Pac-Man invades Super Mario Galaxy 2?!

Even though their careers have taken wildly different paths, it’s nice to see Nintendo tip their hat to its former rival, right? Well, it would be… if that’s what was actually happening here. But who cares?! Pac-Man's celebrating his 30th birthday and following last week’s playable Google treatment, we can’t help but see Namco’s Mighty Yellow Sphere in damn near everything! So what if it’s delusional? He’s the gaming equivalent of finding Jesus Christ in your burrito.

Above: There’s no way this is a Chomp, right? RIGHT?!

Working off this baseless assumption, we can irresponsibly speculate that money exchanged hands between Namco and Nintendo. Which must mean PAC-MAN IS A HIDDEN CHARACTER IN MARIO GALAXY 2OMGOMGOMFG!!1! Okay, pull it together GamesRadar… There's not a shred of fact in the above statement, but hey, it’s not as if the collaboration would be unprecedented.

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Forgive me for posting this regardless of merit, but that madness above certainly was seriously the stream of thought careening through my brain as I sprinted into work to capture that shot from Mario Galaxy 2’s Chompworks stage. (Should’ve looked closer at the title, huh?)

Above: The Google Pac-Man game can still be played here! 

Can anyone blame me for having Pac-Man on the brain? Looking at the Top Grossing iPhone games, you did too, with both Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man shooting to the top of the charts following a 30th anniversary promotion. And according to G4, people the world over logged nearly 5 million hours into Google’s playable Pac-Man. G4 went on to factor in the average Google user’s salary and came up with the equally impressive figure of  $120,483, 800: The amount of societal productivity Google’s game cost in terms billable hours!

Oh well, E3 should yield more exciting (not to mention, factual) Pac-Man news. Sorry, reader. There’s no need to go looking for Pac-Man in Mario Galaxy. If you really want to see him, you need look further than our own:

Above: NASA heatmap of one of Saturn’s moons

[Disclosure: You’ve all been part of a grand experiment! Sincere thanks for your participation in salvaging an article!]

May 26, 2010

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  • Mechamorbo - May 30, 2010 3:18 a.m.

    It's actually a metaphysical thought experiment. Pac-man isn't in Mario Galaxy, Mario Galaxy is IN PAC-MAN! Everything that takes place in the game all takes place on the surface of a pac-dot
  • super2j - May 29, 2010 6 a.m.

    you know i dont see a chomp. i see pacman. and until namco decides to say otherwise go crazy mr.antista
  • shyfonzie - May 27, 2010 4 a.m.

    I don't like being experimented on, Gamesradar :(
  • TheMonarch - May 26, 2010 11:01 p.m.

    Great find, my copy of Galaxy 2 is on the way. Can't wait!
  • initialreactionshow - May 26, 2010 10:42 p.m.

    Is the Chomp really just Pac-man after he has been captured by the ghosts? After years of being a prisoner, chained to a wooden post, Pac-man's once yellow body has turned black with hatred for what has happened to him. To eat food, Pac-man was forced to evolve gnarly teeth to eat whatever walks by the stake he is held prisoner to! I think I just stumbled upon the one of the greatest untold crossover background stories for a minor character!
  • oufour - May 26, 2010 8:17 p.m.

    now that you mention it...pac-man would make sense as the secret character. gameplay wise he's better oriented for it than sonic.
  • db1331 - May 26, 2010 8:09 p.m.

    That's no moon.
  • Ridgley - May 26, 2010 8:05 p.m.

    Saturn's moon = Death Star
  • WillisTron - May 26, 2010 7:33 p.m.

    What the heck??

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