Reconfirming its status as the Expendables of videogames, Super Smash Brothers has added another iconic, golden-age video game character to its ranks: Pac-Man, enemy of ghosts and big yellow symbol of all-encompassing consumption. Pac-Man isn’t a Nintendo character, of course, and his history actually predates the first appearance of Super Mario by a year. But Nintendo trumpeted the character’s involvement during its announcement at E3, promising a Pac-Man-specific stage.
The character will appear in both the upcoming 3DS and Wii U versions of the title. Here’s the announcement trailer:
Pac-Man joins fellow non-Nintendo classic personalities like Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man. I guess you could say that Mario is the Stallone, Sonic is the Willis, Mega Man is the Jet Li, and Pac-Man is the Lundgren. Disappointingly, the announcement doesn’t mention a role for Ms. Pac-Man, but presumably she’ll be appearing in Super Smash Brothers Wii U 2, alongside Q*bert, Paperboy, Frogger, and the paddles from Pong. Also the Last Guardian bird-cat, just to mess with people.