In a move that simultaneously is fantastic, yet troubling, head of development at Nintendo, Shinya Takahashi, has announced that Retro Studios, creators of the original Metroid Prime series, has taken the reins of Metroid Prime 4 and is restarting development on the title.
After its announcement in 2017, development of the massive title has been “very challenged,” according to Takahashi, and there’s a long road ahead before we should expect to see more from the game. “It will be a long road until the next time we will be able to update you on the development progress and development time will be extensive,” said Takahashi.
Game studio, Forever Entertainment, has announced that they’re working with Sega to develop Panzer Dragoon Remake, and Panzer Dragoon II Zwei: Remake, HD remasters of the cult classic game and its sequel for modern systems. Details are slim, but Panzer Dragoon Remake will see a 2019 release.
Panzer Dragoon: Remake is a refreshed version of Panzer Dragoon. The original version of the game had its premiere on the Sega Saturn console in 1995 and was well received by both players and critics. The entire Panzer Dragoon series has been repeatedly remade and released on many platforms. The last re-launch took place in April 2018 on Xbox One, where players can play Panzer Dragoon Orta with a backward compatibility. The new version of the game will be characterized by a completely new graphics compatible with today’s standards and several modifications of the game, making it more attractive to modern players, while remaining faithful to the original in terms of story. The first materials from the game will be presented in the upcoming months!
Retro game console company, Analogue, has revealed a new edition of their incredibly successful Super Nt console in a partnership with record label, Ghostly International. While the Ghostly x Analogue Super Nt is still a standard Super Nt as it plays SNES and Super Famicom cartridges, outputting them in 1080p with digital audio, the new system will also feature bespoke boot-up animations by PolyTron’s Phil Fish, as well as 15 custom boot-up “sonics” made by Ghostly artists including Christopher Willits, Gold Panda, Mary Lattimore, Shigeto, Tadd Mullinix, Ouri, and Telefon Tel Aviv.
Additionally, the system is colored a beautiful shade of white, with special Ghostly branding to accompany it. You can purchase the system over at Analogue’s website still, and hit the jump to check out more photos of it.
Sony Computer Entertainment has, out of left field, announced the new PlayStation Classic, jumping on the trend of mini retro consoles. The system will release on December 3rd, and include 2 replica controllers, HDMI output, and cleverly designed usage of its main top-mounted buttons. Currently only 5 games have been announced, but they already make the system one to watch:
While not exactly a teaser trailer, Netflix is ramping up the marketing for Season 3 of Stranger Things by unveiling a few potentially important new details through the above trailer. First, Hawkins has a new hangout, the Starcourt Mall, which is sure to be a recurring mainstay for the season, as well as giving Steve Harrington a job, alongside Stranger Things newcomer Maya Hawke, who will play Robin in the third season.
Additionally, it’s said that the Starcourt Mall is opening “Next Summer” all but confirming a Summer 2019 release for the much-anticipated season.
Taito has announced that its Darius series of side-scrolling shooters is headed to Nintendo Switch in a massive collection called the Darius Cozmic Collection. There will be a normal edition of the game, as well as Special Edition that will include additional titles, as well as an art-book, soundtrack CD, and acrylic stand. Darius Cozmic Collection heads to Nintendo Switch on February 28th, 2019 in Japan.
Here are the titles included (Special Edition only in bold):
Darius (arcade version)
Darius II (arcade version)
Sagaia (arcade version)
Darius Gaiden (arcade version)
Darius Twin (Super Famicom)
Darius Force (Super Famicom)
Sagaia (Sega Master System)
Darius II (Sega Genesis)
Darius Alpha (PC-Engine)
Hit the jump for a first look at the Special Edition.
Lego has officially revealed their new Voltron set, and it is quite something. The kit is one of the largest robots that Lego has ever produced, coming in at a massive 2,321 pieces. Based on a design submitted by Lego Ideas user Len_D69, the Lego Ideas Voltron is based on the design first seen in the beloved 1984 animated series, rather than the version currently seen in Netflix and Dreamworks Animation’s Voltron: Legendary Defender.
