Recently you may have seen our coverage of the upcoming Super Nintendo fighter Unholy Night (yes you definitely read that right!). Unholy Night: The Darkness Hour looks to return beat-em-ups to the glory days of the 90s, whilst also pushing the Super Nintnendo to its limits. It also has a lot of pedigree and experience behind it, as it’s developed by a group of former SNK developers who have previously worked on the likes of King of Fighters and Samurai Showdown.
At the time of the reveal, the team known as Blazepro claimed that the game’s development was around 80% complete, and that this was without outside investment. However, despite this feat, the lack of investment has hampered one of the team’s ambitions. That ambition being a physical release.
As such, in order to make the dream of a physical release a reality, they’ve have now taken to Kickstarter. They’re currently looking to raise a grand total of $52,500 in order to have a production run of 1500 32mb Super Nintendo cartridges. The total is certainly ambitious, but their commitment to creating a true retro experience must be praised.
Unfortunately though, there is one catch to the kickstarter campaign that’s worth noting. That being that the cartridge is only compatible with NTSC consoles, thus ruling out all PAL Super Nintendo fans. What’s more, the cartridge is only compatible with “Retro-Bit Third Party or Original Game Consoles” according to Unholy Night’s Kickstarter campaign.
Nevertheless, if you have an NTSC Super Nintendo or a Super Famicom, then you can get your hands on an original cartridge by making a $35 pledge. This is definitely worth considering, especially if you’re a fan of the likes of King of Fighters or Street Fighter II. What’s more, those who have managed to go hands on with the game have seemingly been very impressed with what they’ve seen. Not surprising I suppose given the pedigree.
So there you go. if you’re looking for a new retro fighter, or heck even just a brand new Super Nintendo game, they you can head over to Unholy Night’s Kickstarter at the following link and see what you think for yourself.