So let’s not waste any time eh, and get straight down to all the news from the world of retro gaming in this week’s Retro Weekly Roundup.
First up, and as you may have guessed Super Mario Bros. turns 30 this week. On the 13th September to be precise. In order to celebrate the game’s initial release on the Famicom, not only have Nintendo been filling us with lots of cool information regarding the iconic game, but this week saw the release of Super Mario Maker. Super Mario Maker successfully fulfils the dreams of many retro gamers, by allowing you to create your own Super Mario levels. These can even be made using any of four different themes, from the original Super Mario Bros. all the way through to New Super Mario Bros. on the Wii U. Not only that but you can download and take on the creations of others too, really creating a community experience around Mario’s 2D adventures. I for one am really excited to try my hand at both taking on the creations of other, and hopefully create some really cool Super Mario World inspired levels.
Next up and its a case of another week, and another Mega Man story, This is definitely no bad thing, and it’s so good to see everyone so excited about the blue bomber. This time round is the news that a feature film based on Mega Man is currently in development. There aren’t many details at the moment, but what we do know is that the film is going to be co-produced by cinema giant 20th Century Fox, alongside Chernin Entertainment, a company specialising in adapting IPs for TV and Cinema. Chernin Entertainment and Crunchyroll’s Peter Chernin will be joined by co-producers David Ready and Michael Finfer, all three of which worked on recent successful reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise.
In recent years Capcom has seen a great deal of success through the movie franchise based on Resident Evil. However, let’s hope that this movie treats Mega Man with more respect to the source material than has been seen within Resident Evil’s fast and loose approach. Either way you can count me in, and I look forward to learning more about this project.
SEGA’s recent 3D Classics on the Nintendo 3DS have turned out to be hugely successful for SEGA. Not only this, but they have also faithfully brought back some of SEGA’s greatest retro experiences, with a selection of new features to add to the experience. So, it may come as no surprise to learn that SEGA are planning more entries in their series of retro reboots. What may come as a surprise though, is that one NeoGaf claims to have discovered a hidden list of all those retro gems being prepared for the 3D Classics treatment. With this being found within the hidden data of 3D Gunstar Heroes.
You may want to take this all with a pinch of salt until SEGA confirm everything, but if this is to be believed then the list of 3D classics could soon be expanding greatly, with potentially any number of the following titles:
- Streets of Rage 3
- Sonic Spinball
- Golden Axe
- Comix Zone
- ToeJam & Earl
- Maze Hunter
- Puyo Puyo Tsu
- Zaxxon 3D
- Shining Force
- Poseidon Wars 3D
- Missile Defense 3D
- Blade Eagle 3D
- Line of Fire
Any of these would be a welcome addition, so let’s hope there’s truth to this rumour after all.
The final piece of news is a slightly indulgent one, so I apologise for the self promotion. Nevertheless, I am proud to announce that Rings & Coins well be attending EGX 2015, alongside my former colleague and fellow writer @K1NGK1M. EGX is the United Kingdom’s biggest gaming event, and this year will see Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida take part in a Q&A as part of PlayStation’s 20th Anniversary. These events usually focus on a lot of what’s coming soon, but never fear as there is an entire area dedicated to Retro. I’ll certainly be making a beeline for all things retro, including those retro series returning once more, such as Street Fighter V. Look forward to seeing everyone there, and if anyone wants to meet then hit me up at @DudeXChill.
That’s it for another Retro Weekly Roundup, but make sure to keep it Rings & Coins for all your Retro gaming needs. Also check back next week for all the latest going-ons from the world of retro gaming.