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Retro City Rampage Review (WiiWare)

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Retro City Rampage Review

Retro City Rampage was originally released on the PlayStation Network and PC back in the fall of 2012, on the X-Box Live Arcade service in January 2013, but has finally found its home on the WiiWare service. Retro City Rampage initially started out as an 8-bit “demake” of Grand Theft Auto 3, but quickly grew into the game we know today. However, it’s quite clear that the GTA series still influenced Retro City Rampage’s overall design.

In Retro City Rampage you play as a character known as “The Player”, an obvious nod to the person executing the control inputs, otherwise known as you. After a bank heist goes south, The Player stumbles upon a time-travelling phone booth which sends him into the future. Upon reaching 20XX, Player meets Doc Choc whom helps Player get back to his own time period by repairing the time machine. This leads you right into the main story of Retro City Rampage where the Player must journey around Theftropolis to find parts needed for the repair.

Immediately, you’ll notice that this game is full of parodies, above you’ve probably already recognized nods to Back to the Future and Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. The nostalgia is definitely a highlight of Retro City Rampage and doesn’t stop there; within the first ten minutes of playing I had already stolen a Turtle Van and murdered some Ninja Turtles.

retrocityrampage_4Much like the GTA games before it, there is a ton of stuff to do in the open world of Theftropolis. Want to run around stealing cars and tormenting the citizens of Theftropolis? Sure, go right ahead, however, don’t lose sight of the game’s story missions as this is where the game truly shines.

Story missions are represented by the letter M on the world map and come in two different colors; blue for the main story, and orange for optional missions. Follow the main story missions and you will play through a variety of scenarios that all lead to a final boss and ending. These missions are one off chunks of gameplay that could consist of stealth, arena combat, and even the dreaded Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles dam level. For the most part, these missions continue to be quite varied and are definitely a lot of fun, however, there are more than a handful of repetitive missions that require you to deliver an item, or kill an enemy. Also, toward the end, the difficulty ramps up to NES hard levels.

You can play Retro City Rampage using the Wii Remote, or the Classic Controller – I used the latter. You’ll control The Player with the left analog stick, attack with Y, jump and stomp with B, and switch weapons with L and R. You can also take advantage of twin sticking shooting with the Classic Controller, something that will help the aiming impaired like myself. You can hold down Y to lock onto enemies, but using the right analog stick is much easier. I noticed that Player moves really fast which can make handling him a little difficult at times, though I did adjust after a few play sessions.

Of course, vehicles also play a huge role in Retro City Rampage’s gameplay. Driving a vehicle is simply down by pushing forward and using Left and Right to steer. You can hit the brakes with B, but let’s be honest; you probably won’t be doing that a whole lot. Stealing a car is as simple as walking up to it and pressing X and pressing X again to exit. Some vehicles have special abilities such as turbo boosts and guns, both of which are controlled by pressing Y. The cars handle almost identical to Player, except they are a little faster. You can also change the radio station by pressing L and R which will trigger songs from the game’s soundtrack.

Retro City Rampage has a more to offer outside of its five hour story mode including customizing your character with masks, hats, etc., playing indie inspired mini-games (think Super Meat Boy and Bit.Trip Runner) at the arcade, or wreaking havoc in challenge levels. Challenge levels are completely optional, but it is fun to see if you can get a gold medal by blasting away with the rocket launcher or throwing grenades at everything that moves. You’ll likely trigger the cops during these sequences, and they can be a pain because they will not hesitate to kill you, resulting in a failed mission – the same can be said of game’s main story. One thing in particular that I noticed is that these cops are triggered easily, which for obvious reasons can become an annoyance.

retrocityrampage_1You can also play the game’s free roaming mode – Theftropolis is a joy to explore – if you’re just looking for some quick action, or challenge yourself to unlock achievements and other playable characters; it’s safe to say that Retro City Rampage scores high in the replay value department.

While Retro City Rampage borrows heavily from nostalgic franchises and GTA, it manages to create its own identity thanks to its soundtrack and gorgeous 8-bit visuals. The graphics have a unique and detailed style that overshadows any thoughts of unoriginality. I could see some complaining that the characters are too small, but I believe they lend to the game’s personality. You can also choose a variety of filters – a feature that wasn’t supposed to make the WiiWare version –that make Retro City Rampage look like it’s being played on a variety of retro consoles. Lastly, its authentic sounding NES soundtrack is the best of all the NES-inspired soundtracks in recent memory. I would gladly let these tunes tickle my ears all day long.

Final Thoughts:

Retro City Rampage will likely be the last high profile WiiWare release, and a great one at that. It doesn’t quite live up to the hype, but is an enjoyable mix of mayhem and structure in a new, but somewhat familiar 8-bit package. It is also only 1000 Wii Points, a great value considering other versions of the game are $15. Retro City Rampage will appeal to hardcore Nintendo fans, diehard GTA fans, and anyone looking for a nostalgic kick in the ass.

