In an e-mail we received this week, Nintendo announced that PAC-MAN 99, an online versus version of the iconic arcade game, is being pulled from the eShop. Don’t fret! There’s still time to buy the game.
PAC-MAN 99 can be downloaded and purchased until September 8th at 8 a.m. (PST). However, the bad news is that the game will only work in offline mode starting on the morning of October 8th:
“DLC if you downloaded them previously. Those who purchased PAC-MAN 99 Mode Unlock or PAC-MAN 99 Deluxe Pack DLC will be able to play offline modes and use any purchased PAC-MAN 99 themes in offline mode. After Oct. 8 at 8:59 p.m. PT, you can re-download the PAC-MAN 99 game and DLC if you downloaded them previously.”
If you enjoy playing with bots, then you’re all set. Although, if you love the spontaneity offered by playing with other humans, you’ll have to wait to see if someone creates private servers.
At least Bandai can’t completely change the game into something it wasn’t, similar to what they did with the mobile version of the classic PAC-MAN arcade port. So yes, those of us who paid for the arcade game woke up one day to see the app had been changed to a pay-to-win game … just like my buddy Rich had predicted.
This is unfortunate but not as big of a letdown as having to wait another year for a Switch Sequel or that time Nintendo shut down another similar popular multiplayer game called Super Mario Bros. 35.
Nintendo does not cite why the game is being shut down. Maybe the game wasn’t the moneymaker Bandai had hoped for.
Thankfully, players are given notice months in advance, so they’re not wasting money on DLC.
What other classic arcade games would you like to see get the multiplayer treatment? DigDug? Galaga? Let us know below.[Source: Nintendo]
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