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Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions screenshot
Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions screenshot

Namco is following in Capcom's footsteps for the forthcoming Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions - releasing the game cart with a permanent save system.

According to Wired the compilation will use the same setup that appeared in last month's Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D - preventing players from deleting their save data.

If true, it'll be particularly annoying for anyone who might want to share their game with friends or siblings: Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions features an Achievements/Trophies-style set of challenges to complete. If you find yourself playing a copy where these goals have already been ticked off, you'll have no opportunity to beat them yourself.

Wired also says there's no in-game scoreboard, with only the highest figure being kept on record. If that's true, there'll be no way to monitor your progress if someone else has already notched up a massive score.

And there could be more significant repercussions: HMV refused to take trade-ins for The Mercenaries, although GAME and gamestation had no objection.

At the time, Capcom insisted that the move wasn't designed to combat second-hand sales.

Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions is due for release on August 26. Analysis

Despite getting half-decent scores, the Mercenaries dropped out of the chart like a rancid organ plopping out of a zombie's stomach. While you'd be hard-pushed to entirely blame its lack of success on the save system, it can't have helped.

It'll be interesting to see if our hungry yellow friend suffers a similar fate. Either way, the idea of a Pac-Man game with no scoreboard is ridiculous.

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munkee's Avatar


Continuation of this will bring a fairly abrupt end to the lifespan of the 3DS.
Posted 08:26 on 28 July 2011
CheekyLee's Avatar

CheekyLee@ infinite

if your game is really good you would realize people wouldnt trade the game in the first place...
Would that not therefore suggest that the permanent save feature is irrelevant in determining sales of a game?
Posted 11:57 on 27 July 2011
infinite's Avatar


next devs will put poor sales down to the device and not down to the stupid move to not allow you to delete the gamesave... really stupid, not allowing people to delete the save... if your game is really good you would realize people wouldnt trade the game in the first place...
Posted 11:51 on 27 July 2011
squidman's Avatar


It's a *****ing stupid move.
Posted 11:21 on 27 July 2011
Woffls's Avatar


It stops people buying second hand at HMV, apparently. The absence of a leader-board is just plain dumb.
Posted 11:11 on 27 July 2011
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CheekyLee@ Woffls

The save functionality does not stop anybody from buying. The lack of any kind of leaderboard definitely stops me from doing so.
Posted 10:55 on 27 July 2011
Woffls's Avatar


Good to see that Japanese publishers are staying relevant by not doing something ridiculous like imposing arbitrary restrictions on their games to stop people buying them.
Posted 10:40 on 27 July 2011

Game Stats

Release Date: 01/07/2011
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Genre: Action
No. Players: 1-2
Rating: BBFC 15
Site Rank: 3,730 29
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