Namco Museum is Coming to the Switch this Summer: Includes GameCube’s Pac-Man Vs.

Namco Museum is launching for the Switch this summer and includes games like Pac-Man, Pac-Man Vs., Splatterhouse, Dig-Dug, Galaga, and more.

on June 27, 2017 9:37 AM

You’ll soon be able to relive your favorite memories from Bandai Namco thanks to them, Nintendo, and the Switch. Namco Museum is set to release in Summer 2017 for $29.99 USD and has 11 confirmed classics. Included in these is the rather unique Pac-Man Vs. which was a GameCube exclusive that was one of the few games that allowed the home console to be connected with a portable console, in this case the Game Boy Advance. The asymmetrical gameplay was rather unique at the time and the game received a bit of a cult following.

The list also contains these classic titles:

  • Pac-Man
  • Dig Dug
  • Galaga
  • Galaga ‘88
  • The Tower of Druaga
  • Rolling Thunder
  • Rolling Thunder 2
  • SkyKid
  • Splatterhouse
  • Tank Force

There’s some good titles in Namco MuseumRolling Thunder and its sequel are excellent examples of early run and gun games with colorful, large graphics. And you can’t go wrong with Splatterhouse which took it’s 80s horror homages and made them look great and gory in arcade cabinets.

There will be updated features as well including leader boards and the ability to play titles horizontally or vertically to try and emulate the feel of the original arcade ports. There will also be challenge modes for each game to add new ways to play and new challenges to overcome.

Here’s hoping that Bandai Namco is able to hold onto the nostalgia that made their early catalog great. The addition of Pac-Man Vs. is definitely a step in the right direction and makes me curious to see how they implement its unique gameplay in Switch form. Summer is here already Namco Museum, it’s time to open your doors to players and visitors!

 

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Leif Conti-Groome is a staff writer at DualShockers who mainly focuses on indie games and crowdfunding campaigns. He was a contributor to the niche game podcast Total Control and he frequently lends his services to the Torontonian enthusiast group, The Hand Eye Society.