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Retro Re-release Roundup, week of September 15, 2022

Treasure’s legendary Saturn shooter re-emerges for a brand new era.

There’s one thing bittersweet, pricey readers, about each occasional reissue from the Treasure oeuvre: Treasure themselves owned and managed only a few of their video games and the corporate itself exists as a mere shell to proceed managing the few licenses it does personal, so one can interpret re-releases like this new Radiant Silvergun port as both a faint signal of life or a lingering loss of life twitch, and till the corporate formally goes below, no person will ever fairly know which is which. Until then, maintain banging your forks and knives on the dinner desk for extra Bangai-O and hope for the perfect.



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

What’s this? An overhead maze sport starring a doofy dude in a straw hat on a quest to avoid wasting his kidnapped girlfriend from demons, initially launched in Japanese arcades in 1989 and ported to PlayStation through the Japan-exclusive Namco Museum Encore compilation, with a later emulated reissue on the Japanese Wii Virtual Console. The participant is tasked with gathering all of the keys in every stage; the mazes are plagued by partitions that may be pushed and toppled by participant and enemy alike, inflicting a domino-like impact with different partitions or in any other case crushing no matter they occur to land on.

Why ought to I care? The primary premise is dressed up in a straightforwardly cute manner, full with occasional interstitial artwork and plentiful voice samples, and regardless of typically being described as a puzzle sport, the sport would not actually demand any diploma of lateral pondering or exacting strategies to clear any specific maze.

Useless truth: One of the explanations this sport was not proliferated abroad could also be that one of many enemy variants routinely stops to take a drag from a cigarette. (Another purpose could also be that it typically wasn’t fashionable.)


Radiant Silvergun

  • Platform: Nintendo Switch (worldwide, form of)
  • Price: $19.99 or equal
  • Publisher: Live Wire / Treasure

What’s this? A shock Switch port of the Xbox 360 remaster of Treasure’s dense, RPG-esque vertical taking pictures sport Radiant Silvergun, initially launched in Japanese arcades in 1998, with a Japan-only Sega Saturn port launched quickly thereafter; ported by Live Wire, this model largely conforms to the X360 model and options enhanced textures and results, a coaching mode, on-line leaderboards, replay sharing and a brand new mode tha lets you play with the sport system of Treasure’s later taking pictures sport, Ikaruga, now unlocked by clearing both the arcade or story mode. (The sport was virtually instantly pulled from the North America eShop, seemingly resulting from ESRB scores points, nevertheless it needs to be again quickly.)

Why ought to I care? Beyond the mere undeniable fact that it is a reissue of a post-Mega Drive Treasure sport that is not Ikaruga, Radiant Silvergun is an especially methodical sport that requires the participant to not solely know which of their many weapons to make use of at any given second however tips on how to optimally deploy them as a way to degree them up, whereas additionally juggling the a number of interlocking scoring techniques — it was made as a deliberate distinction to the extra aggressive and frenetic bullet hell video games of its day, and even now, there are only a few video games that provide an analogous expertise, mechanically or in any other case. (This port does presently endure from numerous audio points, so you might need to wait on a patch.)

Useless truth: Hiroshi Iuchi, creator of each Radiant Silvergun and Ikaruga, presently works on the emulation studio M2 and has been engaged on a followup titled Ubusana for the higher a part of the final decade, however current studies counsel it would lastly be going into full manufacturing after years of budget-related stagnation.

River City Girls Zero

  • Platform::PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox (worldwide)
  • Price: $14.99 or equal
  • Publisher: WayForward Technologies / Limited Run Games

What’s this? An emulated reissue of the considerably obscure Super Famicom Kunio-kun entry Shin Nekketsu Kouha: Kunio-tachi no Banka, dressed up right here to emphasise its ties to WayForward’s current fashionable gaiden title, River City Girls; along with providing a translated model of the unique sport with Kunio– or River City-flavored scripts, this model additionally features a new animated intro, interstitial comic-style cutscenes and extra music, all with the River City Girls aesthetic.

Why ought to I care? This specific Kunio-kun sport was one in all a really small handful of follow-ups that attempted to stick to the much less foolish and extra simple tack established by the very first arcade sport and as such, it might not characteristic almost as most of the signature techniques or gimmicks that one may count on coming from River City Girls and even River City Ransom, however that not-entirely-intentional misalignment is one thing that each River City Girls and River City Girls Zero do not draw back from, for higher or worse, so possibly your expectations have already been sufficiently tempered.

Helpful tip: If you’d moderately maintain out for a PC model, you will solely have to attend every week.


…contained in the Lost Judgment PC port

Following within the time-honored custom of Yakuza (sorry, Like a Dragon) video games utilizing long-request Sega ports as minigame fodder, the just-released Lost Judgment PC port comprises a dozen or so emulated Master System video games (together with these relegated to DLC on consoles), most of which must be manually found earlier than they are often performed and all of which might be welcome for normal buy however in all probability by no means will likely be as a result of Sega’s gotta Sega. 


Valis: The Fantasm Soldier Collection II(Switch) bodily run & merch from Limited Run Games

  • Price: $44.99 (commonplace version) / $89.99 (collectors version) / $59.99 (3LP vinyl OST) / $74.99 (skateboard deck) /$29.99 (wall scroll) / $5.99 (buying and selling playing cards)
  • Availability: open pre-order from September 16, 10:00 Eastern till September October 16, 23:59 Eastern

Edia’s first crowdfunded Valis assortment was such successful that they in a short time and efficiently crowdfunded a second one, and whereas many may and have argued that there is little justification for these specific video games Valis IV for PC Engine, the comical super-deformed Mega Drive sport Syd of Valis and the MSX and Mega Drive variations of the unique Valis, already current in PC Engine kind on the earlier assortment — to warrant a second assortment to themselves, it is right here and it will look good sitting on a shelf, will not it? (The digital model aunches in Japan subsequent week and can ultimately be launched internationally; the earlier launch additionally got here alongside standalone digital releases for every sport within the assortment, so that you could possibly restrict your self to pick out video games when you’d choose.)



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