On this list of oddball character appearances, Pac-Man Vs. is likely the most atypical game, from its concept to its creation, and on down to its cameo. An early attempt at the gameplay that now defines the Wii U, Pac-Man Vs. gives one player a Game Boy Advance to play a normal game of Pac-Man, while three players control the ghosts chasing Pac-Man via the GameCube. And that unorthodox gameplay was designed by Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo’s gaming mastermind who normally isn’t in the practice of making games for Nintendo’s competitors.
With Miyamoto, the father of Mario, involved in the game, it makes sense that his mustachioed plumber would appear in Pac-Man Vs. somewhere, but the overall weirdness of the game extends to his cameo too. Mario is merely the unseen announcer of the game, throwing out “You can do it” and “Pac-Man ate the fruit” to confused players. It’s a pretty unneeded touch, perhaps included to ease Nintendo fans into this experimental title.