Arguably one of the most adorable arcade titles out there, The NewZealand Story is waddling its way onto Hamster's Arcade Archives collection this week (thanks, Nintendo Everything) and will be turning us all against seals once again.
Originally released in 1988, this classic platformer sees you play as Tiki, a kiwi who is forced out on a rescue mission after his girlfriend and pals are kidnapped by a leopard seal. It's one of those "cute character, tough game" Taito titles like Bubble Bobble, and this one is all about exploring a series of deadly mazes to free your flightless friends.
The game was remade for the DS back in 2007 as New Zealand Story Revolution, though the Arcade Archives is getting the original copy this week (obviously). Some screenshots of the OG title can be found below.
The classic will be added to the Arcade Archives tomorrow (26th January), and you can pick it up from the Switch eShop for $7.99 / €6.99 / £6.29.
Will you be adding this latest addition to your collection? Let us know in the comments!
Nice....loved this on the Megadrive.
Ah, that Egret Mini purchase looks sillier every month.....
I loved it arcade!
So many memories from this one!
I'm more excited for this than GoldenEye, lol... and it's probably aged better too!
One of my first Amiga experiences. Great example of a timeless platformer from that era.
Is Parasol Stars scheduled to come out?
@SpringDivorce I mean, 40 games with a dedicated machine and 4 save state slots is pretty good (ACA games dont even have save states)
@Rambler I'd love Parasol Stars on Switch (along with all the other Bubble Bobble sequels), but it wasn't an arcade game so won't be joining the Arcade Archives lineup. I'd love a complete Bubble Bobble collection that included all Bubble, Puzzle, Rainbow Islands and Parasol Stars games.
Oh dip, I always wanted to play this and it might just have to be my first Arcade Archives purchase!
I used to play the PC Engine port. Fun game.
Blimey! That's definitely my memory playing tricks on me!
I totally agree - a collection of all the bubble bobble and spin-off game would be brilliant.
looove this game!!! Amiga 500 with my brothers back in the 90s was my first taste. I also have had it on numerous devices via roms/emulation. I was once at an Arcade museum in England and there was the Arcade version which was a blast!
Love this on the NES, glad the arcade game is finally available.
I've always wanted to own the true arcade version of this. My neighbour had the Amiga port and I was always envious.
Arcade Archives really knocking it out of the park the past few weeks.
Still got my fingers crossed for Operation Wolf, Ms. Pac-Man and Mysterious Stones: Dr. Kick in Adventure.
This has to be one of Hamster’s finest releases so far. I have a fond memory of playing the Amiga 500 version while my dad watched You Rang M’Lord? in the next room. Given the original BBC broadcast dates of that show’s first series, I can pinpoint this memory to 33 years ago this month. Time does indeed fly, unlike kiwis (without vehicles).
@gojiguy Hamster's Arcade Archives releases do have save states. there's one suspend state available per game. which isn't perfect, but it exists.
Wow, Bubble Bobble a couple of weeks ago, and now this. We just need Rainbow Islands for the Taito Holy Trinity!
Bubble Bobble has been getting so much play and now this is coming... Switch is my primary Retro Arcade Game console at the moment.... Hamsters' ACA and NEO GEO releases and the Capcom Arcade 1 & 2 Stadiums and the Namco and Konami collections and Sega Ages releases my Switch is Arcade heaven.
@Ooyah oh god yeah, it has to be on the cards right? Rainbow Islands will be the pinnacle. Come on Hamster do it!!
I played a little and enjoyed this game on my Egret II Mini - I'm glad more people will be able to access it now!
I hear you - the Egret was an expensive purchase so it's easy to feel let down when Hamster ports former Egret exclusives. But the Egret is such a cool little piece of hardware! Takes me back to my days roaming arcades in Japan. And we'll always have the paddle and trackball games...
