I checked to see if this has already been discussed already, and it doesn’t seem to be the case, but if I’m wrong, apologies in advance and please also point me the right way…
Anyhow, when a demake of Pac-Man Championship Edition for the Famicom/NES was first revealed for the Namcot Collection, I was pretty excited due to being a hardcore fan of the Xbox 360 original. But almost immediately after, along came this video, one that’s three years old:
When i checked the comments, I recall (am sure it’s still there, simply buried) someone stated that this version is what Namco got their hands on, for the forthcoming release, along with “good luck finding this rom”. As if the publisher had scoured the web to remove all copies from various rom repositories. Which, I dunno, if that was the case, I’d think it would have made some news?
Then along came this interview with the demake’s developer, which naturally is M2. The key details here is how it was originally a project for the 3DS and has been in development for 5 years:
But then, a friend just shared this other video, which appears to be the same version as seen above… except it’s 11 years old?
I then decided to go back to the previous YouTube video’s comments section and take a closer look. These two, from the same person, really stood out…
“Nobody has the rom/patch because the creator, Coke774, never released it, just the footage. He did some minor patches found over at romhacking but not a lot. I suspect it wasn’t released for legal reasons.”
“… it is what it is. This was never released so unfortunately, for now, all we have is footage like this. Maybe one day it will get released but Coke774, for some reason, isn’t releasing it yet. https://togetter.com/li/743867 - you can see there they made a homebrew cartridge of it for themselves.”
That link compiles various social media content, into a blog post-like package. Included is various Niconico videos, including one for Coke774’s Pac-Man CE for the Famicom. Alas, it’s no longer viewable, but check this out; a cartridge version was made using a copy of Kirby’s Adventure, shared by someone else on Twitter, back in 2014:
Now, not to get off track here, but something else by Coke774 that caught my eye was “Famicom version Gradius (AC conversion)”. Again, it’s associated Niconico footage is long gone, but, footage does exist… via Coke774’s YouTube channel:
A friend who showed it to me astutely noted how there is no footage of his “Nintendo version Pac-Man CE (Port without permission)”!
So… what’s the deal here? Was M2’s version made completely separately, and it just so happens to coincidentally to be VERY similar to a homebrew project? There’s enough of Coke774’s handiworks elsewhere that makes me believe that his version wasn’t faked… so I’m assuming that he was simply hired by M2? That’s my best bet, but any thoughts?