Namco Museum

Namco Museum

Namco Museum refers to the series of video game compilations released by Namco for various 32-bit and above consoles, containing releases of their games from the 1980s. Namco has continued releasing the games spanning a decade (1995 to 2007).

The series began on the Sony PlayStation with the tentatively named Namco Museum Volume 1, indicating Namco's intent to make further instalments of the series. The series ran until Volume 5 on the PlayStation 1, covering various games from the late 1980s, before moving onto the Nintendo 64, Wii, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360, and all sixth generation systems.

Namco Museum Volume 1

This was the first in the long series for the PlayStation and contains Pac-Man (1980), Rally-X (1980), New Rally-X (1981), Galaga (1981), Pole Position (1982), Bosconian (1981) and Toy Pop (1986). Toy Pop was relatively unknown.

All of the games were ported from the original arcade versions source code - Galaga allowed for an alternative screenmode to compensate for the lack of vertical monitor, whereby the scoreboard was located on the left of the screen, or rotated the image 90 degrees if the user possessed a vertical monitor or was willing to risk placing the television/monitor on its side. Pac-Man allowed the same. The games in Namco Museum 50th Anniversary Arcade Collection were emulated using the original game ROMs.

While the control systems of six of the games were well preserved. Since the PlayStation's analog controller was not available at the time, and analog control for Pole Position is only supported in this compilation by Namco's neGcon joypad.

The package also featured a "museum" mode where the player could walk through a virtual museum containing various curiosities surrounding the games including images of the mainboards, marketing material and conceptual artwork (all from the Japanese releases; neither this nor the others contain any American materials). For this reason, the games themselves are based on the Japanese releases, although for the U.S. the games retain their U.S. changes (i.e., Pac-Man is still "Pac-Man", as opposed to "Puckman"; the ghosts still have their U.S. names, etc).

Namco Museum Volume 2

The second installment of the PlayStation series features Mappy (1983), Xevious (1982), Galaga sequel Gaplus (1984), Grobda (1984) (a Xevious "spinoff"), Dragon Buster (1984) and Super Pac-Man (1982) (Cutie Q (1979) in the Japanese version). It enjoyed similar success to the original, and contained a similar "museum" mode. The Japanese version also features Bomb Bee (1979) as a hidden game. There is a glitch in this volume where in Dragon Buster the Hi-score is not saved properly. It is shown in the Record Book, but does not appear in-game. The default Hi-score is 10,000.

Namco Museum Volume 3

The third PlayStation volume contains Galaxian (1979), Dig Dug (1982), Pac-Man sequel Ms. Pac-Man (1981), Pole Position II (1983), The Tower of Druaga (1984) and Phozon (1983). The first four were well-known in the U.S., but the latter two were relatively unknown. It contained the now-customary museum mode. Two unique versions of The Tower of Druaga were also hidden in this volume. One called "Another Tower", and the other called "Darkness Tower". Both are harder than the original and require different methods to beat the game.

Namco Museum Volume 4

Volume 4 for the PlayStation features Pac-Land (1984), Assault (1988), Ordyne (1988), the sequel to The Tower of Druaga known as The Return of Ishtar (1986) The Genji and the Heike Clans (1986), and Assault Plus (1989) as a hidden game. The usual museum mode was included.

Namco Museum Volume 5

Volume 5 for the PlayStation features Pac-Mania (1987), Dragon Spirit (1987), Metro-Cross (1985), Baraduke (1985) and The Legend of Valkyrie (1989), as well as the standard museum mode.

Namco Museum Encore

This title was the only one that was not planned in advance for the PlayStation, hence the title. It was also the only one not to feature a Pac-Man game. It features seven titles: Dragon Saber (1990), Wonder Momo (1987), Rompers (1989), Motos (1985), Sky Kid (1985), King and Balloon (1980), and Rolling Thunder (1986). Encore was only released in Japan.

Xevious 3D/G+

Consists of 4 Xevious related arcade games; Xevious (1982), Super Xevious (1984), Xevious Arrangement (1995), and the new Xevious 3D/G (1995). Although it was released for Playstation, unlike Namco Museum Vol.2, these ports were exact replicas of the arcade version. A video on Youtube proves it by putting the arcade and Xevious 3D/G+ versions next to each other and playing them both simultaneously. The result is them both acting exactly the same, even down to the audio.

Namco Museum, Namco Museum 64 (N64,DC)

Nintendo 64 and Dreamcast versions of Namco Museum features the same six games. Although the Nintendo 64 and Dreamcast didn't get multiple volumes of Namco Museum like the PlayStation did, Namco picked out the most popular games (in the west) from the PlayStation versions and included them in a single compilation. The Nintendo 64 and Dreamcast versions featured Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga, Galaxian, Dig Dug, and Pole Position, but no museum mode as with the PlayStation versions. This collection is available only in North America.

Namco Museum (Game Boy Advance)

The Game Boy Advance version featured the games: Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga, Galaxian, Dig Dug, and Pole Position. This compilation did not save high scores. A similar Pac-Man-themed compilation, Pac-Man Collection, was released a month after.

Namco Museum (GC, XBOX, PS2)

The PlayStation 2, Xbox, and GameCube were host to yet another version of the series. The version on these consoles include all the games from the Nintendo 64 and Dreamcast version plus Pac-Man Arrangement, Galaga Arrangement, Dig Dug Arrangement, Pac-Attack, Pac-Mania, and Pole Position II. Pac-Attack and Pac-Mania must be unlocked by earning 20000 in Pac-Man, and 15000 in Ms. Pac-Man respectively. This version of Namco Museum marks the first version in the series to include a non-arcade game (Pac-Attack, previously included in the Japanese-only Namco Anthology Vol. 2). This collection is available only in North America.

