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Retro Re-release Roundup, week of December 22, 2022


Ride of the Valkyries (okay, only one).

Happy holidays, Retronauts! Or, as we release-schedule-watching dorks may say, completely satisfied the place’s-Goldeneye-already-I-know-it’s-coming-quit-screwing-around weekend!

ARCADE ARCHIVES

Metal Hawk

  • Platform: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4
  • Price: $7.99 / €6.99 / £6.29
  • Publisher: Hamster / Namco

What’s this? A free-scrolling overhead helicopter capturing sport designed for a big shifting cupboard, initially developed and distributed in arcades by Namco in 1988 and by no means reissued till as we speak; gamers are tasked with destroying a sure quota of enemies in every stage inside the time restrict, with a management schemes that features each a throttle and a stick for adjusting altitude, which has been emulated right here with a sizeable array of various controller configurations.

Why ought to I care?  Of all of Namco’s System II scale-and-rotate showcases, Metal Hawk may be essentially the most instantly accessible, and studying the way to optimise a route via every mission in tandem with mastering the controls offers it a racing game-esque edge.

Helpful tip: The PS4 model of ACA Metal Hawk has some unique bonus performance: it is appropriate with the Cyber Stick USB, the Sharp X68000 twin flight stick peripheral not too long ago produced along side the Mega Drive Mini 2! You’ll have to make use of an ordinary controller to navigate the menus and to set the button configs (together with altering the orientation of the sticks), however when you plug the stick in throughout the entice display screen, it ought to register as a controller. (The Cyber Stick has not been licensed for console compatibility, so there isn’t any assure this performance will stay intact, or that it will ever come to the Switch model.

NINTENDO SWITCH ONLINE EXPANSION PASS

NSO December ’22 replace: Alien Storm, Columns, Golden Axe II, Virtua Fighter 2 (Sega Genesis/Mega Drive)

  • Platform: Nintendo Switch (worldwide)
  • Price: included with the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pass subscription service
  • Publisher: Sega

What’re these? The extraordinarily unambitious house sequel to Sega’s beloved fantasy brawler, the house conversion of Golden Axe‘s sci-fi/horror sister sequence, the everlasting gem-matching falling-block puzzle sport and the inexplicably omnipresent Genesis conversion of what may be the genre-defining 3D combating sport. (These really dropped final week, however who’s counting?)

Why ought to I care? There’s purpose three of those video games are Genesis reissue staples: they’re strong second-tier picks whose lesser status by no means implies an absence of crafstmanship or modern-day enjoyability, and their respective aesthetics, if not essentially distinctive in and of themselves, are consultant of a sure period of the Genesis’ library. As for VF2… I imply, they gave it an trustworthy attempt, they actually did.

Useless reality: I did the maths and it appears VF2 Genesis has been reissued no less than 11 instances, versus the genuine VF2‘s 8 (4 of that are as Yakuza minigames, so that they barely even depend).


REPLICA/”MINI” PLUG-AND-PLAY HARDWARE

Egret II Mini Arcade Memories Vol.1 growth pack

  • Platform: Egret II Mini (Japan)
  • Price: ¥8778
  • Publisher: Taito

What’s this? The first(?) growth pack for final years Egret II Mini desktop arcade unit, which provides ten further video games through the SD card slot and comes bundled with a 32P technique information/interview e-book and ten further mini how-to-play arcade playing cards.

Which video games are included? This growth consists of six video games by Taito themselves — Cleopatra Fortune, Gekirindan, Light Bringer (Dungeon Magic), Riding Fight, Grid Seeker and PuLiRuLa — two video games from the Toaplan catalogue — Daisenpuu (Twin Hawk) and Slap Fight — and two video games from the little-known developer SETA — Ougon no Shiro (Gladiator) and Great Swordsman.

Why ought to I care? These video games are, for essentially the most half, deep cuts chosen for the hardcore Taito freaks who pre-ordered the Mini from day one and bombarded each consumer survey: there are lots of video games right here which can be extra infamous than in style, and a misleading quantity of effort has gone into legally clearing a handful of those video games that one must assume could be very arduous to justify, however they did it and I’m positive a small handful of you threw down your hundo months in the past. As for the remainder… I imply, you are kinda not anticipated to get it.

Helpful tip: Much just like the paddle/trackball growth equipment, you can’t entry the unit’s normal video games whereas the growth card is within the SD slot, presumably owing to variations between the emulator on the cardboard vs. on the bottom unit.

OTHER

Valkyrie Profile Lenneth

  • Platform: PlayStation 4+5 (worldwide)
  • Price: $19.99 / €19.99 / £15.99
  • Publisher: SIE Worldwide Studios / Square-Enix


What’s this? The enhanced port of the primary entry in Tri-Ace’s side-view motion RPG sequence Valkyrie Profile, initially launched for Sony PlayStation in 2000, delivered to PlayStation Portable in 2006 and ported to iOS/Android in 2018; this reissue is an emulated model of the PSP port operating in Sony’s personal PSP emulator, which provides just a few filter settings, trophies, save states and rewind performance.

Why ought to I care? This reissue was introduced in tandem with the discharge of the brand new outsourced Valkyrie universe spinoff Valkyrie Elysium, a sport that has already been largely forgotten and whose middling reception might effectively spell doom for the sequence shifting ahead, so shopping for the reissue may no less than ship the message that there stays a paying viewers for genuine Valkyrie Profile video games. As for the sport itself, this can be a vastly influential title that not one of the many video games that declare it as an affect — from extra overt examples like Exist Archive and Indivisible to the umpteen cell/social video games with timing-based, tap-to-attack oer-unit RPG fight — have managed to meaningfully replicate, so you would be doing your self a disservice by not going direct to the supply.

Helpful tip: The iOS/Android variations of Lenneth characteristic a number of enhancements not current within the PSP model, together with many UI/menu quality-of-life tweaks and high-resolution character portraits, so when you do not thoughts enjoying on a phone, chances are you’ll wish to look into these ports as an alternative. (They’re on sale proper now, even.)

UPDATES UPDATES UPDATES

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection main replace

Digital Eclipse’s first Cowabunga Collection replace packs a punch: not solely does it try to handle most of the quality-of-life irritants regarding the on-line lobbies and sure button mapping deficiencies, it additionally provides new technique content material, a bevy of filters for the Game Boy video games primarily based on numerous {hardware} variations, audio fixes for the arcade/Genesis video games and, most notably, on-line multiplayer performance for the SNES port of Turtles in Time. (Online play for TMNTIII is scheduled for a future patch, too…)

SOUNDTRACKS & VINYL

Kaze no Notam (NOTAM of WIND) 2LP vinyl soundtrack from Lights within the Attic & Black Screen Records

  • Price: $70 / €55 
  • Availability: ETA April 2023

An worldwide vinyl launch of the soundtrack to a never-localized Artdink sizzling air balloon simulator? That’s proper, and earlier than you ask: no, you are not going to have the ability to present any of those for xmas.

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