Pac-Man (NES)

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Platform: NES
Year: 1984
Developer: Namco
For other games in the series see Pac-Man.

Pac-Man is an arcade classic developed and published by Namco as an arcade cabinet. In 1984, it made its debut on the NES. Due to the conflicting problems with Namco, Tengen, and Nintendo, the game saw multiple releases on the NES. However, only minor cosmetic changes were made between each version. The game was initially published by Namco in Japan. In 1988, it was brought over to the NES by Tengen, who had been releasing Namco's games in North America. The Tengen release was originally licensed, but became unlicensed due to Atari's legal troubles with Nintendo. Finally, in 1993, Namco had established their North American office by this point and published their own release.


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The title screen (Tengen version).

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About to start.

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The cutscene after the second round.

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Got an extra life!

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When Pac-Man touches a ghost, he folds into a banana peel!

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Game Over.


Pac-Man retains the same memorable music and sound effects from the arcade original, but was obviously scaled down considerably for the weaker audio hardware.

The game's audio was ported over by Namco sound designer Junko Ozawa, who had to program her music in 6502 assembly in Namco's sound driver. While Nobuyuki Ohnogi coded the initial driver, it was later modified by Fukashi Ohmorita to take up less space. However, it is unknown which version of the driver is used in this particular game.

It is unknown if Ozawa had to learn the music by ear or if she referenced the original game's audio files, or possibly a combination of the two.

The song titles are taken from the official soundtrack.


# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
01 Start Music Toshio KaiJunko Ozawa 0:05
02 Extend Sound Shigeichi IshimuraJunko Ozawa 0:02
03 Coffee Break Music Toshio KaiJunko Ozawa 0:11
04 Miss Toshio KaiJunko Ozawa 0:03


(Source: Namco staff, game lacks credits.)

Like most early games at the time, the game lacks credits. The arcade version's sound staff has been listed by many official soundtracks, as well as verified by the various Namco sound staff. Toshio Kai did the more musical sounding themes, while Shigeichi Ishimura handled the sound effects. Ishimura was also the game's hardware designer. lists Junko Ozawa as "sound source transplant", meaning she ported the audio from the arcade version's Namco WSG, and converted it to the Famicom's 2A03. They reference this video as the source this YouTube video. The video is an interview that Hamster Corporation did with Yuriko Keino and Yoshito Tomuro about Pac-Mania (ARC), so Keino likely mentioned Ozawa did the NES version. However, it should be translated as to what was said.

Game Rip



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This rip is missing songs.


Ripping NES music is a very arduous process that is beyond the scope of this site.


  Japan.svg   Japan
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Title: パックマン (Pac-Man)
Platform: Famicom
Released: 1984-11-02
Publisher: Namcot Ltd.
  USA.svg   USA
Pac-Man (Tengen Licensed) - NES - USA.jpg
Title: Pac-Man (Tengen: Licensed Version)
Platform: NES
Released: 1988-10-??
Publisher: Tengen
  USA.svg   USA
Pac-Man (Tengen Unlicensed) - NES - USA.jpg
Title: Pac-Man (Tengen: Unlicensed Version)
Platform: NES
Released: 1988-??-??
Publisher: Tengen
  Australia.svg   Australia
Pac-Man - NES - Australia.jpg
Title: Pac-Man
Platform: NES
Released: 1990-??-??
Publisher: HES
  USA.svg   USA
Pac-Man (Namco) - NES - USA.jpg
Title: Pac-Man
Platform: NES
Released: 1993-11-??
Publisher: Namco
  EU.svg   EU
Pac-Man (Namco) - NES - Europe.jpg
Title: Pac-Man
Platform: NES
Released: 1993-??-??
Publisher: Namco