Pac-Man pursued onto Wii VC by ninjas

Namco mascot chomps onto Nintendo's downloadable game service along with Tecmo's Ninja Gaiden, Irem's Ninja Spirit.

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The Wii's Virtual Console is nothing if not replete in heavy-hitters from days gone by, and Nintendo has added to that roster with a trio of new offerings arriving in the Wii Store today. This week's lineup of retro games sees the arrival of Nintendo Entertainment System hits Pac-Man and Ninja Gaiden, as well as a TurboGrafx-16 fan favorite in Ninja Spirit.

No stranger to the process of cross-platform pollination, Pac-Man's latest outing is a port of the NES version of the game. As one might expect, Pac-Man follows the titular yellow ball as he gobbles up power pellets and fruit while evading the pursuit of ill-intentioned ghosts. Pac-Man can be downloaded for 500 Wii points ($5).

Playing bodyguard to Namco's pride and joy is a pair of ninjas, Tecmo's Ninja Gaiden and Irem's Ninja Spirit, to be specific. With Ninja Gaiden Sigma and Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword looming on the horizon, the side-scrolling NES version chronicles Ryu Hayabusa's original ninjutsu-fueled exploits to avenge his father's death at the hands of the evil Dragon Clan. Ninja Gaiden will set gamers back the standard Virtual Console NES game price of 500 Wii points ($5).

Released a year after Ninja Gaiden and situated squarely in its shadow, Ninja Spirit of TurboGrafx-16 fame puts the player in the role of Moonlight, who, coincidently enough, is also out to avenge his father's death. Players can expect to wield the typical ninja accoutrements as they navigate through seven stages of enemies and traps in this side-scrolling adventure. Ninja Spirit will cost gamers 600 Wii points ($6).

Discussion

103 comments
theKSMM
theKSMM

Pac-Man is certainly a classic game, but $5.00 for a standalone copy doesn't seem like a great value when there are compilations that include it and many other great games for under $20. And as always, I'm less inclined to play Nintendo's home-console port of the game than the original arcade version.

pencilpusher69
pencilpusher69

"lctpp2 Well, if you got the original Ninja Gaiden on the Xbox, you could have all 3 old skul NG games. u just have to unlok them in the game tho." Unlock grammar. "rjs927 I'm not wasting my money on those three. Pac-Man is OK but I have so many Pac-Mans for different systems $5 is a rip off." 5 dollars for Pac-Man is fine. As for you skipping Ninja Spirit, your loss. "myrllellei If you look at who is causing the success of the Wii (the atypical gamer: wives, moms, grandmas, old men)" Oh, is that a FACT?

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

Pac Man just doesn't have the same steam that it had back in the day.

NJTsunami
NJTsunami

Can't go wrong with Pacman and Ninja Gaiden. And yes, I know the Xbox version of Ninja Gaiden has the original three available, which I have unlocked. But there is something that makes it much more fun with the classic controller.

hammer_of_thor_
hammer_of_thor_

I forgot it was Monday yesterday, seems funny as I downloaded Pacman on my phone yesterday.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Cool, but I will not be getting it

lctpp2
lctpp2

Well, if you got the original Ninja Gaiden on the Xbox, you could have all 3 old skul NG games. u just have to unlok them in the game tho.

mddg_mmcc
mddg_mmcc

ATLReppa770: Forgot one thing. Playing with the Wii Classic Controller isn't any more difficult than using the 360 controller. It's the same basic design. And the Wii Remote sideways is just like the NES controller, the Classic Controller is just like the SNES controller... I don't see the problem there. On a side note, though, I do agree they should stop releasing (would that be the right word?) the console ports of arcade games, and focus on games made specifically for the consoles.

mddg_mmcc
mddg_mmcc

ATLReppa770: Since you mention it, I actually like XBLA. I just wanted to sift out the anti-Nintendo jerks. My point is, the majority of XBLA games are $10, and quite a few are $15, yet I don't hear very much complaining about it. Nintendo charges half that price, and gets blasted. I just don't understand that. And in my opinion, the updated graphics and features don't add much. To me, the reason for playing these games again is strictly nostalgic. If I want to re-live the experience of playing those old games, I want to experience them the way I did back then. If I want a new experience, I'll buy a new game. And online play is cool, but mostly that's what's broken in a lot of the XBLA games. As for achievements, I really don't care. (Although I might when I get my own 360.) Adding some half-assed extras doesn't make it worth twice the price, IMO. nick0091: That's because downloading ROM's is illegal (well, sort of, but I don't want to get into that). When movie studios release an old movie in a new format, they still charge for it. That's because if you are going to LEGALLY distribute someone else's product, they've got to get paid for it. It's Sega, Hudson, Namco, Tecmo, and many more companies we're talking about here, not just Nintendo. They made these games, and they want to get paid if you're going to play them. Period. rjs927: You are aware these are optional, right? Don't want 'em, don't buy 'em. I would hardly call it a rip-off to pay a mere five bucks for a simple game of Pac-Man if that's all you want.

dragg0n
dragg0n

Pac Man and Ninja Gaiden will be great additions to my virtual console.

jd7-03
jd7-03

Rather buy the XBL version that has leader boards, better graphics and achievements.

