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.
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 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)
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)
- Pac-Attack (1993)
- Super Xevious (1984)
- The Tower of Druaga (1984)
- Dig Dug II (1985)
- Sky Kid (1985)
- Rolling Thunder (1986)
- Dragon Spirit (1987)
- Galaga '88 (1987)
|Namco Arcade Classics
|2003||Features Pac-Man, Galaxian, Rally-X, Dig Dug, and Bosconian.|
|Ms. Pac-Man Collection
|2004||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
|2006||Features Super Pac-Man, Pac-Man, Pac-Man Plus, and Pac & Pal.|
|Arcade Gold featuring Pac-Man
|2007||Features Pac-Man, Pac-Man Plus, Pac & Pal, Super Pac-Man, Galaxian, Bosconian, Dig Dug, and New Rally-X.|
|Retro Arcade featuring Pac-Man
|2008||Features Pac-Man, Super Pac-Man, Pac & Pal, Pac-Man Plus, Galaga, Galaxian, Dig Dug, Mappy, Bosconian, Xevious, Pole Position, and New Rally-X.|
|Wireless Ms. Pac-Man Collection||2004||Rerelease of Ms. Pac-Man Collection with a wireless controller, and additional games New Rally-X and Bosconian.|
|Ms. Pac-Man Gamekey Collection||2005||Rerelease of Ms. Pac-Man Collection with a slot for external "Gamekey" cartridges.
|Ms. Pac-Man Collection
|200x||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||Rerelease of Namco Arcade Classics with a new, compact case.|
|Let's! TV Play Namco Nostalgia 1||2006||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||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
|2012||Features Pac-Man, Super Pac-Man, Pac & Pal, Pac-Man Plus, Galaga, Galaxian, 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
|2015||Same gamelist as the NTSC version, but is shaped like Blinky instead of Pac-Man.|
|Pac-Man Connect and Play: Gold Edition||2020||Same gamelist as the original version, but in metalic gold.|
|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, two of which are Pac-Man and Galaga.|
|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, Dig Dug, Galaga, Galaxian, Mappy, Sky Kid, and Xevious. Pac-Mania is included in Wal-Mart while The Tower of Druaga is included in other stores.|
|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. A second volume was never released (or announced).|
|Bandai Namco Arcade Blast!||2020||AtGames||Features Pac-Man, Pac-Mania, Dig Dug, Galaga, Galaxian, New-Rally-X. Mappy, Sky Kid, The Tower of Druaga, and Xevious.|
|Pac-Man Collection||2020||Arcade1UP||Features Pac-Man, Pac-Mania, New Rally-X, Galaga, Galaga '88, Dig Dug, Super Xevious, Rolling Thunder, Dragon Spirit, and Mappy. Additional ROMs for various formats (NES, Game Boy Advance, Atari 2600/7800, etc.) can be added via a Micro SD card.|
|Pac-Man Giant Joystick||2021||Arcade1UP||An extremely large joystick standing roughly two feet tall, with Pac-Man himself as the joystick's top. Gamelist is identical to Pac-Man Collection.|
- Not to be confused with Namco Classic Collection Vol. 1 (1995)
- 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.
- This same applies to Ms. Pac-Man on Pac-Man Connect & Play. The remains of Ms. Pac-Man can be seen unused with semi-visual graphics.
- 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.
- When it was initially released, the Bandai Namco Arcade Blast! was technically a bootleg product; as AtGames released it after their contract with Bandai Namco had been terminated, during the Namco-AtGames lawsuit. However, the console was eventually "licensed" following an undisclosed settlement between Namco and AtGames.
- When it was initially shown at CES, the Arcade1UP Pac-Man Collection was in the same form factor as the Flashback Blast!, and was titled the "Pac-Man Wireless Controller". The design was changed upon release to be a separate box resembling an actual game system; this was likely to avoid paying any royalties to AtGames, as they own(ed?) a loose patent on the design.