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Retro Re-release Roundup, week of November 24, 2022

Retro Re-release Roundup, week of November 24, 2022


Taito’s shinin’ queen makes the leap from Saturn.

Y’know what I’m grateful for, Retronauts? Another excuse to hearken to the catchiest tune within the Taito pantheon.



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

What’s this? A vertical fixed-screen area shooter within the post-Space Invaders mould, initially developed and distributed in arcades by Namco in 1979, with numerous ports and reissues since; transfer side-to-side, hearth single photographs at formations of increasingly-aggressive enemy ships, you understand the drill.

Why ought to I care? It has shade! Space Invaders did not have shade.

Useless reality: This is the primary pre-1980 recreation to hit Arcade Archives, and is being launched as one half of a particular commemoration by Hamster for reaching 300 weeks of weekly ACA releases, with the opposite being their first 32-bit arcade launch, out subsequent week…


Megami Tensei Gaiden Last Bible New Testament III: Mugen no Eiyuu

  • Platform: Nintendo Switch (Japan)
  • Price: ¥1800
  • Publisher: G-MODE / Atlus

What’s this? The third and last entry in Atlus’ mobile-exclusive Last Bible sub-series, initially launched for Japanese characteristic telephones in 2010; this entry options the descendents of sure characters from the earlier entry and contains new technique of buying demons on high of the acquainted negotiation system, in addition to the introduction of the collection mainstay COMP system.

Why ought to I care? Where the earlier recreation pulled the collection away from the tone of different Last Bible entries and into its personal peculiar zone, this one is alleged to bridge again to extra conventional Megaten lore; it is also one more leap ahead by way of quantity, and is allegedly fairly a beefy recreation by common, not-just-for-phones requirements.

Helpful tip: Neither G-MODE nor Atlus has hinted at future reissues of different Atlus characteristic cellphone video games (of which there are numerous thrilling candidates), however these Last Bible New Testament releases appear to have completed comparatively effectively, so this is hoping…


Cleopatra Fortune

  • Platform: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox, PC through Steam (worldwide)
  • Price: $14.99 or equal
  • Publisher: City Connection / Taito

What’s this? An emulated reissue of the Sega Saturn port of Taito falling-block puzzle recreation Cleopatra Fortune, initially launched in arcades in 1995 and additional ported to Sony PlayStation and Sega Dreamcast; along with normal S-Tribute options like a CRT filter, save states, slow-mo and rewind, this model provides particular tweaks for on-the-fly adjustment of problem and the falling velocity of the blocks, an unlimited-credits possibility and rapid, full entry to each stage within the port’s secondary puzzle-centric Mystery Mode.

Why ought to I care? Cleopatra Fortune’ distinctive conceit of encasing gems fairly than merely matching colours or forming shapes provides it a barely totally different hook to different, comparable video games, and the port itself had so little lag that the extra delay added by the Saturn emulator will in all probability stay inside the realm of tolerability, I hope. 

Useless reality: Before the model seen right here, Cleopatra Fortune started its life as an ultra-compact downloadable recreation for Taito’s Japanese networked karaoke machine, X-55


Blade of Darkness

  • Platform: Nintendo Switch (worldwide)
  • Price: $14.99 or equal
  • Publisher: QubicGames

What’s this? A port of Rebel Act Studio’s multi-character, high-fantasy action-adventure recreation, initially printed for PC by Codemasters in 2001 (together with underneath the titles Severance: Blade of Darkness or Edge of Darkness in sure territories); other than UI, decision and normal efficiency tweaks, this appears to be a reasonably easy reissue with no tweaks or modifications to the unique recreation’s notoriously difficult fight techniques past mapping the actions to controller buttons.

Why ought to I care? Rebel Act claims this recreation is an “enduring basic” that “impressed many video games within the action-adventure style by way of its strategy to fight” and whereas I believe that in all probability is not true (particularly when the implication appears to be that the Souls collection is likely to be certainly one of them), within the spirit of thanksgiving, I’m gonna let ’em have this one.

Helpful tip: This new port really confirmed up on Steam a 12 months in the past —  maybe, like myself, you missed it resulting from it not being named Severance.

NEW Joe & Mac – Caveman Ninja (November 25)

  • Platform: Nintendo Switch (worldwide)
  • Price: $29.99 or equal
  • Publisher: Microids / Mr. Nutz Studio

What’s this? A remake of Data East’s comical co-op sidescroller, initially launched in arcades in 1991 and ported to quite a lot of modern techniques together with Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, NES, Game Boy, Commodore Amiga and DOS; along with the all-new high-definition 2D graphics, this model —  developed by the French Mr. Nutz Studio, the builders behind latest releases just like the Toki HD remake and Asterix & Obelix: Slap them All! — guarantees improved controls, each an arcade-complaint fundamental mode and an prolonged mode with extra content material, and extra options like rating assault, speedrun mode, boss rush and a coaching mode. (This remake’s additionally coming to PS4 & PS5, in addition to retail, however it appears the digital Switch model’s getting an advance launch, with the opposite choices dropping from early December.)

