Dig Dug (ディグダグ) is a maze video game series originally created by Namco, now known as Bandai Namco Entertainment. It has seen several releases for home video game platforms, arcades and mobile phones, first beginning with the 1982 arcade game Dig Dug. Several followups and spin-offs would soon follow, the latest being the 2008 online title Dig Dug Island, which would close in 2009. The series is regarded as a core franchise for Namco and has since become one of the most well-known arcade titles during the Golden Age of Arcade Video Games. The Dig Dug series served as inspiration for Namco's own Mr. Driller series, which features many Dig Dug characters and mechanics.