Video Game Character *RERUN
The behind-the-scenes tales of hit products and creations from Japan: this is Japan's Top Inventions. This time, one of the world's most famous video game characters: Pac-Man. The iconic yellow ball with a mouth that gobbles up dots and runs away from ghosts was born in Japan in 1980, and holds the world record for "most successful coin-operated arcade game." Discover the backstory behind this iconic character, including how its shape was inspired by none other than pizza!
Game creator Toru Iwatani speaks during an interview
The game went beyond the screen and inspired a variety of merchandise
Iwatani plays the game he created