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

Taito’s Shining Queen leaps from Saturn.

You know what I’m thankful for, retronauts? another excuse to listen The hottest tune in the Taito pantheon.

arcade archives


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

What is this? A vertical fixed-screen space shooter in post-space Invaders The Mold, originally developed and distributed in arcades by Namco in 1979, has since seen countless ports and re-releases; Walk side to side, fire a shot at a formation of increasingly aggressive enemy ships, you know the drill.

why should I care? It’s color! space Invaders There was no colour.

Pointless Facts: It is the first pre-1980 game to hit the arcade archives, and is being released as part of a special commemoration half by Hamster for reaching three hundred weeks of weekly ACA releases, the second being their first 32- Bit is an arcade release, due out next week…

G-Mode Archives+

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

  • Platform: Nintendo Switch (Japan)
  • worth: ¥1800
  • Publisher: G-Mode / Atlas

What is this? The third and final entry in Atlus’ mobile-exclusives final bible sub-series, originally released in 2010 for Japanese feature phones; This entry includes descendants of some characters from the previous entry and includes new means of obtaining monsters on top of the familiar interaction system, as well as the introduction of the comp device, a mainstay of the series.

why should I care? Where the last game pulled the series away from the tone of the second final bible entry and into its own peculiar territory, it is said to return to a more traditional megaton Knowledge; It’s yet another leap in terms of volume, and reportedly sports a fairly beefy regular, not just for phones.

Useful Tip: Neither G-MODE nor Atlus has indicated future re-releases of other Atlus feature phone games (many of which are exciting candidates), but these final bible new testament The release seems to have performed relatively well, so here’s hoping…

S-Tribute Series

Cleopatra Fortune

  • Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox, PC via Steam (worldwide)
  • worth: $14.99 or equivalent
  • Publisher: City Connection / Taito

What is this? An exemplary reissue of the Sega Saturn port of the Taito falling-block puzzle game Cleopatra Fortune, originally released in arcades in 1995 and further ported to the Sony PlayStation and Sega Dreamcast; In addition to standard S-tribute features such as the CRT filter, save states, slo-mo, and rewind, this version adds specific tweaks to on-the-fly adjustments of difficulty and the falling speed of blocks, an unlimited-credits option, and more. Instant, full access to every stage in the port’s secondary puzzle-focused Mystery Mode.

why should I care? Cleopatra Fortune’ The unique conceit of encircling gems rather than simply matching colors or forming shapes gives it a slightly different hook to other, comparable games, and the port had so little lag that the extra delay added by the Saturn emulator would probably be well within tolerance. . , I think so.

Pointless Facts: Prior to the version seen here, Cleopatra Fortune Taito’s Japanese networked karaoke machine began life as an ultra-compact downloadable game for the X-55.


blade of darkness

  • Platform: Nintendo Switch (worldwide)
  • Price: $14.99 or equivalent
  • Publisher: CubicGames

What is this? A port of Rebel Act Studios’ multi-character, high-fantasy action-adventure game, originally published by Codemasters for the PC in 2001 (including under the titles Severance: Blade of Darkness either edge of Darkness in some territories); Aside from UI, resolution, and general performance tweaks, this appears to be a fairly straightforward re-release with no tweaks or modifications to the original game’s notoriously challenging combat system beyond mapping actions to controller buttons.

why should I care? Rebel Act claims that the game is an “enduring classic” that “inspired many games in the action-adventure genre through its approach to combat” and while I suspect this is probably not true (especially when the implication seems to be that spirits series may be one of them), in the spirit of thanks, I’m going to get them this.

Useful Tip: This new port actually showed up on Steam a year ago — Perhaps, like me, you missed it by not naming it. separation.

New Joe & Mac – Caveman Ninja (25 November)

  • Platform: Nintendo Switch (worldwide)
  • Price: $29.99 or equivalent
  • Publisher: Microids / Mister Natz Studio

What is this? Remake of Data East’s comic co-op sidescroller, originally released in arcades in 1991 and ported to various contemporary systems including Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, NES, Game Boy, Commodore Amiga and DOS ; In addition to all-new high-definition 2D graphics, this version – Developed by French Mr. Nutz studio, recently released by developers such as Toki hd remake and Asterix and Obelix: Slap Them All! – promises better controls, an arcade-complaint main mode and an extended mode with more content, and additional features like Score Attack, Speedrun Mode, Boss Rush, and a Training Mode. (This remake is coming to PS4 and PS5 at retail as well, but it looks like the Digital Switch version is getting an advance release, with other options dropping since early December.)

why should I care? This remake was originally announced in 2009 (!) by notoriously inept and long-dormant publisher Golgoth Studios, so if for no other reason, this release should be applauded as a testament to the developers’ tenacity. So that it can be seen in the end. Many, many years of unfortunate setbacks. As far as remakes go… well, I think the wave of XBLA-remake nostalgia is about to come.

