Namco (plug-n-play game)

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A Namco Plug & Play Game is any of a series of models dedicated to games by Namco which make up a subset of Jakks Pacific's Plug It In & Play TV Games plug-n-play game system lineup with the exception of the newest one called Pac-Man Connect and Play which was handled by Bandai instead of Jakks Pacific. They should not be confused with the Japan-only Namco Nostalgia pair of plug-n-play games directly from Namco Bandai.

Namco TV Game series[edit]

Pac-Man[edit]

This first unit in the series contains Pac-Man, Galaxian, Rally-X, Dig Dug, and Bosconian. The original version of the game did not save high scores but there is a variant of this unit, in a pocket-size form factor, which is smaller and has the ability to save high scores.

Ms. Pac-Man[edit]

This unit contains Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga, Mappy, Xevious, and Pole Position. After Jakks Pacific introduced their proprietary GameKey expansion card concept, a revision of this model included a GameKey slot. Two GameKeys were released for this model: one with Dig Dug and New Rally-X and one with Pac-Man, Rally-X, and Bosconian. The GameKey-enabled model saves high scores.

Wireless Ms. Pac-Man[edit]

This unit contains all of the games from the Ms. Pac-Man unit, Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga, Mappy, Xevious and Pole Position plus New Rally-X, and Bosconian. It consists of a wireless controller and an infrared receiver base which connects to the television. This model was the first to save high scores.

Super Pac-Man[edit]

This unit contains Pac-Man, Super Pac-Man, Pac & Pal, and Pac-Man Plus, and it can save high scores. The presence of Pac-Man Plus here marks the first time the game has ever received a home port.

Pac-Man Arcade Gold[edit]

This unit combines the Pac-Man and Super Pac-Man units' contents, replacing Rally-X with New Rally-X. Thus, the games contained within are Pac-Man, Galaxian, New Rally-X, Dig Dug, Bosconian, Super Pac-Man, Pac & Pal, and Pac-Man Plus. It saves high scores.

Retro Arcade Featuring Pac-Man[edit]

This unit combines the contents of the Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, and Super Pac-Man units, with the omission of Ms. Pac-Man and the replacement of Rally-X with New Rally-X. Thus, the games contained within are Pac-Man, Galaxian, New Rally-X, Dig Dug, Bosconian, Galaga, Mappy, Xevious, Pole Position, Super Pac-Man, Pac & Pal, and Pac-Man Plus. It saves high scores.

Pac-Man Connect and Play[edit]

Bandai released a Pac-Man plug-n-play system to tie in with the upcoming Pac-Man animated series. The games that the system boasts uses every game's original coding, making it possible to play to Pac-Man's infamous 256th glitched split-screen level. It also features the same games as the Retro Arcade, excluding Pole Position, which is replaced with a new game called "Pac-Man 256". The game starts out with level 255 so that players would not have to play all 256 levels. It also features a compartment to store the TV wires, and a display side.[1]

Content matrix[edit]

Game Pac-Man Ms. Pac-Man Wireless Ms. Pac-Man Super Pac-Man Pac-Man Arcade Gold Retro Arcade Featuring Pac-Man Pac-Man Connect and Play
Pac-Man Green tickY GameKey only Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Rally-X Green tickY GameKey only Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN
Galaxian Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Dig Dug Green tickY GameKey only Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Bosconian Green tickY GameKey only Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Ms. Pac-Man Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN
Galaga Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Mappy Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Xevious Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Pole Position Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN
New Rally-X Red XN GameKey only Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Super Pac-Man Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Pac & Pal Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Pac-Man Plus Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Pac-Man 256 Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY
High score memory Pocket model only Later revisions Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY

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