Pac-Man’s Taunt In Super Smash Bros. Makes Retro Namco Characters Appear

By Ishaan . July 11, 2014 . 2:32pm

Pac-Man’s up taunt in Super Smash Bros. is known as “Namco Roulette,” director Masahiro Sakurai said on Miiverse today. When you perform it, Namco characters from the 1980s will normally appear.


Some of these characters are shown below. Sakurai joked that one looked more recent than the others (in reference to the Taiko Drum Master mascot).


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  • Anthony L.

    Pac-Man will destroy them all…with Pookas.

  • Quizler

    This confused me a bit seeing it in the trailer, it looked the same as the fruit move to me, so I thought they were the same attack.

  • AuraGuyChris

    Taiko: Hello, outsiders! You shall never play my games outside Japan! HEE HEE HEE HEE HEE HEE HEE HEE HEE..

    • Christopher Nunes

      Well there IS one game where you can play Taiko… the Mario Kart GX Arcade at Dave and Buster’s. Taiko is a playable character there.

      Though Taiko in her own game will not see the light of day in the West is seems.

      • 하세요

        And we did get one PS2 Taiko Drum Master game, so it’s not completely insulting, even though it totally is.

        • Christopher Nunes

          Him? But Taiko is refer to as Taiko-chan and that Namco High School game (*shudders* horrible game) even depicts Taiko as a girl… heck I think the Mario Kart Arcade game even stated Taiko was a girl.

          • 하세요

            Taiko Don (aka Don-chan / WadaDon) is male. You may be thinking of Donko, who has a crush on Don. It’s a poor name choice, I know, lol. She is in Namco High, not Don-chan.

          • Christopher Nunes

            Oh… I see. Didn’t know that. Very confusing if you don’t know the character’s background that well.

          • 하세요

            I’m a huge TnT fan so I know these things for no damn reason xD

  • Wicked Rob

    Whos the guy on the bottom right?

    • AuraGuyChris

      It’s the main character of the adventure game called “Dragon Buster.”

      • idrawrobots

        You can play it in Tales of the Abyss, on Nam Cobanda Isle.

  • ReidHershel

    Why did they have to remind us of Taiko? ;_____;

    • raygunner659

      It’s the taunt that breaks the fourth wall and hits you straight in the reality.

  • ign0z

    Hoping Valkyrie gets to appear in this taunt!

  • 하세요

    This reminds me I still need to get the new Taiko no Tatsujin. Glad to see Don get some show. It’s like Hsien-Ko being able to throw a Felyne in Marvel vs Capcom 3.

  • Tonton Ramos

    Chorus Men confirmed run for your lives!

  • Cless Alvein sprite? Eh? Ehhhhhhh??/?

  • Psyguin

    Mappy! And Dig-Dug, and Galaga! Oh man, this brings back memories.

  • Snorlaxation

    I’m definitely gonna try him out. Probably for the same reason I tried out (then fell in love with) Mr. Game & Watch.

  • DragKudo

    He laughs as he taunts us with characters that could have been in the game.
    Pac-man is truly a monster.

  • hazelnut1112

    Also sakurai posted on Miiverse that a new fighter will be revealed on Monday morning. Here is the post on Miiverse:

    • 하세요

      Already an article on that under Wii-U.

    • kliskur

      I hope it’s Chrom or Lucina.

    • lex

      I would die for Lucina, I say…

  • So, is that mouse in the first picture flipping the bird? And yet it’s facing toward Pac-man… Guess it doesn’t appreciate being summoned just for the sake of a tuant.

    • Spirit Macardi

      Mappy’s still ticked that his animated series was cancelled.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Lol, this is game is slowly becoming collection of the 80’s and 90’s lol.^_^

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      needs Alex kidd and Pit fall guy

  • God

    Huh? I’m sure i had made a comment here… was it deleted for being image heavy?

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