Pac-Man manages to stand the test of gaming time with a simple premise—eat white pellets, stay away from colorful ghosts, and, when the time is right, go on the attack against said ghosts. Who doesn’t recognize Blinky, Inky, Pinky, and good ole Clyde? But, Nintendo Switch is taking it up a notch with a competitive online exclusive release of the game. Pac-Man 99 turns this game into a big competition as you compete against others.
The announcement trailer revealed Pac-Man‘s release date and time: April 7 at 6 p.m. PT for Nintendo Switch Online members only. The clip explains the differences between the classic game and this amped up version. Players who eat a ghost will send a Jammer Pac-Man to an opponent. If the competitor touches the Jammer, they will not be able to move as quickly as they could previously.
Players can eat Sleeping Ghosts to make a line of them to eat; this action will wipe out your enemies with lots of Jammer Pac-Men. The clip does a solid job of showing off the game while giving a really great explainer for curious players. It all sounds like the definition of chaotic fun and possible annoyance over a swarm of Jammers.
There have been a couple of Pac-Man battle games before this one, including Pac-Man Mega Tunnel Battle and Pac-Main Battle Royale. But, Pac-Man 99 will certainly stand out on the ever-popular Switch, which has the full attention of avid Nintendo gamers and casual players alike. It’s not clear if this game will be a limited release but hopefully it will stick around for a while.
Perhaps Pac-Man will become the face of Nintendo now that Mario is dead. Anyway, Switch fans can get ready to chop and chase ghost in hopes of basking in their enemies’ frustrated tears.