Namco Museum Remix

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Namco Museum Remix
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European boxart
Developer(s) Namco Bandai
Publisher(s) Namco Bandai
Platform(s) Wii
Release date(s) Remix
  • NA October 23, 2007
  • JP December 6, 2007
  • EU April 18, 2008
  • KOR April 26, 2008
  • AUS May 1, 2008

Megamix

  • NA November 16, 2010
Genre(s) Arcade Games
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
Distribution Wii Optical Disc

Namco Museum Remix is a video game compilation for the Wii, featuring a wide array of classic and updated Namco arcade games.[1] Featured in the compilation are the original versions of nine arcade games from the 1970s and 1980s. It also features re-vamped "Remix" variants of five of the titles. All of the "Remix" games feature Pac-Man in them even if he was not in the original game on which it is based.

In 2010, an enhanced version was released in North America only under the title Namco Museum Megamix, in addition to the mentioned titles featuring nine other original arcade games from the 1980s and one more Remix version.

Description[edit]

Namco Museum Remix is a part of the Namco Museum series of arcade compilations. In common with them, it includes a collection of classic arcade titles; however, these are ports, rather than being emulated,[2] and are presented in the same style as in Namco Museum Battle Collection for the PlayStation Portable (see that article for details).[citation needed] Remix also adds five titular "Remix" versions, with updated graphics and gameplay, which differs from the originals, in some cases significantly (for example, in Galaga Remix, players not only have to protect themselves, but also protect Pac-Man as he rolls through space). The "Remix" games feature Miis, and each minigame is presented as an "attraction" in an amusement park—in fact, when released in Japan, the compilation was retitled Minna de Asobou! Namco Carnival (みんなで遊ぼう! ナムコカーニバル?, lit. "Everyone Plays! Namco Carnival").

This collection marks the first appearances of the arcade versions of Super Pac-Man and Gaplus since Namco Museum Vol. 2 for the PlayStation, as well as the first ever Namco Museum appearances of Cutie Q (which appeared in the Japanese version of Namco Museum Vol. 2)[3] and Pac & Pal (which was released in arcades in Japan only) in North America.[4]

Galaga Remix on this compilation is not the same as the Galaga Remix iOS application.

Namco Museum Megamix[edit]

A enhanced version, entitled Namco Museum Megamix, was released on November 16, 2010 in North America only. Megamix features all of the titles from the earlier version, and adds a "Remix" version of Grobda, the original versions of the "Remix" titles (excluding Pac 'n Roll and Gator Panic), plus Bosconian, Dig Dug II, Grobda, King & Balloon, New Rally-X and Pac-Man.[5] Megamix features a level select feature for all original arcade games with the exception of Cutie Q (something that was done only in the Japanese version of Namco Museum Remix, as the U.S. version of Remix only had a single level select feature for Dig Dug).[6]

Titles included[edit]

Titles included in Namco Museum Remix and Namco Museum Megamix
Title Release Remix Megamix Notes
Arcade titles
Cutie Q 1979 Yes Yes
Dig Dug 1982 Yes Yes
Galaxian 1979 Yes Yes
Gaplus 1984 Yes Yes
Mappy 1983 Yes Yes
Pac & Pal 1983 Yes Yes
Pac-Mania 1987 Yes Yes
Super Pac-Man 1982 Yes Yes
Xevious 1982 Yes Yes
Bosconian 1981 No Yes
Dig Dug II 1985 No Yes
Galaga 1981 No Yes
Grobda 1984 No Yes
King & Balloon 1980 No Yes
Motos 1985 No Yes
New Rally-X 1981 No Yes
Pac-Man 1980 No Yes
Rally-X 1980 No Yes
Remixed titles
Pac-Motos 2007 Yes Yes
Pac 'n Roll Remix 2007 Yes Yes previously a Nintendo DS title
Galaga Remix 2007 Yes Yes different from the iOS game titled Galaga Remix
Rally-X Remix 2007 Yes Yes
Gator Panic Remix 2007 Yes Yes originally a redemption game
Grobda Remix 2010 No Yes

Reception[edit]

Namco Museum Remix received mixed reviews with a score of 55.05% on GameRankings.[7] Criticisms focused on a lack of classic arcade games such as Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man, the inclusion of largely obscure titles such as Pac & Pal, Cutie Q, and Super Pac-Man and for the "Remix" games being "almost unplayable".[8] Namco Museum Megamix also received mixed reviews with a score of 60.33% on GameRankings.[9] The Megamix version was criticized for not including a wider variety of Namco games, such as Dragon Buster, Dragon Spirit, The Tower of Druaga, Rolling Thunder, Ms. Pac-Man, The Legend of Valkyrie, and Dragon Saber,[10] as well as being little more than just a repackaging of 2007's Namco Museum Remix with slight changes and with one reviewer mockingly hinting at an eventual "Gigamix release, with Ms. Pac-Man included".[11] Both Remix and Megamix were also criticized for the unnatural and awkward control schemes with the Wii Remote, Nunchuk, and Classic Controller, as well as the lack of GameCube controller support. Other criticisms include that the visuals of the "Remix" games are pale in comparison to other Wii titles, for the Megamix version lacking the Mii feature of the original Namco Museum Remix (despite that Megamix actually does have the Mii feature) and the hub world, (which was heavily based on Pac 'n Roll), for being confusing when toggling between games, along with the lack of bonus content and leaderboards for both versions.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aaron Thomas (June 16, 2007). "Namco Museum Remix Hands-On". GameSpot. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ Sean Aaron (July 12, 2009). "Namco Museum Remix (Wii) review". Nintendo Life. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  3. ^ Green, Earl. "Namco Museum Volume 2 (Japanese version)". Phosphor Dot Fossils. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Parish, Jeremy. "Remembering Pac & Pal, Pac-Man's Strangest Arcade Adventure". USGamer. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Cyril Lachel (December 7, 2010). "Namco Museum Megamix - Review". Gaming Nexus. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  6. ^ http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/605729-namco-museum-megamix/57313093
  7. ^ http://www.gamerankings.com/wii/939606-namco-museum-remix/index.html
  8. ^ http://www.gamingnexus.com/Article/Namco-Museum-Remix/Item1659.aspx
  9. ^ http://www.gamerankings.com/wii/605729-namco-museum-megamix/index.html
  10. ^ http://www.armchairempire.com/Reviews/wii/namco-museum-megamix.htm
  11. ^ http://www.gamechronicles.com/reviews/wii/namcommmix/namcommmix.htm
  12. ^ http://gamefocus.ca/reviews/nintendo-wii/namco-museum-megamix/namco-museum-megamix.php