Pac-Man Collection

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Pac-Man Collection
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Developer(s) Mass Media Games
Publisher(s) Namco
Platform(s) Game Boy Advance, Wii U Virtual Console
Release Game Boy Advance
  • NA: July 12, 2001
  • PAL: December 7, 2001
  • JP: January 11, 2002
Wii U Virtual Console
  • NA: June 11, 2014
  • JP: June 11, 2014
  • PAL: June 12, 2014
Genre(s) Arcade, Puzzle
Mode(s) Single player

Pac-Man Collection (パックマンコレクション Pakkuman Korekushon?) is a compilation of four Pac-Man games, released in 2001 and 2002 for the Game Boy Advance: Pac-Man, Pac-Mania and Pac-Man Arrangement, all ports of arcade games which follow the essence of classic Pac-Man gameplay; and Pac-Attack, a falling-block puzzle game akin to Tetris originally released on the Genesis and Super NES.

Due to the restrictive screen resolution of the Game Boy Advance, the player is given the choice of two methods for viewing the playfield in Pac-Man: scroll mode, where the playfield automatically scrolls to follow Pac-Man, or full-screen, where the entire playfield is displayed in miniature form. Same goes to Ms. Pac-Man in Namco Museum for Game Boy Advance.

With the exception of Pac-Attack, the player can alter various settings such as lives, difficulty and bonus life counters, similar to the DIP switch-enabled settings in the original arcade versions. Hints are available for each game.

This release is notable for the inclusion of Pac-Man Arrangement, a remixed, full-color update of Pac-Man with new power-ups and gameplay features. The game was released into arcades by Namco in 1996 as part of Namco Classic Collection Vol. 2, but had never been ported to a console prior to this release.

The versions of all of the games on Pac-Man Collection remove all multiplayer features from the original games and the version of Pac-Attack featured in this game omits the versus mode.

Reception[edit]

Pac-Man Collection received generally positive reviews but was criticized for cutting out pieces of the music and sound effects, for inconsistent problems with both screen options for Pac-Man, and for lacking a save facility, so players' high scores cannot be stored in the games.

Wii U Virtual Console release[edit]

It was released on the Wii U Virtual Console on June 11, 2014 along with the Famicom version of Pac-Land in North America and Japan (and one day later in Europe and Australia) to celebrate Pac-Man's addition into Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. This release of Pac-Man Collection has gained the ability to save high scores with the Wii U Virtual Console's "Restore Point" feature.

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