So here is the inaugural post of Weekly Retro Roundup. Each week Rings & Coins will give you a very quick news blast of some of the biggest going-ons from the retro world. The games may be up to 40 years old, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing new to report.
So lets start with some good news, as Capcom has finally given the Mega Man Legacy Collection a definite release date and price. Releasing across both North America and Europe on 25th August 2015, the collection will be available digitally for $14.99 / £11.99 / €14.99 on PS4, Xbox One and PC. There will also be a limited physical release in North America for $29.99, though there’s been no mention of Europe concerning this yet. Finally, Capcom also stated that the 3DS version is also still on course for its early 2016 release.
On a similar note, Keiji Inafune’s spiritual successor to the games featured in the Mega Man Legacy Collection, Mighty No 9, has unfortunately been postponed. Developer Comcept confirmed recently in a Kickstarter forum post locked to those who helped successfully kickstart the game, that they were now aiming for a release in Q1 2016. The post also gave some further information regarding the delay, given that the game was meant to launch next month. Here Comcept confirmed that the game is actually in a “complete state”, however there are still bugs and issues that affect gameplay that have to be sorted before launch. As such we’ll have to wait a little longer for this highly anticipated title.
In other news concerning re-releases, Microsoft and Rare recently launched Rare Replay exclusively for Xbox One. Rare Replay packs together 30 classic titles from the long-standing British developer, in order to celebrate their 30th anniversary. Despite being bought by Microsoft in 2002, Rare famously worked closely with Nintendo prior to this, and before that developed a variety of retro favourites. Despite not containing some of their most famous releases such as Goldeneye and the Donkey Kong Country trilogy due to licensing issues, the collection does include retro classics such as Battletoads and Snake Rattle ‘n’ Roll. What’s more, Rare Replay has recently gone straight to number 1 in the United Kingdom all formats chart, ahead of market heavyweights such FIFA, Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto. This comes despite the game being exclusive to the Xbox One. Ultimately showing that people still want retro games, and still wanted to reminded of the experiences from days gone by.
This is obviously something that Bandai Namco also feel, as this week they announced a new Pac-Man game for iOS and Android to commemorate the gaming icon’s 35th anniversary. Taking its inspiration from the legendary 256th level from the original arcade game, wherein a glitch would place code across the screen rendering the game unplayable, Pac-Man 256 will see players eating pac-dots, avoiding ghosts and grabbing power ups in a endless runner format. The added twist comes in the form of glitch-like code consuming the bottom of the screen, requiring Pac-Man to continuously press upwards. The endless runner format seems to be a good move for Pac-Man, and the added twist should make things really interesting. Pac-Man 256 will be released this summer, and is a much better way to experience Pac-Man during the Summer season in comparison to the character’s appearance in the widely panned move Pixels.
And finally, Piko Interactive have announced three new 16-bit titles that will be getting a release via their online store. Yes you read that right, brand new 16-bit titles. Despite being developed over 20 years ago, retro publisher Piko Interactive have put the finishing touches to these long forgotten titles, and had them translated into English in order to prepare them for a belated release. The three titles include the homebrew platformer Dorke & Ymp alongside puzzler Corn Buster for Super Nintendo, and Water Margin, a fantasy Streets of Rage-esque brawler for Mega Drive. More information on all of these new releases can be found over at Piko Interactive’s website via the following link.
Well that’s it for this week’s Retro Weekly Roundup, but make sure to check back in next week for all the latest happenings concerning all things retro.