Why ought to I care? This remake was initially introduced approach again in 2009(!) by the notoriously inept and long-defunct writer Golgoth Studio, so if for no different cause, this launch ought to be applauded as a testomony to the builders’ tenacity to lastly see it by way of after many, a few years of unlucky setbacks. As for the remake itself… effectively, we’re about due for a wave of XBLA-remake nostalgia, I suppose.

Useless reality: For causes identified solely to these concerned, Data East IP holder G-MODE and Japanese studio Lambda Planning noticed match to advertise this remake with an officially-licensed Joe & Mac tabletop adaptation utilizing the 5e D&D ruleset.

Super Kick Off

  • Platform: PC through Steam (worldwide)
  • Price: $11.99 or equal
  • Publisher: Pixel Games UK

What’s this? An emulated assortment of the 5 console-specific variations (Super Nintendo, Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear and Game Boy) of Dino Dini and Anco Software’s extraordinarily standard early-’90s soccer collection, Kick Off, initially developed for the Commodore Amiga and Atari ST computer systems; these ports are introduced with a couple of fundamental show choices, button mapping and controller assist, in addition to save states.

Why ought to I care? The Kick Off collection is one with a easy but extraordinarily idiosyncratic really feel to dribbling and passing and one which, between the mainline numbered sequels, the assorted conversions and the a number of non secular sequels from Dino Dini and others, has by no means managed to fairly standardie the precise really feel from recreation to recreation, so it is good that this bundle does not attempt to current anyone model because the canonical possibility and as a substitute simply dumps an entire bunch of ’em on ya and allows you to resolve which one is probably the most enjoyable.

Helpful tip: For no matter it is price, the Master System and Game Gear variations appear to be very direct conversions of Kick Off 2 with none of the elaborations or deviations of the opposite variations.


E.X. Troopers (PS3/3DS) translation patch by Fan Translators International

Released to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the sport’s authentic, Japan-only launch, this new, long-requested patch interprets each the 3DS and PS3 variations of Capcom’s E.X. Troopers, an anime-inspired spinoff of their hard-edged survival motion collection Lost Planet that was mentioned to be nigh-impossible to formally localize resulting from technical/logistical points, and in addition alleged to be constructed from the remnants of the ingloriously-canceled Mega Man Legends 3. Once patched, both model of the sport will be performed on genuine {hardware} or their respective emulators, and the multiplayer performance (on-line on PS3, native wi-fi on 3DS) stays intact.


Battletoads vs. Double Dragon (SNES) cartridge reprint from Retro-Bit

  • Price: $54.99 / €69.99
  • Availability: orders finish December 27; ETA spring 2023

Naturally, the Battletoads & Double Dragon NES reissue launched earlier this 12 months prompted a cavalcade of requests for the 16-bit model, and so Retro-Bit have dutifully adopted go well with with an especially inexperienced reprint of the Super Nintendo model. Expect the Genesis/Mega Drive model round Easter, I suppose.

Gley Lancer (Sega Genesis/Mega Drive)cartridge reprint from Retro-Bit

  • Price: $54.99 / €69.99
  • Availability: orders finish December 27; ETA spring 2023

Of all of the video games to obtain not one however a number of boutique cartridge reprints, I would not have essentially picked Masaya’s Japan-only Mega Drive taking pictures recreation Gley Lancer as an apparent candidate, however right here it’s once more with one more cartridge reissue, this one boasting a full English translation (and, maybe extra crucially, internals equipped and constructed by somebody apart from Columbus Circle).


Arcade Archives Nintendo sale (Nintendo Switch) — 30# off Nintendo video games till December 14

As a part of their 300-week celebration, Hamster’s lastly providing a half-decent collection of Arcade Archives reductions for Switch house owners: all twenty or so Nintendo arcade titles are 30% off for the following few weeks. (My fast suggestions: Sky Skipper, because it’s actually not obtainable anyplace else; Vs. Wrecking Crew or Balloon Fight for being the Vs. System video games with probably the most pronounced variations from their Famicom/NES counterparts, and Punch-Out!!, as a result of it is enjoyable to punch stuff.)

Krikzz’ Black Friday Everdrive sale: 10% off all merchandise for the following week

Before you criticize Krikzz’ conventional, once-a-year Everdrive sale for providing solely a comparatively modest low cost, or for being poorly stocked, keep in mind that Krikzz was, till very just lately, located in Ukraine. (Also, pay attention to the RGB Blaster, a brand new plug-and-play RGB+audio out possibility for Famicom.)



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