How did I do that PacMan Vs set up!?

Aidy from the British IBM and I hosted a Retro Gaming Party at the Centre of Computing History on the 21st of February. At the party I hosted a PacMan Vs. Tournament. PacMan Vs. is a multiplayer PacMan game made for the GameCube that uses the GameBoy Advance-to-Game Cube cable. There is one PacMan and three ghosts. The players playing as ghosts play on a TV screen, whilst the PacMan player would play on a GameBoy Advance. But I came up with a better way to play this game. A Wii, a GameCube, a GameBoy Player, a Projector and a TV!

There’s my PacMan Vs. Set up attached to a projector, with a TV screen facing the other way. Crazy Horse Gaming gets it a little wrong, the GameCube is using a GameBoy Player and is acting as the GameBoy with PacMan, whilst a Wii is acting as the GameCube playing the game with the ghosts.

Since people saw this set up in photos and videos, people wanted to know how I did this. Let me show you how.

To do this, you’ll need two GameCubes. Well, I din’t own two GameCubes, but I own a GameCube and a Wii. And as the Wii can play GameCube games too, the Wii was my second GameCube.


Next I need the GameBoy Player for the GameCube


Each machine need’s their software to make this work. I’m using the GameCube as a GameBoy Advance using the GameBoyPlayer. But it needs the software disc to make the GameBoy Player work. I put the PacMan Vs. disc in the Wii. The Wii here is acting as the GameCube.


The beauty of the GameBoy Player is that it features the link cable port above the GBA cart slot. Meaning that the GBA-To-GC cable can plug into it. To make it work with PacMan Vs. the GBA-To-GC cable needs to plugged into the Link cable port on the GamePBoy Player, and into the Player 4 GameCube port on the Wii.


To get this to work for at least two players, each machine needs controllers. As it’s a GameCube game, they need GameCube controllers on each machine to work. For four players in this set up, another 2 controllers would have to be attached to the Wii.


Finally you need power and AV output on each machine. The video output on the GameCube with the GameBoy Player went to a TV that was facing away from the projector. And the Wii was was attached to a projector and a pair of loud speakers. That’s how I made the awesome set up at the Retro Gaming Night at the Centre of Computing History.



An extreme example of this can be shown here playing the Legend of Zelda Four Sword Adventure, where there’s 5 gamecubes, 5 TVs and 4 GameBoy Players where rather than each player looking at a small GameBoy Advance screen, each player have their own TV screen. When someone leaves the team in the game on the main TV, they continue playing on their own personal screen. I’ve seen a similar set up to this for the Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles game, the first game on the GameCube that used the GBA-To-GC cable.


As for PacMan Vs. It wasn’t sold on it’s sold, rather it came free with other GameCube Namco titles. It came with PacMan World 2, R: Racing Revolution, and I-Ninja. There were Promotional disc given out to review sites that came in a cardboard sleeve. Whilst in Japan the game could be purchased on it’s own, but only through Club Nintendo, and paid with Club points. However the Club Nintendo version of PacMan Vs came with a GBA-To-GC link cable.

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Only one other version of PacMan Vs exists, and it’s on the DS with Namco Museum. However the other Namco games on it are poorly emulated, and some would consider getting this only for a truly portable version of PacMan Vs.