Namco Bandai, which by the way we still are annoyed at for not just dropping the "Bandai" part of its acquisition name, has just announced that it's going to support Microsoft's new mobile platform and is bringing five heavy-hitting titles out ASAP.
We know Microsoft is looking to gaming as a differentiating factor for Windows Phone 7. With Xbox Live integration and an established history of gaming in its other departments, Microsoft is stepping up the mobile game arena throughout the industry.
So here's what Namco Bandai is bringing to the new operating system as its initial rollout:
I Love Katamari
More Brain Exercise
Puzzle Quest 2
Most of these will be simple ports of existing iPhone/Android games, but of course will be tailored to Windows Phone 7. They'll get Xbox Live achievements and all the social connectivity coming to the new platform.
It's a far cry from the iPhone platform, which is approaching a game library of 100,000 titles. However, Microsoft is focusing on quality rather than quantity. Thanks to the company's existing relationships with all of the top game publishers, it's able to pull in some great talent.
Namco Bandai said nothing about a rollout schedule for these games, nor how expensive they would be. However, having another high-profile name just announce support for Windows Phone 7 is a big deal for Microsoft.
Windows Phone 7 officially launched in the US earlier this week, with AT&T and T-Mobile as the flagship providers. Sprint and Verizon will get their hands in the cookie jar early next year.