Namco was the original ruler of the arcade. With classics like Pac-Man, Galaga, Dig Dug, and more, the company provided countless hours of fun, riveting gameplay. To celebrate these icons of gaming history, we’ll be getting Namco Museum Archives: Volume 1 and 2 on June 18 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam. The collections were put together by B.B. Studio at Bandai Namco, and the games are based on “8-bit home console versions.” You can check out the trailer announcement.
Each Namco Museum Archives collection contains 11 classic video games. Volume 1 has Galaxian, Xevious, Mappy, Dragon Buster, Pac-Man, Dig-Dug, The Tower of Druaga, Sky Kid, Dragon Spirit: The New Legend, Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti, and Pac-Man Championship Edition as a bonus.
Volume 2 has Battle City, Pac-Land, Dig Dug II, Super Xevious, Galaga, Rolling Thunder, Mappy-Land, Legacy of the Wizard, Dragon Buster II, Mendel Palace, and Gaplus as its bonus.
Namco Museum Archives will also have some quality-of-life features, like rewind, save states, and widescreen support. There’s no mention of online 2P mode. Some of these games like Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti have never seen a Western release. It seems like they’ll be fine for non-Japanese audiences, though.
Additionally, the bonus titles Pac-Man Championship Edition and Gaplus (a sequel to Galaga) are 8-bit reimaginings, as if they were released on the good old Nintendo. We recently talked about the process of de-making PMCE, its brief life as a 3DS game, and how important it was to get down the Famicom feel and rhythm.
The inclusion of Japan-exclusive games makes this collection particularly exciting, and the demakes of PMCE and Gaplus show that Bandai Namco and B.B. Studio put in the work to make these anthologies worth it. Plus, it has Legacy of the Wizard, one of my favorite games from back in the day that no one else played. Each Namco Museum Archives set will cost $19.99 and several hours lost to the addicting gameplay on Nintendo Switch.