Konami's been very busy making new versions of their classic games for WiiWare. With Gradius, Contra and Castlevania already done, and with Life Force apparently also on the way, they've picked some excellent series so far. Their fifth pick now seems to have been revealed as well.
If you head over to designer Eric Testroete's site, you'll find a page containing early screenshots of an "undisclosed Wii project." Hardcore Konami fans, however, will no doubt recognize this as a new version of the arcade/NES classic Jackal, an overhead run and gun game. One shot in particular looks very similar to a location in the arcade game - Compare the two in the image section below.
There's pretty much no doubt that this is supposed to be Jackal, but of course Konami hasn't actually announced anything yet - For all we know, the game could be scrapped completely. Let's hope that doesn't happen!
We'll keep you informed of any more news on the game, should it appear.
Gasp....This is awesome I loved playing the NES version. Instant purchase
Great detective work, there!
thats gotta be Jackal Rebirth, i'd recognize that top-down helicopter pad anywhere
Jackal ReBirth? YES, PLEASE!
Never heard of the game, but looks awesome.
I loved that game in the arcade (where's the VCA love Konami?) so definitely this would be nice to see!
Now if they do a Jailbreak ReBirth, woooooo!
@Sneaker13 Same here, it looks great though
Wow, I was not expecting this for the next ReBirth. If it's true though, then I can't wait
If this is a new version it looks more like it's for next gen consoles imo.
very awesome if it is the next rebirth i also hope they finish the adventure story on rebirth
@ Kirk: Naw, the Wii can easily handle the graphics you see in those screenshots; The Wii could have a little trouble with all the trees if it was rendered on the fly maybe, but think the landscape is prerendered. And it's Jackal, so it can't very well be made to look cartoony.
If Konami does this game right (they should, the other Rebirths were awesome) this could turn out to be an amazing game.
The graphics look really nice judging from those screenshots.
This sounds pretty interesting. I think I'll have to get another Wii Points card at this rate!
this looks like a lot of fun. even though Jackal is a game i've never heard of before. the series had any more recent entries?
Jackal? Jackal! Jackal? Is it Jackal? Jackal!
Can't wait! I love this ReBirth series!!
@bro2dragons: Unlike many classic arcade games I don't think it spawned a franchise.
Green Beret/Rush 'n' Attack should get the treatment as well!
I am sorry to say I haven't heard of this one, so it will be a whole new experience for me when it does come out.
Perfect! I loved Jackal. For those that haven't played or are too young, it's a Jeep run' n' gun. It doesn't actually mention it here, but it's worth noting since it's kinda odd and hard to see the jeep in the screens. They won't have to worry about competition with all the other jeep battle games.
Detective work yeah... This was posted on Kotaku a few days ago already... But yeah, didn't see this coming... Jackal? It's a okish game I guess... But from my perspective, there are more suitable and worthy titles to "rebirth"... Like for example Salamander or Goemon... But ok, best of luck to you, hopefully it'll turn out great.
Dude, this ReBirth series is fantastic.
Hope we see this soon, the screen shots look awesome.
Someone wake me when they get to Axelay ReBirth.
Doesn't look like a ReBirth title at all. It could very well be a next-gen sequel/remake just like the disgustingly ugly new Rocket Knight Adventures.
That would be really cool... but we (in EU) are still waiting Axelay for the VC. I loved that game so much and its soundtrack was epic. Any chance for us to get it soon?
This game was the main inspiration behind something I made! Such a great game! This would be a nice one for VCA.
This could work very well! Looking forward to more news on Konami's WiiWare efforts (in continuing with Corbie's thoughts, wake me when they decide to test the WiiWare waters with a DDR game).
One more step towards Metal Gear Rebirth.
graphics look nice
I asked about this about half a year ago and got a reply which essentially said "stop asking god dammit" (only in corp speak of course)... So no, don't think it'll happen. Personally I gave up waiting and bought a cart instead but if you want it, and don't have access to a SNES, next time you're down to 0 Wii points... Switch region temporarily to Australia, buy 1000 points, download it from there and then switch back. Sure, you'll end up losing 200 points (since the Wii points won't transfer between EU and AU) but the game is worth it.
Sadly im not interested in this rebirth.
parodius and twin bee rebirth would be awesome... even more awesome and even less likely, Goonies rebirth and TMNT rebirth...
also, i assume an awesome goemon rebirth is prob in the works
This battle will make your blood boil...Good luck.
I really need to get a Capcom Classics collection someday...
Anywho, this does interest me somewhat, if it turns out to be true.
This is an instant download for me if it is true!
I hope it controls the same way the arcade game did, with your machine gun firing in a fixed direction and your missiles in the direction your truck is facing. I think it'd lose its unique dynamics if it just went with the modern dual analogue setup.
You should, Mickeymac, but not for this! Jackal is a Konami game.
Hopefully, Konami will do a Metal Gear rebirth next!
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