The set includes the ability to form all 5 lions, as well as Voltron itself, as well as the Blazing Sword and Voltron’s shield. If you’re at SDCC, the Defender of the Universe will cost $180 and be available in limited supplies, or you can pick it up from the official Lego website starting August 1st. Hit the jump for more pictures of the fantastic set.
At E3 this year, creators PlayMaji unveiled their new retro console, titled the Polymega. The system is modular and will support widgets allowing players to relive their favorite games for NES, SNES, TurboGrafx-16, Sega Genesis, Sega CD, and even PlayStation games. The Polymega will use an elegant hybrid emulation software, allowing for support on the multiple platforms.
It’s quite a beautiful system, with prices starting at $249.99, and pre-orders opening this summer. Head over to the official website for more information.
A rumor is swirling that Retro Studios, confirmed by Nintendo to be working on a game for them, is actually working on Star Fox Grand Prix, a racing game based on the popular franchise. Reddit user DasVergeben posted five days ago on the Star Foxsubreddit that the game will be will be “something like Diddy Kong Racing mixed with F-Zero,” with gameplay leaning more towards F-Zero.
Shortly after that, a logo was leaked on the same subreddit, albeit in low quality. The logo above is a higher quality recreation of the logo in question, though its validity has not yet been confirmed. If true, we should expect to hear more at this year’s E3.
Atari has finally revealed more details about the Atari VCS, formerly known as the Ataribox. The final specs for the system are still up in the air, but Atari has partnered with several game developers and content creators to create original content and new titles for the system, as well as including complete libraries of 2600 and 5200 games.
The VCS will play at 4K, and include all the largest streaming apps (Netflix, Hulu, etc.), as well as an original Linux-based OS. For more information, you can head to ComicBook.com – or to sign up for Pre-Orders, visit the Official Website.
Today is the long-awaited release of Sonic Mania, and with it, we have an incredibly charming new trailer for the retro-inspired title. Players who pre-ordered the game will be receiving a free digital copy of Sonic The Hedgehog this morning, on the platform that they chose to purchase the game on.
Hopefully we get a fantastic vinyl release of the Sonic Mania soundtrack, because the music in this trailer was so wonderful. Hopefully the excitement around this title gives SEGA a better understanding of what we’re after as Sonic fans.
If you’ve constantly thought to yourself since its release that the Nintendo Switch just wasn’t quite retro enough for you, then this Kickstarter is absolutely for you. Partnering with ShenZhen MaiKaisi Trade Co ltd., this brave soul has worked to prototype a small run of Joy-Con shells that replicate the classic Game Boy Color visage, Atomic Purple.
The classic styling is a clear purple ABS plastic shell for the Switch Joy-Cons, as well as the Switch itself. Currently, there is also a Super Famicom button set that may also be included, though that is still currently in the works.
SEGA has posted the Opening Movie for the upcoming and highly anticipated Sonic Mania, and it’s an unbelievable amount of fun for classic fans of the series. The 2D-animated piece is produced by comic book writer/artist Tyson Hesse and featuring killer music from Hyper Potions.
Check it out above, and make sure to grab Sonic Mania on August 15th if you’re looking for the true-to-form classic Sonic experience.
If you’ve read any older Marvel books (not the 90’s ones, the actually good books), then you’ve probably seen the Marvel Value Stamp Program in the letters pages from back in the day. It enticed readers to collect “stamps” that were inserted into the books, inviting them to collect them all.
Now, Marvel Legacy is looking to continue its march into nostalgia greatness by reviving the program. This time, readers won’t have to cut up their beloved books, as the stamps will be placed in inserts in each book, with 53 stamps in total, and a collection album on the way, as well. Hit the jump for the full press release!
Admittedly, I didn’t think we would actually see anything come of the recently teased Ataribox after its announcement at E3. Yet, here we are. Atari has released these first images of the concept console to subscribers of its newsletter, today, and it’s honestly a nice looking piece of hardware.
No specs have been announced, but the console is set to play retro and “current” titles, whatever that means. The new console features ribbed lines, a raised back, and a front panel that can either be glass or wood. Atari is including SD card support, an HDMI port, and four USB ports. Two versions of the Ataribox will be released, one in wood, and one in black / red. Hit the jump to check out more images of the new console.