Pac-Man 99, a new battle royale game, comes to Nintendo Switch today

A brand-new fight royale video game starring Pac-Man concerns Nintendo Turn on Wednesday. Pac-Man 99 follows in the vein of Tetris 99 and Super Mario Bros. 35, both in re-imagining traditional 8-bit video games as fight royale competitors and introducing solely on Nintendo Change Online.

Pac-Man 99 appears like traditional Pac-Man on its surface area. Gamers munch pellets, prevent ghosts, and turn the tables on Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde by consuming Power Pellets to acquire high ratings. However in real fight royale style, every Pac-Man is contending versus other Pac-Men; you don’t require to simply endure, you require to assault your opponents.

In Pac-Man 99, when players eat a ghost, they’ll send a Jammer Pac-Man to an opponent. Any player who touches a Jammer will be slowed down. Players can also swallow trains of ghosts by gobbling up Sleeping Ghosts, which form a snake-like buffet. Consume a Power Pellet, feast on a ghost train, and you’ll overwhelm your enemies with a barrage of Jammer Pac-Men.

Pac-Man 99 also includes power-ups that boost Pac-Man’s speed or multiply the number of Jammers sent to enemies. The game’s trailer, embedded above, makes everything clear.

Like Tetris 99 and Super Mario Bros. 35 (RIP), Pac-Man 99 is included as part of a Nintendo Switch Online subscription. Bandai Namco is also selling downloadable content in the form of offline gameplay modes (CPU fight, score assault, and blind time attack) and cosmetic themes that make Pac-Man 99 look like Xevious, Dig Dug, Galaga, or Tower of Druaga.

Pac-Man 99 launches April 7 at 6 p.m. PDT. It’s Pac-Man’s third foray into the fight royale area, following Pac-Man Fight Royale, very first launched in games in 2011, and Pac-Man Mega Tunnel Fight, launched on Google Stadia in 2020.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.