Last night at the Nintendo Super Smash Bros. Roundtable discussion at E3, Masahiro Sakurai revealed the 33rd playable fighter in the upcoming Smash games will be none other than Namco Bandai’s Pac-Man. The iconic gaming legend will join Sonic and Mega Man as third-party characters in the new Smash games.

Mashahiro Sakurai writes on Miiverse: “A milestone of video-game history — PAC-MAN joins the battle! He’s even older than Mario!!”

Pac-Man has an arsenal of moves that pay tribute to his long video game history. He can transform from his 3D form to his retro 2D form for some of his attacks. He will also chomp pellets, throw pixilated fruit and items, summon the Pac-Man ghosts, and swing standard punches and kicks. For his Final Smash, Pac-Man transforms into a 2D hungry giant that proceeds to eat everything in his path.

Also announced for the Nintendo 3DS version of the game is a new Pac-Man stage based on the original arcade levels.


Check out the announcement trailer, which also includes a cameo for Mr. Game & Watch, who was first released the same year as Pac-Man but remains still unconfirmed as a character in the upcoming Smash games. Also check out the new screens below that were posted on Pac-Man’s official character page on the Super Smash Bros. website.