A selection of Namco's 80s arcade games are to be hosted on the Nintendo Switch console.

The Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch

The firm's new compilation will come under the banner of the Namco Museum and will contain a string of well-known titles, such as 'Pac-Man', 'Galaga' and 'Galaga '88', as well as some others that are less established.

And using an online ranking system, gamers will be able to compare their scores in a typical arcade-like fashion.

The launch of the features comes as figures have confirmed that the much-discussed Switch console has become the firm's fastest-selling video game system ever in the US.

Research found that the console sold 906,000 units in March, which puts it ahead of the Wii U, which sold 890,000 in its first five weeks, on the all-time list.

Explaining the distinctive appeal of the recently-released console, Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America's president and Chief Operating Officer, said: "Nintendo always strives to offer consumers something fun, new and different.

"With its various play modes and the innovative features of the Joy-Con controllers, Nintendo Switch provides unique experiences that people can take with them anywhere and share with anyone."

In fact, such is the popularity of the Switch, Nintendo has admitted it is having to work especially hard simply to keep pace with consumer demand.