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Jason Clement posted a article in Industry NewsIt's looking to be a great month for Shantae fans as they'll finally be able to get their hands on the belly-dancing hero's latest adventure Shantae: Half-Genie Hero in just over a week and a half. Half Genie Hero is actually Wayforward's first game developed from a successful Kickstarter, so it's had plenty of fan input along the way. Also releasing on the same day is Natsume's final game for this year -- Wild Guns Reloaded. A remake of the original SNES game Wild Guns, Reloaded updates the classic western-themed shooter with two new characters, new stages, and new special weapons. Shantae: Half-Genie Hero will be releasing digitally on PS4, PS Vita, and Wii U on December 20 while its physical versions (which are being published by XSEED) will release in stores on December 27. Wild Guns Reloaded will release digitally on PS4 on December 20. Check out the trailers for both games below! Source: Wayforward (via Press Release), Natsume (via Twitter) Will you be buying either of these games when they come out?
The peak of the 16-bit era in gaming wrought many an arcade-style shooter on consoles. None of these examples are really 16-bit, but plenty of people remember Time Crisis and how it had a pedal on its arcade machines to actually reload ammunition and duck & cover when you stepped off it. And there was stuff like House of the Dead and the old Jurassic Park games from SEGA that integrated fancy mechanics and controllers into your otherwise conventional, quarter-eating arcade experience. But at home, where recreating these arcade machines was an impossible endeavor, there were experiences that emulate the â€œright in your faceâ€ philosophy of games like the ones I just rattled off, without the need for all the extra bells and whistles. I think the one with a cowboy western theme that most people love is Sunset Riders. After all, the SNES version fetches a pretty penny in the retro-gaming market. But my go-to "western shooter" was actually Wild Guns. The retro-gaming crowd I follow on Twitter reacted with the same level of surprise that I did, when Natsume suddenly announced that Wild Guns Reloaded was a thing. How many more hidden gems from childhood will be brought back into the limelight? Can I get an Arrow Flash sequel, please? Anyway, I was expecting to see a graphical departure from the 16bit original in favor of flashy 3D polygons and what have you -- but the single biggest takeaway from my time with the game is that... it“s faithful to the one that came before it in every way imaginable. To elaborate on what I meant by â€œin your faceâ€ before and describe the basic premise of games like Wild Guns Reloaded: Your character (who has multiple color options and can be male or female) is fixed on the front of the screen, and you can run (and jump) in only two directions. Enemies appear all around you, and you aim and shoot at them accordingly. Left stick moves you, right stick moves your crosshair. There are charge shots and cool stuff you can do to mix up otherwise basic gunplay, but it“s more about the things you destroy than how you destroy them. There may be a buildup that leads to a particularly satisfying battle scene unfolding, but you“ll only realize that if you“re good enough to get there! Just take a look at those screens above. These aren“t from a game made twenty years ago -- they“re from a game that properly honors twenty years ago! Natsume actually details how Wild Guns Reloaded features redrawn pixel art in modern resolutions, in an effort to stay completely faithful to the original, here. Couch co-op with up to three other players will yield hours of fun in the form of multiple explosions and gunmetal action. It plays and feels exactly like any game made in that era should. And goodness gracious, did it chew me up and spit me out. It takes lessons in difficulty from the school of Contra, to be sure -- but that's how the first one was. Before all of us playing faced our inevitable doom, we fought off cowboys, crooks, and giant robots. If you're looking for a game to remind you of arcade shooters and days gone by, Wild Guns Reloaded seems like an ideal experience to consider. The game will be available this fall, exclusively on the PlayStation 4. We“ll offer more information as it comes.