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|Developer(s)||Mass Media Inc.|
|Release date(s)||Game Boy Advance
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 Sega Mega Drive/Genesis and Super Nintendo.
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 the Namco Museum GBA collection.
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. Also the version of Pac-Attack featured in this game omits the versus mode.
Pac-Man Collection received generally positive reviews but was criticized for cutting out pieces of the sound and music, 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
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 the ability to save high scores with the Wii U Virtual Console's "Restore Point" feature.