Last Updated on May 20, 2023
Pac-Man 99 is fun, but Nintendo has decided to remove the online multiplayer nomfest.
This Autumn, 2021’s Pac-Man 99 will be delisted from the Nintendo eShop. The Nintendo Switch Online game’s main feature, being online play, will be removed for those who currently have a paid edition of the game.
This was brought to light after Nintendo’s official announcement of the game being removed from the eShop on 8th October this year.
PAC-MAN 99, which is currently available as a benefit for Nintendo Switch Online members, will soon be discontinued.
Distribution of the main game and sales for each DLC will end accordingly.
End date schedule is as follows:
• August 8, 2023 (Tue) 8:00 AM PDT
Discontinued content: Paid custom themes
• September 8, 2023 (Fri) 8:00 AM PDT
Discontinued content: PAC-MAN 99 Deluxe Pack / PAC-MAN 99 Mode Unlock
• October 8, 2023 (Sun) 9:00 PM PDT
Discontinuation of online services for the main game / distribution of the main game and free custom themes
Even after online services are discontinued for the main game, users who own either of the paid DLCs (PAC-MAN 99 Deluxe Pack or PAC-MAN 99 Mode Unlock) can continue to enjoy CPU BATTLE, BLIND TIME ATTACK, and SCORE ATTACK in offline mode.
In addition, please note:
• PAC-MAN 99 themes that were purchased can be used in offline mode.
• Purchased content can be re-downloaded even after discontinuation of sales.
• PAC-MAN 99 Deluxe Pack includes all paid downloadable content, so please be careful not to make duplicate purchases.
For those with a paid edition of the game (which includes Pac-Man 99 Deluxe Pack or Pac-Man 99 Mode Unlock), they will still be able to play offline with CPU Battle, Time Attack, and Blind Score Attack. The game is currently still available on the eShop as a bonus for Nintendo Switch Online users.
Any purchased cosmetic items and themes will still be available too. Nintendo have not specified the thinking behind their decision to remove the game, but it seemed Tetris 99 has overshadowed this title with its release two years prior.
Will Pac-Man ever be an online experience again or will it go back to old school personal high scores? Let’s hope this isn’t the end of this fun-filled, communal gimmick.
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