If you’re fond of Bandai Namco games on iOS, like Noby Noby Boy, I Love Katamari or, um, Splatterhouse, you’d better hope you snagged them on your iPhone, iPod or iPad – they’ve just quietly disappeared from the iTunes App Store.
Bandai Namco made the announcement very quietly recently, amending App Store descriptions to include the note “We regret to inform you that service for this application will be terminated as of 3/30/2015.” There was no big announcement, no chance to grab things last-minute, and now the games have disappeared without a trace.
We don’t know the full list of games that disappeared on March 30th, but the following are definitely gone:
- i Love Katamari/li>
- Katamari Amore/li>
- Noby Noby Boy/li>
- Time Crisis 2nd Strike HD/li>
- Namco Games Portal/li>
- Ace Combat Assault Horizon: Trigger Finger/li>
- Galaga Remix/li>
- Dig Dug Remix/li>
- Pac-Man Remix/li>
If you’d previously purchased these games and have them downloaded on your phone, you should be okay to continue playing. If you’ve purchased the game but not downloaded it, you might still be able to grab the files. Of course, if you’d not purchased the game or downloaded it, you’re now flat outta luck – Bandai Namco holds the reins and the company’s pulled this one right out of the store. Sorry.