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.