In recent times, Hamster has been releasing Bandai Namco games for its Arcade Archives collection on the Nintendo Switch. This week, the trend continues with the release of the 1983 action title, Mappy.
"Players control MAPPY, an enthusiastic, committed police officer on a mission to reclaim stolen goods from a mansion. Avoid getting caught by NYAMCO (GORO) and MEWKIES (MEOWKIES) while you take back the goods!"
As usual, Hamster's releases are available for $7.99 USD or your regional equivalent. This game follows on from the release of Rally-X last week and even the original Pac-Man in recent times.
In related news, earlier this week it was discovered Hamster recently filed a trademark for 'Console Archives'. You can read more about this in our previous post.
Will you be adding Mappy to your Switch Home Menu? Leave a comment down below.
I really miss how random games were in the 80s and 90s (and I am pretty serious/story invested); games take themselves too seriously sometimes now. I have never played this one so I will give it a go. It looks cute and interesting.
Definitely one of my Namco favorites, will get this one when I have some spare money.
Mappy is the only cool cop
Oh yeah! Mappy is probably my favorite of all the old school high score chasing Arcade games, this makes me quite happy.
Oh, yay! This wasn't included in the previous Namco Museum collections. I had Mappy on a Ms. Pac-Man Plug-and-Play game back in the day and have a lot of nostalgia for it. Hopefully, they sort out all the copyright issues and Namco can finally release Ms. Pac-Man on modern consoles.
Debut on Switch. We only had NES version in Namco Museum Archives.
Still, whatever happened to the games that were in line before the arrival of Namco to the Arcade Archives?
“ Will you be adding Mappy to your Switch Home Menu?”
Unfortunately not… unless it makes it’s way to the NES App.
This game is so hateful! Cat Lives Matter!
Joking aside this game is super fun, as were those limited animation shorts in YouTube a few years ago.
I played this years ago on some version of Namco arcade collection. Can remember exactly what that collection was called because Namco did so many of em but this game was fun.
I've seen a rather unusually large amount of hate for this game.
Not quite sure what is so wrong exactly with this game.
Or maybe it's just the retro streamers I watch.
@KingMike I didn’t play this game in the arcade, so I don’t have nostalgia for it. But I did like playing it in the Namco collections. And I thought it was a favorite for Namco fans.
I remember the controls taking some time to get used to. The levels, for me, feel more restrictive than something like a Pac-Man maze. I can see someone getting better at the game with a little practice.
No reason for streamers to dunk on it.
I would probably buy it on a sale. I have vague memories of it.
It’s just not worth $8.
Is this considered to be much better than the NES port?
Retrosutra has an interesting comparison video of all the versions on YT.
Can't remember if I ever actually played it, but I do remember enjoying the music that plays on the title screen.
Will pick this up down the line. With Pac-Man, Rally-X and Mappy out, there's still hope for games like Ms. Pac-Man, Galaxian, Pole Position and Pole Position II getting a release.
Ahhhhh Mappy. Played the crap out of it when I had it on one of those illegal X in 1 cartridges.
Maybe I should buy it to make up for that.
Love Mappy. I’ve already got the NES version of it on one of those Namco collections though, so I don’t see myself double dipping, unfortunately, but I would love for Mappy to have regained interest.
That’s a talented hamster
It's a great game but always makes me remember the story about how Namco had Mappy & Pole Position at an arcade show looking for American publishers. Midway had first dibs so they took Mappy. Atari ended up with Pole Position which ended up being game of the year for 1983.
FINALLY HOLY BALLS it took way to long for them to get to this one.
One of my top 3 arcade games as a kid. I play the Famicom version all the time, probably the closest port to the arcade, so I can't wait to add this to my library.
Mappy is cool, but still waiting on Xexex to arrive. That game is just pure bad assery.
@Ryu_Niiyama Cats stealing electronics and works of art was a big problem in the 1980s.
I loved playing this on the old plug and play joystick I used to have. I hope they add Pole Position too.
Love this back in early 90s arcade days, definitely will pick this up for some nostalgic fun.
@Shiesty Me and @HotGoomba would disagree. There are at least two more.
Glad to grab this one. Hoping for Ms. Pac-Man and the rest of the obscure pac titles.
An old favourite.
Will definitely be buying this as a stand alone title.
Yay! But this really should have been in Namco Museum originally!
Namco Museum on Switch sucked so much that this game wasn't included.
@KnightRider666 I hate to tell you this... But Namco no longer has the rights to Ms. Pac-Man.
@Not_Soos AtGames has the rights now... And that doesn't seem to be changing anytime soon...
With my luck, they'll stop doing NAMCO games before getting to the ones I really want.
@Bermanator Yeah, I know. We have a better chance of getting this instead of Popeye...
I would indeed had this to my library once I have enough to buy it. There’s so many things I need to buy. Nintendo wants me broke apparently
@Not_Soos Add that one to the Archives series on Switch and I’m sold
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