Namco (Plug & Play games)
|Product type||Video game console|
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.
Namco TV Game series
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.
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 and allowed to save high scores. 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 third version of this unit removes the GameKey slot but it 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.
Wireless Ms. Pac-Man
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.
Pac-Man Arcade Gold
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
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
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. 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..
|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|
|Dig Dug||GameKey only||N||N|
|Bosconian||GameKey & 4th model only||N|
|New Rally-X||N||GameKey & 4th model only||N|
|Pac & Pal||N||N||N|
|Pac-Man 256 (Pac-Level 256)||N||N||N||N||N||N|
|High score memory||Pocket model only||Later revisions including the GameKey model|