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Pac-Man anniversary arcade machines

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On special anniversaries for Pac-Man (released in 1980) and/or Ms. Pac-Man (released in 1981), Namco has released compilations of its classic arcade games as arcade machines. So far, Namco has made anniversary machines for the 20th anniversary for Ms. Pac-Man, and the 25th and 30th anniversaries for the original Pac-Man.

Class of 1981 / 20 Year Reunion (20th Anniversary machine for Ms. Pac-Man)[edit]

Released in 2001, this was made to celebrate the 20th anniversary of both Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga (also released in 1981), which were the two main games of the compilation. The compilation also has two subtitles, which are Class of 1981 and 20 Year Reunion. The original Pac-Man was also included as a secret game playable by putting in a code by using the joystick. The code is up 3x, down 3x, left, right, left, right, left. There is also the option to play faster versions of all the games as well as the regular versions, which can be toggled from within the machine or by inputting the code left, right, left, right, up 3x, and then pressing the Galaga fire button. This machine has become one of the most common machines in North American arcades. A small-sized version of the cabinet was also available for home use.

Pac-Man 25th Anniversary Edition (for Pac-Man)[edit]

Released in 2005, this was made to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Pac-Man. It included Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, and Galaga again; however, Pac-Man was available right from the start instead of being secret. It still had the option to play the faster versions of the games. There was also a "countertop" version made for homes without the coin slot.

Pac-Man's Arcade Party (30th Anniversary machine for Pac-Man)[edit]

Released in 2010, this was made to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man and goes by the name Pac-Man's Arcade Party, which is not to be confused with the party video game called Pac-Man Party. This edition includes Pac-Man, Galaga, Dig Dug, Xevious, Mappy, Rally-X, Galaxian, Bosconian, Rolling Thunder, Dragon Spirit, Galaga '88, and Pac-Mania. There is a version of the machine made for homes that also includes Ms. Pac-Man. All of the games in this compilation also appear in Namco Museum 50th Anniversary for PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, and Windows PC, but the machine doesn't include Sky Kid or Pole Position I and II. Like for Class of 1981 / 20 Years of Reunion, a small-sized version of this cabinet was also available for home use.

See also[edit]

  • Namco Classic Collection Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 - Two arcade machines, each one with of three Namco arcade games that also contain updated variants of each game.
  • List of Namco games
  • List of Namco retro video game compilations

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