UPDATE (02/12): We now have some footage of the game in action on the 3DS! Check it out below:


Few games are quite as devoted to ’80s pop culture as the WiiWare classic Retro City Rampage. Gameplay in the style of the first two Grand Theft Auto titles meant an open world full of references to the era; one minute you’d be driving a time travelling DeLorean and the next you’d be hopping down Warp Pipes to find secret areas.

Now developer Vblank are back with Shakedown Hawaii, and this time they’re moving to the next generation with 16-bit graphics. Watch the trailer below to see it in action:

The game takes place 30 years after the events of Retro City Rampage, as an ageing “The Player” returns to rebuild his corporate empire, one street at a time.

The game is currently planned for release on “Nintendo”, although the end of the trailer makes specific reference to the Nintendo 3DS. At this point in time it’s hard to say if they’re planning a Wii U release, or if they could even be looking ahead to the NX.

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Are you excited to return to the chaotic world of The Player? Let us know in the comments!

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Written by Tom Brown

Whether it’s an exciting new entry in a series long established or a weird experiment meant only for the dedicated, Tom is eager to report on it. Rest assured, if Nintendo ever announces Elite Beat Agents 2, he’ll be there.

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