E3: Two New Pac-Man Games Coming To A Console Near You

First off, I can’t believe Pac-Man turns 30 this year; that just makes me feel old.  But it does mean that new Pac-Man games should be coming, and Namco Bandai Games didn’t disappoint, with 2 new games coming to consoles.  Wii users will get their fill with the yellow gobbler in Pac-Man Party, which seems to play out a lot like Mario Party in multiplayer (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing), mixed with a bit of Monopoly.  I’m a sucker for a good party game, so I hope this finds its way to other systems.  The Xbox and PS3 will see their version of Pac-Man come to the Arcade and Network respectively in a game called Pac-Man Championship Edition DX.  Some may recognize this title, and rightly so as Championship Edition was released in 2007. The follow-up to that surprise hit, DX adds to the successful foundation of CE with more challenging mazes.  It seems like more of the same and, again, this isn’t a bad thing.  I missed the boat on CE, so I will certainly be picking this one up.

Video and press releases for each game follow:

Pac-Man Party Video:

Pac-Man Party Press Release:

LOS ANGELES, Calif., (June 15, 2010) – Wakka. Wakka. Wakka. The “Pac” is back as NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., celebrates PAC-MAN’s 30th birthday with the announcement of PAC-MAN Party™ exclusively for Wii. PAC-MAN Party combines traditional franchise elements with multiplayer sensibilities to bring a dynamic party game filled with zany mini-games and challenges. Utilizing the Wii Remote™, the game’s easy to pick-up-and-play controls will have players using their skills and reflexes to compete against one another as they move about several unique virtual game boards. PAC-MAN Party is scheduled to be released throughout North America this fall.

“For this 30th year milestone, PAC-MAN Party will continue the icon’s legacy of delivering an engaging experience while bringing people together,” said Todd Thorson, director of marketing and public relations at NAMCO BANDAI Games America.  “With a combination of over the top mini-games and a stylish take on the traditional board game, PAC-MAN Party is sure to entertain the entire family.”

Reigning as one of the top pop cultural icons since his introduction in 1980, PAC-MAN remains a global phenomenon that has yielded hundreds of products including video games. PAC-MAN Party continues this legacy by offering a game that captures the spirit of the franchise and provides engaging entertainment that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. With more than 45 exciting mini-games, PAC-MAN Party provides a rewarding and challenging social gaming experience regardless of skill level. From the time-based trials of rolling a giant snowball and knocking your friends off a mountain top, to adventures that require more precision and endurance, players will be fully engaged as they use the Wii Remote’s motion, pointing and button control capabilities.

Depending on a player’s mood, they can select three modes of play. Story mode gives players the opportunity to explore all the game board worlds and meet new characters. Mini-Game mode offers a quick fix for those who want the sudden rush of competition without the commitment. Party mode provides a more in-depth party experience that has up to four friends traveling across different themed boards in a race to collect the most points.  To raise the stakes a bit more, players can strategically build and develop property on any given space which will increase their wealth and provide the quickest route to victory.  To help level the playing field and to encourage big comebacks, Power Cookies can be unleashed to increase a characters size or put extra force and speed behind each movement. Adding a bit of retro flavor, PAC-MAN Party will also feature a Classic mode where players can kick it like it was the 1980’s and experience the original arcade versions of PAC-MAN®, Galaga® and Dig-Dug®.

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Pac-Man Championship Edition DX Press Release:

LOS ANGELES, Calif., (June 15, 2010) – Leading video game publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. announced today PAC-MAN Championship Edition™ DX for Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system’s PlayStation®Network. The follow-up to the 2007 award winning title, the game bolsters the beloved arcade formula by offering even more sophisticated mazes, modes, and enhancements. It’ll be a celebration for fanatics and a new generation of players alike when PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX is available this fall.

PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX continues to uphold NAMCO BANDAI’s tradition of enhancing a classic franchise for today’s gamer. Building upon PAC-MAN Championship Edition’s original six courses, the new game features more than 100 varied and mind-boggling mazes to navigate. Several new modes will also be available to test a player’s pellet-munching aptitude. In Time Attack Mode, players will vie for the quickest clear time. Fulfill a series of objectives in Mission Mode or compete to devour the most number of ghosts gobbled in Ghost Mode.

With brand new visual variations and music, plus all the great features found in the first PAC-MAN Championship Edition including mazes that dynamically change shape during gameplay, PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX is a game worthy of the rotund hero’s 30th birthday.

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