Pac-Man Championship Edition is getting an NES-inspired demake on Switch

Japan-only for now.

Pac-Man Championship Edition - Bandai Namco's wonderful reimagining of the arcade classic - is getting a retro redo, courtesy of an official NES-style demake that's heading to Switch soon.

Pac-Man Championship Edition arrived to much acclaim when it launched on Xbox 360 in 2007. Designed by Toru Iwatani, the man responsible for Pac-Man's original outing, Championship Edition reimagined the arcade classic's iconic maze-based action into a wonderfully compelling time attack frenzy, tasking players with scoring as many points as possible within 5-minutes, with the speed ramping higher and higher as the clock ticked down.

It's a reimagining that, despite its pounding, pulsating presentation, remains remarkably faithful to the arcade original, tweaking, rather than re-inventing the familiar formula. And so in that regard, a retro demake doesn't sound all that absurd - which (as reported be Game Watch and spotted by The Verge) is exactly what Switch owners will be getting when Bandai Namco's new Namcot Collection arrives soon.

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The Namcot Collection is a ten-strong bundle of 10 nostalgia-tickling NES titles - currently only announced for Japan - that'll feature Battle City, Dragon Spirit: The New Legend Pac-Man, Family Jockey, Galaga, Mendel Palace, Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti, Star Luster, The Tower of Druaga, Wagan Land, and Yokai Dochuki.

The Pac-Man Championship Edition demake will be included as a bonus, re-imagining the re-imagining as if it were released alongside the other NES games in the bundle.

There's no word of a western release for the Namcot Collection just yet, but it's due to launch physically and digitally for Switch on 18th June in Japan.

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