Relive Your Childhood Classics with Namco Museum Archives Volume 1 and 2 (Review)
Namco Museum Archives
- Platform: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: June 18, 2020
No. of Players: Up to 2 Players
Publisher: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment
- Developer: B.B Studio
Price: USD 19.99
- Supported Play Modes: Handheld, Table Top, Docked
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Wow, were these two collections ever a return to the retro past. Most of these games came out well before I was born, but I did see them in arcades growing up and so a few in these two decent collections were familiar, a ton was brand new and I had simply heard of them but never played. This review gave me a chance finally to try them out and I was not disappointed, to say the least. Think of this collection as Bandai Namco’s version of the SNES Classic but on your switch with the way it plays, Yes you will need to purchase both volume 1 and 2 if you want the full experience. It had something for everyone and even includes Pac Man Championship Edition. If you want a break from some of the newer games and a return to simpler times, this collection gives you that and the price point for both or one isn’t too bad either. Each contains 11 titles to choose from and a lot of care and dedication went into creating this, well done Bandai Namco!.
Description via Nintendo Eshop:
Take a trip down memory lane and relive the magical times of the 8-Bit era with a collection of Namco’s hits and long-lost treasures in Namco Museum Archives Volume 1.
■Includes 11 titles!
In addition to 10 classic Namco titles, some of which were never localized and released in the west, a newly created 8-Bit demastered version of “Pac-Man Championship Edition” makes its world premiere as a bonus!
(Titles included: Galaxian, Pac-Man, Xevious, Mappy, Dig Dug, The Tower of Druaga, Sky Kid, Dragon Buster, Dragon Spirit: The New Legend, Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti, and Pac-Man Championship Edition)
Volume 2 :
Includes 11 titles!
In addition to 10 classic Namco titles, some of which were never localized and released in the west, an 8-Bit consolized version of “Gaplus” is included as a bonus!
(Titles included: Galaga, Battle City, Pac-Land, Dig Dug II, Super Xevious, Mappy-Land, Legacy of the Wizard, Rolling Thunder, Dragon Buster II, Mendel Palace, and Gaplus)
■Equipped with convenient modern functions!
Convenient features such as the “save function” that allows you to interrupt the game at any time and the “replay function” that allows you to start over at the last minute.
Graphics have 100% been remastered for the Nintendo Switch and the games feel like new life has been breathed into them. I find that their original charm from when they first debuted has not been lost by this remastering but simply enhanced for 2020. Graphics may seem a tad more squished in handheld mode but looks stunning in docked mode and even tabletop. No expense was spared in bringing these games back to a whole new generation as well as fans who grew up with these beloved classics.
Gameplay has been slightly adjusted for the Nintendo Switch but still plays as you would have at an arcade. The way it works as mentioned earlier is very similar to the SNES Classic. There are save states and a neat rewind feature incase a boss battle is too hard or you simply want to go back before you got a game over. In some of the more challenging games such as Dragon Buster, that is a very helpful feature and was even featured in the trailer. I didn’t find it too challenging to navigate, it’s pretty straightforward and easy to find exactly what game you want to play. With the save at any time feature you can take a break and resume right where you were, which is very handy. I enjoyed my time with both collections and had some favorite games over others that I tried out such as Pac Man, Galaga, and Dragon Buster for the first time. With 21 titles between both collections, it has a great mix of easy to play and more challenging titles.
Namco Museum Archives
A copy of the game was provided by the publisher for this review