The Microsoft Store made a bit of a whoopsie today as it listed two previously unannounced retro collections from publisher Bandai Namco. The Namco Museum Archives Vol. 1 and Namco Museum Archives Vol. 2 are both listed on the store with a scheduled release date of June 18. It should be noted that, as of now, there is no price information available yet.
The site listings claim that each volume will contain 11 Namco classics, some of which will be seeing their first official Western release. Some modern amenities are being added as well, like the ability to save your gameplay during any point. There will also be a “replay” feature that will let you rewind the last minute of gameplay, effectively allowing you a mulligan to do over any mistakes you have made.
No need for quarters here
The Namco Museum Archives Vol. 1 will include Galaxian, Pac-Man, Xevious, Mappy, Dig Dug, The Tower of Druaga, Sky Kid, Dragon Buster, Dragon Spirit: The New Legend, Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti, and an 8-bit version of the Pac-Man Championship Edition. Then Namco Museum Archives Vol. 2 will contain Galaga, Battle City, Pac-Land, Dig Dug II, Super Xevious, Mappy-Land, Legacy of the Wizard, Rolling Thunder, Dragon Buster II, Mendel Palace, and an 8-bit “consolized” version of Gaplus. We aren’t sure what “consolized” means exactly.
The list of titles in these collections is almost identical to those contained in the Namcot Collection that is scheduled to come out on Nintendo Switch in Japan on the same day, June 18. Even though these links are from the Microsoft Store, I believe it is a safe bet that these collections will also release on other platforms like the PlayStation 4 and the Switch on this side of the equator. But for now, anyway, it looks like lots of classic Namco retro action will be hitting our shores on June 18.