Namco Museum Collection Coming to Nintendo Switch in Late July

Nintendo Switch is getting a collection of ten classic Namco games from the dawn of gaming. On top of that, the bundle will contain Pac-Man Vs, which originally launched on the GameCube way back in 2003. The collection is called Namco Museum, and it’s coming out on July 28th (at least in North America), for the price of $29.99.

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Namco Museum Collection Coming to Nintendo Switch in Late July
Namco Museum Collection Coming to Nintendo Switch in Late July

Nintendo Switch owners will soon have the chance to enjoy playing some very important parts of gaming history. Namco and Nintendo are bringing the Namco Museum collection of classic games to the hybrid console. The bundle contains ten games from the very early days of gaming – Pac-Man, Galaga, Dig Dug, Sky Kid, Tank Force, and more.

As an added bonus, Namco Museum on the Switch will have Pac-Man Vs. in the collection. While not exactly a valuable piece of ancient gaming history (having launched on the GameCube in 2003, packaged with Pac-Man World 2), it still a fun re-imagining of the game that is worth at least a spin or two. Pac-Man Vs. used the fact that you could link the Game Boy Advance with the GameCube, as well as the GameCube’s multiple controller ports. One player would control Pac-Man via the GBA, and up to three other players controlled the ghosts. Ghosts would play on the console, and they shared the TV screen, with a very limited field of view.

It’s easy to see how Pac-Man Vs. could easily work on the Nintendo Switch. One player could control Pac-Man on a separate Switch unit. Meanwhile, the others could try to hunt them down via other Switch units. It sounds like an extremely fun party game.

Here’s the full list of games that you’ll be able to get in Namco Museum on the Nintendo Switch.

  • Pac-Man
  • Pac-Man Vs.
  • Galaga
  • Galaga ’88
  • Dig Dug
  • The Tower of Druaga
  • Sky Kid
  • Rolling Thunder
  • Rolling Thunder 2
  • Splatterhouse
  • Tank Force

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