NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., today announced that PAC-MAN, the beloved pop culture icon, will be the first videogame character to receive its own float at the 122nd Annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif. on January 1, 2011. Through the decades, the popularity for this yellow rotund hero continues to span generations and this honor affirms his global appeal. PAC-MAN will be appearing to commemorate 30 years of power pellet eating fun as well as the release of his newest video game, PAC-MAN Party which is now available for Wii.
The PAC-MAN 30th Anniversary Party float will stand at 55 feet tall and include the ghost characters from the franchise Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde. Surrounded by presents and a scene from his latest game, PAC-MAN’s friendly visage will adorn the float while standing atop a bright and colorful cornucopia of floral arrangements. It wouldn’t be a party without cake as PAC-MAN will hold his birthday confection which is decorated with iconic symbols from the arcade game.
"PAC-MAN’s big spirit and insatiable appetite for adventure have won him a place in gamers’ hearts for three decades, and we think this is a great time to show how much we appreciate him," said Kenji Hisatsune president, CEO and COO of Namco Networks America. "It’s a true honor for PAC-MAN to be recognized with a birthday party in Pasadena and we think the towering 55 foot high float serves as a monumental way to celebrate his legacy with the world."
"PAC-MAN and his friends will be a thrilling addition to the 122nd Rose Parade," said Jeffrey L. Throop, president of the Tournament of Roses. "Every year, thousands of families travel to Pasadena to celebrate the New Year, and millions watch along on television. To be able to celebrate PAC-MAN’s 30th anniversary with the world on New Year’s Day is a true privilege for the Tournament of Roses."
PAC-MAN Party for Wii continues the franchise’s history of providing engaging entertainment that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. With more than 50 exciting mini-games and eight characters to choose from including newcomers Woofa, Patra and Roger, players will be fully engaged using the Wii Remote controller’s motion and button control capabilities in various time-based trials. From dodging a cascade of blocks, to racing and sheep shearing challenges, there is non-stop action for everyone.