KronikKilla
KronikKilla

Actually, Ninja Gaiden was an arcade game before it was on NES. It bears only the main character, and maybe some others, but the game is entirely different. Old = 2D side scroller, New = 3d Adventure.

Acyberexile
Acyberexile

Does the new Ninja Gaiden franchise and the older one bear any similarities? Or are they the same series, just reimagined, in a similar fashion to PoP? If so, it's be great to have a Ninja Gaiden game on Wii.

rjs927
rjs927

I'm not wasting my money on those three. Pac-Man is OK but I have so many Pac-Mans for different systems $5 is a rip off.

togo2828
togo2828

I knew it, Ninja Gaiden was a nintendo game at first. i couldnt prove it, but now i can, I SO KNEW IT PS. im so getting it

nick0091
nick0091

Well after reading several comments about nintendo being greedy and such this is what I have to say. Yes it is true nintendo is being greedy by releasing a straight port with no addition content or it even being clened up ( frame rate slow downs , etc.) However I do agree that it is true that most of these games on ebay would cost just as much to order for your orginal system instead of just being able to get them on your wii. The one thing I personally hate about paying for these games is the fact that mostly any emulator offered for free has save states, cheats, framerate plays smooth , etc. Why is it that free emulators and roms actually run better then on the wii. This is why I think nintendo is greedy. However Nintendo is not doing something near as bad as some companies, example EA is charging a good 5-10$ for cheat codes for some of the games on the 360, I mean need for speed carbon collectors edition content is actually on the orginal disc you just need to spend and extra 10$ to unlock the content. If thats not greedy I don't know what is.

ATLReppa770
ATLReppa770

To: mddg_mmcc Xbox 360 Arcade games have achievements and sometimes offer online play. So when it comes to re-playablility (game value), it's definitely obvious if the same game was on each console (Mortal Kombat III Ultimate), if I had the choice to get it on 360 or Wii, I'm sure most people would choose the 360 version, sure it's a little more in price, but the online play is the main reason I would buy it. As if it's not hard enough playing with the Wii Remote or Gamecube Controller, not even going to mention the cruddy $20 controller needed to play arcade games.

dougphisig
dougphisig

Been awhile since i got a VC game but i think i may have to pick up ninja gaiden it's been forever since i played it.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

NG 1 was second hardest in my opinion(trilogy). The last boss who flew around the top was killer though..until you mastered that battle, then it became simple run to each side and hit him.

mkothephenom
mkothephenom

who would want to play the NES version of pac man,but ninja Gaiden is gonna be fun.

snoman99991
snoman99991

I can picture a lot of people shelling out a couple bucks to have a pac-man machine at home. I know I would, it's a no brainer.

JFreezy02
JFreezy02

Lol, well said mddg_mmcc, well said. I'll be getting Ninja Gaiden for sure!

TintedChimes
TintedChimes

I want a review of ninja spirit, I've never heard of the game and would be interested. I have about 700 points just sitting there for the last freaking five months. The last game was Elevator Action, don't get it, but it was okay for five minutes of nostalgia, showed it to my brother and he felt the same way. Not bad, five dollars for ten minutes of enjoyment for two people, better than any fast food value meal.

edubuccaneer
edubuccaneer moderator

I got Ninja Spirit and am every bit as happy with it as any other VC game. It's great! Come on, Nintendo, I want my PilotWings! :)

Halo05
Halo05

They should've done the PC Engine version of Ninja Gaiden. The NES port of Pacman sucks. Ninja Spirit is a classic.

KingSigy
KingSigy

Ninja Gaiden is worth $5, even with it being hidden in the Xbox version

mddg_mmcc
mddg_mmcc

Let me get this straight... Nintendo charging $5-$10 is "greedy," while Microsoft and Sony charging $5-$15 (for sometimes busted versions of the game) is a-okay. Does that sum up your fanboy logic? Good God, people. Most single-serving restaurant meals cost more than these games. And these prices wouldn't even cover the shipping costs when buying them through eBay. Get a job, join the real world, and shut up.

