City Connection Next Project Announced
City Connection have opened up a teaser website for their “Next Project” Zombie Nation which originally released on Famicom in 1990…
The side-scrolling shoot ’em up Zombie Nation (or “Abarenbou Tengu” as it’s known as in Japan) was originally developed by KAZe and was published by Meldac on both the Famicom in Japan and NES in North America with players controlling a disembodied samurai head known as Namakubi (the Japanese version replaces the head with a Tengu mask).
Namakubi can shoot projectiles from his eyes and bombs from his mouth, which he’ll need in order to defeat the evil alien, Darc Seed. Darc Seed has turned the United States citizens into zombies (hence the name of the game) and it’s Namakubi’s duty to reclaim the samurai sword (Shura) which is said to be the most powerful weapon in the world.
Zombie Nation features four stages which can be played in any order before the final battle with Darc Seed. Two difficulty settings are included (easy and hard) and the player has eight bars of energy at their disposal. There are six continues available in order to beat the game, which will increase up to a maximum of nine for each stage completed.
No platform has been revealed at time of posting (and the actual game also hasn’t been made official), but it will likely release as a Nintendo Switch digital title similar to the 1987 Famicom RPG Hoshi wo Maru Hito, which City Connection published on the Japanese Switch eShop last week (see this post for more details). Screenshots taken from the 8-bit original.