The major complaint about Namco's Museum series
of retro compilations is that they're just too faithful
to their arcade counterparts. People don't want exact arcade translations anymore, they want games remade unrecognizably in 3D! They want Pac-Man randomly inserted into every game!
At least, that seems to be Namco Bandai's thinking. Either that or they weren't sure how else to rerelease games
they're already selling
on the Virtual Console
. The result is Namco Museum Remix
, a set of Namco classics, now with more waggle, depth, and Pac! The remixed games include Galaga, Pac-Motos, Rally-X, Gator Panic,
and Pac 'n Roll
, which is apparently a classic now despite not even being two years old. For that matter, Gator Panic
seems to be based on a cell phone game
which is itself based on the Whack-a-Mole like redemption game, and we have no idea what Pac-Motos
was originally. Interesting what passes for "classics" these days!
In addition to the remixes, the collection includes Cutie Q
, Dig Dug
, Galaxian, Gaplus
, Pac & Pal
, Pac-Mania, Super Pac-Man
, and Xevious
. We poke fun at Namco for selling the same games over and over again, but this is an okay selection of somewhat less common stuff! Sorry to everyone who bought NES Xevious
on the Virtual Console.
Check out our gallery of screens from the remixed games. Some are faithful, like Rally-X,
and others are completely incomprehensible, like the image at the top of this post, which is supposed to be Galaga.