenium.
     
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    True but remember there were two Ataris until Midway renamed "Atari Games" to Midway Games West. The Atari arcade division from about 720 and Gauntlet up until Rush 2049 is a different entity than the one that Infrogrames bought from Hasbro. Arcade games made previous to the Atari Split Infrogrames owns, after the split Arcade games are Midways. (Soon to be Time/Warner's again)

    "Negotiating up until close to midnight of July 1, 1984 Jack Tramiel purchased Atari. Warner sold the home computing and game console divisions of Atari to Jack Tramiel for $50 cash and $240 million in promisary notes and stocks, giving Warner a 20% stack in Atari Corporation who then used it to create a new company under the name Atari Corporation. Warner retained the arcade division, continuing it under the name Atari Games, but sold it to Namco in 1985."

    "However in 1985, controlling interest of Atari Games was sold to Namco (a company with strong past ties to Atari Inc.), who soon lost interest in operating an American subsidiary. In 1986 a group of employees bought Namco's share."

    "In 1993 Time Warner once again bought a controlling interest in the company and changed the corporate name of Atari Games to Time Warner Interactive (TWI), but the latter company continued to market its new video games under the "Atari Games" label. In 1996 after an unsuccessful bid by Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, TWI was sold to WMS Industries (owners of the Williams, and Bally/Midway arcade brands) and reverted back to the name Atari Games. When Hasbro Interactive bought the remains of Atari Inc., the console manufacturer, and resurrected the Atari name in the home software arena, Atari Games was renamed Midway Games West by parent company Midway to avoid confusing two Atari brands."

    The "Tengen" Brand was handled by the Arcade "Atari Games" version of Atari BTW.

    I've been in the Arcade business for 20 years this summer. I know this shit.
     
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