How Nintendo Kept Pac Man Fever Burning!

Posted by Steven Collier on Jan. 21st, 2016

In 1984, Pac-Man had already ruled the arcades for nearly half a decade and Pac-Man Fever was still going strong! However even after all this, the public demanded more! They wanted a home version of their favorite game and the Atari port just wasn't cutting it...

And that's where Nintendo came in! It's no understatement to say that Pac-Man for the NES was an early triumph of the system. From the title screen, the improvements were obvious!

The colors were right! The maze wasn't a weird, smushy rectangle! There were four ghosts! The pellets actually looked like pellets! And then there was the sound! Being able to here that iconic "Wakka-Wakka-Wakka" noise coming out of your TV? That was the next generation of gameplay on full display!

It's not the most advanced Pac-Man console port ever made. But, it's hard to deny that the Nintendo port kept Pac-Man Fever burning white hot in living rooms across the world! This was the first iteration of the game to truly bring the arcade phenomenon home!

Tell me, do you remember what was your first Pac-Man encounter? Nintendo? Atari? Or are you an old-school arcade wiz-kid? As always, I'd love to hear all your thoughts in the comments section!

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