It seems that Ms Pac-Man has been removed from the Pac-Land re-release due to the ongoing character rights dispute.
As reported by VGC, a Twitter user has spotted that the Arcade Archives release of Pac-Land, which is set to release today (April 7), was modified and now features a replacement of Ms Pac-Man and Baby Pac in front of Pac-Man’s home.
The character now featured instead of Ms Pac-Man is the pink Pac-Mom from Pac-Man Museum+ – according to Ryan Silberman on Twitter, who was a contributor to the book Pac-Man: Birth of an Icon.
so apparently I found out that the Arcade Archives release of Pac-Land that comes out tomorrow was modified to replace Ms. Pac-Man (as well as Baby Pac) to have the new Pac-Mom character from Pac-Man Museum +.
look at what you did to us AtGames pic.twitter.com/gEDNpXGMfV
— Nick C. (@nickisonlinet) April 6, 2022
It seems that this is the latest attempt from Bandai Namco to keep Ms Pac-Man out of its games until it resolves the ongoing character rights and royalties dispute between the publisher and the original creators, the General Computer Corporation (GCC).
The original Pac-Land launched in 1984 and is a side-scrolling arcade platform game released by Bandai Namco. Based on the American cartoon series, it was recently announced that the Arcade Archives version of Pac-Land will be coming to Nintendo Switch via the eShop.
Meanwhile, Pac-Man Museum+ is scheduled to be released on May 27 and will feature 14 Pac-Man games, aside from Ms Pac-Man.
Elsewhere, Nintendo has announced that Mario Golf will be the next game to join the Nintendo Switch Online Nintendo 64 collection. The game will be released next week on April 15 and will only be available to those who are subscribed to the Nintendo Switch Online Plus Expansion Pack service.
In other news, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is on its way to becoming the series’ most-played game on Steam. Following its launch on April 5, the game went on to hit a player count of 82,517 players on Steam, beating previous Lego titles in the franchise.