E3 '07: Namco Museum DS Hands-On

Namco takes its emulation business to Nintendo's handheld, complete with some deep options.

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Namco Museum DS is a traditional collection of a handful of Namco's 1980s arcade catalog. The company has had tons of great hits over the years, and on the DS, the emulation seems pretty good so far.

The version being shown at E3 contained Galaxian, Pac-Man, Galaga, Xevious, Mappy, Tower of Druaga, and Dig Dug II on the classics side. A version of the four-player Pac-Man Vs. is also available, and can be played using one copy of the cart. Demo versions of the classic arcade games can be sent wirelessly, as well.

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We quickly moved through the available games, and the emulation felt pretty accurate. The games all run on the top screen, and there are plenty of screen-stretching and screen-rotating options. You can also adjust the games' difficulty and other interesting options, such as choosing between the original version of Galaga and the bug-fixed version, which removed the problem where you could trick the enemies into not firing at you.

All in all, this looks like it could shape up to be a decent portable collection of some of Namco's arcade greats. Namco Museum DS is currently scheduled to hit shelves in September.

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Leonagard
Leonagard

Tower and Digdug could be replaced by Rally-X and Xevious and galaga Arrangement like /////////////////////namco Classics collection (arcade) or other... but Ill be happy playing this selection with the improvement they are working on :) plus Konami set! IM WAITING FOR IREM´s Black TIger =D taht would be nice to see happening...

mopoko25
mopoko25

I think Konami Classic Arcade Hits is still better than this one...

icytower
icytower

These classic game collections are honestly starting to get anoying.

DouglasBuffone
DouglasBuffone

I would usually play the classic games, but I think that i will stick with the other collections i have

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

I wouldn't pass up on playing the good old classic games

Pete5506
Pete5506

this game is going to be so good

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

A nice collection of good classic games. But I have already played the hell out of all of them a long time ago. I don't think that I would be in the mood to play them again.

vnhimself
vnhimself

original version of Galaga and the bug-fixed version ACE !

LordAndrew
LordAndrew

Oh cool. It includes Pac-Man Vs?