Could the success of Super Mario Maker have opened the floodgates for a new trend? This week, Bandai Namco has filed a trademark for Pac-Man Maker. There’s no way it isn’t exactly what it sounds like. As with any trademark filing, there isn’t any supplemental information to go on. This trademark was part of a group which also included Code Vein, something that was fully announced the other day, and Storm Wings, an unknown entity, which lends credibility to the notion that something could be announced soon..
Bandai Namco is no stranger to experimenting with its old-school mascot. Pac-Man has been jumping genres for decades, with goofy platformers like Pac-Land as well as the infamous Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures. I’m also partial to Pac-Attack, a bizarre SNES-era puzzle game. Also, we can’t forget all the stuff the company did with Pac-Man on the DS, including Pac-Pix, Pan n’ Roll and even a little port of Pac-Man VS.
Pac-Man Maker is a logical derivative of Super Mario Maker. After all, other than Mario, what classic game could benefit from an open level creator more than Pac-Man? Arguments could be made, but it enough bells, whistles and silly gimmicks, a Pac-Man Maker could be a ton of fun.