October 9th, 2017 marks the fifth anniversary of Retro City Rampage, and to celebrate, Vancouver-based Vblank Entertainment is releasing a physical version of the latest iteration of the game, Retro City Rampage DX, for the Nintendo Switch.
This self-published release comes in two versions: The $29.99 (I think that’s in U.S. dollars) Standard Edition, which includes the cartridge and manual in a factory-sealed case, and the $44.99 limited Collector’s Edition, which features the same stuff as the Standard Edition, plus a keychain, soundtrack CD, 3D glasses, and reversible cover.
Unfortunately, despite being labeled a “retail” release, I’m not sure if either edition will be available at retail (I’m waiting to hear back on that). Pre-orders have gone live in Vblank Entertainment’s official online store, but the Standard Edition has already sold out at this time, leaving only the Collector’s Edition available to grab there as of this writing. They add that orders will ship worldwide (and the Nintendo Switch is region-free, so no worries there), and will be in stock later this month.
To be honest, I am loving what they’ve done with this set, and if money wasn’t tight at the moment, I’d be all over one of those Collector’s Editions. The manual is based on one of my all-time favorite games in Super Mario Bros. 2 (whose own anniversary happens to be October 9th — coincidence? Or deep cut?), while the reversible cover is based on the standard box art for the SEGA Master System — another thing which I’ve made no secret of my admittedly bizarre affection for, as this desktop wallpaper I made can attest.
And of course, the game (which is already available now in the Nintendo eShop for $14.99 CAD) is great, too — you can peruse my review of the Nintendo 3DS release to see what I think about that. Suffice to say, whereas Grand Theft Auto struggles to hold my attention for more than five minutes of anarchy, I felt much more at home with Retro City Rampage.
If that’s not enough for you, or you’re just looking for something a little easier on the wallet, Vblank has also begun making merchandise for the game:
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