Retro gaming fans rejoice, because next week will see Flying Tiger Entertainment joining Namco, Hamster and Zerodiv in the exclusive club of publishers bringing arcade game content to Nintendo's hybrid system.
Gate of Doom (know as Dark Seal outside the United states) was released back in 1990 and along with a isometric take on Gauntlet it added several RPG elements. Right from the player selection screen there are four staple RPG characters up for grabs: Carl the Knight, Freya the Sorceress, Riger the Bard and perhaps the most leftfield of the lot, Kirikaze the Ninja.
Each class has different walking speed, level of armour and weapons, but this remains first and foremost an arcade title so progress will be swift regardless of whichever lone hero or two player team you select. Fill up your magic meter and (depending on whatever spell you have randomly selected in your magic book displayed at the top of the screen) hitting the secondary fire button will see our heroes morphed into all sorts of magical creatures which not only make you temporarily invulnerable but also come with unique attacks.
These range from the incredibly powerful and useful - like Medusa's head which turns enemies into stone - to the not so useful like turning into a stone yourself (you can still smash enemies!) so paying attention to the active spell page is always wise. We reckon you should save these for the boss creatures that usually block your progress to the next level.
The game is scheduled for release on the American Switch eShop next week. On February 15th for the price of $7.99 you will be able to download the very first Data East game to reach the system. Hopefully the sequel Wizard Fire (which we got on the Wii back in 2010 courtesy of the Data East Arcade Collection) will also become available in the near future.
Were you a fan of Data East's games back in the day? Will you pick up Gate of Doom next week? What other Data East classics would you like to play on your Switch? Are you a bad enough dude to write a comment?