When Namco Museum for Nintendo Switch was announced a few months ago, there was some confusion as to whether or not the game would arrive at retail. This is because the official press kit included cover art for a retail packaged game. We have reached out to Bandai Namco for clarification, and have received official confirmation that the game will be only available via the Nintendo Switch eShop for $29.99.
The game arrives on July 28, 2017 and includes the GameCube Pac-Man VS. game. This was a unique title back in the day that used the GBA to link up to the GameCube where three players played the ghosts on the TV and one player played Pac-Man on the GBA Screen. Because of this dual-screen nature of the game it will require 2 Nintendo Switches to play this title. Watch the quick trailer for video on the game and read the official press release below:
Today, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. announces that PAC-MAN™ VS. will be included as part of the classic games collection in the upcoming title, NAMCO MUSEUM™, which is coming to the Nintendo Switch™ on July 28th, 2017 in the Americas, priced at $29.99.
PAC-MAN VS. is a four-player game originally developed by Nintendo in 2003 under supervision by legendary game designer, Shigeru Miyamoto, and the original creator of PAC-MAN, Toru Iwatani. In PAC-MAN VS., three players work together as the iconic ghosts and hunt down the fourth player, who has taken on the role of PAC-MAN, as they evade the ghosts and clear the maze of Pac Dots. Two Switch units are required to play as up to three ghosts play on one console and the PAC-MAN character plays on the other.
With NAMCO MUSEUM, players will be transported back to the days when coin-operated arcades reigned supreme, for a truly nostalgic experience. Through the Nintendo Switch, retro arcade classics can be played anytime, anywhere, and against anyone through the game’s online ranking system (PAC-MAN VS. will not be supporting online ranking system). Players nostalgic for the classic coin-op era can transform their Nintendo Switch into a miniature arcade cabinet by turning the handheld console vertically for a taller, slimmer screen that replicates the original arcade experience. The NAMCO MUSEUM classic catalog includes favorites from Namco’s classic arcade collection, including PAC-MAN VS., PAC-MAN, Dig Dug™, Galaga™, Galaga™ ‘88, The Tower of Druaga™, Rolling Thunder™, Rolling Thunder™ 2, Sky Kid™, Splatterhouse™, and Tank Force™.