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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…)
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.
Vblank Entertainment has announced that Retro City Rampage will be available to download from the Xbox Live Arcade and Wii Shop Channel in January.
However, if you don’t want to wait you can grab the PC version now for $9.99 (regular price: $15) direct from the developer’s website or on Steam. The $9.99 price will also be applied to the PS3/Vita version (buy one, get both!) on December 24.
Either way, a winner is you!
Vblank Entertainment has revealed that Retro City Rampage will soon be available to download from the Xbox Live Arcade and Nintendo’s WiiWare service. According to Vblank, both versions are currently going through “console certification” in North America and Europe and, barring any setbacks, will be released soon.
Retro City Rampage was first released for the PC, PS3, and Vita in North America on October 9, and since then, Vblank has been hard at work on tweaking the game to make it better. These tweaks (which are currently available on the PC/PS3/Vita as a title update) include “faster cars, tips screens, shop icons on the map, additional tutorials, checkpoints, level balancing and more.”
Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long to get another chance to play Retro City Rampage. And for our friends across the Atlantic, the European release of the PS3/Vita version of the game was also said to be nearing completion as well.