SUNSOFT, developer and publisher of electronic games since 1978, held a virtual event today and unveiled three upcoming titles based on classic games from the company’s history.
Ikki Unite is a multiplayer co-op Roguelike game based on the Ikki action game developed for the Famicom/NES in 1985 and notorious for coining the term “kusoge” or “crap game” due to its poor quality at the time. Now Ikki Unite realizes the developers’ original vision as players team up in small or large groups to battle a feudal overlord. The closed beta launches soon on Steam.
Called one of the best NES games of all time by Kotaku, Gimmick! will be launching on Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam this winter, along with its highly regarded soundtrack on vinyl and cassette from Ship to Shore. In the adorable but challenging platformer, players maneuver the tiny green toy Yumetaro through punishingly difficult levels to save its lost owner. The game will incorporate new features, such as a Time Attack mode and achievements. Gimmick! will be showcased in the Retro Gaming pavilion at Gamescom in Germany next week.
Finally, the cult hit Ufouria, also known as Hebreke, a metroidvania-style series whose gameplay influenced many other popular titles, is expected to launch on consoles in 2023. A soundtrack on vinyl and cassette is planned for this title as well.
SUNSOFT is the video game division of Japanese electronics manufacturer SUNCORPORATION, established in 1971. In October 1978, SUNSOFT began to develop video games in arcades with two titles, Block Challenger and Block Perfect. They had several arcade hits in the early 1980s such as Arabian, Ikki and Kangaroo. On July 25, 1985 they released the first Famicon (NES) title Super Arabian in Japan under the SUNSOFT brand.