Smartphones get a dose of retro beat-em-up action.
Arc System Works’ Double Dragon 4 now available for iOS and Android. The game’s first mission is playable for free, while the remaining missions are locked behind a pay wall (US$4.48 on Android).
Don’t be fooled by the nostalgia-inducing retro aesthetic and background music — Double Dragon 4 is by no means an old title. It was released on PC and PlayStation 4 back in January 2018 as “Double Dragon IV” and then on the Nintendo Switch port in September.
The original creators of the Double Dragon series, namely director Yoshihisa Kishimoto, character designer Koji Ogata, composer Kazunaka Yamane, and programmer Kei Oyama, all had hand in the development of this installment, which helps explain the nostalgia-laden gameplay and sprites.
Brawlers have come a long way since the late ’80s, but for those looking to change things up a bit during your daily commutes, then give Double Dragon 4 a shot.
If the launch trailer below doesn’t help you decide between paying for the full game or uninstalling, the free first mission surely will.
Classic NES Games Zelda 2, Blaster Master Come To Switch Online
Nintendo has added two additional NES games to Switch Online.
Switch Online subscribers can now download and play Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link and Blaster Master, two classics that will surely make some old school gamers feel nostalgic. They join previous NES releases Super Mario Bros. 3, Ninja Gaiden, Excitebike, and many others.
In Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link, our hero Link returns to Hyrule to search for the Triforce and to awaken Zelda from an endless sleep. You embark on a quest to find the Triforce of Courage and save Hyrule from ruin, learning magic spells, talking to people in towns to get clues, collecting items to increase your power and exploring six palaces invested with
Originally released in 1988, Blaster Master is a run and gun platformer that has you blast through an endless maze of tunnels, seeking secret passages for an escape. You’re tasked with destroying the Plutonium Boss and his mutant cronies before these they destroy the earth.
You can try out Nintendo’s Switch Online seven days free. If you decide to stick with it after the trial period, you’ll have the choice of three pricing tiers for membership: $3.99 per month, $7.99 for three months, or $19.99 per year.
Sony PlayStation Classic Mini Console Debuts With 20 Games
The original PlayStation console returns some 25 years after its initial release.
Following in the footsteps of Nintendo, Sony has developed a miniaturized version of the retro PlayStation console.
The aptly-called PlayStation Classic retains the original console’s design and button layout, original controllers (two are included in the package) and packaging, but in a shrunken, miniaturized form factor.
According to Sony, the mini-console is “45 % smaller on the sides and 80% smaller in volume” than the original and comes pre-loaded with 20 titles, including Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, and Wild Arms.
It is equipped with HDMI and USB cables, but not a USB AC adapter. Sony will sell you an adapter separately, but you can likely use any third-party adaptor so long as it meets the minimum voltage requirement.
For collectors of classic miniature consoles, the PlayStation Classic is definitely one to add to your growing collection. It retails for US$99.
Capcom Announces Resident Evil Zero HD Remaster For Early 2016
One of the best horror games ever made, Resident Evil Zero, is getting an HD remake for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC in early 2016. Consider us happy, very happy.
As a remake of the horror ‘classic’ released back in 2002 on the Wii and then later on as part of Resident Evil Archives, Resident Evil Zero HD Remaster is being launched to capitalize on the success of Resident Evil HD remaster, which sold over one million units worldwide and is generally touted as one of the best games ever created, period!
You play as S.T.A.R.S. medic Rebecca Chambers and ex-soldier Billy Coen and kill a lot of zombies…
Capcom previously stated that creating HD remaster versions of its “catalogue hit titles” will be one of its key business strategies. While you wait for Resident Evil Zero HD Remaster and other future release, we would gladly recommend Resident Evil HD remaster for anyone with a penchant for gaming.
What Capcom game do you think deserves an HD remake?
There Was A Double Dragon Fighting Game Based On The 1994 Movie
Double Dragon is one of the most iconic games ever made, and while the series is best known as side-scrolling beat ’em up, there was actually a legit Double Dragon fighting game based in the 1994 movie.
Released for the Neo Geo CD, the movie-based fighting game was actually a well-developed and fun game that even The Angry Video Game Nerd (James) can’t help but praise. It’s apparently one of his favorite fighters of all time.
Now, James is no fighting game aficionado, but he is a gaming enthusiast who knows a thing or two about good and bad video games. Watch him play and critique the obscure Double Dragon fighting game…
Are you old enough to remember Double Dragon? Do you have any fond memories of the series? Let us know in the comments below.