Pointless Facts: For reasons known only to those present, Data East IP holder G-Mode and Japanese studio Lambda Planning saw fit to promote this remake. an officially licensed joe and mac Tabletop customization using 5e D&D rules.

super kick off

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

What is this? An exemplary collection of five console-specific adaptations (Super Nintendo, Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear and Game Boy) of Dino Dini and Enco Software’s hugely popular early-90s football series, to start, originally developed for the Commodore Amiga and Atari ST computers; These ports are presented with some basic display options, button mapping, and controller support, as well as save states.

why should I care? to start The series is dribbling and passing with a simple but extremely special flair and one that, between mainline numbered sequences, various adaptations and numerous metaphysical sequences from Dino Dini and others, has managed to standardize the exact experience from the game ever since. Has not happened. game, so it’s nice that this package doesn’t try to present any one version as the authentic choice and instead just throws them out to a bunch of people and lets you decide which is the most fun .

Useful Tip: For whatever it’s worth, appears to be a pretty straight conversion of the Master System and Game Gear adaptation. kick off 2 Without any embellishment or deviation from other versions.

ROM Hacks and Translations

dogs of War (PS3/3DS) Translation Patch by Fan Translators International

Released to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the game’s original, Japan-only release, this new, long-requested patch translates both the 3DS and PS3 versions of Capcom. dogs of War, An anime-inspired spinoff of their hard-edged survival action series lost Planet It was said to be nearly impossible to officially localize due to technical/operational issues, and was also alleged to have been created from allegedly canceled remasters. Mega Man Legends 3. Once patched, either version of the game can be played on authentic hardware or their respective emulators, and multiplayer functionality (online on PS3, local wireless on 3DS) is retained.

limited-edition physical print runs

Battletoads vs. Double Dragon (SNES) Cartridge Reprint from Retro-Bit

  • worth: $54.99 / €69.99
  • Availability: Orders ending December 27th; ETA Spring 2023

naturally, Battletoads and Double Dragon The NES re-release released earlier this year prompted a slew of requests for a 16-bit version, and so Retro-Bit has dutifully followed up with a very green reprint of the Super Nintendo version. Expect a Genesis/Mega Drive version around Easter, I think.

glee lancer (Sega Genesis/Mega Drive)Cartridge Reprint from Retro-Bit

  • worth: $54.99 / €69.99
  • Availability: Orders ending December 27th; ETA Spring 2023

Of all the games to get not one but several boutique cartridge reprints, I didn’t necessarily pick Masaya’s Japan-only Mega Drive shooting game. glee lancer as an obvious candidate, but here it is again with yet another cartridge, this one claiming a full English translation (and, perhaps more importantly, internals supplied and manufactured by none other than Columbus Circle) does.

soundtrack and vinyl

Phantasy Star IV (Sega Mega Drive/Genesis) The vinyl soundtrack ships to Shore Phonoko. and friends

  • Price: $40 or equivalent
  • Availability: ETA Q2 2023

Shutting down the recent run of Ship to Shore fantasy star This is the new LP release for the swansong of the series Vinyl Classic Series, phantasy star iv, Complete with liner notes from Retronauts’ own Jeremy Parish; As always, STS has its own “Rika Pink” version Augmented by clear variants from international distributors in America, Canada, United Kingdom And Europe.

Discounts and Deals

Arcade Archives Nintendo Sale (Nintendo Switch) – 30# off on Nintendo games till 14th December

As part of their 300-week celebration, Hamster is finally offering a half-decent selection of arcade archives discounts for Switch owners: all twenty or so Nintendo arcade titles are 30% off for the next few weeks. (My quick recommendations: sky skipperBecause it’s not really available anywhere else; vs wrecking crew either balloon fight To be vs. system games with the most obvious differences from their Famicom/NES counterparts, and punch out!!Because punching things is fun.)

Krikzz’s Black Friday Everdrive Sale: 10% off all products for the next week

Before you criticize Cricz for only offering relatively modest discounts on the traditional, once-a-year Everdrive sale, or for having poor stock, keep in mind that Cricz was until recently based in Ukraine. (Also, note rgb blasterA new plug-and-play RGB+audio out option for the Famicom.)

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