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Trivia: Pac-Man

The Pac-Man video games:

  • Breakthrough Hit: For Namco. Pac-Man is their mascot because of this.
  • Marth Debuted in Smash Bros.: Despite Namco preferring to not speak about the unauthorized Bally Midway games (with the exception of Ms. Pac-Man, which was made official thanks to its success), that didn't stop their characters from appearing in official Pac-Man games. Japanese players would think that Junior got his beany propeller hat from Pac-Man 2, when he actually got it from Jr. Pac-Man, his starring role. There's also Professor Pac's appearance in Pac-Man World, when he originally came from Professor Pac-Man, minus the mustache.
  • Port Overdosed: Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man are two of the most widely ported games ever made, right up there with Space Invaders and Tetris.

The 1982 Pac-Man cartoon:

  • The Danza: Susan Silo played Sue. Likely either an inversion or a coincidence, as the name "Sue" had been used for a ghost in the Ms. Pac-Man video game (although it was simply Clyde from the original with a different name).
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • Despite airing in 1982, the Hanna-Barbera series saw no VHS or DVD releases until January 2012, when the first season was released on DVD. The second season was released in September that same year. Both are available as manufacture-on-demand DVDs from the "Warner Archive" program, although they can also be bought via Amazon, eBay, and various other Internet auction sites.
    • In the 1980s, there actually were a number of VHS releases for the series...outside America.
  • Recursive Adaptation: An arcade video game called Pac-Land was released in 1984, which was a side-scrolling platformer that was clearly based on the cartoon. Inky's lazy eye and Sue's purple cloak and eyes survived into the design of the monsters in Pac-Mania. But Blinky retains his speed and aggressiveness, whereas in the cartoon he was an asthmatic coward. In the Pac-Man World games, however, the cartoon is completely forgotten. There are only four ghosts, and Pinky is now female.
    • However, for some time after the release of Pac-Man Arrangement, Blinky's and Clyde's names were swapped around for some time, making Clyde the red, more aggressive, ghost and leader of the gang, and Blinky the orange and more laid-back ghost. This continued even into the World games. Whenever or not this could be considered a homage to the cartoon or simply a mistake on Namco's parts is up to the viewer.

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