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National Game Registry 1987: Pac-Mania

PAC-MANIA
original platform
arcade
developer/publisher
Namco
key personnel
St. Daimyojin

Namco’s 4th Pac-Man maze-based game, featuring impressive pseudo-3D graphics.

Pac-Mania was inducted on August 17th, 2009.

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National Game Registry Sidebar: Arcade Compilations

This article features the best console-based compilations of classic arcade games. The included collections were selected based partially on quantity of games and especially on quantity. Most of these compilations include around twenty games each but this article focuses only lists games of NGR-level quality.  Video game publishers love to milk their classic games with re-release after re-release, often spreading games from a single series across different retro collections.  The compilations buck this trend to some extent and provide the best overall value.

Capcom Classics Collection Boxshot

Capcom Classics Collection (PlayStation 2, Xbox)
There are only six NGR-worthy games in this collection but they’re of very high quality and rather lengthy by arcade standards.

1942
1943: The Battle of Midway
-1943 Kai
Final Fight
Ghosts ‘n Goblins
Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
Street Fighter II
-Street Fighter II’ Champion Edition
-Street Fighter II’ Hyper Fighting

bonus: Rounding out the Ghosts ‘n Goblins package, the collection includes a the followingg SNES release:
Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts

Taito Legends (PlayStation 2, Xbox)
This compilation boasts a long list of games and enviable variety.

Bubble Bobble
Rainbow Islands
Rastan
New Zealand Kids
Zoo Keeper
Super Qix
Volfied
Plump Pop
Jungle Hunt
Phoenix
Space Invaders
-Space Invaders Part II
Return of the Invaders

Taito Legends 2 (PlayStation 2, Xbox)
Although not quite as strong as its predecessor, this collection features several great but relatively unknown games.

Majestic Twelve: Space Invaders Part IV
Space Invaders DX
Space Invaders ’95
Qix
The Fairyland Story
Don Doko Don
Liquid Kids
Bonze Adventure
Bubble Symphony (Xbox only)

Atari Anthology (PlayStation 2, Xbox)
A fairly comprehensive release featuring all of the classic pre-1984 Atari games that one would expect to see.

Asteroids
-Asteroids Deluxe
-Space Duel
Centipede
Millipede
Pong
Super Breakout
Battlezone
Missile Command
Warlords

bonus: Dozens of Atari 2600 releases are also included, with ports of many of the above titles, plus the following highlights:

Adventure
Yars’ Revenge

Midway Arcade Treasures (PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube)
In spite of the title, all of the best games in this collection were originally released by Williams and Atari Games, companies that were later absorbed by Midway.

Defender
Stargate
Robotron 2084
Blaster
Joust
Joust 2: Survival of the Fittest
Smash TV
Marble Madness
Rampart
Klax

Namco Museum Virtual Arcade (Xbox 360)
This collection is rather comprehensive for Pac-Man and Galaga fans with the only glaring ommission being Gaplus.
Pac-Man
Ms. Pac-Man
Super Pac-Man
Pac & Pal
Pac-Mania
Galaxian
Galaga
Galaga ’88
King & Balloon
Dig Dug
Dig Dug II
Mappy

bonus: The non-arcade content in this compilation is really impressive, including three update/sequels originally released in Namco Museum Battle for PSP as well as three sequels that debuted in Xbox Live Arcade.

Pac-Man Arrangement 2005
Dig Dug Arrangement 2005
Galaga Arrangement 2005
Pac-Man Championship Edition
Galaga Legions
Mr. Driller Online

Notes: With the exception of Atari Anthology, none of the Xbox releases are compatible with Xbox 360.

National Game Registry 1983: Mappy

MAPPY
original platform
arcade
developer/publisher
Namco

Mappy is a particularly brassy policemouse who has taken it upon himself to invade the hideout of an cat burglar clan and reclaim their stolen property.  Perhaps expecting such intrusions, the cats have rigged their mansion with several degradable trampolines.  If the cats catch Mappy on solid ground he’s doomed but thankfully the villains are especially clumsy when it comes to doors.  Even when they open doors for themselves the doors swing out and knock them unconscious; thankfully but our hero is a sure-footed fellow and always keeps his balance.  The music is light-hearted and painfully catchy in a time when background music was a relatively new phenomenon in video games.  The Game Gear port offers new level designs and modes.

Mappy was inducted on April 27th, 2009.

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National Game Registry 1981: Ms. Pac-Man

MS. PAC-MAN
original platform
arcade
developer/publisher
General Computer/Midway

Originally a bootleg Pac-Man hack , Ms. Pac-Man offers two major changes, with four mazes instead of one, and the movements of the ghosts is much less predictable.  The overall gameplay is similar to the original as our beautiful heroine dashes around a labyrinth, eating pellets and avoiding ghosts.

Ms. Pac-Man was inducted on April 11th, 2009.

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National Game Registry: K.C. Munchkin

United States Library of Congress

K.C. Munchkin
key personnel
Ed Averett

original platform
Odyssey2 (1981, Magnavox)

In spite of appearances, K.C. Munchkin is not part of the Pac-Man series but rather a very high quality clone featuring several changes.   Unlike Pac-Man, there are only a few pellets in each maze but they move about in small groups, occasionally leading K.C. into trouble.  K.C. has only a single life to work with, so players must be extremely cautious while dashing around the maze.

Pac-Man was inducted on April 11th, 2009.

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National Game Registry 1983: Jr. Pac-Man

JR. PAC-MAN
original platform
arcade
developer/publisher
Midway

Jr. Pac-Man is the most ambitious of Midway’s semi-legal Pac-Man sequels.  Although the game engine and graphics are identical to the original, the mazes are now three screens wide.  The ghosts are very fast and aggressive, which is offset by a large number of power pellets distributed throughout the maze.  Even so, clearing a single screen is an accomplishment.

Jr. Pac-Man was inducted on April 11th, 2009.

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National Game Registry 1983: Pac and Pal

PAC & PAL
original platform
arcade
developer/publisher
Namco

The extremely obscure Pac & Pal reuses the Super Pac-Man engine but adds even more twists to the Pac-Man formula.  As in Super Pac-Man, fruits are distributed throughout the maze, contained in sealed compartments.  A shooting element is made available courtesy of a Galaxian crossover while the wokka-wokka sound effects from previous entries have been replaced with musical score for the first time.

Pac & Pal was inducted on April 11th, 2009.

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