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Pac-Man Celebrates 42nd Birthday With New Theme Song, Fortnite Items, Pac-Man Museum+ Game Launch And Fan Contest

by Rainier on May 23, 2022 @ 10:54 a.m. PDT

The legendary game character waka-waka walked into arcades on May 22, 1980, making Pac-Man turn 42 years young!

To mark the cultural icon’s birthday in style this year, Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc. is introducing an all-new theme song, releasing a new video game later this week, partnering with Epic Games to bring Pac-Man themed items to Fortnite, and launching a contest to give fans a chance to win the ultimate Pac-Man prize package.

Releasing this Friday, May 27, Pac-Man Museum+ invites players to discover or revisit 14 titles in the legendary Pac-Man series, with some that have not been available in years. Pac-Man Museum+ is coming to Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC, with support for Xbox Play Anywhere. The game will also be compatible with PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, and available at launch on Xbox Game Pass.

It’s not a birthday party without music and entertainment, and Bandai Namco is going all out on this front. Our beloved icon is getting a brand-new theme song titled “We are Pac-Man!” along with an accompanying music video. The song is written by Yoshihito Yano of Bandai Namco Studios Inc. and Kazuhito Udetsu of Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc., and performed by Tokyo-based artist Kaho Kidoguchi.

To join in the celebration, the ever-popular Fortnite from Epic Games will welcome Pac-Man themed cosmetics on June 2, giving players the opportunity to show off their appreciation of the classic character.

Pac-Man is certainly deserving of all this love, having brought joy to millions of people around the world for more than 40 years. Even on his birthday, he’s not about to ghost his fans when it comes to giving back some of that love. Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc. is launching the “Pac-Man Birthday Sweepstakes” running today through May 27, 2022. Five winners will get the ultimate Pac-Man prize package with more than a dozen prizes including a Bandai Namco Legacy Edition Pac-Man arcade machine from Arcade1Up. For contest entry and rules, please visit the official sweepstakes website.

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