If you’ve got a Nintendo NES gathering dust in your attic, now might be the time to dig it out and check if it still works, because there’s a new game coming out for it.
Don’t worry, you haven’t stepped through a time portal to 1988. Mystic Searches is an upcoming retro game that’ll be coming out on a big grey 8-bit NES cartridge. But not any ordinary 8-bit cartridge – this one also contains a more modern version of the game (stored on flash memory) that’ll run on your PC or Mac if you plug in the cart via USB.
It’s the brainchild of Florida-based filmmaker Joe Granato, who discovered his own 25 year old NES game concept notes and sketches while visiting his parents. And then decided to use them to actually make a game in 2014. The 8-bit and modern versions of the game will even interact with each other: unlock secrets or achievements in the NES edition and they’ll carry over to the shinier PC edition.
Granato has assembled a team consisting of writers, composers, graphical artists and other creative types in order to make Mystic Searches a reality. They’re seeking funding on Kickstarter and seem well on the way to achieving their target. If they do, the game should be available in November 2015, and pledging US$50 (£30) will get you one of the first cartridges off the production line.