Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Side-Scroller

3D Gunstar Heroes now available on eShop for 3DS

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Treasure’s legendary action side-scroller Gunstar Heroes has been added to Sega’s 3D Classics line. 3D Gunstar Heroes, now available on eShop, features two versions (Japanese and International), local co-op, emulation options, stereoscopic 3D support, and new gameplay modes. The added modes include Mega Life (more health), Mega Shot (double damage), and Gunslinger (allows for players to discover new weapon combinations, a la Alien Soldier). The game’s extensive scrolling and high-intensity action made it particularly difficult to port to 3DS, and it was actually passed over previously. The technically minded curious about how it was accomplished can find some answers in a new interview with producer Yosuke Okunari and M2 president Naoki Horii at Sega’s blog.



Black Forest goes speedrunning in Giana Sisters: Dream Runners

Giana Sisters Dream Rush (PC, PS4, Xbox One) Announcement - Screenshot 1

The Giana Sisters will be returning this summer in a new game designed around speedrunning. Black Forest Games is looking to have PC, PS4, and Xbox One players zipping around with friends and strangers this summer in Giana Sisters: Dream Runners, a new competitive multiplayer side-scroller. Up to four players will be able to select from five different characters, each with special abilities, to go head to head local or online, collecting gems and other power-ups as they dodge obstacles and other hazards in order to finish the stage first.


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Sega to flex its trunk with Tembo the Badass Elephant for console, PC

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Sega will be giving Sonic a rest later this year when they unleash their latest weapon against the world’s evils: Tembo the Elephant. Or to use its PG-13 name: Tembo the Badass Elephant. The side-scrolling action title from Game Freak for PC, PS4, and Xbox One pits Tembo and his friend Picolo against the dangerous organization known as Phantom. After invading Shell City, the National Guard calls on the patriotic pachyderm to smash, punch, and butt slam his way through 17 levels of Phantom forces. It’s time to earn them peanuts.


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La-Mulana EX grabs its whip, heads into the depths of PSN for PS Vita

La-Mulana EX (PC, PS Vita) PS Vita Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

La-Mulana EX has gone live on PSN for PS Vita. The side-scrolling action platformer from Pygmy Studio once again calls the intrepid adventurer Professor Lemeza Kosugiembark to the dangerous ruins of La-Mulana. Players must help the whip-wielding explorer as he searches for lost treasure, battles monsters, and explores uncharted territory. The PS Vita version features a new bestiary and the option to undo the Hard Mode curse.


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Trine 2 official site, new screens released, collector’s edition detailed

Trine 2 (PC) CE Announcement - Header

Trine 2 will be hitting store shelves in Europe as well as the download circuit this December, and today, publisher Focus Home has announced that a collector’s edition will also be available at launch. Frozenbyte’s action side-scroller will get the premium treatment with an included art book, complete with commentary from the developers, a soundtrack, and a copy of the original, all for $19.99.


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