8/10 – Great

Purchased on the Wii Shop Channel

Retro City Rampage WiiWare Trailer

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Nintendo Download for Februrary 28, 2013

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After a lengthy wait, Retro City Rampage lands on the WiiWare service. A Castlevania: LOS – Mirror of Fate demo will be available later today, but there are no virtual console games this week.

Wii U

BIT.TRIP Presents…Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien – $14.99

Nintendo 3DS eShop

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate - Free

Fractured Soul (Sale) – Was $11.99, now $7.99

Mahjong Mysteries: Ancient Athena –

Coaster Creator 3D – $9.99

Nintendo DSiWare

Easter Eggztravaganza – 


Retro City Rampage – 1000 Points

Retro City Rampage Finally Coming to WiiWare Next Week

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Finally, after a long wait, Retro City Rampage will come to the WiiWare service next week. It will be released on February 28 in both North America and Europe, and will cost only 1000 Points.

The WiiWare version of Retro City Rampage will support the Wii Remote, Classic Controller, Classic Controller Pro and Game Cube Controller. Also, as a bonus, Retro City Rampage will come with “ROM City Rampage” built into the game’s arcade. ROM City Rampage is the prototype version of the game and represents how the game would run on a real NES console.

So, have you been holding out for the WiiWare version? Or have you already bought the game? Oh, I should also mention that the game is 50% off on Steam right now as well.


Vampire Crystals Coming to WiiWare Next Week

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Vampire Crystals is a promising top-down shooter that will be coming to WiiWare next week, December 20th. There are a variety of weapons to use, multiple characters, four-player co-op, a ton of enemies and larger than life boss battles. No word on price yet, but may be a game to keep an eye on.


New Club Nintendo Featured Game Reward – ThruSpace

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ThruSpace is the latest game to become available to Club Nintendo members as part of their featured game reward family. For 150 Coins you can get a download code for this classic WiiWare title.

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LostWinds Not Transferable to Wii U (Updated)

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Frontier, the developer of LostWinds, has notified a fan on Twitter that they are working with Nintendo on a solution to this problem. I’ll stay on this and provide another update when the information becomes available.


Earlier today I put together a fairly comprehensive guide for transferring WiiWare and Virtual Console games to the Wii U, but it seems not every title will be transferable. LostWinds, one of the first big WiiWare titles, cannot be transferred to the Wii U. The reason for this is unknown at the moment, but many new Wii U owners have reported this as being the only title, at least so far, that can’t be transferred to the Wii U.


New Club Nintendo Featured Game Reward – Art Style: Rotozoa

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Another WiiWare title has popped up for Club Nintendo members to spend their points on. This time it’s a title called Art Style: Rotozoa and it can be yours for just 100 Coins. It will only be available until November 25, 2012.

Art Style: Rotozoa was originally released on the WiiWare service on June 21, 2010. It’s an experimental game that challenges you to absorb enemies to grow your tentacles as large as you can.

Get Art Style: Rotozoa at Club Nintendo

Retro City Rampage Screenshots

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October 9, 2012

Retro City Rampage Manual (PDF)


Retro City Rampage Launch Trailer

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Retro City Rampage is finally seeing its release starting tomorrow, October 9, with a PSN release. It will see a WiiWare release a little later, but the wait shouldn’t be long according to the press release, which you can totally read below. Read more

New Club Nintendo Featured Game Reward – Dr. Mario Online Rx

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Hey Club Nintendo members, if you’re looking to cure another gaming itch, the doctor is in! Wow, could I get any more lame? Probably.

For only 100 Coins, Club Nintendo members can now pick up Dr. Mario Online Rx for the WiiWare service. This reward will be available until October 14, 2012.

This is one I’ve been wanting, but always passed for something else. Unfortunately, I’ll have to pass once more as I don’t have enough coins at the moment. However, if you do, this is a chance to get (from what I hear) a pretty good game.

Get Dr. Mario Online Rx at Club Nintendo

La-Mulana Whips Download Charts Worldwide

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La-Mulana has only been available on WiiWare for nearly a week, but in just one week, La-Mulana has managed to top the charts worldwide. It is the number download in USA, UK, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, France and Spain. I am ecstatic to see the game doing well, it has had a hard road, and it deserves this spot because you can feel the passion that went into the remake.

The full press releases are below, of which MiniFortress gets a mention, twice!!

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La-Mulana (WiiWare) Review

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La-Mulana is a 2D Action Archaeological Ruins Exploration game that was originally released on the PC many years ago. It was developed as a tribute to the MSX with graphics, music and an interface created to emulate the 80’s Japanese computer.  La-Mulana has built a cult following since its early release, so you can imagine the excitement when a remake for the WiiWare service was announced. Years passed without mention of a release date and Nintendo fans became somewhat worried about the project. Read more

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