My own personal excitement for VBlank Entertainment's old school homage, Retro City Rampage, could not be any higher at this point. I'd say it's hit a "fever pitch," and watching pretty much any trailer—like this one—for the game should offer a good indication as to why. Now you can supplement that excitement with some fresh gear.
"But wait," your cries echo in the distance, "I have no idea what you're talking about!" Fair enough. Retro City Rampage is the child of one Brian Provinciano, who has built the game from the ground up, formed like clay around its original inception as a Grand Theft Auto III parody, Grand Theftendo, which ran on actual NES hardware. It exploded from there and, despite missing its original 2010 release window, is due out later this year.
Its ties to Japanese gaming, and the history of games in general, is strong. RCR draws its influence from, well, pretty much every game from the Nintendo era that one could peg as a "classic," and even many one wouldn't think to. From Contra and Bionic Commando to the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and, naturally, Grand Theft Auto, it's as referential as it is reverential.
To ease the pain of waiting, some tie-in goodies have been made available. These include a "Theftropolis" shirt, an 18" x 24" poster, and a set of RCR pins. Or, for $40, you can go ahead and snag the whole kit 'n caboodle with the Rampage Combo Pack (pictured above), all of which is scheduled to ship in early June. Let's hope the game itself—destined for Xbox Live Arcade and WiiWare—doesn't arrive too much later than that.