Namco Museum: 50th Anniversary

This title refers to Namco's 50 years as a company which originally manufactured toys. It was the second collection to be released on the PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube. It was also released on the PC and includes sixteen games: Pac-Man (1980), Ms. Pac-Man (1981), Galaga (1981), Galaxian (1979), Dig Dug (1982), Pole Position (1982), Pole Position II (1983), Rolling Thunder (1986), Rally-X (1980), Bosconian (1981), Dragon Spirit (1987), Sky Kid (1985), Xevious (1982), Mappy (1983), Pac-Mania (1987), and Galaga '88 (1987). Both Pac-Mania and Galaga '88 are locked initially and require 15000 in Pac-Man, 20000 Ms. Pac-Man and then 40000 in Galaga to unlock.

Because this museum was developed by Digital Eclipse rather than Mass Media, it features "true" arcade game emulation, retains most (but not all) correct sounds, and eliminates the Japanese Pac-Man/Ms. Pac-Man side art. Also, the GameCube version allows the player to insert a limited number of credits, about 5 or 6, by repeatedly pressing the Z button when the game first starts, but then players can only exit to the main menu during game play. The PS2, XBOX, and PC versions allow the player to exit a game at any time, but skips being able to add credits. For Dragon Spirit, Pac-Mania, and Galaga '88, the continue features from the original arcade versions have only been retained in the PC version.

This collection also features five songs from the 1980s: "Come on Eileen" by Dexys Midnight Runners, "Working for the Weekend" by Loverboy, "She Drives Me Crazy" by Fine Young Cannibals, "Talking in Your Sleep" by The Romantics and "Joystick" by Dazz Band, which are played in the game selection menu. As in the previous collection, there is no actual museum content.

There is also a scaled down version for the Game Boy Advance which includes five games: Pac-Man (1980), Ms. Pac-Man (1981), Rally-X (1980), Galaga (1981), and Dig Dug (1982). Like the original Namco Museum for the Game Boy Advance, this version did not save high scores.

Namco Museum Battle Collection

This title was released on the PlayStation Portable. It contains over twenty of Namco's games such as Pac-Man (1980) and Galaga (1981). In addition, "Arrangement" variants are available for Pac-Man, Galaga, New Rally-X (1981), and Dig Dug (1982), which have updated gameplay, graphics and can be played in a versus or cooperative mode using the PSP's ad hoc feature. Game Sharing, a feature that had not yet been used on the PSP, was introduced in this game. This allowed others PSPs in the area to download the first few levels of some of the games.

The Japanese version is divided into two volumes, with the second containing three extra games: Dragon Spirit, Motos Arrangement, and Pac-Man Arrangement Plus.

Namco Museum Remix

This game was released on October 23, 2007 for Wii. This compilation features the original arcade versions of Cutie Q, Dig Dug, Galaxian, Gaplus, Mappy, Pac & Pal, Pac-Mania, Super Pac-Man and Xevious. It also featured re-vamped versions of Pac 'n Roll, Galaga, Motos, Rally-X, and Gator Panic. When played on multiplayer, the Miis are used.

Namco Museum DS

A release of the series for the Nintendo DS was released in late 2007. As well as the original Pac-Man it also features a port of Pac-Man Vs., the well-received multi-player version that was only previously available on the Nintendo GameCube. There are also seven other games which are on this cartridge: Galaga, Xevious, Super Xevious, Galaxian, Mappy, The Tower of Druaga, and 2 versions of Dig Dug II. This game also allows access to each game's DIP switches.

Namco Museum Virtual Arcade

At E3 08, This collection is announced for the Xbox 360. So far, the titles announced for this collection are...




The Arrangement games will the same as they were on the PSP's Namco Museum Battle Collection.

More titles will be announced later.

Namco Museum: beta (PS3)

Namco Bandai released a "beta version" of a Namco Museum on the Japanese PlayStation Store. It is a virtual arcade accessible on Playstation Home by beta testers. It includes Pac-Man, Dig Dug, Galaga, Xevious and some secret unlockable games. Currently, it is not playable by non-Japanese Home beta testers and has only been announced for Japan.

Table of Namco Museum games

This is a table of which Namco games are in which Namco Museum collections, not including Namco Museum Encore, which was only released in Japan.

U = Unlockable with the points shown

Game Vol. 1 Vol. 2 Vol. 3 Vol. 4 Vol. 5 3D/G+ 64,DC Advance PS2,Xbox,GC 50th Aniv Remix DS Battle Collection Virtual Arcade


New Rally-X


Pole Position


Toy Pop



Super Xevious



Dragon Buster

Super Pac-Man


Dig Dug

Ms. Pac-Man

Pole Position II


The Tower of Druaga

The Return of Ishtar

Genji & Heike Clans





U,20000 U,15K&20K
The Legend of Valkyrie



Dragon Spirit

Pac-Man Arrangement

Dig Dig Arrangement

Different Different
Galaga Arrangement

Different Different
Rally-X Arrangement

Xevious Arrangement

Sky Kid

Rolling Thunder

Galaga '88


King & Balloon

Dig Dug II

Pac & Pal

Cutie Q

japan only
Xevious 3D/G


Pac-Man Vs.


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