Arc System Works is likely to be a familiar name to eShop aficionados, in particular, though the publisher hasn't always knocked it out of the park with its own games. It's picked up some popular franchise rights, however, including those of Technos Japan's titles.
What brands does this acquisition include? Well, examples include Double Dragon, Super Dodge Ball, River City Ransom and Kunio-kun. Yep, some genuine and cult classics in there.
Arc System Works seems keen to keep the 3DS at the centre of its efforts with these franchises too, with some thought also given to arcades. The company President, Minoru Kidooka, said the following to Famitsu when asked about usage of the Technos Japan licences.
Firstly, we'd like to develop 3DS titles like we've been doing up until now.
Personally, I'd like to see titles such as Kunio-kun and Double Dragon be revived as arcade games again.
This is something we're aiming for the next fiscal year, but I'd like to get the fighting part of Downtown Hot-Blooded March: Let's Go to the Great Sports Meet and make it into a game, and turn it into something that can be played competitively with four players at the arcades.
Of course, there's next to no chance of any planned arcades making much of a splash in the West, it's pleasing to see the 3DS is part of the company's plans. We've already had a lot of these games on the Virtual Console, so we're hopeful of all new titles in this familiar franchises.
What Technos Japan franchises would you like to see re-imagined on 3DS?