I've been playing video games for a very long time now. It pains me to say it, but I think I've been gaming longer than a good chunk of you have been alive.
"Oh, ring out again? I see how it is. Bitch."
Much as I love shiny, newfangled advanced physics and lighting and cinematic storytelling and polygonal three dee graphics, I will always and forever hold a soft spot for the games of decades past. Capcom is looking back to the 1980s with their upcoming Capcom Arcade Cabinet: Retro Game Collection, a collection of games from early in Capcom's history. Producer Kenji Kataoka gives the details:
"I can't go into details on titles yet, but we're definitely focusing on the games that came out earlier on in our history. These are completely faithful reproductions, too. You used to have arcade games ported to the NES and such and wind up being completely different titles on that platform, but that's not the case here. Even if there were bugs in the original, we've kept them in there if we felt we needed to in order to retain the original feel of the game."
He's probably talking about titles like Strider, which were crazy, fast-paced actioners with huge sprites in the arcade...
...and smaller-scale, exploration-focused games on the NES. Plenty of arcade games had to be scaled down to accommodate the NES' far-less-powerful hardware, so this is good news for fans of classic gaming.
Capcom Arcade Cabinet will be a free download with one full title to get you started, but Capcom is still working out plans on how more games can be added, most likely in the form of downloadable collections. Kataoka continues:
"We're still debating how we'll distribute the other titles, but one plan we have in mind is to have packs of multiple games available for really surprisingly cheap prices. I think we'll have the demo out before too long, and we're setting up the distribution schedule for the rest of the games such that we'll be keeping players entertained for a while to come."
I honestly hope they get far enough through Capcom's library for us to see Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow Over Mystara
Capcom has never really had a "golden age"--they release lots of good titles with a few absolute gems in between (and the occasional turd), but their arcade library is one of the best in gaming history, bar none. Will you be taking a trip into gaming's past with the Capcom Arcade Cabinet: Retro Game Collection?