PS1 - Namco Museum Vol. 1 w/ spine card (NTSC-J)
Used game for the Sony PlayStation 1.
Japanese import, will not play on non-Japanese systems without a converter.
In-game language is English. On-disc menus and info are Japanese. Instruction booklet and back inlay text are Japanese.
Includes 7 classic games:
- New Rally-X
- Toy Pop
- Pole Position
Tested, works. Disc integrity has been tested with special software and proved to be 100% error free. Disc in near mint condition. Instruction booklet in very good condition. Case in good condition. Please refer to pictures for more details of condition and contents.
Genre: retro game compilation
Number of players: 1-2
Product code SLPS 00107
Namco Museum Vol. 1 is a 1995 arcade video game compilation developed and published by Namco for the PlayStation. The collection includes seven arcade games developed by the company that were originally released in the 1980s, such as Pac-Man, Galaga and Pole Position. The compilation features a 3D open-world virtual museum that the player can interact with, the games being housed in themed rooms with exhibits, such as promotional flyers, cabinet artwork and instruction cards. Players can also view Namco product catalogs, promotional pamphlets and front cover scans of the company's Japanese press literature.
The game's development was directed by Shinichirō Okamoto, with Galaga creator Shigeru Yokoyama assigned as producer. The Namco Museum name was originally used for a chain of Namco-owned department stores in the early 1980s that sold goods based on Namco game characters. Each of the included arcade games use a JAMMA emulator running the game's original source code, making them near-perfect arcade ports. Namco Museum Vol. 1 was one of the first video game collection discs released for the PlayStation, only preceded by Williams Arcade's Greatest Hits a few months prior.
Namco Museum Vol. 1 was met with mixed to favorable reviews from critics. Although its loading times and lack of appeal to modern players was criticized, it was praised for its replay value, virtual museum and included exhibits, as well as the selection of included titles. It would go on to sell 1.65 million units in North America alone and spawn five additional volumes, alongside similar collections for other platforms. A digital version of the game was released for the PlayStation Store in 2014 under the PSone Classics brand.
Namco Museum Vol. 1 is a compilation of seven Namco-developed arcade games from the 1980s — Pac-Man (1980), Rally-X (1980), New Rally-X (1981), Galaga (1981), Bosconian (1981), Pole Position (1982) and Toy Pop (1986). Players can modify in-game settings, such as the starting number of lives, and can also enable the game's original boot-up sequence. Pole Position supports the Namco NeGcon for analog to compensate for the lack of an analog controller at the time, while Galaga and Pac-Man allow support for vertical monitors.
The collection uses a 3D virtual museum that the player can walk around and interact with, as opposed to a menu system like other similar compilations. Each of the included games have their own exhibit and a room themed after them. Exhibits contain a number of promotional material that can be viewed by the player, including instruction cards, arcade flyers, cabinet artwork and the game's circuit board. A "lounge" area can also be accessed in the main lobby containing other bits of Namco-related marketing material, including pamphlets, product catalogs and front cover scans of their Japanese video game magazine Namco Community Magazine NG.