Update [Thu 30th Mar, 2023 14:30 BST]: As spotted by gosokkyu, Cannon Dancer (AKA Osman) has a new release date for its digital launch.
It will now be available on April 13th, 2023 on the Nintendo Switch eShop, in addition to PlayStation and Xbox storefronts. This is not the first time the release date has slipped since our initial post, with stores previously listing March 9th as the selected date.
Original Article [Mon 12th Dec, 2022 11:15 GMT]: The fact that Cannon Dancer (AKA Osman) is getting a domestic port for the first time ever is one of the best pieces of retro gaming news we've had this year – and we can finally reveal its price and release date, thanks to Nintendo.
The game's page on Nintendo's site has been updated (thanks, @gosokkyu) with a release date of January 19th 2023. We'd imagine the same date will apply to the PlayStation and Xbox releases. The game will cost $29.99 / €29,99 / £24.99.
Originally released in 1996, Cannon Dancer is the brainchild of Kouichi Yotsui, who also designed Strider during his time at Capcom. The game shares many similarities with that title but was not a success in arcades and wasn't ported to any domestic system at the time.
ININ Games has worked with Mitchell Cop to create this reissue, which is also getting a physical version.
[source nintendo.com, via twitter.com]
I mean it's cool and all but damn, 30$?
Looks cool, but after my recent disappointment in "Elevator Action Returns" I grew a little cautious again about re-releases of old-school arcade-games. The difficulty in those can get extremely annoying, to say it gently. That can be okay if it's softened by a quick safe option for example and when it's a collection of multiple games. But for a stand-alone title, not to mention at a really pricey 30 bucks, this can prove more frustrating than enjoyable.
ININ have really soured arcade rereleases this generation for me with their pricing strategy. They make Hamster look reasonable charging $7.99 for Xevious.
I'm very interested in this, but seems way too much for what is likely a very short old arcade game. It's gonna be like 45 bucks with tax here in Canada. That's almost as much as Capcom Arcade Stadium.
ININ? So like $750 but half of the game will be missing and I’ll have to wait two years to get the special edition version which will be about $1,400?
Hmm… Interesting. Considering Strictly Limited Games emailed last week to tell me they’ve shipped my physical copy of Cannon Dancer.
Maybe physical preceding digital for once!
Ah now it's coming out on my birthday, neat.
What surprises me the most is the fact that it was released physically a few weeks ago by Strictly Limited Games and I a haven't found any review whatsoever. I'd like to play it on Switch, but not if that version has performance issues.
Will probably either pick up the physical version or wait for a sale. No way am I paying $30 for a 2D retro game with only 6 levels. TMNT Shredder's Revenge had over 15 levels and cost less, the actual Strider game from Capcom only cost $2 via the Capcom Arcade Stadia collection that had 5 levels.
Boooo. Too expensive and no pc???
I got my physical copy of this game last month from Strictly Limited. How strange it's not yet available on the eShop. I haven't played it yet, and now I want to wait - perhaps there's some big performance issue that needs a patch, which seems odd for a decades-old arcade title.
There's always sales. I'll definitely grab it when it goes on sale.
They published Cotton Reboot! and a year and half later it was 60% off. If Cannon Dancer follows that pattern, it will eventually be available for $12.
Is it really worth the $40 price tag? Ya know, this could of been a stand alone release on Capcom Arcade Stadium for under $10 CAD. Visually, at least to me, it looks more appealing than Strider, but at the same time the game play looks every bit as messy and somewhat incoherent. Meh, I'll probably just score it on sale some time.
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