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Wendy’s and Namco tempt kids with PAC-MAN toys and diabetes type 2

If you’re on the prowl for some fast food, you might want to consider picking up a Wendy’s Kid’s Meal with your side of diabetes type 2. The fast food chain has teamed up with Namco Bandai to include one of five PAC-MAN board games with each purchase.

According to a press release from Namco Bandai, the PAC-MAN promotion is meant to help parents and kids pause, play, and spend some “quality time with the whole family.” The PAC-MAN games will be available at all participating Wendy’s stores in the United States and Canada from now until April 10.


Above: The Wendy's promotion with Namco Bandai is meant to celebrate 30 years of PAC-MAN, one of the most recognized and spherical characters in the history of gaming


Above: Some official bag art



Above: PAC-MAN Bowling has you using a wind-up PAC-MAN to knock down ghosts and fruits. Fruits are good for you, remember?


Above: PAC-MAN Dash has you using a slightly different wind-up PAC-MAN who may or may not knock down the included ghosts. Sounds just like the last one, only with fewer rules


Above: PAC-Man Hide & Seek. Where’s PAC-MAN? Try looking in the greasy paper Wendy’s bag in the trash


Above: PAC-MAN Maze. Roll the die and gobble up the fruits while avoiding ghosts. It’s just like PAC-MAN, only you have to do everything manually


Above: PAC-MAN Tag. Good, simple running around, made relevant to retro gaming interests with these plastic tags

Mar 9, 2011

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9 comments

  • TKTOWA - March 10, 2011 5:10 a.m.

    Actually, these have been around for a while(I work at Wendy's). And Nodoubt, we had Mario toys maybe 5 or 6 years ago.
  • foxyexplosion - March 10, 2011 1:33 a.m.

    Wilford Brimley will give you type 2 adult onset diabeetus
  • garnsr - March 10, 2011 1:14 a.m.

    Wouldn't they do better with retro stuff, like the stocking caps that had the condom-looking Pac Man from the 80's?
  • GreyGhost - March 10, 2011 12:20 a.m.

    Ummm, folks, it's PAC MAN, if there was ever a video game character made for a fast food chain promo, it's him, he's all friggen mouth and he does nothing but gobble ! Hello ...
  • Robx - March 9, 2011 11:55 p.m.

    @EnragedTortoise1 Nodoubt about that! ZING!
  • EnragedTortoise1 - March 9, 2011 11:34 p.m.

    Nodout has a good point.
  • claytonmiller - March 9, 2011 11:09 p.m.

    Watch out for the PAC(heart)ATTACK! Now at Wendy's for just $5.95.
  • Nodoudt - March 9, 2011 10:40 p.m.

    Also, don't you think it's rather heartbreaking that a gaming icon such as PAC-MAN has been reduced to a gimmick to get more people to eat at fast food joints? Even Mario and Sonic are falling into it... Thus ends my pessimism. I think I'll have a burger.
  • Nodoudt - March 9, 2011 10:34 p.m.

    I'm surprised Nintendo hasn't done anything major like this, considering that most of the target demographic...and their children...eat at places like that.

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