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Recent Articles: Retro City Rampage
The cartridge-based console shuffled off this mortal coil more than a decade ago when Nintendo discontinued the Nintendo 64. The format had a great run, but the lower cost and higher storage capacity of compact discs killed it for good. Or did it? Retro Magazine‘s Mike Kennedy recently sat down with VentureBeat to talk about the Retro Video Game System, a new cartridge-based console that he plans to release next year.
Repurposing the case mold from the Atari Jaguar, Kennedy’s Retro VGS will bring classic game design to a new generation using the time-tested delivery method of cartridges. However, the innards of the console will be brand new and the cartridges will use flash memory similar to that seen in USB sticks. The Retro VGS team has also partnered with Interworks to produce a branded controller for the system that evokes the fusion of classic and modern controller design found in the Wii U Pro Controller.
With the huge resurgence of retro-style gaming in recent years, Kennedy and his team have reached out to these developers in the hopes of bringing their games to the Retro VGS. The consolemaker cited Shovel Knight and Retro City Rampage as two games that he’s reasonably confident will be released for the Retro VGS when it’s available. At this year’s PAX East expo, Yacht Club’s Nick Wozniak told me they “very much want to” release a retail version of Shovel Knight. I imagine a retail cartridge version of the game would be a dream come true.
Kennedy considers 2D titles like Shovel Knight and Retro City Rampage “the sweet spot” for the Retro VGS. The system’s main focus will be sprite-based games from the 16-bit era, but he’s open to the idea of including enough power for developers to create polygonal PSX/N64-type games (or maybe even PS2-like games) as well.
A Kickstarter campaign to fund the creation of the Retro Video Game System will launch sometime this Summer with plans to release the cartridge-based console next year if all goes according to plan.
Vblank Entertainment has announced that Retro City Rampage: DX, the expanded version of 2012’s Retro City Rampage, will be available on nearly every video game platform beginning next week.
Retro City Rampage: DX will be available on November 11 for the PS4, PS3, and Vita as a Cross-Buy title. The game will be a separate download from the original PS3/Vita version and will priced at $9.99 ($7.99 for PlayStation Plus subscribers).
If you’ve already purchased Retro City Rampage on the other previously available platforms, the DX version will be available as a free update. The game will be available through the WiiWare Shop for Nintendo’s Wii console on Thursday, November 13. The PC/Mac version will launch sometime next week, though the date is still to be determined. Finally, Retro City Rampage: DX is expected to be available for Xbox 360 next week through the Xbox Live Arcade, barring any last minute certification problems.
The DX version of Retro City Rampage was originally released for the 3DS earlier this year. This new version of the game fine-tuned everything about the Retro City Rampage experience including rebalanced missions, more checkpoints, tweaked controls, a complete graphical overhaul, and many more updates. A full rundown of the changes made to the DX version of the game can be found at Vblank’s official website.
If this wasn’t enough Retro City Rampage news for one day, stay tuned, because Vblank has promised “pretty big” RCR news will be announced later this month.
Welcome to another edition of the Nintendo Download. This week, 3DS owners will be treated to Retro City Rampage: DX, an enhanced and updated version of the PC, PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii game that most of us refer to as “8-bit Grand Theft Auto.” Also available today are a pair of Wii U titles: Percy’s Predicament, a family-friendly platformer, and Ninja Gaiden, one of the greatest ninja games to ever grace the NES.
Tomorrow, Nintendo and Square Enix will add Bravely Default, an RPG in the style of classic Final Fantasy titles, to the 3DS eShop and WB Games will do the same for The Lego Movie, a Lego-style game based on the movie of the same name. The Lego Movie will also be available on the Wii U eShop.
Finally, One Piece: Romance Dawn, an RPG based on the popular anime, will be available through the 3DS eShop on Tuesday, February 11.
More details on all of these games can be found after the break. (more…)
Retro City Rampage didn’t have the smoothest of launches when it was released for the PC, PS3, Vita, and Xbox 360 in 2012. A lot of people loved the game’s “GTA-meets-NES” look, but the reviews were less than kind (including this one by yours truly). However, developer Brian Provinciano has been busy improving the game over the last year (the PC version has received 16 updates since its release) and he’s finally ready to release the ultimate version of the game for the 3DS this month.
Known as Retro City Rampage: DX, this new version of the game has been tweaked and teased to bring out the best of the RCR experience. In addition to all the enhancements found in the PC version, RCR:DX will include a variety of new content and every mission has been optimized and edited. This includes rebalancing to make the game less difficult and a tutorial/tip system to help with some of themore extreme missions. Additional changes have been delivered to every part of the game including the visuals, vehicles, weapons, checkpoints, and Challenges.
Best of all, Retro City Rampage: DX has been priced at $9.99, which is 33% lower than the PC/console edition’s $14.99 price tag.
“What would Grand Theft Auto have been like on the NES?” It’s an interesting question, and one that Vblank’s Retro City Rampage attempts to answer by fusing the franchise’s original bird’s-eye viewpoint with a bucketful of 80s/90s nostalgia. The game never quite comes together, but designer Brian Provinciano definitely deserves points for trying. (more…)
It’s another big week for Nintendo’s download services… and we even get another Wii U game.
That game is Gaijin Games’ Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien. The platformer, which stars everyone’s favorite monochrome mascot, CommanderVideo, is available today is both demo and full version form.
Also available this week is Konami’s Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate. The 3DS side-story that bridges the gap between the two Lords of Shadow games on the PS3/Xbox 360 is available now as a demo, with the full game set to hit the 3DS eShop on Tuesday, March 5.
Finally, this week finally marks the release of Retro City Rampage on the Wii Shop Channel. An 8-bit-styled, open-world game reminiscent of Grand Theft Auto’s early days, Retro City Rampage on the Wii includes the special “ROM City Rampage” mode, which morphs the game into a true 8-bit adventure that would have worked on the NES.
Hit the jump for more details on all of these games as well as three other additions to this week’s Nintendo Download. (more…)
XBLA Today: Retro City Rampage
After enjoying a Fall 2012 run on the PC and PlayStation Network, Vblank Entertainment’s Retro City Rampage is ready to make its Xbox Live Arcade debut today.
This wild parody of classic 8-bit games and the original top-down Grand Theft Auto games can be yours for 800 Microsoft Points ($10):
YOU are THE PLAYER. Out of prison and on an mission, your open-world crime spree is ambushed by ”EVIL” GOOD GUYS. They will stop at nothing to protect the citizens of Theftropolis City from your RAMPAGE OF DOOM. Are YOU bad enough to defeat the “EVIL” GOOD GUYS? Retro City Rampage invites you to steal over 40 vehicles and outrun the law while mowing down your fellow citizens! Jump on pedestrians for coins, or use them for target practice with over 25 weapons and power-ups! WHOA! This 8-bit nostalgic throwback comes loaded with over 80 story missions and arcade challenges! Challenge friends and share replays to educate them in the finer points of SUPER CRIME. Lock and load your lightgun. You’ve just entered Retro City Rampage.
Vblank Entertainment has teased Retro City Rampage‘s impending debut on the Xbox Live Arcade and Wii Shop Channel all month long. Today, the developer is finally ready to announce that the game will be added to the XBLA on January 2 (priced at 1200 Microsoft Points/$15).
That’s right, next week!
A variety of tweaks of polishing were added to the XBLA version, making it the ultimate version of Retro City Rampage. This additional content is also available on the PS3/Vita version of the game as a downloadable patch.
The WiiWare rendition of the game is still on track for a January release.