Pac-Man 99 REVEALED: Release date, time for Nintendo Switch Online’s Mario 35 replacement

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Pac-Man 99 is a new free download for Nintendo Switch Online members (Image: NINTENDO)

Pac-Man 99 was unveiled today by Nintendo and Bandai Namco and will be heading to Switch Online soon. As the name suggests, Pac-Man 99 continues Switch Online’s roster of Battle Royale games, which started with Tetris 99 in 2019 and continued with Mario 35 which is – unfortunately – no longer available. But if you miss Mario 35, the good news is that you won’t have too long to sink your teeth into the new Pac-Man.

Pac-Man 99 will release in the UK and Europe on Thursday, April 8, while gamers in the US will download the Nintendo Switch for free on Wednesday, April 7.

Nintendo of America’s Twitter account said Pac-Man 99 will go live on the Switch eShop on April 7 at 6:00 PM.

However, the Nintendo or UK Twitter has not confirmed a release date. The @NintendoUK Twitter posted: “Become the leader of the PAC in PAC-MAN 99, a new online battle royale game on #NintendoSwitch available from 8/04 as a special offer for # NintendoSwitchOnline members!”

If you want to preload Pac-Man 99 before the Switch game goes live, you can do that by click here

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If Pac-Man 99 goes live simultaneously in regions around the world, that would mean British gamers could play the online version of the 1980s arcade classic at 2am on April 8th.

However, the official Nintendo website says new eShop releases are usually available later.

In a message online about new releases in general, Nintendo said, “Content will usually be available at 14:00 GMT (15:00 CET) on the day of release.

Please note some third-party titles may not be available until 5:00 PM GMT (6:00 PM CET) on the game’s release date.

In the new Pac Man game, 99 people play the iconic video game at once, trying to eat Pac-Dots, run from Ghosts, or gobble up the ghosts when they can to see which player can survive the longest.

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Pac Man 99 for the Nintendo Switch

Pac-Man 99 is the latest online battle royale game for Switch Online (Image: NINTENDO • BANDAI NAMCO)

The last player remaining of the 99 is crowned the Pac-One.

The Nintendo eShop entry for Pac-Man 99 states: “Take on the world and aspire to be the last PAC-MAN to chew in PAC-MAN 99 for Nintendo Switch, a new online battle royale game available free of charge as a special offer for Nintendo Switch Online members.

Enter the world of PAC-MAN … with a twist! Wander through the maze, eat Pac-Dots and avoid Ghosts, as you battle online against 98 other players * while trying to stay alive. The longer you last , the faster it goes – will you survive and become the PAC-ONE? “

Pac-Man 99 is an exclusive game for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. Paid DLC can also be purchased to enjoy content offline as well as other themes based on classic Namco games such as Dig Dug.

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