Update: It has been confirmed that the DLC for Namcot Collection Series 1 will be returning to the Japanese eShop on July 8th. Phew!
Original Story [Thu 18th Jun, 2020 15:30 BST]: Well, here's a strange one. Namcot Collection: Series 1, a free-to-start bundle available in Japan, has been removed from the Switch eShop after players discovered that they were being sent incorrect games.
The Collection gives players access to Wagan Land for free, and then offers up several other titles for 330 yen a piece from inside the software itself (thanks NintenDaan). When a player purchased, say, Pac-Man, they instead received a copy of Galaxian, and similar errors were present across the board.
It's hard to imagine how or why such an error could have possibly occurred, but the game's removal from the eShop suggests that an update is in the works to fix the problem. Thankfully, physical versions of the game which feature all of the included titles as standard works as expected.
We can't remember seeing an issue on the eShop quite like this one before. Hopefully it'll be back up and running soon! Remember that Namco Museum Archives Vol. 1 and Namco Museum Archives Vol. 2 arrive on Switch in the west today, too.
[source twitter.com, via gonintendo.com]
Did no one at the team check to make sure they were getting the correct games?
When my brother bought an Atari in 1984, on the box it said that the game inserted was Missile Command.
When we opened, it was Pitfall.
It was a nice surprise in hindsight.😊
Still, this is what I want Nintendo to do with the Nintendo Switch Online NES and SNES App. Let us chose which game we want to buy, and don't link our ability to play behind our subscription.
Pitfall is great!
I never played this version, only the sequel on the Atari 2600.
I live in Brazil (but, I’m portuguese) and the Commodore 64 not have a good representative in the market.
I’m very old! 41 years and counting.
@Drac_Mazoku Far , far too much work for Nintendo to care. it would be a perfect way for it to work though, and it would be awesome to have a virtual collection.
Worth picking these up if you already have Namco Museum?
So, Namco finally gave in and decided to add loot boxes for their games. You may or may not get the game you want. Hehe
@Xylnox Just wait for when they announce a new arcade collection - pay real money for each in game credit, for that ultimate realism in the arcade experience
It's "surprise mechanics"
@Bionicman08 Apparently, these are NES/Famicom versions of the games instead of the arcade versions featured in Namco Museum. So it depends on whether you're interested in playing those particular versions or not.
Personally, I would have loved to have the arcade version of Galaxian on my Switch, but I have zero interest in the NES version, so this is not for me.
I remember playing Pitfall 2 in the arcades. Wonderful game! Also... I beat your oldness by four years! 😆
@Bionicman08 I have Namco Museum and these 2 collections seem like a rip off as both collections feature several games from Museum. They could have just released Museum 2 with the different games but for some reason they've chose to release 2 new collections with half of each made up of Museum games.
@FragRed haha ya. Game over. Please pay $.25 to continue. Heh
Heh, sounds like some indexes got mixed up.
@inenai imagine if you bought Pac Man for your Namcot Collection, and it gave you Breath of the Wild instead.
I'm looking forward to picking up the stragglers that are only in Japan as soon as I can. I don't know why, but I've always had more of a preservation focused mindset with these rereleases, where if an emulated game released on multiple platforms, I want all of those versions, even if they all have the same content. So getting the NES versions of the games on top of the arcade versions just feels really nice to me.
We have the advantage of having seen all generations of games, seeing on the positive side!
I got to try Pong before my older brother bought the Atary system.
@OorWullie They aren't even the arcade versions but rather the famicom/nes ones, some had more content then the arcade versions Dig Dug 2 comes to mind but often they played and looked worse, atm the Wii still has the best Namco arcade games, mainly in japan with some their early 3D games like Star Blade, Cyber Sled and rare games like Cosmo gang or Burning Force
Namco are the stingiest company on earth. Just release a large complete collection and call it a day. Tired of so many versions and now micros down to a 60kb mame game.
