A new Battle Royale game starring Pac-Man is coming to the Nintendo Switch on Wednesday. Pac Man 99 follows in the vein of Tetris 99 and Super Mario Bros. 35, both by rethinking classic 8-bit games such as Battle Royale contests and launching exclusively on Nintendo Switch Online.
Pac-Man 99 looks like classic Pac Man on the surface. Players chop pellets, avoid ghosts and turn the tables on Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde by eating Power Pellets to get high scores. But in true battle-royal fashion, each Pac-Man competes against other Pac-Men; you not only have to survive, you have to attack your enemies.
IN Pac-Man 99, when players eat a ghost, they send a Jammer Pac-Man to an opponent. Any player who touches a Jammer will be reduced. Players can also swallow ghost trains by sucking up Sleeping Ghosts, which form a snake-like buffet. Use a Power Pellet, party on a ghost train, and you will overwhelm your enemies with a Jammer Pac-Men block.
As Tetris 99 and super Mario Bros 35 (REST IN PEACE), Pac-Man 99 is included as part of a Nintendo Switch Online subscription. Bandai Namco also sells downloadable content in the form of offline game modes (CPU battle, score attacks and blind time attacks) and cosmetic themes that make Pac-Man 99 looks like Xevious, Dig Dug, Galaga, or Tower of Druaga.
Pac-Man 99 launches April 7 at 6 p.m. PDT. This is Pac-Man’s third attack in the battle’s royal space after Pac-Man Battle Royale, first released in arcades in 2011, and Pac-Man Mega Tunnel Battle, released on Google Stadium in 2020.