PAC-MAN, the original video game superstar, turns 40 today.
That’s right, it was this day in 1980 that PAC-MAN first hit arcades, winning himself a legion of fans. And then he appeared on consoles, cementing himself as a family name. Not bad for a partially-eaten pizza that gobbles up pellets, fruit and ghosts.
To celebrate PAC-MAN’s birthday, Bandai Namco has made numerous announcements that are sure to excite fans. Firstly, PAC-MAN Live Studio is coming soon to the Twitch Game Platform, enabling four players to compete in a single maze. The player who eats the most pellets and survives wins. Players will also be able to create and share their own mazes, or simply play the classic PAC-MAN game. More PAC-MAN games are also set to be revealed later in 2020.
For those who want a taste of true arcade nostalgia, a special Tastemakers 40th Anniversary Arcade 1UP machine will be released in 2020, and will be followed by a Counter-cade, Party-cade, and Head-to-Head. Bandai Namco is also teaming up with Numskull designs to introduce a range of PAC-MAN exclusives, including a limited edition Quarter Arcade unit signed by Toru Iwatani. A standard version of the unit will also be available, as well as a range of merchandise.
Head on over to the official PAC-MAN website to discover even more 40th Anniversary shenanigans. And there are more, such as the next chapter of the PAC-MAN Stories series, PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Snack Attack, which will become available via Amazon Alexa this summer.