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Namco Museum

During a previous Nintendo Direct, it was announced that Namco Museum is on the way to Switch. The latest issue of Famitsu now makes the collection official Japan and also confirms the addition of another title: Pac-Man Vs.

Pac-Man Vs. was actually developed by Nintendo. Bandai Namco published the game on GameCube, which later ended up on DS as well.

Here’s the full lineup of titles featured in Namco Museum:

There’s been a somewhat confusing situation surrounding Namco Museum. The collection of games, announced for Switch, was revealed during a Nintendo Direct in April. In the presentation, Nintendo clearly states that Namco Museum is a digital title. That’s why it didn’t make much sense when boxart for the game surfaced. We’ve been trying to reach out to Bandai Namco, and may finally have an answer.

We did attempt to contact Bandai Namco in North America, but unfortunately did not receive a response. However, Bandai Namco Europe made things pretty clear to us. We were explicitly told that Namco Museum is a digital release.

That doesn’t explain why Bandai Namco went out of its way to create a boxart image. Still, despite that, we have no reason to believe it will be placed on store shelves.

Bandai Namco revealed Namco Museum for Switch during this week’s Nintendo Direct. It was announced as an eShop title, but new evidence suggests that a physical release is in the cards as well.

Included with the official news about Namco Museum is a boxart image, shown above. Nintendo’s website also shows the boxart along with a $29.99 price point.

We reached out to Bandai Namco to clarify the situation, but have thus far not heard back. If Namco Museum is indeed getting a physical version, it wouldn’t be the only piece of incorrect information shared during the Nintendo Direct. Although Nintendo also said that Battle Chasers: Nightwar will come to Switch first, developer Airship Syndicate later clarified that it isn’t actually the case.

Namco Museum is coming to the North American Wii U Virtual Console tomorrow, Nintendo’s website confirms. Pricing is set at $6.99.

For an overview of the classic title, read the summary below.

Two new games will be available on the Japanese Wii U Virtual Console next week. They are as follows:

Pokemon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire (GBA, 702 yen)
Namco Museum (GBA, 702 yen)

The games above are hitting the Japanese eShop on December 10.


The OFLC has rated what is likely another upcoming Game Boy Advance release on the GBA Wii U Virtual Console. Earlier today, “Namco Museum” was added to the Australian classification database. I imagine we’ll be seeing this one on the eShop sometime in the future.

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