Nintendo has announced that it will be delisting Bandai Namco’s fun Paccle Royale, (no, it doesn’t work, does it?), title Pac-Man 99 this fall. Currently available from the Nintendo eShop as a benefit to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers, the game will be unable to download from October 8.
Players who own either paid edition of the game — Pac-Man 99 Deluxe Pack or Pac-Man 99 Mode Unlock — will still be able to access CPU Battle, Time Attack, and Blind Score Attack in an offline capacity. Additionally, all purchased themes and cosmetic items will still be available. All online services for the title are to be suspended, however, which is pretty frustrating given that this is the foundation of the Pac-Man 99 gimmick.
No reason was given for the decision because Nintendo gon’ Nintendo, but the title hasn’t seen quite the same level of success as its sibling, Tetris 99, which launched back in the fall of 2019. There could also be an expiring license issue, given the pill-popper’s torrid legacy with red tape. Or, Nintendo could simply be doing it because why not? It be that way sometimes.
Pac-Man 99 is available now on Nintendo Switch, players wishing to enjoy the offline modes after delisting will need to pick up the Pac-Man 99 Deluxe Pack or Pac-Man 99 Mode Unlock.