Officials from Atari Europe have announced that the company has signed a co-publishing deal with Japanese-headquartered publisher Namco Bandai to distribute a number of its handheld titles in Europe, beginning in summer 2006.
Included in the deal are Game Boy Advance titles Ace Combat Advance
, Atomic Betty
, Popeye: Rush for Spinach
, Sigma Star Saga
and Rebelstar: Tactical Command
(a relatively well-known brand from the UK’s 8-bit computer era) – as well as Nintendo DS title Dig Dug: Digging Strike
"Thanks to our efficient European distribution network, European gamers will be able to discover and play these games for the first time this summer," said Jean-Michel Perbet, president of Atari Europe.
With only a small marketing division in Europe, Namco does not publish any of their own titles, relying instead on other partners - most commonly Electronic Arts, Sony or Nintendo. Despite occasional rumors to the contrary, neither Namco nor Bandai has recently indicated any plans to self-publish in Europe, either before or after their merger.