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Dark Void Gets Faux-Retro Prequel

Dark Void Zero due for DSiWare in January.


It even has some fake-old box art to go with it. 
I love a good, fake story. Capcom's telling a really nice one with the announcement of Dark Void Zero, which is under development at Other Ocean and scheduled for release on DSiWare in January. The game is an 8-bit-styled faux-throwback (fauxback?), designed to make it seem like the real Dark Void, also scheduled for release in January, is really an update to an old NES game that never saw the light of day.

The in-game story of Dark Void Zero will have you in the role of Randy, the first human born in the Void. You'll fight the same Watchers that Will Grey fights in the proper Dark Void, and you'll also receive some assistance from Nikola Tesla. The game will contain three levels, which sounds like just enough to make the joke work.

The out-of-game story claims that the game was originally in development for Nintendo's first dual-screen hardware, the arcade-based PlayChoice-10, and that it was viewed as a combination of Section Z's simple flying-and-shooting gameplay with Mega Man's more advanced level structure. From the looks of the screenshots, you'll have to blow into the DS microphone to "blow the dust off the cartridge" before you can play it. That's a nice, goofy little touch.

Expect to see the game out on a Monday in January for 500 Nintendo Shop points. 
 

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Posted by Jeff

It even has some fake-old box art to go with it. 
I love a good, fake story. Capcom's telling a really nice one with the announcement of Dark Void Zero, which is under development at Other Ocean and scheduled for release on DSiWare in January. The game is an 8-bit-styled faux-throwback (fauxback?), designed to make it seem like the real Dark Void, also scheduled for release in January, is really an update to an old NES game that never saw the light of day.

The in-game story of Dark Void Zero will have you in the role of Randy, the first human born in the Void. You'll fight the same Watchers that Will Grey fights in the proper Dark Void, and you'll also receive some assistance from Nikola Tesla. The game will contain three levels, which sounds like just enough to make the joke work.

The out-of-game story claims that the game was originally in development for Nintendo's first dual-screen hardware, the arcade-based PlayChoice-10, and that it was viewed as a combination of Section Z's simple flying-and-shooting gameplay with Mega Man's more advanced level structure. From the looks of the screenshots, you'll have to blow into the DS microphone to "blow the dust off the cartridge" before you can play it. That's a nice, goofy little touch.

Expect to see the game out on a Monday in January for 500 Nintendo Shop points. 
 

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Posted by rateoforange

Haha. That's really neat.

Posted by drowsap

wow i may buy points for the dsi for this lol what am i thinking  buy points for dsi im going crazy lol

Posted by Lucien_Lachance

Capcom really loves their retro box art.
Posted by buzz_killington

*cough* Capcom pulling a Matt Hazzard here *cough*

Posted by Soap

Thats a pretty clever idea, kind of like what Matt Hazzard should have done... had it been a good game. 
 
I guess we will never see this or an upgraded version on xbox live or psn?

Posted by ZmillA

why not bring it to WiiWare also?

Posted by Sil3n7

Two thumbs WAY up to Capcom. This is so cool.

Posted by Pazy

If this was released for any other platform id be really interested but I dont own a DSi (I like my Fat DS) and there isnt enough DSi exclusive content to make me buy a whole new DS when my current one works. If this was on WiiWare/PSN/XBLA/PC id totally get it.

Posted by FoxMulder

This looks so much better than that Megaman re-boot!

Posted by Brendan

Hey look, it's my first ever purchase for DSi Ware!  Now I can finally use those free points I got with the handheld :P
Posted by Luke

Haha, this is pretty great! :) 

Posted by King9999

Blow the dust off the cartridge?  If anyone knows retro, it's Capcom.

Posted by RaccoonusDoodus

Wow. That's pretty awesome.

Posted by supermike6

First thing to make me want a DSi.

Posted by EvilTwin

This is kind of starting to become a tired concept.  They already kind of stole the idea from Matt Hazard, but it's also piggybacking on their use of 8-bit graphics for both Mega Man 9 and 10.

