MY ARCADE and BANDAI NAMCO join forces and are set to announce two new gaming devices filled with Classic NAMCO games at this year’s E3. The new machines further expand the line of products borne out of the partnership, which already includes a set of Micro Player Arcades featuring classic titles such as PAC-MAN™, GALAGA™, and DIG DUG™.
I may be dating myself here but this is an absolute blast from the past. The graphics being clearer will just offset my aging vision nicely. Really, the most interesting part will be being larger than the game as opposed to those of the past where my hands barely fit around the joysticks and the screen was so much bigger than me. Museum in the title definitely reinforces that retro vibe well.
The NAMCO Museum Mini Player will be packed with 20 classic titles and features a large vertical-oriented screen for authentic arcade gameplay. It also features dual front-facing speakers for optimal sound, a detachable joystick, and back-lit marquee and coin trap. All of the titles included on the device are the original arcade versions of the games unless there was no original arcade version available. The Namco Museum Mini Player™ is slated to release Holiday 2018.
The PAC-MAN Pocket Player is a brand new 16-bit handheld console designed by My Arcade that is compact, portable, ergonomically designed and boasts a full-color screen. The Pocket Player™ will include three classic PAC-MAN titles, including original arcade favorite PAC-MAN, along with PAC-PANIC™ and PAC-MANIA™. The Pocket Player will be available starting July 2018 at retailers such as Walmart and Amazon.
“BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment is synonymous with classic gaming, and has developed a huge library of classic games, loved by all” said Crystal Dugan, My Arcade’s Marketing Manager “We are so honored to work with them and so excited to share these titles with a new generation of gamers, in our own unique way.”
If you do happen to be at E3 this year, you can stop by the show floor at My Arcade’s booth #5422, where these will be on display alongside a pantheon of other retro wares.