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Flash Back with a Zapper in Retro City Rampage

Posted by Trevor Chan

Vblank Entertainment's parodic action game pays homage to the iconic Nintendo light gun

It's not uncommon for characters and items from one franchise to appear in another by the same developer, but when homage is paid to an unrelated series or item, there's an extra sense of joy in recognising the proverbial nod of the head. Vblank Entertainment's upcoming open-world action parody does just that with its acknowledgement of one of the most iconic light-guns in video game history.

Hidden as an unlockable late in Retro City Rampage is a weapon that resembles the NES Zapper. It should more than remind you what it's like to hold one of the coolest peripherals ever created, as every shot will produce a white square that flashes up and turns the rest of the screen black. Fans of Duck Hunt and other games that utilised the zapper will remember that this was the case in the old days whenever a shot was fired at the on-screen targets.

Other familiar sights include a sword that knocks enemies back as well as a boomerang, both reminiscent of Link, and even a Yoshi-cycle! To check out a short video that was filmed at the Penny Arcade Expo 2010, head over to the Kotaku website where you can watch one of the developers, Brian Provinciano, showcasing the retro delight.

The game is targeting a December release, and we'll be bringing you an interview with the game's creator soon, so make sure you stay tuned to Nintendo Life.

[via kotaku.com]

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User Comments (15)

Nintendophile

#2

Nintendophile said:

Not only is there the Light Gun reference, but the box art is reminiscent of Back to the Future! Awesome!

SilverBaretta

#5

SilverBaretta said:

I've never had a problem with my Zapper, still pretty accurate. Hope the in-game gun shoots light bullets! :)

PSICOffee

#8

PSICOffee said:

this is the first i've heard of it and i'm already absolutely hooked! too bad it doesn't come in a retro NES box with a sleeve, manual, crazy ads, maybe a map, wiimote/nes controller overlays and a small piece of styrofoam at the bottom of it! :)

ogo79

#11

ogo79 said:

im not gonna lie this game looks good
if i get this it would make this my first wiiware game
and my only wiiware game

Big_A2

#12

Big_A2 said:

Definate day one purchase. It's been awhile since I've gotten this excited for a WiiWare release.

MeloMan

#13

MeloMan said:

I've only been loosely paying attention to this game... didn't know it was for WiiWare. I'll be paying closer attention now as this game looks better by the second. Viva la neo retrogames! :)

JebbyDeringer

#14

JebbyDeringer said:

Am I the only one that created a sawed off zapper? All you had to do was point the gun at the screen and you were guaranteed a hit. I played a trick on my friends while I played duck hunt and shot over my shoulder and between my legs.

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