New Retro News: Return to Stair City 2

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Time for a quick update on some new retro happenings. This week’s them is: terrible controls don’t die, they just fade away. Also, basketball.

  • Double Dragon returns, again!
  • More masochism – stair quest ascends!
  • Boom-shaka-laka! NBA JAM updated!

Double Dragon 4

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The official DD4 site has no pics, so here’s a rom hack instead

Granddaddy of the beat ’em up brawler genre is back for more. Its first new retro outing as Double Dragon Neon embraced “retro” in its… own way, dousing the game in totally radical retro anime design and gaudy 80’s colours, dude. Which, frankly, made no sense as the original didn’t place attention on these things at all. (The game itself was decent enough though. -ed) Double Dragon 4, however, takes a more honest approach to retro revision – recreating a classic experience similar to the first Double Dragon games.

Of course, Double Dragon is an undisputed classic, but is it really for its “good” gameplay? Not really – great graphics and cool ideas mired by – in an age of coin munching madness – the game being more difficult than reasonable, thanks mostly to the fact that characters moved and responded to inputs painfully sluggishly. Will Double Dragon 4 pay homage to the cool without the baggage of the past? Time will tell: DD4 is due January 29th.

Double Dragon 4 | Official Site

Stair Quest: Special Edition

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To be fair, it’s not just Double Dragon to blame – many old school games suffered from terrible controls, clunky interfaces and lacking any sense of empathy for the player. Adventure games such as King’s Quest were no exception, burdening the player with sluggish controls yet not shying away from demanding fine precision and/or speed.

Stair Quest was one long joke, literally. Replicating horrible torturous narrow pathways with touchy controls, the whole game is endless stairs and narrow pathways. One screen was enough for me – but a lot of folks liked it, so the creators have “rewarded” them with even more punishing antics. Well, you asked for it.

Stair Quest: Special Edition | download

NBA JAM 2K17 Mod

NBA JAM is back! Sort of. Some intrepid young lad or lass has taken the original (SNES) ROM and updated the roster to include current teams, as well as some old celebrities (MJ, Kobe, etc) and some wacky hidden characters.

I have to admit, NBA JAM is still a commonly played party game for us, so updating the game to include a modern roster is just wonderful. The game doesn’t make the slightest attempt at being a serious basketball simulation, which is exactly why it was so much fun. Frantically running around the court, pushing down everyone in your way, and shattering the backboard never gets old. It’s a shame that it’s the SNES version and not the Arcade version, but I assume the SNES version would be much easier to modify.

The developer is planning to run a marathon to raise funds for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. News source: tip of the hat to Free Game Planet

NBA JAM 2k17 | official website

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About J.C

I grew up in the dark dingy arcades of the 1980s, blasting heads with Robocop 2, but grew up in an era that spanned the introduction of the x86 home computer, through to the 16-bit revolution, into the polygon age and beyond. I write about food, travel and of course, New Retro Games. I started newretrogames.wordpress.com and contribute to www.thecitylane.com. I am also a freelance business researcher, writer, and editor having published academic and corporate articles on innovation and intellectual property.

Posted on January 19, 2017, in Adventure, Beat 'Em Up, Sports, [News] and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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