Namco Plug & Play game

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Plug & Play TV Games
Product type Video game console
Owner Namco
Markets North America

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 & play game system lineup with the exception of the newest one called Pac-Man Connect and Play which was handled by Bandai America instead of Jakks Pacific. They should not be confused with the Japan-only Namco Nostalgia pair of plug & play games directly from Namco Bandai Games.

Pac-Man[edit]

Pac-Man, the first Namco TV Games release, includes five Namco arcade games.

This first unit in the series was released in the summer of 2003.[1] It includes Pac-Man, Bosconian, Rally-X, Dig Dug and Galaxian. The sound is monaural and lacks the detail of the original arcade games. 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 was released in the summer of 2003.[2] It contains Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga, Pole Position, Mappy and Xevious. A second edition adds high score saving and GameKey functionality, which can add games originally found on the Pac-Man system, with the exception of Galaxian. One key adds Dig Dug, Rally-X and New Rally-X, while another adds Pac-Man and Bosconian. The third version of this unit removes the GameKey slot but it still does save high scores. A fourth revision (identified by a grey colored joystick panel) has the two extra games (New Rally-X and Bosconian) of the wireless edition.[3]

A wireless variant of Ms. Pac-Man includes all five games, plus Bosconian and New Rally-X built-in instead of requiring a GameKey. The unit consists of a wireless controller and an infrared receiver base which connects to the television. This model was also the first to save high scores.

In 2017, MSI Entertainment distributed a unit created by WinFun that only contains Namco's NES port of Ms. Pac-Man.[4]

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 inclusion of Pac-Man Plus marks the first time the game have ever received a home port. The inclusion of Pac & Pal marks the first time the game was ever released outside of Japan.

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. It saves high scores.

Pac-Man Connect and Play[edit]

Bandai released a Pac-Man plug & play system to tie in with the Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures TV show. The games that the system boasts uses every game's original coding, making it easier 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 (not to be confused with the game on smartphones, consoles, and Steam called Pac-Man 256 from the developers of Crossy Road). 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.[5] Pac-Man 256 was renamed Pac-Level 256 on the packaging for the reprint of this plug & play that celebrates the 35th anniversary of the original Pac-Man. It is the first Pac-Man plug & play system to also be released in Japan.[6]

Bandai Namco Flashback Blast![edit]

This unit is being distributed by AtGames and is shaped like a Sega Genesis controller. This unit contains Galaxian, Pac-Man, Galaga, Dig Dug, Xevious, Mappy, The Tower of Druaga, and Sky Kid. All units sold at Wal*Mart include Pac-Mania and the NES versions of the games instead of The Tower of Druaga and the arcade versions of the games.[7][8]

Namco Classics Volume 1[edit]

An upcoming unit distributed by MSI Entertainment will include Dig Dug II, Galaga, and Rally-X.[9]

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 MSI Entertainment distributed Ms. Pac-Man Bandai Namco Flashback Blast! Namco Classics Volume 1
Pac-Man Green tickY GameKey only Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN
Rally-X Green tickY GameKey only Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY
Galaxian Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN
Dig Dug Green tickY GameKey only Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN
Bosconian Green tickY GameKey & 4th model only Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN
Ms. Pac-Man Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN
Galaga Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Mappy Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN
Xevious Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN
Pole Position Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN
New Rally-X Red XN GameKey & 4th model only Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN
Super Pac-Man Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN
Pac & Pal Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN
Pac-Man Plus Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN
Pac-Man 256 (Pac-Level 256) Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN
Sky Kid Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN
Pac-Mania Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Wal*Mart units only Red XN
The Tower of Druaga Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN non-Wal*Mart units only Red XN
Dig Dug II Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY
High score memory Pocket model only Later revisions including the GameKey model & 4th model Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY ? Green tickY ?

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Namco TV Games". Jakks Pacific. June 22, 2003. Archived from the original on June 22, 2003. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  2. ^ "Namco Ms. Pac-Man TV Games". Jakks Pacific. March 25, 2004. Archived from the original on March 25, 2004. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  3. ^ http://www.ebay.com/itm/JAKKS-Pacific-Namco-Ms-Pacman-Plug-Play-TV-Video-Game-Handheld-Arcade-Retro-/182539859665?hash=item2a803936d1
  4. ^ https://www.msientertainment.com/
  5. ^ https://www.amazon.com/Pac-Man-88461-Connect-and-Play/dp/B008AG4TZI
  6. ^ https://www.amazon.co.jp/%E3%83%8A%E3%83%A0%E3%82%B3%E5%90%8D%E4%BD%9C%E3%82%B2%E3%83%BC%E3%83%A0-12%E7%A8%AE%E9%A1%9E-%E3%83%86%E3%83%AC%E3%83%93%E3%81%AB%E7%B9%8B%E3%81%92%E3%82%8B%E3%81%A0%E3%81%91%E3%81%A7%E7%9B%B4%E3%81%90%E3%83%97%E3%83%AC%E3%82%A4%EF%BC%81-%E3%80%8C%E3%83%91%E3%83%83%E3%82%AF%E3%83%9E%E3%83%B3-%E3%82%B3%E3%83%8D%E3%82%AF%E3%83%88%EF%BC%86%E3%83%97%E3%83%AC%E3%82%A4%E3%80%8D/dp/B0189I9D2K/ref=pd_sim_63_6?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=RZD7M37T5XJF62C8D3ZY
  7. ^ https://www.newswire.com/news/atgames-announces-blast-family-of-products-20649044
  8. ^ https://armchairarcade.com/perspectives/2018/09/25/bandai-namco-flashback-blast-hdmi-dongle-and-wireless-controller-now-available-for-pre-order-pac-man-and-more/
  9. ^ https://www.msientertainment.com/copy-of-products

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