Retro Re-release Roundup, week of March 26, 2020

What initially promised to be a quiet week turned out to be nothing however, because of a pair of last-second releases: the console remaster of Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy. which comfortably scratch that early-’00s Quake III-derivative itch, and the Panzer Dragoon remake, which I can’t in all certainty declare a disappointment till I sit down and beat it for myself, however nothing I’ve seen or heard up till this level makes me really feel notably assured about what’s to return. If nothing else, it is a paycheck for Saori Kobayashi, I assume.


Ikari III: The Rescue

Platform: Nintendo Change, PlayStation 4 (worldwide)
Worth: $7.99 / €6.99 / £6.29
Writer: Hamster / SNK

What’s this? The third and closing recreation in SNK’s very free trilogy of Ikari Warriors video games, initially launched in arcades in 1989 and ported to NES and residential computer systems in 1990; this model returns to a considerably related setting to the unique Ikari, however the run-and-gun motion has largely been eschewed in favor of hand-to-hand fight — suppose Double Dragon from an overhead perspective. (There are two variations of the arcade recreation, one which used the signature Ikari “loop lever” rotary joystick and one with a extra commonplace management scheme, and my understanding is that the Arcade Archives launch contains each variations.)

Why ought to I care? It is not the OG Ikari sequel you is likely to be in search of (that’d be Guevara/Guerrilla Struggle) however there’s a sure novelty to enjoying a brawler with a loop lever, and at no level do wield a broadsword, develop into a robocop or get sucked right into a hell portal, so it has that going for it over Ikari II.

SNK 40th Anniversary Assortment crossover watch: That is one other recreation that is current on SNK40, alongside the NES model (which, not like the earlier Ikari conversions for NES, is definitely fairly good).


Panzer Dragoon: Remake

Platform: Nintendo Change (North America, Europe)
Worth: $24.99 or equal
Writer: Perpetually Leisure / Sega

What’s this? Simply because the title says, a remake of Sega’s authentic fantasy-themed 3D rail shooter and Sega Saturn launch title; developed and revealed by Polish studio Perpetually Leisure, this appears to be a reasonably simple remake of the unique recreation with trendy HD graphics, nothing extra and nothing much less. (The sport is at present unique to Change, however it should finally come to different platforms together with PC.)

Why ought to I care? Truthfully, I am hoping one in every of you may reply that query for me: not one of the pre-release footage or impressions have been particularly constructive and I am in no way ready to offer this sudden launch the good thing about the doubt, but when any of you make the leap, I am all ears. (This studio’s already on the hook for remakes of Panzer Dragoon Zwei and Home of the Dead 1 & 2, so let’s hope they do not disappoint proper out of the gate.)

Useful tip: When you have the religion I lack, you should purchase a bodily model of Panzer Dragoon: Remake (together with a deluxe model in a Saturn-style case) from the trunk of Jeremy’s automotive from 10AM tomorrow.

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

Platform: Nintendo Change, PlayStation 4 (worldwide)
Worth: $19.99 or equal
Writer: Aspyr Media / LucasArts

What’s this? A port of the fourth and closing recreation in Raven Software program’s Jedi Knight collection of Star Wars first/third-person shooters, initially launched for PC, Mac and Xbox in 2003; this recreation strikes the normal protagonist Kyle Katarn right into a supporting function and places a higher deal with character customization, in addition to a greatly-expanded multiplayer suite (which, not like the latest Jedi Outcast port, was retain for this model.)

Why ought to I care? Star Wars maniacs can in all probability checklist a dozen the explanation why, however I am not in the least knowledgeable about Star Wars, so all I can inform you is that this recreation is way faster in attending to the weather I most need from a Star Wars deathmatch recreation — the flippy-dippy Jedi powers and the lightsaber duels — than Jedi Outcast ever was, and also you’re of all of the Quake III-derived video games to port to consoles, this one’s in all probability one of the best match.

Useful tip: I really feel like it will likely be without end mandatory to stipulate the foolish, foolish subtitle scheme utilized by this collection: recreation #1 is Darkish Forces, recreation #2 is Darkish Forces II: Jedi Knight, recreation # is Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast and recreation #4 is Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy.


Rose and Camellia

Platform: iOS (Japan), Android (worldwide)
Worth: free with advertisements & IAP
Writer: Nigoro

You may vaguely keep in mind this foolish “matriarch slapping” recreation from Flash portals of ten-plus years in the past, however what you won’t know is that Rose and Camellia was the work of Nigoro, the builders behind the La-Mulana collection, an they’ve simply rescued their recreation from the dying Flash platform and made it out there on cellular units. After two minutes with it, I am unable to say it really works all that properly, however free’s free.


Shadowgate remake from Restricted Run Video games

Platform: Nintendo Change, PlayStation 4
Worth: $34.99 (commonplace version) / $54.99 (collectors version)
Availability: from 10AM March 27

I by no means did play this remake however I do understand it was crowdfunded by the unique builders and the backers appeared overwhelmingly happy with the end result, so maybe it deserves to be preserved on that foundation alone.


Life Pressure vinyl & Konami data sale by Ship to Shore Phono Co.

Format: vinyl LP
Worth: $27
Availability: out there

Obtainable in each orange splatter and clear vinyl variants, this new Life Pressure vinyl from Ship to Shore options the NES tunes you are in all probability most conversant in on aspect A, and the SCC-enhanced tunes from the MSX model of Salamander that you’ve got in all probability by no means heard on aspect B. (Why STS tends to forego the arcade tunes with these Konami shooter vinyl, I can’t say.) If Life Pressure would not take your fancy, STS has additionally discounted a number of different Konami vinyl for a restricted time, together with the Gradius trilogy, the Famicom-exclusive, FM-powered Lagrange Level soundtrack and an EP based mostly on all people’s favourite Mario bootleg, Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa.

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