Pac-man is returning to game consoles and television in 2013! I'm mostly excited that for the first time in 30 years, Pac-man will come to life with his own animated series. Namco Bandai announced earlier this month that the new 3D action game Pac-man and the Ghostly Adventures will be released to Xbox 360, Wii U, PS3, and PC along with a 2D side-scroller game for Nintendo 3DS in the fall of 2013. Of course, Pac-man purists will probably be rolling their eyes at another game featuring Pac-man with appendages. As for me, I actually got alot of mileage out of the 3D Pac-man World series and the Mario Kart-like Pac-man World Rally with my boys over the last several years. Check out the announcement trailer below...
Although these 3D games are a re-imagination of the Pac-man we grew up with, I'm glad to see Namco Bandai taking a bold step forward with the accompanying new animated series! The show will be featured on Disney XD in the US and also broadcast in the UK, France and Australia. New Pac-friends will be introduced and also a new enemy leader of the ghosts. Here is the official overview and trailer:
PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures is a big, bustling, bonkers world of action, adventure, and just plain wackiness starring three BFF teenage characters that work together to keep their world free and safe. The story begins as the menacing ghosts escape from the uber creepy Netherworld to invade PacWorld. These frightening ghosts, ghouls, and goblins wreak havoc on the population and cause nothing but trouble wherever they go! Pac and his pals rise to the challenge of protecting their home and embark on an epic battle. Pac and his pals team up to fight with all their might for what they believe in: Friendship, Freedom, and the Future!
26 episodes are planned with the 2-part premiere episodes scheduled to air on June 15, 2013 at 11:30am according to the Disney XD TV schedule. The series appears to be a little darker than what we're used to with Pac-man which I think fits more with modern-age animated shows. Here is a look at some of the new characters: