When Namco was revealing the different ways in which they celebrated Pac-Man’s 30th anniversary last year, no one product they revealed was more surprising than Pac-Man Battle Royale. We first got a chance to play the game at Amusement Expo 2010 in Las Vegas in March, and a few months later others in the gaming community got a chance to check the game out when it made an appearance at e3 and after that the game held some very public location tests. While the game was delayed slightly, all signs were that the game would still see the light of day in public.
Now, if you’ve been patiently waiting to play PMBR, you may soon find one near you as the game is now available and shipping. In case you want to read more details about the game, you can check out our dedicated page on the game that I recently created. I am adding these to the site for many new games, so expect to see more in the near future. I also have moved this into the ‘Already Released’ column on our New Games Watch page, where it’s the first arcade game of the new year to get a release. As for finding one near you, I would keep an eye on Aurcade or ArcadeFly and see if a location near you adds the game to their roster.
One of our advertisers, BMI Gaming gave us the tip about it and you can see a listing for the game there(scroll down about halfway), where they have it at a price that is well below what we originally expected. It’s a great price to see on a new game and that means that the chances of finding one in the wild should be even greater.
UPDATE: I almost forgot to mention that BMI also said that the coin-op version of Pac-Man’s Arcade Party will be shipping soon as well. The version that was released after IAAPA was for home-use only, something that was made for home collectors.