Konami Revisits Rocket Knight Adventures For XBLA, PSN

The retro revival streak at Konami has already spawned a handful of new downloadable releases: Gradius, Contra and (soon) Castlevania have all been given the "ReBirth" treatment. Konami will also be revisiting Rocket Knight Adventures, but with a twist.

Unlike the ReBirth revivals, the newest Rocket Knight, as revealed by 1UP, will be given a 3D graphical makeover, staying true to its 2D gameplay roots. And unlike previous Konami retro spin-offs, this one's coming to Xbox Live Arcade, the PlayStation Network and PCs via Steam.

For those unfamiliar with the Rocket Knight Adventure series and its armoured opossum protagonist Sparkster, the series spawned over 15 years ago on the Sega Genesis. The side-scrolling platformer (and occasional shoot 'em up-like) was designed by Nobuya Nakazato, responsible for some of the strongest and most difficult entries in the Contra series.

According to 1UP's report, the Rocket Knight sequel is being developed by Climax Studios, the UK development team that created Silent Hill: Origins and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories for Konami. Further details and a handful of high res images of the newest Rocket Knight can be seen at the 1UP reveal.

Rocket Knight Preview [1UP]


    So I'm getting Earthworm Jim AND RKA on my 360? Thank you whatever fine diety made this possible.

    Wolves? So goin sparkster rather then the pigs of RKA.

    Man, this takes me back to my Sega Mega Drive days.


    While I think the art style for this one is god-awful, I'm pretty excited about a new Sparkster/Rocket Knight Adventures game. I loved playing them back during the 16-bit days, and after looking at the 1up preview, it seems that the team knows what they're doing.

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