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Promotional picture for Namco Arcade Classics, the first Pac-Man plug 'n play.

Plug & Plays are video game controllers that plug directly into a TV, with several (often retro) video games built in. Since their origin in the early 2000s, many Pac-Man or Namco-themed plug 'n plays have been released.

Games

Jakks Pacific

All Jakks Pacific systems feature custom ports of the games running on either Sunplus or Winbond hardware (depending on the unit). They are very close clones of the arcade originals, but feature some minor inaccuracies and are not based on pure emulation.

  • Pac-Man (1980)
  • Ms. Pac-Man (1982)
  • Pac-Man Plus (1982)
  • Super Pac-Man (1982)
  • Pac & Pal (1983)
  • Jr. Pac-Man (1983, canceled)
  • Galaxian (1979)
  • Rally-X (1980)
  • Bosconian (1981)
  • Galaga (1981)
  • New Rally-X (1981)
  • Dig Dug (1982)
  • Pole Position (1982) - joystick is twisted clockwise/counter-clockwise to control; billboards are different than the arcade.
  • Xevious (1982)
  • Mappy (1983)

Bandai

Bandai consoles feature the entire Jakks library (minus Ms. Pac-Man and Pole Position), in addition to:

  • Pac-Man 256 (2012) - hack of the original Pac-Man starting right before Level 256; not to be confused with the 2015 game.
  • Gaplus (1984)
  • Dragon Buster (1985)
  • Mappy: Revenge of Nyamco (2006)
  • Xevious: Scramble Mission (2006)
  • Gaplus Phalanx (2006)
  • Dragon Buster 100 (2006)

Others

Consoles from other manufacturers sometimes feature the NES/Famicom versions of games instead of the arcade originals. List excludes titles also available on Jakks and Bandai systems.

  • Pac-Mania (1987)
  • The Tower of Druaga (1984)
  • Dig Dug II (1985)
  • Sky Kid (1985)

Systems

Jakks Pacific (numbered)

Name Year Manufacturer Information
Namco Arcade Classics
(Pac-Man #1)
2003 Jakks Pacific Features Pac-Man, Galaxian, Rally-X, Dig Dug, and Bosconian.
Ms. Pac-Man Collection
(Pac-Man #2)
2004 Jakks Pacific Features Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga, Xevious, Mappy, and Pole Position. A later revision adds the ability to save high scores, which all future Jakks Pacific systems also featured.
Super Pac-Man Collection
(Pac-Man #3)
2006 Jakks Pacific Features Super Pac-Man, Pac-Man, Pac-Man Plus, and Pac & Pal.
Arcade Gold featuring Pac-Man
(Pac-Man #4)
2007 Jakks Pacific Features Pac-Man, Pac-Man Plus, Pac & Pal, Super Pac-Man, Galaxian, Bosconian, Dig Dug, and New Rally-X.
Retro Arcade featuring Pac-Man
(Pac-Man #5)
2008 Jakks Pacific Features Pac-Man, Super Pac-Man, Pac & Pal, Pac-Man Plus, GalagaGalaxian, Dig Dug, Mappy, Bosconian, Xevious, Pole Position, and New Rally-X.

Jakks Pacific (non-numbered)

Name Year Manufacturer Information
Wireless Ms. Pac-Man Collection 2004 Jakks Pacific Rerelease of Ms. Pac-Man Collection with a wireless controller, and additional games New Rally-X and Bosconian.
Ms. Pac-Man Gamekey Collection 2005 Jakks Pacific Rerelease of Ms. Pac-Man Collection with a slot for external "Gamekey" cartridges.
  • Gamekey Cartridge-NM #1 - includes Pac-Man, Bosconian and Rally-X.
  • Gamekey Cartridge-NM #2 - includes Dig Dug and New Rally-X.
  • Gamekey Cartridge-NM #3 - includes Pac-Man and Dig Dug.
  • Gamekey Cartridge-NM #4 - includes Pac-Man and Bosconian.
Ms. Pac-Man Collection
(QVC version)
200x Jakks Pacific The Wireless Ms. Pac-Man Collection (with its two additional games) in the same casing as the original Ms. Pac-Man Collection.
Pac-Man Pocket Edition 200x Jakks Pacific Rerelease of Namco Arcade Classics with a new, compact case.

Bandai

Name Year Manufacturer Information
Let's! TV Play Namco Nostalgia 1 2006 Bandai Includes Mappy and Xevious, in addition to brand-new games Mappy: Revenge of Nyamco and Xevious: Scramble Mission. Japan only release.
Let's! TV Play Namco Nostalgia 2 2006 Bandai Includes Gaplus and Dragon Buster, in addition to brand-new games Gaplus Phalanx and Dragon Buster 100. Japan only release.
Pac-Man Connect and Play
(NTSC version)
2012 Bandai Features Pac-ManSuper Pac-Man, Pac & Pal, Pac-Man Plus, GalagaGalaxian, Dig Dug, Mappy, Bosconian, Xevious, New Rally-X, and Pac-Man 256. Shaped like an 8-bit graphic of Pac-Man.
Pac-Man Connect and Play
(PAL version)
2015 Bandai Same gamelist as the NTSC version, but is shaped like Blinky instead of Pac-Man.

Others

Name Year Manufacturer Information
Sega Mega Drive 4 / Guitar Idol 2009 Tectoy Only released in Brazil. Features the Genesis version of Pac-Attack alongside 86 other games.
NES Classic Edition / Family Computer Mini 2016 Nintendo Includes 30 games, one of which is Pac-Man.
Ms. Pac-Man 2017 MSI Entertainment Only features the 1993 NES version of Ms. Pac-Man. Later revisions flip the control panel backwards for unknown reasons.
Bandai Namco Flashback Blast! 2018 AtGames Features NES/Famicom versions of Pac-Man, Pac-Mania, Dig Dug, Galaga, Galaxian, Mappy, Sky Kid, and Xevious.
Namco Classics Vol. 1 2019 MSI Entertainment Slightly modified NES/Famicom versions of Pac-Mania, Dig Dug II, and The Tower of Druaga. Seemingly only released in Canada.
Pac-Man Giant Joystick 2020 Arcade1UP Upcoming release. An extremely large joystick standing roughly two feet tall, with Pac-Man himself as the joystick's top. Gamelist is unknown.
Pac-Man Wireless Controller 202x Arcade1UP Upcoming release. Gamelist is unknown.

Trivia

  • The Super Pac-Man Collection was originally going to feature Jr. Pac-Man, but it was not included upon the console's retail release, likely due to issues with General Computer Corporation. Jr. Pac-Man's soundtrack is also included in the debug menu of Retro Arcade featuring Pac-Man.
  • In the Jakks Pacific port of Ms. Pac-Man, the cutscene "They Meet" has Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man kiss at the end, which was not present in the arcade version or any other home port.
  • A second edition of the Super Pac-Man Collection with Gamekey support was planned, but never released.
  • One of, if not the first plug 'n play ever released, the TV Boy from 1992, features Atari 2600 Pac-Man built into it. This was unauthorized usage however, and was not affiliated with Namco or Atari in any way.
  • The Bandai Namco Flashback Blast had much controversy surrounding it; original gameplay trailers (and even the back of the box) show full arcade emulation, while the final product was NES-based. The sound also doesn't work on many TVs.
    • According to Bandai Namco in their lawsuit against AtGames, they had never approved of the final released product. The device caused great damage to Bandai Namco's own reputation.
  • AtGames has also released a plug & play titled the Bandai Namco Arcade Blast!; in reality, this is a bootleg product released after their contract with Bandai Namco had been terminated, which AtGames intentionally rushed out amidst their lawsuit with them.

Gallery

Jakks Pacific systems

Bandai systems

Other systems

Unreleased/prototype systems

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