Posted by Driadon
@supermike6: I heard that. I kept saying to myself: If DSi Ware is anything like Wii Ware, why would I want it. Now, I can safely say I want it.
Posted by InfiniteStateMachine

looks like a color gameboy game

Posted by sickVisionz
@Driadon: Is the release of retro games (which Wii Ware is known for) really all that different than the release of retro-style games? 
 
@EvilTwin: Two games in close to twenty years makes it a tired concept?  I don't get the complaints.  Nobody is hurt by this, it's just more games on the market.
Posted by ryanwho

Really now, if "real hardcore gamers" don't get the appeal here, that's fine, this is for the people who played games back during and before 199X. As opposed to around 2003 or so. So just move along.

Posted by JackSukeru

Good one Capcom! Next, make Bionic Commando 2: Revenge of Master D ;P

Posted by VWGTI

I like this idea. Shame I don't have a DSi though.

Posted by DukeTogo

All this Matt Hazard talk is revisionist history.  Mega Man 9 came out long before Eat Lead, as did Bionic Commando Rearmed, so if anyone ripped off the idea it was the Matt Hazard people.  Capcom is just continuing to enjoy the little niche they created with another retro-style game.
 
Frankly, the last few games they've put out have been better than the big modern ones, so more of these is something they should be doing.

Posted by chstupid

I wish it was something other then Dsi then I could get it
Posted by EvilTwin
@sickVisionz said:

"@EvilTwin: Two games in close to twenty years makes it a tired concept?  I don't get the complaints.  Nobody is hurt by this, it's just more games on the market. "

 It's not as if they invented a genre and now people are refining and innovating on that idea.  It's just a novel little concept that starts to rub me the wrong way when overused.  You don't have to agree, but that is how I feel.  If this game is awesome, then great for DSi owners, but that still doesn't make me want a faux-retro tie-in for every Capcom IP. 
Posted by Compulsion

Thanks, Capcom.  Thapcom.

Posted by JJRage

I'm digging this idea, but why release what is essentially a promotional tool for Dark Void on a platform that the game won't be appearing on? 
 
That said, this alone is reason enough for me to finally upgrade to the DSi.

Posted by ryanwho

Nintendo can't win. Either there's nothing for DSiWare or something good comes out and people are mad its just for DSiWare.

Posted by TheHT
@ryanwho: lol
 
looks good though.
Posted by Lydian_Sel

This kinda makes definitely improves my attitude toward Dark Void & I'm certainly glad Capcom will go to such lengths just for shits & giggles.

Posted by DrRandle

Fauxback is now a word. Start using it, people.

Posted by bjorno

COOL

Posted by BD_Mr_Bubbles

A buy for me, looks cool.
Posted by JohnTheGamer

Sweet! I was interested in DV but not enough to get it, now I think I'll get it, will definitely check this out, only $5, can't go wrong.

Posted by Systech

This makes Capcom even more awesome.

Posted by MeatSim

That seal is officially air tight.

Posted by JeffGoldblum
@EvilTwin said:
" @sickVisionz said:

"@EvilTwin: Two games in close to twenty years makes it a tired concept?  I don't get the complaints.  Nobody is hurt by this, it's just more games on the market. "

 It's not as if they invented a genre and now people are refining and innovating on that idea.  It's just a novel little concept that starts to rub me the wrong way when overused.  You don't have to agree, but that is how I feel.  If this game is awesome, then great for DSi owners, but that still doesn't make me want a faux-retro tie-in for every Capcom IP.  "
I do.
Posted by ptys

Really clever way to sell a backstory... Only question is, why is it on a Nintendo platform?.. The clever marketers at Capcom should have this as a free download on XBL & PSN to get us in the mood for the full game. You can drag a horse to water... but you can't force it to drink  ;  )

Posted by Linkyshinks

Love it.