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Pac-Land (NES)

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Title Screen

Pac-Land

Developer: Namco
Publisher: Namco
Platform: NES
Released internationally: June 18, 2020 (Namco Museum Archives Vol. 2)
Released in JP: November 21, 1985


CopyrightIcon.png This game has hidden developer credits.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.


Pac-Land is a fairly generic early sidescroller, except for Pac-Man. The Famicom version is a significant downgrade from the Arcade original, most noticeably in the graphics department.

Unused Graphics

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Unused graphics of the Ghosts in cars. In all places where they would appear in the arcade original, there are ghosts in planes instead.

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Ghosts in double-decker cars. The top-left corner of the sprite was overwritten.

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A more masculine-looking fairy.

Developer Credits

Namco games often contain some generic copyright and/or credits text at the very beginning of their ROMs. This one contains the following text:

COPY RIGHT 1984 1985 NAMCO LTD,ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Additionally, the name "MR HIROKI AOYAGI" is loaded into RAM at address $52, in order to distinguish between soft and hard resets.

Oddities

The game features a somewhat nontraditional control scheme by default, with A and B moving Pac-Man left and right, and the D-Pad jumping. The game actually has a standard control method, which is accessed by using the Player 2 controller (although you're stuck without a pause function, since the Famicom's 2P controller doesn't have one).