Pac-Man iPad Game Released In Japan... Before The iPad!

Apple's iPad hasn't been released internationally yet, but that isn't stopping Bandai from releasing iPad versions of classic arcade games like Pac-Man.

Call it an indication of how popular the Apple iPad is in the USA and how desperate those living elsewhere are to get something, ANYTHING remotely connected with it. No matter if it's like buying bullets before you buy a gun - by releasing iPad versions of their games online, Bandai expects to make out like a bandit.

A total of three games have been released by Bandai Namco (to use the company's full name):

  • PoolProOnline3, which costs 900 yen or about $9.50
  • NobyNobyBoy, which costs 230 yen or about $2.50
  • Pac-Man, which costs 600 yen or about $6.40


Pac-Man is the real star here; the arcade classic was a breakthrough game for Namco when it exploded onto the gaming scene 30 years ago and subsequently spawned a number of spin-offs such as Miss Pac-Man (whose game screen is pictured above).

All three games should play MUCH better on the iPad's expansive screen, compared to those of smartphones and hand-held gaming consoles.

The crux of the biscuit, however, is the iPad itself and whether the rumored international release date of April 24th pans out. If it does, Bandai Namco will be able to pat themselves on the back for getting a jump on the competition. If not, however... cue the 8-bit signoff music because it's Game Over. (via DVice and Akihabara News)

Apr 7, 2010
by Anonymous


... it's Ms.Pacman. Don't want you to be accused of chauvinism. ;-)