If you’ve been around the arcade business for the past couple of decades, then you likely are familiar with Bandai Namco’s re-issues of select classic arcade games in a proper arcade cabinet format. These have included the “Class Of ’81“, Pac-Man 25th Anniversary, and most recently, Pac-Man’s Arcade Party. The latter was the most complete release, featuring 12 or 13 classics (Ms. Pac-Man could not be included on the coin-op commercial versions for legal reasons) but many were disappointed in the lack of additions to that package, especially where the likes of Arcade Legends 3 offers up to 135 games.

Enter in Pac-Man’s Pixel Bash, the latest classic compilation release by Bandai Namco Amusements. While it doesn’t correspond to a five-year anniversary, it does address the number of games issue, offering the most Namco classics inside of a cabinet release seen to date. The classics that are gracing this model number at 31 and include many classics that I never thought I’d see officially recognized again as there are some obscurities:

Baraduke
Bosconian
Dig Dug
Dig Dug II
DragonBuster
Dragon Spirit
Galaga
Galaga ’88
Galaxian
Gaplus
Grobda
Hopping Mappy
King And Balloon
Mappy
Metro-Cross
MotoS
New Rally-X
Pac-Man
Pac-Man Plus
Pac & Pal
Pacmania
Rally-X
Rolling Thunder
Rompers
Sky Kid
Sky Kid Deluxe
Splatterhouse
Super Pac-Man
Super Xevious
Tower Of Druaga
Xevious

All of these are Namco titles so with Namco being the manufacturer, there is no need to worry about legalities and licensing. So far Namco has only unveiled this coin-op model; I would not be surprised if there is a non-coin model that comes along with Ms. Pac-Man.
Pac-Man’s Pixel Bash will be at the International Bowl Expo in Las Vegas that starts tomorrow. I will be there to check it out and provide more info!
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