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Turns Out You Can Delete Pac-Man & Galaga Save Data

Posted by James Newton

And here's how

That single save file issue in Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions? Bit of a mistake on Namco's part, but not for the reason you might think.

Despite earlier reports that came from the publisher itself, it is possible to delete your save data on the cartridge if you want to. A company rep confirmed to Eurogamer that with a simple six-button combination you can wipe all your progress so far.

That combination? Hold A B X Y L and R as the game loads. Simple.

Don't forget the original Pac-Man is out on 3DS Virtual Console in Europe this week if you want a more traditional version of the pill-popper.


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Rocketship said:

If only this existed in RE: Mercenaries also, then this whole issue would be resolved!



pntjr said:

I hope this is the combination for all the non save data games!



C-Olimar said:

You also said that their was no local leaderboards, when in fact four of the six games save the top 5 local scores. Plus they actually bothered to put in online leaderboards, unlike so many other developers. In that case, I believe your review score may have been too low.



tripunktoj said:

With this ^^ and an erasable file... Any chance of reconsidering the review score?
... Since I understand those were the 2 main reasons holding the review score to 6.



AbuJaffer said:

You'd think they'd write that in the manual.... it isn't in the manual, is it? Sometimes these things are hidden so well it's like the developer doesn't WANT the consumer to find the info.



RebeccaGunn said:

For the sakes of clarification, could you guys try this on your review copy to confirm? (Or check if this was a case of being in the manual all along, and nobody on the web bothered to read it?)

It seems weird that they would release the game, and not put instructions on how to wipe your save somewhere. Maybe Namco left a code in and was waiting to see how backlash for this move would be like...



TKOWL said:

I really think the review score should be changed now according to this.



stratocastx said:

Yay, now those of you who were on the fence, please buy the game so we can get more third party support



James said:

@RebeccaGunn Our review copy is in the hands of Mr Jon Wahlgren over in the US. I'll try to get him to give it a go after work but might be 12 hours or so until we can get clarification.

RE: everyone asking for a re-review, we'll discuss it and go from there.



James said:

Official line: we'll amend the review in light of this new information.



Sneaker13 said:

I doubt the outcome of the review would be different. The then unremoveable save file wasn't that important for the review and score and I think it's just mentioned.



Bensei said:

It was importnat enough to be mentioned in the conclusion, so I guess it amy have affected the score.



JonWahlgren said:

Sneaker13 is spot-on. It had no bearing on the final score and was only mentioned so people would be aware of the now-fixed issue.



bro2dragons said:

This reminds me of Elite Beat Agents. I bought it used the other day, and the guy before me must have been some kind of whiz, because he had perfect scores on every level on every difficulty. I went to the options menu several times hoping I overlooked something, but couldn't find a delete option. I would have been fine with a Pacman-type game with a high-score table, but this only saved your best score. So it became impossible for me to compete against myself unless I wrote my scores down on paper.

Turns out, if at the publisher/developer screen, you hold down all face buttons, you can wipe the cart. Thank goodness for the internet!



siavm said:

Does every now seriously just copy something from ign and label it as facts now? Next time learn all the facts before you writing an article, then a review.



siavm said:

But the solution they gave is in most ds and 3ds game manuals and is widely known by most. And not trying it before putting out the article and the review proves what I said.



theblackdragon said:

@siavm: when we're given information by a publisher, we expect it to be true. it's not our fault we were given the wrong information.



Retro_on_theGo said:

Hmm, cool now if I ever see the game used I can get it. I think I'll still just wait for a price drop though.



Henmii said:

Well, that's very good news for the people who want the game!

You guys should also mention this at the review. I mean, that's just fair.



retrox said:

The review is already fixed, Henmii.

Thanks NL for staying on top of these stories, though. I hope we don't see many of the persistent-save data games in the future, but I hope you guys will continue to report on them if we do. Maybe the RE debacle scared everyone straight...



BlueBandanaJake said:

Incidentally, this information isnt in the game manual, so if it werent for this article I wouldn't've known. Anyways, glad this is the case after all, good goin



Sakura_Moonlight2421 said:

@24: Please that code is not in any manuals I've ever had and have. None I've encountered have said anything about being able to delete the file unless an option within the cart is present. Other than that its not common knowledge to use this code in cases like these.



Stuffgamer1 said:

@Sakura_Moonlight2421: Really? Elite Beat Agents, Super Mario 64 DS, and many other Nintendo games have similar options, and they're ALWAYS printed in the manual.

So is this code seriously NOT printed in the manual for this game? That is just a huge failure on the part of Namco, then. There's really no excuse for that kind of oversight.



DrDaisy said:

This reminds me of an input code I saw in the instruction manual for Stunt Racer FX.

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