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The hit PC indie platformer-style action title Cave Story+ has entered the latest generation with a new version for Switch. Publisher Nicalis has released the title digitally and physically for $29.99. As a young hero, players awaken in a strange, dangerous world, where they must uncover clues about their past while helping the oppressed inhabitants of the land, the rabbit-like Mimiga. First-run physical copies come with several extras, including a 32-page manual, a Famitracks soundtrack mini-CD, and for those who purchase their copies at GameStop, a randomly inserted chibi keychain of one of the three characters.
Capcom will be following up their Mega Man Legacy Collection with a second bundle that collects four additional titles. The first two harken back to the 16- and 32-bit days, Mega Man 7 and 8, while the remaining two slots are taken up by the retro-inspired releases from last generation, Mega Man 9 and 10. As with the first collection, the title will include a number of extras, such as a Museum with info and production art, remixed stages for an extra challenge, checkpoints, and optional extra armor.
Lizardcube’s charming update of Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap is making its way to PC next month. Publisher DotEmu has announced that the studio will be launching the title digitally through GOG and Steam on June 8. The game is currently downloadable for consoles via eShop, Live, and PSN.
A new gameplay trailer has been released in anticipation of Crash’s imminent return to gaming. The video features the Sewer or Later level from Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, one of the games included in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. A narrator highlights some of the graphical and audio improvements made over the original. A pre-order bonus was also revealed, the Friends Pack, which will bundle the Bear It Dynamic Theme along with avatars of Polar and Aku Aku.
THQ Nordic is returning to the Darksiders with the recently (and officially) revealed Darksiders III. The hack-and-slasher is currently in development for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, and is scheduled for release in 2018. Gunfire Games, a studio said to be home to many of the franchise’s creators, is heading up development. In the new installment, players will take on the role of Fury, a mage that is ranked as the most powerful of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, as she seeks to destroy the Seven Deadly Sins. The whip-wielding magician will find herself following the Charred Council’s orders into an open-world, ravaged Earth that’s been overrun by nature.
Locomalito’s action-heavy platformer Cursed Castilla EX, also known as Maldita Castilla EX, will be getting a limited physical release. Publisher Abylight Studios has teamed up with Eastasiasoft Limited to produce 3,000 copies of the Ghosts ‘n Goblins-esque adventure for the PlayStation 4. Scheduled to launch next month, the hard copy, titled Cursed Castilla EX Limited Edition, will cost $29.99 and be exclusive to Play-Asia.com. The bundle will come with the game, a 70-minute-long soundtrack CD, a numbered certificate, and a collector’s box. Pre-orders require submitting an email to mark interest in a copy.
Capcom is going full-on 8-bit today with the release of The Disney Afternoon Collection. The six-title compilation bundles Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers, Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers 2, Darkwing Duck, DuckTales, DuckTales 2, and TaleSpin. Each title has been updated with HD graphics along and supplemented by an in-game Museum filled with art and title history, a Rewind feature, and two modes, Boss Rush and Time Attack.
Gaming’s most famous bandicoot is set to return on June 30 in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. The set, which will be exclusive to PS4, bundles together Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and Crash Bandicoot: Warped. All of the games are set to feature remastered high-definition graphics.
DotEmu is embracing the past for their upcoming releases. First up is Lizardcube’s upcoming Wonder Boy title, Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, which received its second developer diary. The video highlights the re-imagined soundtrack from the Wonder Boy III remake. They also announced two new PS4 and PS Vita titles for early 2017: Ys Origin and Windjammers. Ys Origins will release on February 21, offering players a chance to play the prequel on console, taking place 700 years before Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished. Some new, undetailed features are also being included, with the title itself being ported by DotEmu. The Neo Geo classic Windjammers is also returning. The futuristic sports title pits two players against one another as they attempt to fling a disc into their opponent’s net by using powers and ricochet shots. It will support five game modes, including online versus (do I hear an angelic choir?), along with leaderboards and trophies.