The lights are on
For the first time, North American gamers will be able to play Summer Carnival '92 Recca, one of the most rare -- and most challenging -- top-down shooters ever made.
The game was never officially released in the U.S., and was actually made for a one-time even, the Summer Carnival '92 in the game's title. The Summer Carnival was a Japanese gaming competition, the organizers commissioned a game from Famicom developer KID. Obviously, the game was made to be incredibly challenging; the enemies onscreen move so fast it's hard to believe this game was created on 8-bit hardware.
You can now buy the game at the Nintendo eShop for 3DS. It sells for $4.99; not bad for a piece of gaming history.
Our Take:This is one of those great pieces of obscure video game history that I just love – such a cool story. However, looking at the videos of the game that have been posted online, I'm going to skip it - my reflexes aren't nearly good enough to contend with this. Kudos to Nintendo for making this available. I hope more obscure games like this find a second life via digital download.
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Huh. Well, that's another game that's not a new Banjo Kazooie, lol.
I used to be so good at shmups, last time I tried Raiden I got my behind handed to me. Maybe with some practice I'll regain my shmups skills back, maybe.
It's so cool that Nintendo is going out of their way to bring a game like this back to life. The breakneck difficulty is a deal-breaker for me, though.
Recca Summer Carnival '92 is pretty much only interesting to the "Hardcore Gaming 101" set... like myself. Haven't played a schmup in awhile - might as well DL this legend for, what, $5? That's not bad :)
Very interesting shooter...
Old school. I like it.
this isn't no firepower 2000 but this might do..