With the announcement of Atari releasing a 100 game collection last week still fresh in the minds of retro gamers, Bandai Namco had an announcement of their own. In an attempt to keep the company’s past successful franchises at the fingertips of Switch owners, the Namco Museum collection will be available exclusively on Nintendo’s hot new console this Summer.
Namco Museum will include eleven fan favorites from Namco’s classic arcade collection. The lineup will include: Pac-Man, Pac-Man VS., Dig Dug, Galaga, Galaga ‘88, The Tower of Druaga, Rolling Thunder, Rolling Thunder 2, SkyKid, Splatterhouse, and Tank Force.
“Namco Museum is the perfect game for anyone looking to add a series of fun, classic, and addictive games to their Switch collection,” said Eric Hartness, Vice President of Marketing for Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc.. “Arcade games from the ‘80s were some of the most challenging, rewarding, and cherished experiences a gamer could have. From blasting enemy spacecrafts in Galaga to chomping dots while avoiding ghosts in Pac-Man, Namco Museum is packed with entertaining classic gameplay, no quarters needed.”
Thanks to the Switch’s portable configuration, these retro classics can be played anytime, anywhere, and against anyone through the game’s online ranking system. This new ranking system will let players compete to earn the number one spot on the worldwide challenger board for their favorite Namco arcade classics.
In addition, players nostalgic for the classic coin-op era can transform their Nintendo Switch into a miniature cabinet by turning the handheld console vertical for a taller, slimmer screen that replicates the original arcade experience. Not for nothin’, Namco Museum will also provide a challenge mode that will treat players to new and unique challenges for each game, giving these unforgettable classic hits a fresh twist.
If this collection piques your interest, check back here to find out when Bandai Namco announces a firm release date.