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LucasArts was working on a Day of the Tentacle HD remake

Hot on the heels of the Monkey Island HD remakes, LucasArts Singapore started work on a similarly styled remake of the developer’s popular adventure game Day of the Tentacle.

Although never officially greenlit, the project was pretty far along – some say as much as 80% complete. However, LucasArts executives didn’t get behind the project, with one source saying to Kotaku that “he company’s higher-ups had no interest in continuing to make what they called “legacy” titles like this one.”

Another for the long list of LucasArts failures.

Source: Kotaku


Documentary celebrating Street Fighter’s 25th anniversary now available on YouTube

In further celebration of Street Fighter‘s 25th anniversary, Capcom have shared the 72 minute long documentary ‘I Am Street Fighter: 25 Years Of Inspiration’ on YouTube. Originally included in the Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Collector’s Set, the documentary is now available for all to see for free.

Created by production studio AREA 5, the documentary takes a look at the creation and history of the Street Fighter series and its fans. You can watch the entire documentary above.

Source: Siliconera


Namco revives Bravoman on iOS and Android

A handful of you might remember a game called Bravoman in the arcades and on the PC Engine. It was a bit of a parody of Japanese superhero shows and video games, featuring the titular character who had stretchy limbs.

Now 25 years later, Namco has revived the Hero of Unequaled Excellence in a new game – Bravoman: Binja Bash! for iOS and Android. It’s an endless runner with some action and shooting components with a look styled after the Shiftylook comic series. It’s available free of charge.

The game is jam-packed with obscure gaming references, which will likely fly over the heads of most of us not familiar with some of Namco’s more obscure games.

Via Siliconera


Nintendo reveals Wind Waker HD special edition and console bundle, releases story trailer

Nintendo has put out a bunch of new information for the soon to be released HD re-release of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, along with a story trailer.

The company will be releasing a special edition of the game which features a rather neato Ganondorf figure. On top of that, there will also be a WiiU System Bundle which features a GamePad with a special Zelda themed decal, not unlike the 3DS console released alongside Ocarina of Time 3D.

Unfortunately, neither of these items will be released in Australia, so get your importing hats on.


Tower of Druaga prologue Kai no Bouken (Quest of Ki) translated

Cross another off the list of untranslated Famicom/NES games – the Tower of Druaga prologue Kai no Bouken has been translated into English.

Released four years after Tower of Druaga, but set beforehand, Kai no Bouken puts players in the role of Ki, a princess who is on a quest to take back the stolen Blue Crystal Rod from the demon Druaga. As you’d expect from a Druaga title, the game is ridiculously big with 100 levels of platforming action. It’s not particularly easy either, as Ki has no offensive attacks.

The translation project for this title stretches back to 2001, when the script was completed by Tomato, but abandoned by the group which started by the project. Another ROM hacker by the name of Zynk picked up the abandoned project in May 2013 and set about finishing it. In addition to an English translation, Zynk also released another patch which gives the game more detailed sprites.

You can get the patch here.


New Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix trailer debuts at PAX Prime

Disney and Square Enix have debuted a new trailer at PAX Prime for the very-soon-to-be-released HD re-release of Kingdom Hearts.

The game will be available locally on September 12.


Check out Sega Australia’s (failed) pitch to remake more classic Sega games

Sega Studios Australia is currently putting the final touches on what will be their final game – Castle of Illusion HD, but it was revealed earlier in the week that the studio tried to pitch Sega on making them into a full blown retro revival studio.

The pitch video, which you can watch below, was for a remake of Golden Axe, to be released under a label called Sega Reborn. The crazier part of the idea was that all of the games would take place in the one universe, effectively meaning Streets of Rage would theoretically be set hundreds of years after the events of Golden Axe.

Of course, the last time Sega tried making 3D versions of their classic games, we got the first dozen or so 3D AGES releases, and those were…not so good. Being pre-alpha, this Golden Axe footage looks pretty rough, but there was some promise in there.

Via Segabits


Heihachi and Spawn will be returning in Soulcalibur II HD

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Namco Bandai has revealed that two of the three guest characters from Soulcalibur II will be returning for the upcoming HD re-release.

Heihachi (the PS2 guest character) and Spawn (the Xbox guest character) will be available in both the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game – previously they were console exclusives.

Of course, the most popular guest character, Link, has yet to be announced – and given that this port is not gracing the WiiU, we’d say that’s rather unlikely.


Hyper Fighting brings Street Fighter action to the Virtual Boy

The Virtual Boy has a pretty dedicated homebrew community, who’ve done all kinds of weird and wonderful things with Nintendo’s black and red headache inducer. Today you can add Street Figher II to that list.

Dubbed Hyper Fighting, this unofficial version of Street Fighter II was developed by Mr Anon on M.K.’s Virtual Boy fighting engine. You can get the demo over at the Planet VB forums, but you’ll need a VB flash cart in order to play it, as it is not compatible with any emulators at this point.

If you’d like to see how it plays, watch this clip posted to YouTube by the team over at RetroCollect:


“New” releases and discounts – week ending 24/08/2013

Excuse our unintentional recent absence!

Xbox Live Arcade
Flashback – 800 MSP

Nintendo eShop (Australia, Europe)

WiiU Virtual Console
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (SNES) – $AU10.40
Street Fighter II’ Turbo: Hyper Fighting (SNES) – $AU10.40
Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers (SNES) – $AU10.40

3DS Virtual Console
Solomon’s Key (NES) – $AU6.50

Nintendo eShop (North America)

WiiU Virtual Console
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (SNES) – $US7.99
Street Fighter II’ Turbo: Hyper Fighting (SNES) – $US7.99
Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers (SNES) – $US7.99

3DS Virtual Console
Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos (NES) – $US4.99

PlayStation Store (Australia, Europe)


PlayStation Store (North America)

New Releases
Kessen III (PS2 Classics) – $US9.99
Naval Ops Commander (PS2 Classics) – $US9.99
Dragon’s Lair Trilogy (contains Dragon’s Lair, Dragon’s Lair II and Space Ace) – $US19.99

Metal Gear Solid HD Edition (PSVita) – $US20.99 ($US14.69 for PSPlus)
Preorder digital edition of Grand Theft Auto V, save up to 75% off selected Rockstar digital games

Good Old Games

New Releases
Thunderscape – $US5.99

The Thinking Gamer’s sale – 50% off various strategy games

75% off the Fallout collection (Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics) – $US4.99
50% off Another World 20th Anniversary Edition – $US4.99