Nintendo surprised players in 2019 by . A little over a year later, it turned back around Super Mario Bros. in an intense retro platform face-off with 35 players. Now the company has announced Nintendo Switch Online’s newest throwback battle royale game: Pac-Man 99.
Like the other retro battle royale games on the Nintendo Switch Online service, Pac-Man 99 challenges players to survive dozens of other players in the classic arcade – but there’s more to it than just getting the highest score. Every time a player eats a ghost, it is broadcast onto another player’s screen as a “jammer Pac-Man”, which can slow a player down and make them a target for ghosts. Managing power-ups and carefully targeting opponents is key to surviving other players.
The game starts for free tooon Thursday at 6 p.m. PT, along with chargeable additional packages, single player modes and themes. Super Mario 35 may be gone, but it’s clear that Nintendo isn’t done with this unique game format just yet.