While Sony continues to drive gamers and creative minds away with their censorship policies and backwards agendas on game development, Nintendo continues to open its arms to a wide range of unique and diverse games across the spectrum, including indie throwbacks to 8-bit retro platforming era. And no, I’m not talking about lazy pixelated hipster games with bad graphics and poorly edited sound, I’m talking about NES-style classics that helped revive the industry after the 1983 crash and reshape how hardcore gamers played and engaged with the interactive entertainment medium.
FDG Entertainment in particular is seeking out skill-based gamers who know how to overcome challenges and are looking for something that tickles the fancy bone of nostalgia with their upcoming release of Venture Kid, which is due out on May 2nd, 2019 in North America for $10, and a week later in Japan on May 9th.
The really good part about it is that anyone who already owns previous FDG Entertainment games, namely Oceanhorn, Blossom Tales or Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom, will get a 25% off discount when it’s time to purchase a digital copy of Venture Kid.
You can see what the game is like with the launch trailer below.
The game reminds me a little bit of Kid Chameleon meets Mega Man. You’ll venture through a number of different genre-themed levels, from traveling through outer space to battling bosses in a lava cave, to taking down biker gangs, you’ll have to master each of Andy’s abilities to thwart his foes and conquer the nine different levels using eight unique power-ups to aid you in your quest.
The plot itself is pretty basic, hearkening back to the old days where the main protagonist had a simple motivation to kick butt and take names. In this case an evil Dr. Teklov is building a secret weapon and it’s up to Andy to fight his way into space and defeat the Doc before he can finish.
The full game will support the Nintendo Switch’s Pro controller, and also comes with a Nintendo Switch exclusive modes in the form of Survival Mode and Boss Rush Mode.
You can look to get your hands on the game starting May 2nd next month for $10 from the Nintendo eShop.