Though if Hori ever does release a retro multi-peripheral controller (paddle + trackball + "loop lever" rotary joystick) that works with consoles I would be all over that like white on rice!
So it's a game that takes place in a fictional fairy tale land of New Zealand.
I like to think that this is actually what New Zealand looks like in real life.
This game was awesome on the Amiga!
I've never really been too interested in Arcade Archives myself (save for Punch Out) but this looks absolutely lovely! Definitely want to try and pick this up at some point (though maybe when it's at a lower price: €7's decently cheap but I'm not sure I'm willing to pay that much for a retro arcade game just yet XD).
Wow ! Absolutely adore this game , have never played the arcade original so definitely want this !
Excellent that it is confirmed. Wiki stated that this is going to release tomorrow a few weeks ago, but you never be 100% sure it will be.
Come on Rainbow Islands
@gcunit Did you have the Batman Pack?
One of the non-pirated games I owned on the Amiga back in the day. Glad this is finally released through the Arcade Archives series.
@Gerald Evocative question!
No, I'm pretty sure we didn't have that bundle. It was my brother's Amiga so I wasn't involved in the purchase etc. but I think we just got a standard edition. But now that you mention, the Batman pack does ring a bell so someone I knew must have had it.
@gcunit the reason I asked because you said NS was one the 1st games you played on the Amiga. I know that NS was part of that Pack.
My friend had that Pack, which was what I wanted, but it was later so ended up with ‘Flight of Fantasy’ Pack. That had ‘Escape From The Planet Of The Robot Monsters’, Rainbow Islands, and F29 Retaliator. They were all very good, but was gutted I didn’t have Batman.
I had this on JAMMA for a while, but always wanted the MD version for the artwork. Might be too difficult for my aged fingers/brain these days.
About time Taito
This is probably the BEST accurate representation of New Zealand, like how they have pigs in helmets!.
Played this on the C64, there was a cheat that you just mashed the keyboard before starting and the border will go grey, then you cant take damage.
But it can go wrong as if you fall down a pit on to spikes and cant die you are stuck there and have to reset the entire computer
Oh it's a great machine, wasn't overly convinced by the paddle though, felt well off.
I've updated the firmware which is supposed to fix it, not tried it out yet though.
I like it don't get me wrong, but of those 40 games, about 25 if them are now on Switch, and if the other 15 at least half a dozen are crap.
It’s funny, the paddle controls felt way off in Arkanoid and Arkanoid 2, the games I was most looking forward to! The update seemed to improve that somewhat, but they’re both still much harder than I remember.
I imported the first Arcade Memories expansion pack of games, too, but haven’t tried yet. Soon, I hope!
I fixed my Hori link above, btw. Sorry about that! 😓
I'm eying the new expansion, but its a pretty eye-watering cost..... I do love Gekirindan though.
First Bubble Bobble, now this..... COME ON RAINBOW ISLANDS.
I first played this at an arcade at a hotel we were staying at circa 1999 and fell in love with it immediately.
This is one of those games I always admired from afar on the Amiga/Atari but never actually played, even in the arcade (and I don't think it ever released on the Mega Drive in the UK, unless I'm mistaken?) — looking forward to finally giving it a whirl.
Yeah the expansion certainly wasn’t cheap! At least the packaging and included magazine were high quality. I can’t speak for the game emulation till I try, hopefully soon.
I think Strictly Limited plans to translate and release the expansion pack - maybe the price will come down a little?
It was Taito’s Gladiator which got me to buy - I’d played a bit at the bowling alley as a young teen and wanted to try again.
Light Bringer looked interesting, and Gekirindan, too. I’m glad to hear you liked it!
Bought it today. It doesn't appear to have the New version, only the Old (they have different opening levels). I wonder if that will get added in an update?
I compared trailers. I prefer the NES version as I played that one a lot.
@CharlieGirl the save state deletes itself if you finish the game. You're also forced into it on boot up.
It's not a real save state IMO.
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