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Alleyway Bouncing to 3DS VC

Posted by Zach Kaplan

ESRB rating outs eShop release

Nintendo and Intelligent Systems's 1989 Game Boy-based Breakout clone Alleyway is making its way to the 3DS Virtual Console, outed by a recent ESRB rating.

If you've ever played Arkanoid or any number of brick-breaker games, you should know what to expect here. The ESRB's descripton is as follows:

This is an action game in which players use a paddle to rebound a ball into rows of breakable bricks. Players' objective is to clear the game area of bricks while keeping the ball from falling to the pit below.

Stay tuned to Nintendo Life for a full review soon after Alleyway hits the eShop. Will you be downloading this interstellar brick-breaking adventure?

[via esrb.org]

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Stuffgamer1

#1

Stuffgamer1 said:

This is first-party? Weird. I'd really rather they work on bigger-name titles, but whatever. :P

bezerker99

#3

bezerker99 said:

BTW, there are a ton of meh games like this one available for Gameboy. Get ready ppl!

Mmaster83

#6

Mmaster83 said:

Oh man played this a bunch back in the day. While newer versions use multi-balls, large paddles, and other upgrades, this one keeps it simple. Glad to see it revived.

Hardy83

#8

Hardy83 said:

Don't expect big name games.
MAYBE a couple games from Square and Konami, but don't get you're hopes up people.

Oh and SOME Nintendo games are a given.

b_willers

#9

b_willers said:

I had a lot of fun with this, very addictive and it had some mario themed bonus levels. Don't think I would want to play it now though.

Tails

#11

Tails said:

I'll still buy it. Any game that's Nintendo brand I'll most likely buy. As long as again It's not too expensive.

Samholy

#12

Samholy said:

NICE
i wanted this game, and its coming!
this title rocked my childhood on that good old gameboy.

brandonbwii

#14

brandonbwii said:

I hate to be a downer, but exactly how many games on Game Boy can be considered classics without taking GBA into account?

jackaroo

#15

jackaroo said:

Got this on one of those dodgy 30 in 1 cartridges when I was little. Still around somewhere. Its an ok game. It was fine for short bursts but I wont be buying it again. If I ever want to play it again ill just dig up that cartridge and play it on there.

ether_breather

#18

ether_breather said:

I owned this on Gameboy back in the day. It's a simple but fun game. I might buy this if it's reasonably priced.

Victoria

#20

Victoria said:

Arkanoid was one of the best games ever back when I had a Macintosh computer. I'd love a good Arkanoid/break-away type game for the 3DS, especially with the circle pad for playing.

Angelic_Lapras_King

#21

Angelic_Lapras_King said:

Played this a lot back in the day. Be warned, there is NO music during the gameplay, except during bonus rounds, so it may bore some players.

I'm sure there'll be a Breakout 3D or something, but Nintendo should try and get the original Tetris on the 3DS VC.

Tasuki

#22

Tasuki said:

I loved this game back in the Gameboy era. I remember visiting my brother in Chicago back in 1990 and he had this game on Gameboy. I played it all the time I was there. I never did get Alleyway on GB so I will definitely will get it once I get a 3DS.

kurtasbestos

#23

kurtasbestos said:

This wasn't a very good game.. but it was also one of the first Gameboy games I ever owned and would probably be grossly nostalgic enough to warrent a purchase. Fortunately, by the time I buy a 3DS I'm sure there will be far better and far more nostalgic-ier games for me to blow my money on.

Rapenzie

#24

Rapenzie said:

We have Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Gear and TurboExpress for now. Do you guys think we are going to see old Mobile games?

TKOWL

#26

TKOWL said:

The only thing possibly interesting about this game is that the driver of the paddle is actually Mario.

Rawk_Hawk

#27

Rawk_Hawk said:

I loved playing this on Gameboy. Sure Arkanoid is way better but this has Mario. Now we need Solar Striker

NintyMan

#30

NintyMan said:

Sounds like something to do when I have spare time, so I think I'll consider it.

Retro_Gamer

#32

Retro_Gamer said:

If it's really cheap then I'd buy it, these simple games are great for killing time. Also, it has Mario in there somewhere.

MeloMan

#33

MeloMan said:

Flat out LOOKS like Arkanoid, but... eh... Just announce Metroid II: Return of Samus and Kid Icarus of Myths and Monsters and I'm sold.

ecco6t9

#36

ecco6t9 said:

Alleyway still plays better than most of the iPhone brick breakers.

With the exception of Atari and Taito.

TheGreenSpiny

#39

TheGreenSpiny said:

@brandonwii: A lot more than you think. Most major franchises appeared on the old GB/GBC. Not all of them were great but most of Nintendo's major properties fared pretty well, such as Super Mario Land, Wario Land, Metroid and Zelda. Konami was also a big supporter with big titles like Castlevania and Contra. Not to mention Metal Gear Solid for the GBC. Square pumped out quite a few RPGs and Action RPGs. Enix started churning out the Dragon Quest remakes on the GBC. Just about every major franchise at one point or another ended up on the gameboy systems. And maybe we'll finally get to play those cult favorites like Shantae.

Granted the is a lot of garbage on both systems (GTA 1&2 for the GBC?) Hopefully these old game boy games aren't more than $3. I'm also curious to know how the games will be emulated. Will they feature "widescreen" support kind of like how Wii VC games do, since the GB/GBC had a square screen. Will they feature color, or color modes? Some games such as Metroid 2 were designed for the Super Game Boy accessory for the SNES, and featured a limited color pallet. Will we be able to access these color options?

The 3DS VC has huge potential, if Nintendo gets it right and 3rd parties don't skimp on their good games. I also doen't want to see multiple versions of the same game i.e., don't release Link's Awakening, then a year later Link's Awakening DX. There is potential for gamers to experience some real gems they may have missed.

kurtasbestos

#40

kurtasbestos said:

Afrancio -> Did you have the same childhood as me? I loved Solar Striker! As soon as they announce Revenge of the Gator, though, I'm buying like twenty 3DSes.

Ai64

#41

Ai64 said:

Ah! I remember alleyway. Should be addictive as before and good value for cash too. :)

rosebud

#42

rosebud said:

I have the original game and I would not suggest downloading this. My parents bought it for me when I was 12. It was okay then. Playing it now...not so much.

tweet75

#44

tweet75 said:

fun game very similar to arkanoid but some stages are in the shapes of nintendo characters.

daznsaz

#45

daznsaz said:

dont think ill get this its a bit too basic will get the mario one though

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