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Google is getting things started early with April Fools’ Day! It’s now possible to play a game of Pac-Man by heading on over to Google Maps. You should see an option in the lower left-hand corner of the screen.

Keep in mind that you’ll need to find an area with enough roads. Also, if you’re unable to see a Pac-Man option, try another browser. I was personally having trouble in Chrome, but everything works perfectly in Firefox!

Author: Patrick

Part of the appeal of Super Smash Bros. to me is the history behind it all. With their large cast of characters, range of collectibles and obscure music picks, I always seem to be discovering new games with each installment. The original game introduced me to Earthbound, while Melee first brought Fire Emblem to my attention. This new Smash Bros.’ cast of newcomers are largely from games released in the last few years, but what I find interesting how Namco-Bandai’s involvement in development resulted in Namco’s history finding a way into the game.

Pac-Man is one of my favourite characters to play as in the new Super Smash Bros. and it’s partially due to his “Namco Roulette” taunt. This taunt involves Pac-Man summoning a bunch of old Namco sprites from the company’s golden age for a quick cameo, but there’s no trophies or anything to give context to these characters. With that in mind, let’s look at all these Namco icons as we take either a trip down memory lane. Namco have a legacy of creating incredible arcade titles that still persists to this day –I’ve been hooked on Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs. Full Boost lately- and it’s great to see it represented in Smash Bros. in some form. So let’s start by traveling thirty-five years back in time…

Pac-Man is joining the Super Smash Bros. series for the first time through the upcoming Wii U and 3DS games. However, it turns out that the classic character could have been included in the previous entry, Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Masahiro Sakurai wrote in the latest issue of Famitsu that Pac-Man was a possibility for Brawl courtesy of a suggestion from Shigeru Miyamoto:

“During development of Smash Bros. Brawl, Mr. Shigeru Miyamoto of Nintendo approached me and asked, ‘Can’t we have Pac-Man as a guest character?’ At the time, imagining the image of Pac-Man and his incomplete pizza shape, I thought to myself, ‘Hmmm… That’s a little too farfetched.'”

Sakurai also mentioned in his column that coming up with character ideas for a Smash Bros. game may seem easy, but it takes a great deal of work to implement on the development side.

If you’re wondering what the heck this entire thing is about, check out our earlier report here.