The upcoming Namcot Collection has a bit of a surprise – the widely beloved Pac-Man Championship Edition will be there, but demade into a NES-style game. The project is quite intriguing, but apparently, it’s been hiding in the shadows for several years now, originating for a past Nintendo handheld. M2 director Naoki Horii explained the story behind the game on Twitter:
Now then… Our company is allowed to do everything we want. Regarding the extra [Pac-Man Championship Edition] game, it’s becoming something big to the point that I don’t want to call it an extra game.
Originally, this should be sold alone, right? So that as many people would play it as possible? That’s exactly the case, so we originally negotiated to port the game to Nintendo 3DS, and afterwards, we’ve been working on this for around nearly five years. When it was still just a 3DS port, we had already put a lot of effort into completely replacing the soundtrack, but for this game we’ve basically further replaced and remade many things even beyond just the soundtrack…! We worked hard to make this a Famicom game on Nintendo Switch where you can move to the rhythm of the music and the graphics.
While there are some people who knew about [this Pac-Man Championship Edition demake] project beforehand, I bet even they will still be surprised at the finished game! I really wanted to release this game no matter what, so I’m glad that we managed to do so even five years later!
So, it sounds like this title has been a long time coming. It’s too bad that we never saw the 3DS original demake of Pac-Man Championship Edition, but luckily, plenty of people will get to give the project a shot now when Namcot Collection debuts on Switch in Japan (and hopefully, other territories soon after).