Happy Atari National Pac-Man Day
30 years ago today on April 3, 1982, Atari announced National Pac-Man Day.
National Pac-Man Day coincided with the release of Atari’s port of the Pac-Man arcade game.
Via John Mundy
Despite that game being one of the worst ports of a game ever created, it was the highest selling game of the year and received an enormous marketing push from Atari.
Above is an ad touting the popularity of Pac-Man and it includes pictures from Pac-Man release parties all over the world. Atari even held several Pac-Man Championships. Here’s an ad for the UK Championship.
Atari’s Pac-Man, along with E.T., probably killed not only Atari but the entire home console video game market. At least for 4 or 5 years until the Nintendo Entertainment System took off. Because, despite selling millions of Pac-Man cartridges (as well as E.T.), Atari had over estimated demand and made many, many more than was sold and they were left with tons of extra cartridges.
So, enjoy Atari National Pac-Man Day! One of the nerdiest holidays ever!
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