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Pac-Man 99

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Pac-Man 99

Developer: Arika
Publisher: Bandai Namco
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Released internationally: April 7, 2021

DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.

See, this is why server preservation is important.
This game's online features are no longer supported.
While this game's online features were once accessible, they are (as of October 8, 2023) no longer officially supported and online-exclusive features may be documented as now-unseen content.

Pac-Man 99 sees Arika milking the Battle Royale format once again for the Switch, this time utilizing some elements from the Pac-Man Championship Edition series and throwing in paid DLC (something that Tetris 99 and Super Mario Bros. 35, also by Arika, had avoided).

Speaking of SMB35, this was basically the replacement for that game, which had been shut down a week earlier. To add insult to injury, not only did Pac-Man 99 last five times longer but its eventual shutdown was only for the online aspects - the offline modes, obtained via paid DLC (all of which were also removed from the eShop), remain accessible if they had been bought.

Development Leftovers

Windows Build Assets

Every single *_rom.*.dat and *_rom_file.*.dat in the Dat folder has similar files ending with .x64, providing identical assets but cooked for Windows.

Empty Theme File

Also present in the Dat folder is dbg_theme. While the name suggests it was used for debugging purposes, it's completely empty.

Internal Project Name

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The build path of the game suggests the game was internally called yosso.