When you discuss 'new' video games on classic hardware with fellow gamers, the name Xeno Crisis will likely pop into the conversation.
Bitmap Bureau's twin-stick shooter began life on the Mega Drive and did an utterly fantastic job of harnessing the power of Sega's system to create Smash TV-style blast wrapped in wonderful visuals and a brilliant soundtrack.
Since then, the game has seen release on Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, Evercade, Dreamcast and modern-day platforms, including the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One. You might assume Bitmap Bureau is done, but you'd be wrong – as reported by our pals over at Nintendo Life, the company is now releasing the game on the Nintendo GameCube and N64, just for good measure. We assume the Amstrad GX4000 version is just around the corner?
Bitmap Bureau was kind enough to send us copies of the game on these two systems, and we have to admit, there's something thrilling about opening a new N64 title in 2023.
PAL, NA and Japanese variants are available on each system, and all of them come with full-colour manuals. The only catch is that the GameCube version requires a chipped system to run directly from the disc (Bitmap will supply 'DOL' game file if you wish to run it from something like the GC Loader).
Needless to say, both versions run like a dream; the N64 controller is surprisingly well-suited to this kind of title, too – certainly better than the Mega Drive's default 3-button pad.
If you fancy adding this one to your growing collection of Xeno Crisis games, then you can order one below.
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