@SPL64 Interesting story. I actually far preferred Missile Command and never really understood the appeal of Pitfall, which I found pretty boring. But I’m glad you enjoyed it!
So this is why the page for the rest of the games wasn't available after I downloaded the JP version. There's a bit of a language barrier in the boss fights in Wagan Land, though. It's a choose the right item mini game with the descriptions in Japanese.
The menus are in English, but the game manual and included FC game is in Japanese.
I like Missile Command too!
It’s a very good port of the arcade!
I brought the Game Boy Color version not so long ago.
For me, the best Atari 2600 game is H.E.R.O.
And it’s the first game that I ever finished!
After 1 million points, the game ends!
@FragRed I heard this Xbox 360 arcade app did, kind of.
Xbox Game Room or something.
For each game offered, 25 cents per credit (or $5 for unlimited play)
@ryancraddock On Twitter, IndieGamerChick also reported losing the free game, Wagan Land, after purchasing the others.
Something like this has happened to me in the past on the UK web based shop - I bought the Trine Collection as it appeared to be a launch discount, only to get just Trine 1. I then had to convince Nintendo support that this was the case and that it was still up on their website as the whole collection (with the description and screenshots backing it up as the collction, not just the first game). I was treated like I was a fraudster because my e-receipt said Trine 1 - it was only when the publisher and devs stepped in and contacted Nintendo directly (they were inundated with similar complaints - it was a website issue) that I got a refund a week later. What's more, the way Nintendo dealt with it is they refunded my money, stopped me playing the game but it is still attached to my account as purchased, so I can never buy or play that game digitally again (fortunately, the cartridge version still works).
Possibly the worst customer service of a big corporation I have ever experienced - brusque, dismissive to the point of rudeness. The final straw was when I asked to escalate my complaint and what the process to do so was and was told that there is no legal requirement for a company in the EU to have a complaints procedure so it is Nintendo policy to deny all such requests.
@SPL64 Shout out to a fellow 41 year old! I love that I've lived though the home videogame revolution as well. Good times we've been through
@Drac_Mazoku it's possible that might come later down the road as they expand the online.
We are still young! Many new games will come!😉
@SPL64 Yeah I'm pretty crazy about 2600 MC. And HERO is great! I never played it as a lad, but I tried it a few years ago. I need to play it more!
I know of one sorta similar case for the 3DS; the Final Fantasy Explorers Japanese 3DS themes were mixed up originally. The Amazon code gave you the limited edition theme, and the limited edition code gave you the Amazon theme.
After a week or so, they did an update that swapped the two, so the wrong theme would 'update' itself to be the right theme. But even now, years later, the theme shop images still show pictures of the wrong themes. xD
The themes in question:
Why they couldn't just merge vol.1 and vol.2 as one single collection is anyone's guess. All of these games could fit into on cartridge just fine. As a download it shouldn't been such a problem.
Is the "Namcot" spelling intentional?
I would have imported the Japanese physical release had it included both collections. Releasing only one half of the games while the rest need to be purchased via DLC is so stupid when they could have just charged an extra tenner on the cartridge and included the rest of the games.
Even more insulting is the European "physical" releases of both collections which are just codes in a case.
If Namco decide to collate their marbles and release a proper complete physical edition, I'll bite, but until then, it's a hard pass.
@WoomyNNYes yes, they used that name in Japan for a while.
@Kochambra EEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWW! Namcot Museum any day.
The NES versions aren't as brutally difficult as the original arcade games, which were meant to eat as many quarters as possible. Dragon Spirit, for example, is so hard that it's almost unplayable, but the NES port has a difficulty that is far more reasonable. And by the way, the NES game is a port plus sequel, so you get the original game plus new levels. And that's not the only NES version that's better than the arcade. Almost all of the NES versions are better in the gameplay department because of reasonable difficulty versus the arcade's demonic difficulty.
@TheWingedAvenger thank you! Nice to read something more positive about it. Will add to my wishlist
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