|Digital Release:||PlayStation 3
January 29, 2009 (JP)
July 16, 2009 (US)
April 1, 2010 (EU)
|Delisting (approx):||Between January 4th, 2017 and April 7th, 2018|
|Links:||PlayStation.com page (US, EU)|
Namco Museum Essentials was delisted on PlayStation 3 between January 4th, 2017 and April 7th, 2018. The 6-game collection was added to the streaming PlayStation Now service on January 4th and its availability was then questioned in April of 2018 on its GameFAQs forum. As of this writing in August of 2018 it had also been removed from the PlayStation Now service.
The delisting (and removal from PS Now) was likely done to encourage purchases of Namco’s many updates and re-releases of the included titles, namely from the Arcade Game Series on PlayStation 4 and Steam.
About the Game
Namco Bandai released a downloadable Namco Museum on the Japanese PlayStation Store with the name Namco Museum.comm on January 29, 2009 – the “.comm” is thought to stand for communication. They then released the downloadable Namco Museum compilation in North America on July 16, 2009, and in Europe and Australia on April 1, 2010, under the name Namco Museum Essentials. It includes:
- Pac-Man (1980)
- Galaga (1981)
- Dig Dug (1982)
- Xevious (1982)
- Dragon Spirit (1987)
- Xevious Resurrection (2009) – a new game in the Xevious series
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