Piko Interactive, which you'll likely know for its strategy of hoovering up old gaming IPs to re-release them on old hardware, has two more titles for your retro-loving consideration.
Both Jim Power: The Lost Dimension and Stone Protectors, two games that were first brought to life in the '90s, have been "revived and restored" for your buying pleasure. They're both available to pre-order right now over at Funstock, releasing on physical cartridges for SNES and Sega Mega Drive. Jim Power: The Lost Dimension's actually available on NES, too.
Let's take a quick look at each title, shall we?
Jim Power: The Lost Dimension
You might remember Jim Power: The Lost Dimension in 3-D, a shoot-em-up developed by Loriciel that launched on SNES in 1993. Piko Interactive's new release brings the game back home on SNES, but also offers up new versions for NES and Sega Mega Drive.
Standard and Limited Edition versions are available at £44.99 and £74.99 respectively. The Limited Edition comes with the following:
- Physical game cartridge
- Limited Edition box with special edition artwork
- Poster with special edition artwork (11 in x 17 in)
- CD Soundtrack
- Coloured instruction manual with key art
Stone Protectors was perhaps best known as an animated series, but also received a SNES tie-in – the game is an action title featuring ten levels in total, where a group of rock band heroes find five magical stones that give them special skills.
Again, standard and Limited Edition versions are available at £44.99 and £74.99 respectively, with the Limited variant receiving the following:
- Physical game cartridge
- DVD box set (13 episode series)
- Coloured instruction manual with cover art
- Cardboard box with game artwork
Do you collect retro games? Will you be adding these to your shelf? Let us know in the usual place.
Stone Protectors?! Now the cartoon theme song is stuck in my head from when it invaded Saturday morning. Didn’t manage to invade my house with a weekend video game rental though, but man, this is out of nowhere.
Wait, I thought someone mentioned 'classics'?
Jim Power was passable as part of one of my Evercade carts, but as a stand-alone release? Nah.
Jeez that's rather expensive for a 30 year old 16 bit game. Are they just hoping people will buy them to hold onto for 20 years to try and resell them or something? I can't see there being a rush to buy these for a game that probably has what, 5 hours of gameplay?
Those boxes look like bootleg stuff, hate it, but with license stuff I guess they get no choice.
I have NEVER heard of either of them, so to me this is just a money grab by playing on peoples FOMO
The Stone Protectors game was never actually released, so I can see some appeal in an official physical release. Not that I’d want it; plus now got an ear worm of the theme song...
Jim Power on Amiga had memorable music.
Two "Classic" '90s Games, huh?
Because this feels like some soulless corporate board saying "hey, you like old stuff right? then buy our junk! you know you wanna."
Our stones of power glow!
Jim Powers was, perhaps, the last New game I bought on snes. It’s pretty fun, actually…or was in the mid 90s I still have my original though, so no need for this.
Never heard of stone protectors…
Ah Stone Protectors another thing brought to us during the Troll craze of the 90s.
Wasn't Stone Protectors a way to make Trolls "for boys"? I had no idea it had a tie-in game.
It released here in the states.
This is awesome! I wish I had a proper SNES to I could have a reason to buy these lol. I absolutely love that they're doing this though...
Wouldn't these look weird in a proper SNES collection just due to not having the Nintendo Seal of Approval? :/
Jim Power… was that the game with the really insane background scrolling? Almost makes you sick playing it… but also made me kind of love it. I think I’m thinking of the right game.
Meh just play these on emulators, they aren't really that special. We'll probably gonna see these on Super NES NSO someday anyways so yeah I'll pass.
I have the vaguest memories of Stone Protectors. The toys more than anything else.
I bet they did nothing to actually tweak them though, right, which is a total waste of an opportunity imo.
Stone Protectors is literally the Troll dolls (that were super-hyped at the early '90s) but with more attitude.
I'm surprised someone would want to license Stone Protectors. That's some extra layers of licensing, for a game that's supposedly not even very good (the Genesis version was never officially released).
@impurekind As I understand, the big difference with this version of SNES Jim Power is that is being modified to remove the headache-including parallax scrolling effect of the original (intended as a "3D" effect meant to be played with cardboard glasses originally included with the game).
It was indeed. As the person above mentioned, the SNES version had a fake '3D' effect that was supposed to be for the bundled cardboard glasses. Apparently it was quite sick-inducing without them.
@KingMike Yeah, it is indeed headache inducing. Although, if you get yourself a simple pair of sunglasses, run the game on an emulator or wherever, then lift the sunglasses on one side so only one eye is covered by them (can't remember which eye works best but one doesn't work quite as well as the other), you can actually see the full effect in motion and it's actually kinda cool. But to be honest, the effect works on the Genesis version too as I recall, almost by default, and that version at least has all the backgrounds moving in the proper direction.
“Classic” …..lol never heard of either of these games.
I love Jim Power for SNES, but that game is so ridiculously hard!
@CharlieGirl It's like Nintendo putting out crap like "Balloon Fight" on VC because they know folks buy whatever crumbs they toss.
At that price, no thanks. Not at half that.
That's for spoiled rich kids.
Is this a joke post? Never heard of these "classics" and a collector would want originals, not a reprint.
I had Stone Protectors on Snes never realised it was a cartoon.got it as I love scrolling fighters.
Anyhow the game was terrible, all 5 Trolls seemed the same one Troll has a gun and Grenades - to use and he made the game actually playable. It was virtually impossible with the other characters as they where so slow and the AI so aggressive.. Most alarmingly of all, there are no crowd control moves of any sort.
Also the Trolls arms where so short you had a job to hit anybody. Jim Powers seems terrible most Piko games are. And yes I have an Evercade and wasted my money on the Pikp collection
Literally neither are classic games, and both have been available for a while now.
If you collect retro games does this count? I mean it's not a physical cartridge, box and manual from the time. I'm not a collector and can't think with that mentality but I could imagine that if I were a collector, this wouldn't seem like I was collecting the real thing.
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