Capcom prepping downloadable NES-style prequel to upcoming jetpack action game, $5 title set for January release.
When Capcom announced that its jetpack-powered 3D action shooter Dark Void was coming to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC, owners of Nintendo systems may have felt a bit left out. The publisher is rectifying that in a way, as it has revealed that it is making a downloadable DSi prequel to the game, Dark Void Zero.
Much like the company's Mega Man 9, the game is being made with an 8-bit aesthetic. But where that title took advantage of gamer nostalgia surrounding the original Mega Man series, Dark Void is an original IP with no history beyond the current game.
Undeterred, Capcom has created a fictitious backstory for the game, claiming it to be an unreleased project for the Nintendo PlayChoice 10 system, which adapted Nintendo Entertainment System games for use in arcades. In addition to blocky visuals and a new chip-tune soundtrack, Dark Void Zero evokes nostalgia by asking players to "blow" on a virtual cartridge (using the DSi's microphone) before playing the game.
When it launches in January, Dark Void Zero will cost 500 DSi points ($5). The console and PC editions of Dark Void are set to launch January 19. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's hands-on impressions.
This game STILL hasn't been released? I remember seeing a very fleshed out gameplay session of it on the PS3 aaaaaaaaaaaages ago. =[
I really like this idea, but they could include it with the main game for everyone else (as an unlockable or something). But more developers could make the effort and release a game that helps to expand the universe they're creating.
If they are spending time making a game that serves as an advertisement for Dark Void, then Dark Void better be good.
It's a little disappointing that they didn't include an online store in an update or something for the original DS like the PSP did with the PSN store. I don't want to buy a brand new console just for a small online store and a slightly smaller size
dsi, not wii. but hard to say the console that has completely dominated the charts since its release is weak.
This retrofitting idea makes better sense for this title than it did for Mega Man 9 and 10. This idea is out of the question for RPG franchises. I do not want a whole lot of 8-bit throwback titles, but maybe 16-bit throwback titles. I would rather have HD 2D titles.
That is too bad......I would have totally bought it if it were a LIVE or PSN game..........Nintendo on the other hand, can rot.
"In addition to blocky visuals and a new chip-tune soundtrack, Dark Void Zero evokes nostalgia by asking players to 'blow' on a virtual cartridge (using the DSi's microphone) before playing the game." Amazing, truly amazing. I love Capcom these days.
"In addition to blocky visuals and a new chip-tune soundtrack, Dark Void Zero evokes nostalgia by asking players to 'blow' on a virtual cartridge (using the DSi's microphone) before playing the game." That's brilliant! I love it! :lol: This is great! It's so much fun to see that developers still have some wit!
Wow, didn't see this coming. I have wanted a DSi for a while, and this is just another reason for me to want one.
I don't have a DSi, and unfortunately this isn't enough for me to want one, but this is still a nifty idea. Capcom seems even better than Nintendo at appealing to nostalgia, they're even able to do it with a new IP!
This is a very clever marketing tool. I'm curious to see how it plays out. I don't have a DSi, but I think for the first time, I actually may want one.
Why release this for the DSI when the main game is on the 360 / PS3? Surely it would make more sense for it to be on XBL / PSN:?
"Dark Void Zero evokes nostalgia by asking players to "blow" on a virtual cartridge (using the DSi's microphone) before playing the game." If I had a DSi, I'd buy the game just for that. :lol:
Hmmm I don't have a DS anymore, but this game looks like it would be a lot of fun. ...and the music made me nastolgic for Mega Man.
That ........actually looks really cool. Its good to keep the original look for the early games still in the spotlight, even in today's generation of HD gaming and incredible visuals. I dont have a DS though but it just may do what GTA chinatown wars did and go to PSP if sales are really below the line. Hey, it could happen. ultimately, im liking this approach. I hope it does well.
Good for Nintendo, too bad the program Gold4Jetpack doesn't apply for them. PS: Don't know what I'm talking about? Go to gamestop's Dark void page and watch the video.
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