Pac-Man 99 Adds Battle Royale Twist to Arcade Classic

Pac-Man 99 is a battle royale where only the fastest, hungriest Pac-Man can emerge the winner.

Super Mario Bros. 35 is no more, but there's another Nintendo battle royale to take its place. Pac-Man 99 turns the arcade classic into a 100-player free-for-all and is available for free on Nintendo Switch Online.

Like Tetris 99Pac-Man 99 is a battle royal version of the original Pac-Man game where the last Pac standing is the winner. It might look like normal Pac-Man on the surface, but there's a key difference. Biting ghosts don't just add to the score meter. It sends them to another player's game as a Jammer Pac-Man to slow them up. 

Pac-Man has even more devious strategies up his non-existent sleeves. Eating sleeping ghosts creates a ghost train that multiplies how many Jammers go to another player's game. There's a "Knockout" option that sends ghosts specifically to those about to lose, a speed-boosting power-up, and more.

The base Pac-Man 99 is free for all NSO subscribers, though there will be a paid content pack for $29.99 that includes an offline mode, different themes, time trials, and more.


Josh Broadwell started gaming in the early '90s. But it wasn't until 2017 he started writing about them, after finishing two history degrees and deciding a career in academia just wasn't the best way forward. You'll usually find him playing RPGs, strategy games, or platformers, but he's up for almost anything that seems interesting.

Published Apr. 7th 2021

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