Monday, November 30, 2009

I'm a sucker for sprites ...

... especially when they're of the blocky, 8-bit variety. As such, it should be no surprise to hear me say that retro-tinged titles like Half-Minute Hero and Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! (and the latter's upcoming sequel) have me chomping at the bit to buy a PSP.

That chomping isn't going away anytime soon thanks to the imminent release of yet another retro-styled and sprite-filled PSP game, Classic Dungeon.

According to Anoop Gantayat over at, the title's story "centers on a forbidden land known as Manoakazu. In the center of this world is a mysterious door which takes you to dungeons. Nine (and possibly more) heroes have visited Minoakazu to challenge the dungeon in hopes of having their dreams fulfilled."

Gantayat adds that "combat options include direct attacks with your sword, dash moves, skills and magic. Each character has a job--like knight, mage and so forth--offering different skills and magical abilities.You also have access to jumps, which can be used in order to avoid traps."

That's all I needed to know, really, but if you're the curious sort and want to learn about the game's cool character-customization options, click on this link. (Someone has started a NeoGAF thread about the title, too. You might want to keep an eye on it if you're a dork like I am.)

The official site for Classic Dungeon suggests it will hit Japanese store shelves on Feb. 18. I have no idea when (or even if) it'll be brought to the States--by the folks at Atlus, NIS America or Xseed, maybe?--but I'm hopeful we'll hear something soon.

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