Chirico_Cuvie
Chirico_Cuvie

Ninja Spirit is one of the best games for the turbo. Imagine Legend of Kage but with power-ups and decent graphics. It's very short though. Ninja Gaiden is a must own for NES but be prepared for some difficulty. I remember being able to beat it without dying 20 years ago, I played it recently and barely got to the second level. Pac Man is one I never played on NES, it was still very much around at any car wash, arcade, 7-11, and drive-thru mexican joints that I didn't need to play it at home.

Kcube
Kcube

Pac Man Meh Ninja Spirit Kind of good Ninja Gaiden OWNS I cant wait untill Ninja Gaiden 2 & 3 make it onto VC as well,the games were hard yeah but they are also fun as hell ^_^

DrewBlood08
DrewBlood08

Saying pacman should be cheaper or free is ridiculous. Thats like saying everyone knows heinz ketchup, that should be free too. Commercialism and intellectual properties, thats how our world goes...

meimnobody
meimnobody

Pac Man for cell phones costs well over five dollars and loads of people bought it since guess what five dollars is the cost of two happy meals.

Regginator14520
Regginator14520

$5 for pacman is not bad, some people are just cheap basards

myrllellei
myrllellei

If you look at who is causing the success of the Wii (the atypical gamer: wives, moms, grandmas, old men), then it doesn't seem TOO greedy for Nintendo to release these yet again. If a large portion of the people playing Wii are truly new to gaming, then they probably haven't been overexposed to claasic ports & compilations (yet). $5 for Pac-Man is too much. That game should be in public domain by now. $5 for Ms. Pac-Man, maybe... at least the mazes change.

Captainintendo
Captainintendo

"$5 for pac man is ridiculous. I agree with Santas ==> Nintendo = the New Greed of Gaming ^^z" Not really. If you look at the price that these games go for in pawn shops Nintendo is actually selling the games a good prices. Only $8 for super NES and $10 for N64. Thats pretty cheap.

Icarusmk3
Icarusmk3

$5 for pac man is ridiculous. I agree with Santas ==> Nintendo = the New Greed of Gaming ^^z

Santas_Hitman
Santas_Hitman

Hahahahaha 5 bucks for pacman. As is typical of Nintendo they are really milking the classics without really releasing anything new. 1 word, GREEDY.

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

Now I liked Pac-Man but never liked Ninja Gaiden. I'll stick with Mario Kart 64, and DKC for my VC games right now.

Dr_Corndog
Dr_Corndog

So we all know that Pac-Man and Ninja Gaiden rock, but how is Ninja Spirit?

jimbo6923
jimbo6923

Super Mario RPG was released 11 years ago this month... why not release it on the VC already?

skrutop
skrutop

Ninja Spirit was the only TG16 game I had that I never beat...might be worth $6.

Rect_Pola
Rect_Pola

To GrimBee : I fully agree about a VC section. Even though it's on the same system, VC really is it's own element of Nintendo's offerings. Maybe Gamespot figures it wouldn't be fair to reference it specially since XBLA and Sony's service doesn't get as much regular coverage? As for the "Especially if Nintendo release a virtual console handheld..." that would be really cool and I can't imagine it being too hard. DS technology can already handle N64 grade stuff. Make a DS-meets-Wii classic controller thing that can take an SD card (they are pure game storage right?). Even if it takes its time initially loading a single game off if, that'd be pretty cool. Perhaps Nintendo is thinking about it, or even a version to back it's Gameboy archive.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

It's interesting to go back to many of these games and remember how hard they are... I'm having trouble beating the first level of Legend Of The Mystical Ninja these days. I beat Ninja Gaiden, TMNT and others about 15 years ago or so, but I don't know if I could do it nowadays.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

i like ms pacman better but already have it on gba. i don't need more than one. ninja gaiden might be interesting though...

GrimBee
GrimBee

I think gamespot should make a seperate column for wii VC releases, instead of slapping in the odd news column every week. It would make sense to make a seperate collum called "wii VC", so anyone who wants to keep track can know of rumoured releases, back track old releases and check out links to reviews to these releases - all from the same collumn. Like, at the top you can see GBA, DS, PSP, PS2... etc.. but I think there should be VC up there too, make things a lot easier. Especially if Nintendo release a virtual console handheld... Its kinda annoying now to have this in the news section all the time, especially when the vc releases are going to be coming in thicker and faster. Gamespot should definately make a column dedicated to the virtual console. Updating us in the news is good, but - i think that we should have a column for this thats all :)

Darkside2501
Darkside2501

"Pac-Man Sucks! Full Stop!" But the Ninja's!!!

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