If you've been on the fence about the Blizzard Arcade Collection, now might be the perfect time to check it out.
It seems Blizzard has been listening to fan requests for a little more content and has now added two extra games to its digital retro package. Yes, that's right - on top of The Lost Vikings, Rock 'n Roll Racing and Blackthorne, there's now Lost Vikings 2 and RPM Racing. Here's a bit about both:
The sequel to The Lost Vikings, Lost Vikings 2 once again finds our three heroes Erik, Baleog, and Olaf taken far from their home and thrust into a new adventure. Tapping into new abilities and joined by two new allies, the werewolf Fang and the dragon Scorch, on their quest to find their way back home, our Viking heroes must overcome challenging puzzles that put a fresh spin on the original game’s design.
Not a sequel, but a prequel, RPM Racing is a time capsule preserving the seed that would eventually bloom into Rock N Roll Racing. The basics are all there: isometric perspective, different cars to choose from, the ability to make modular upgrades to your vehicle, career progress save functionality, and plenty of vehicular mayhem. Check out RPM Racing to get a look at one of the very first games produced by Blizzard.
Along with this, the new patch has added a fistful of new features and quality-of-life updates to "level up" the entire collection.
The Museum now includes a Design Documents gallery - revealing how the games were translated from concepts to finished products, and there's a new "Streamer Mode" for Rock N Roll Racing:
We’ve also added a new Streamer Mode for Rock N Roll Racing in the Definitive Edition and 4-player local multiplayer that lets you stream your gameplay with MIDI versions of the songs while still preserving the game’s rocking sound.
This latest update for the game is out now. If you don't already own it, you can read more about the game (in its launch state) in our review, or head on over to Nintendo's website or the Switch eShop to purchase your own copy for $19.99 / £16.99.
Have you downloaded the latest update for the Blizzard Arcade Collection yet? What do you think? Tell us down below.
Lost Vikings 2 being added to it is pretty sweet.
TLV 2 might tempt me.
@Lony85 I agree. Now it's worth buying all because of Lost Vikings 2!
So glad that Norse by Norsewest wasn't lost to time, but it's be nice to know which version was added. My guess is it's the SNES version, but at least we have the full story thus far.
@Wilforce I second that. Would be nice to know if it's the prerendered graphics sequel found on the ps1, saturn, dos and windows, or the sprite-based sequel on the snes.
@Bomberman64 Pretty sure Blizzard only worked on the SNES one.
Them adding in The Lost Vikings 2 pretty much throws my only true gripe about the Arcade Collection out the window! Lost Vikings 2 is a personal favorite of mine, and I particularly love the music. That "Dark Ages" theme is the kind of music I want to be played at my funeral!
@PhilKenSebben Yeah, thanks you're right! Not sure if that would have anything to say about which version would get brought over. I figure it depends more on the emulators already there. They obviously won't make a ps1 or a saturn emulator just for a free update. I figure it stood between the snes or the ms dos/windows versions (prerendered).
I bought this day one and have no regrets because Rock N Roll Racing and Lost Vikings are two of my absolute favorite SNES games. To see Lost Vikings 2 added at no charge is shocking, even if it probably should have been included from the start.
I'm glad to see The Lost Vikings get a new change at life!
Both of the games in the series are one of the best puzzle platformers ever made. I'm a bit bummed that they didn't include the PlayStation version of Lost Vikings 2, but if they had to choose one, the SNES version is better.
There is ssssooo going to be a physical release of this one of these days.
I was gonna get this eventually anyway, so this is good news for me! "Arcade" in the title still makes no sense.
Nice, Lost Vikings 2 was the biggest omission. I guess they're using the SNES version for this. I may have to go check it out later.
Great news! I'm glad to see Lost Vikings 2: Norse by Norsewest get another lease on life.
This is great. I don't plan to jump on these games right now, but I will pick it up as soon as it goes on sale.
Lost Vikings 2?! Has this game ever seen a re-release? Was already on the verge of pulling the trigger but this seals the deal!
Superb news. The collection was already worth it to me just for the remastered RnR Racing. The surprise it gave me and smile it put on my face when I started it up and saw it was in widescreen and with the actual original songs was worth the £15 alone.
I loved RPM Racing especially using the track building mode. Had so much with that when I was a kid.
List Vikings 2? Looks like I'm gonna have to buy this now.
Pretty sweet how games are added in here. I wish Capcom would do that for their recent arcade game release.
Okay, now that both Lost Vikings games are on there, I might finally go and get it!
But what about the Death and Return of Superman?
Dang... this collection just got something like 44.444% more tempting.
Same, I was expecting a bunch of low--effort SNES ports, to see both the SNES and MD versions, and the definitive version in there with widescreen and varying zoom levels was a huge surprise. Iv'e had my money's worth with that one game alone, so the addition of two new (old) ones is just another bonus.
This is such an epic collection. I bought it for Rock n Roll Racing, everything else cherry.
If there’s one thing I’d like to see them add, it’s save states to the definitive edition. Makes no sense they added it to the retro games but not to the definitive version.
Great! It gives some SNK 40th Anniversary Collection vibes with all the games they added for free.
But they should have told it sooner, because many people maybe would have bought the collection if they had known it, yet patches and addings use to go unnoticed for many people.
Quite tempted now!
I wanted this before but I really want it now. Just thinking of waiting for a physical. Not sure if we’ll see one with this one tho.
Just keep throwing junk on the pile, and calling them arcade games.
Yay! I can get this now. I wanted the lost vikings but disappointed that the second one wasn’t included.
Love me some classic Blizzard gaming goodness.
This is great news. I still have my copy of Norse by Norsewest for Playstation, but I never got to play the SNES version.
great to see they updated this/. now it looks like it's a proper collection with some extra's more than the roms
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