Monday, March 26, 2007

Namco may be bringing back the classics ... again

Obviously, it should go without saying (especially considering I started this blog/site) that I love video games. What you may not know, though, is that I particularly love classic video games--especially the arcade variety. I have just as much fun playing through Bubble Bubble, Dig Dug, Donkey Kong and Ms. Pac Man as anything released today, mainly because you can start them up, get right into the game and turn them off a few minutes later if you need to.

Along with Nintendo, Namco has produced most of the classic arcade games that I fell in love with all those years ago. Unlike Ninty, though, Namco has never been shy about packaging it's old school hits together in random compilations, starting (I think) with the Namco Museum series that appeared on the PSone in the 1990s.

Admittedly, the series has become a bit long in the tooth thanks to Namco's obsession with releasing the games over and over again as new systems are released. That said, I'm hopeful a newly discovered entry into the Gamefly database--Namco Museum Remix for the Wii--will break that horrible cycle.

No one outside Namco knows anything about the game other than its title, of course, but that hasn't stopped folks from speculating. Over at, for instance, a writer wondered aloud if the company's latest compilation may include Wii-specifc controls (such as turning the Wiimote on its side to control Pole Position). Personally, I'm think updated graphics may come into play as well (though I hope we're given the option to choose original graphics, too).

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