Following in the footsteps of the Teenage Mutants Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time XBLA and PSN release, Konami will finally be bringing the wildly popular X-Men: The Arcade Game to consoles. Announced during New York Comic Con, the game will feature six player co-op as it did in the arcade (without all that pesky elbow rubbing) and drop-in/drop-out online co-op. Rest assured, all the ridiculousness that was present in the original version of the game will be preserved in this release.
Not to be confused with Activision's recently announced Silicon Knights project, X-Men Destiny, X-Men: The Arcade Game allows players to choose from Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Storm, Colossus, Cyclops, and Dazzler. The mutant of choice must battle through a load of Sentinels and various X-Men villians to rescue Professor X and Kitty Pryde. No release date or price has been announced yet. Chances are good that it will clock in around $10, though.
There have been several retro-style games popping up recently, including the recently released Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game and the forthcoming (and aptly named) Retro City Rampage. It will be interesting to see how a true classic like X-Men: The Arcade Game compares to these modern, yet nostalgic, titles.
X-Men: The Arcade Game was definitely one of my favorite games growing up as a kid. It took more than enough of my parents' quarter and introduced me to the idea of compromise, because half the time I came up to play the game, I never got to play Wolverine, though I did start enjoying Nightcrawler. I never did get to beat the game, unfortunately, but now, I might actually be able to get a chance. As far as retro games being brought back to the consoles, I couldn't have been more happy for this one.
Ranters, what do you think about downloadable versions of classic arcade games -- are they good fun, or are they disappointing too much of the time? What other arcade classics would you like to see get the download treatment?
X-Men: The Arcade Game will be coming to XBLA and PSN sometime in the future.