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Taito Announces More Retro-tastic Games

Posted by Jon Wahlgren

New-old versions of Arkanoid, Space Invaders and Bust-A-Move coming to WiiWare

Did you like Bubble Bobble Plus!? Taito is banking on a big ol' "yes" to that one, because the company has announced it'll be unleashing five more new-old games for WiiWare and DS.

Bust-A-Move Plus!, Rainbow Islands: Towering Adventure and Arkanoid Plus! will be competing for your Wii Points, with Space Invaders Extreme 2 and Space Bust-A-Move looking to steal your real-world money.

Bust-A-Move Plus! (Puzzle Bobble Plus! in Europe) promises 135 levels of bubble popping this summer, with levels from previous entries to be made available for download.

Arkanoid Plus!, due this summer as well, doesn't have a lot of information available other than that it will feature a multiplayer mode. If Arkanoid Live is any indication, it'll be, well, Arkanoid.

Rainbow Islands: Towering Adventure will be a sequel to the 1987 arcade title, and is actually slated for a June 15 release.

As far as the DS games go, Space Invaders Extreme was a neat-o little game that we're pleased as punch to see more of, and it's got a July 28 release date. Space Bust-A-Move, well, it's Bust-A-Move. In space. This fall.

Taito has proven it can make fun retro-updates, so we'll see how these turn out pretty soon. Look for more coverage of these games on Nintendo Life in the future.


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User Comments (24)





Isn't towering adventure already out.



FroguinZX said:

PUZZLE BOBBLE PLUS! NAO!!! Sorry, BUST-A-MOVE PLUS! NAO!!! It's the nostalgia really.



Objection said:

5? That's a few too many. The retro craze is getting a little out of hand, and that's my opinion realizing most of these will likely be decent.



WolfRamHeart said:

I loved Space Invader Extreme and I can't wait for the sequel! Will the sequel feature Rumble Pack support like the first one though?



thewiirocks said:

Wasn't Arkanoid Plus just released in Japan? It looked like a pretty standard, classic Arkanoid to me. Which is exactly what I've been waiting for!

For those of you who need an Arkanoid fix while you wait, feel free to point your DSis at my web game Defend Our Home. (aka DOH - Get it? )



naut said:

Arkanoid is a VERY pleasant suprise, but the real jewel here is Bust-A-Move Plus! I love Bust-A-Move and can't wait to play this version. Sounds like it'll keep me busy for quite a while!



thewiirocks said:

@Nintendo-Naut - Don't you think it's been a bit overdone, though? I mean, there are more Puzzle Bobble implementations out there than you can shake a stick at. There is free OSS versions, access through GameTap, and even a Wii budget title (which is currently showing the most bizarre price on Amazon).

Granted, Arkanoid has also been done to death, but the vast majority of clones don't capture the full gamut of features that make the original so much fun. (Not even my own, I'm sad to say. ) e.g. When was the last time you saw enemies in an Arkanoid clone?

Even newer titles in the series (e.g. Arkanoid DS) fail to capture the charm of the original. So personally, I'd love to see an enhanced game with all the original gameplay intact.



King_Elemento said:

All this Arkanoid talk reminds me, was Doh Island left in the Rainbow Islands remake, or was it taken out because Taito thought it was dumb?



Kevin said:

I want a Duck Hunt Plus! I've got an LCD TV now so I can't play it on my TV anymore since the NES Zapper can't work on LCD TVs. Sad days...



Ricardo91 said:

I'm looking forward to Space Bust-a-Move and Arkanoid. The only iteration of BAM I ever played/owned was BAM '99, so I could really use a newer edition. I still need to buy the first Space Invaders Extreme before I get excited about SIE2, though.

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