Last night we caught word that Namco Museum is coming to Nintendo Switch in late July with an abundance of classic titles. There were two trailers which hit YouTube (and can be seen below) that give us a better idea of which titles we can expect. This includes popular games like Pac-Man Vs. and Galaga, which are sure to translate well to Nintendo’s latest handheld console. Full details below.
Namco Museum has a smattering of games attached to it, including the somewhat controversial Pac-Man Vs. which was originally designed for GameCube way back when. The good news is that you’ll be able to pair up with other Switch owners for local multiplayer.
If you recall, the original required a Gameboy Advance to leverage the full capabilities of this title. Thankfully the modern day Switch offers some notable improvements. Up to four players in all will be able to partake in that mode, while tabletop play can pit two against each other using a single Joy-Con. Adding a Pro controller to the mix brings the total number of users to four.
Other hits on Namco Museum include Galaga Original + ’88, Splatterhouse, Sky Kid, Tank Force, Dig Dug, The Tower of Drugga and Rolling Thunder 1/2. All of which can be paused and resumed at your discretion. Two modern day tweaks include a worldwide leaderboard that allows users to compare scores to players from around the globe and a new ‘challenge mode’ that adds extra hurdles to these classic titles. Namco deserves some credit for leveraging some of the Switch’s technological advances to bring current day features on-board.
If you are nostalgic for the classic coin-op era, transform the Nintendo Switch into a miniature cabinet by turning the handheld console vertically for a taller, slimmer screen that replicates the original arcade experience.
Namco Museum is set to hit Nintendo Switch on July 28th with a price tag of $29.99. There’s no word yet if this will be a digital-only purchase or also available in cartridge-form. I for one am thrilled to see these retro games come back to life on the Switch. Its handheld design is perfect for playing simple games like these on-the-go. If you’re still on the fence about Nintendo’s latest console, be sure to check out our hands-on review for more details. Don’t forget our roundup of the best Switch accessories and be sure to check out the new Colorware Joy-Cons that are inspired by the original NES!
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