One of the surprising things to come out early June 2020’s news is that Pac-Man Championship Edition, an entry in the franchise that began a whole subseries focused on time attacks, is getting an NES style demake as a bonus game for Namcot Collection. On Twitter, M2 director Naoki Horii explained why the team was able to make an original game like this happen.
Here’s what Horii had to say:
Now then… Our company is allowed to do everything we want. Regarding the extra Championship Edition game, it’s becoming something big to the point that I don’t want to call it an extra game.
Originally, this should be sold alone, right? So that as many people would play it as possible? That’s exactly the case, so we originally negotiated to port the game to Nintendo 3DS, and afterwards, we’ve been working on this for around nearly five years. When it was still just a 3DS port, we had already put a lot of effort into completely replacing the soundtrack, but for this game we’ve basically further replaced and remade many things even beyond just the soundtrack…! We worked hard to make this a Famicom game on Nintendo Switch where you can move to the rhythm of the music and the graphics.
While there are some people who knew about this project beforehand, I bet even they will still be surprised at the finished game! I really wanted to release this game no matter what, so I’m glad that we managed to do so even five years later!
Pac-Man Championship Edition (FC Arrange Version) will be available as a bonus game if you buy all ten games that are part of the Namcot Collection.