Retro Releases: January 2016

This past month: Star Wars PS2 games ported to PS4, Dark Cloud 2, Final Fantasy Tactics and some NES light gun shooters.

PlayStation Store:

Dark Cloud 2

Star Wars Bounty Hunter

Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter

Star Wars: Racer Revenge

Arc The Lad: Twilight of the Spirits

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy

Nintendo eShop:

Wild Gunman

The Adventures of Bayou Billy

Hogan’s Alley

Metroid: Zero Mission

Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3

Zack and Wiki: Quest for Barbaro’s Treasure

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance

 

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Retro Releases: December 2015

This month we see the PlayStation 4 get some PS2 emulated games and a classic PS1 JRPG. The Wii U gets a beloved 3D platformer from its predecessor.

PlayStation Store:

War of the Monsters

Grand Theft Auto III

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The Mark of Kri

Rogue Galaxy

PaRappa The Rapper 2

Dark Cloud

Twisted Metal: Black

FantaVision

FINAL FANTASY VII

Nintendo eShop:

1080º Snowboarding

Super Mario Galaxy

MEGA MAN BATTLE NETWORK 5 TEAM COLONEL and MEGA MAN BATTLE NETWORK 5 TEAM PROTOMAN

MEGA MAN ZERO 4

Survival Kids 2 sees fan translation

An old Game Boy favorite of mine, Survival Kids, was definitely overlooked by many at the time. For one, it was an unforeseen genre which just so happens to be so extremely popular nowadays. Released in October 1999 in the US, this game contained gameplay elements that not many games used at the time such as a hunger meter, day and night cycles, a crafting system, multiple endings, puzzle solving, two selectable characters and a fully explorable world. Many of the features could be discovered in a non-linear fashion, Survival Kids is a game about learning how things work and Survival Kids 2 sees fan translationwhat they work with all while exploring a deserted tropical island.

Unfortunately for gamers outside of Japan never saw its sequel: Survival Kids 2. Konami did eventually release more games in the Survival Kids lineage, but renamed the series to Lost in Blue once it reached North America.

Recently however, an English fan translation was released, giving many the chance to finally enjoy the game without the use of language guides.