Retro Re-release Roundup, week of December 31, 2020

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Come on, d'ya think this year deserved to go out on a higher note?


Shanghai III

  • Platform: Nintendo Switch, (worldwide)
  • Price: $7.99 / €6.99 / £6.29
  • Publisher: Hamster / Sunsoft

What's this? One  many, many solitaire mahjong games produced by Sunsoft, this one developed by Success and distributed in arcades in 1993; in addition to the standard single-player mode, this version also includes a turn-based co-operative multiplayer mode and a split-screen versus mode for two players. (This is a catch-up release for Switch; PS4 got this game way back in 2015.)

Why should I care? I have not played Shanghai III but I feel confident in stating it's probably a perfectly adequate simultator of solitaire mahjong. (The audio hardware is clearly not up to 1993 standards, however.)

Useless fact: Nowadays, Sunsoft's gaming endeavors are mostly limited to licensing out their old games and properties, but they did make a return to direct production and publishing in 2018 with the original Shanghai Refresh for Switch,


Limited Run Games Blowout Sale 2021

  • Platform: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 (worldwide)
  • Price: from $24.99
  • Availability: from January 1, 10AM Eastern

Limited Run Games is clearing out whatever loose stock they have lying around on first-come, first-served basis, much of which is classic & retro-adjacent; highlights include Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap (PS4), Battle Garegga (PS4), Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (PS4/Switch) Game Tengoku CruisinMix Special (PS4), Blazing Chrome (standard & "VHS" editions for Switch and PS4)  Turok Dinosaur Hunter & Turok 2: Seeds of Evil (Switch), Freedom Planet (deluxe editions for PS4 and Switch) and the i Sega CD-themed variant of the Snatcher soundtrack.