Nintendo has announced a new battle royale-style Pac-Man game for the Switch titled Pac-Man 99. It’s similar to Tetris 99, launches later today and will available exclusively for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers.
Mush like Tetris 99, Pac-Man 99 consists of 99 players, with each player attempting to be the last Pac-Man remaining. Navigate the maze and avoid the ever-pursuing ghosts, with any ghost you defeat being sent to other players’ screens as a “Jammer Pac-Man.” Running into one of the Jammers will reduce the player’s movement speed, making them more vulnerable.
There are also Sleeping Ghosts in Pac-Man 99. Taking a bite out of these ghosts will cause them to multiply, and form a “ghost train,” letting you chomp them up all in one swoop after grabbing a Power Pellet. You can watch the full trailer for Pac-Man 99 below.
The game is set to go live at 6 p.m. PT/ 9 p.m. ET on April 7th. As mentioned earlier, it is free for Nintendo Switch Online members.
Once launched, there will also be paid DLC packs for Pac-Man 99 which adds offline modes and themes based on other Namco games. This includes Galaga and Dig Dug. Offline mode packs cost $15 USD, with various themes costing $2 USD. All of the DLC is being bundled together into one Deluxe Pack for $30 USD. You can check out more about that on Nintendo’s website.
The announcement for Pac-Man 99 comes shortly after Nintendo removed Super Mario Bros. 35, another battle royale game offered as part of Super Mario’s 35th anniversary celebration. This too was only available for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers.