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Video: New Trailer Blasts Away Confusion Over Summer Carnival '92 RECCA

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Bullet heaven?

It's entirely possible that many saw the arrival of Summer Carnival '92 RECCA in last week's European download update, for the 3DS Virtual Console, and would have been none the wiser on what it actually is. We're currently working on our review, but when explaining that this is actually a shoot-em-‘up, it's understandable that some may not think of that genre when looking at the game's name without any knowledge of its background.

This game was actually developed by Naxat Soft as part of a "Summer Carnival" in, yep, 1992, with the goal of pushing the NES hardware to its limits; that means lots of sprites and effects to show just how much can be squeezed out of the 8-bit system. Most vitally, this game is exceptionally rare and was only released in Japan, meaning that the availability on the European eShop — and apparently on the North American platform at some point — is actually a rather unique opportunity.

Clearly aware that not all will know much about this game, Nintendo UK has released a trailer. It's action-packed and, we suspect, may get the attention of shmup fans.

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manu0 said:

It's funny that they didn't even mentioned this game in the European Nintendo Direct, but it gets released here first. The same happened with another VC game, can't remember which one, though...



iphys said:

This looks so cool. It's hard to believe it's a NES game, because it doesn't look the least bit clunky.



DePapier said:

They showed the game on the American Direct only and it releases first in Europe. Now that's weird...



Quickman said:

I am going to pick this badd boy up! (I added another "d" for extra baddness)



SmaMan said:

@DePapier Yeah, and they didn't even give a release date. Just "soon," they said. Though I guess it's better to do that than to advertise a date and miss it.
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TruenoGT said:

Honestly, I'll get this just for the novelty, but either way I'm a fan of old-school hardware pushing games, shoot 'em ups AND obscure Japanese games so this is right up my alley.



bahooney said:

Shmups aren't my thing, but I totally am in favor of bringing more imports to US and EU!



Tadness said:

This would be a welcome addition to the Wii U. Having games on-the-go is nice and all, but I like playing NES games on a big screen that isn't suceptible to glare basically anywhere but a dark room, which is essentially everywhere I'd choose to play the 3DS over the Wii U: somewhere away from home. On that note, I wish there was some sort of Super Game Boy-esque accessory for the 3DS that lets you play on the Wii U, maybe with Super Game Boy features for Game Boy games. There could even be multiplayer with the gamepad as a screen, a controller on the TV and/or the 3DS. Come on Nintendo, that would be awesome!



unrandomsam said:

Crisis Force is better than this. (This is the second best NES/Famicom shmup.)

Power Strike 2 - Master System destroys both though.



JaxonH said:

I actually never realized it, but I do really love shmups.
Ikaruga on Gamecube was fantastic.
Nano Assault Neo on Wii U was fantastic.
Super Stardust Delta on Vita was fantastic.

But the best shmup ever made is Sin & Punishment: Star Successor on Wii, developed by Treasure (same as Ikaruga) and published by Nintendo. That game was absolutely unbelievable- I'd even go so far as to say I think it's one of the finest games on the entire console, and one of my personal faves of all time. I never knew an arcade shoot-em-up could be so addictively fun- I remember staying up all night playing that game with my brother til I beat it. I'd recommend ANYONE who hasn't yet played that game, to buy it immediately. It's only like $11 on Amazon brand new.



Windy said:

I have summer Carnival 92 on PCEngine. Again I would buy this should it be a 3d Classic. **frustration sets in**



ZueriHB said:

Never thought this game would get rereleased anywhere, then I found it on the Japanese VC and now at home in EU.
Now I have 3 copies of the game. And one for the big TV

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