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July 28, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

I've always said: all game consoles should have a version of Namco Museum!

Namco Museum for Nintendo Switch
I've played Namco Museum on six different consoles, then this amazing compilation title faded away... until today on Switch!
I was excited for Sony's PlayStation back in 1995. The notion of a disc-based console - my first - seemed to open gaming to great new possibilities. And it did that and more, for me!

Dig Dug - Namco Museum for Nintendo Switch Despite the amazing new kinds of games coming to market, I discovered compilation games. Shiny discs full of my favorite arcade games from Williams, Midway, Activision, Intellivision, Atari, and more. As a kid, I loved the arcade ports on my Atari 2600. Both Pac-Man and Defender suffered from flickering and glitches galore, but I played the Hell out of them - endlessly (still do).

The compilation games released for the PlayStation looked to me like perfect arcade ports. As much as I loved Atari 2600 arcade ports, I knew the arcade was the only place I could really play true versions of these gems. But the PlayStation was different. I didn't give up on visiting arcades - not by a longshot - but playing my favorite arcade games at home was truly special.

Sky Kid - Namco Museum for Nintendo Switch At the time, Namco Museum was the disc that occupied my PlayStation more than any other title. Coincidentally, it was one of the few compilation titles to expand and grow with the advancements in the gaming industry. With a core set of games, it returned time and time again in various incarnations as I bought new video game consoles.

My final version was for the Nintendo Wii. From there, my beloved Namco Museum faded away. It was a download on a few more consoles I didn't own, but the physical releases disappeared from my favorite game shops.

Physical releases of Namco Museum seem to be a thing of the past, but the game itself has been redesigned for Nintendo's Switch! I wish it was coming as a physical release, but it is only a digital download. Such an iconic retro title really should offer a physical copy, but in these new times, I can't complain too much.

OK< i'll complain just a bit. Sure, I'd love a physical copy, but it's the pricing that gets me. At $30 it seems a bit pricey for a digital download. Times are changing, so I guess mainstream games won't be discounted even though a digital copy costs less to produce and distribute. I do like the new titles coming to this version including Pac-Man VS. It's reminiscent of the early viersions with interesting additions.
Unique to the Switch tablet, games can be played in portrait-mode like many arcade originals!

Namco Museum For Switch - Game List

  1. Pac-Man
  2. Pac-Man VS
  3. Dig Dug
  4. Galaga
  5. Galaga '88
  6. Rolling Thunder
  7. Rolling Thunder 2
  8. Splatterhouse
  9. Sky Kid
  10. Tank Force
  11. Tower of Druaga

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