Retro-Bit has confirmed that Irem's NES conversion of Hammerin' Harry will be getting a new physical release later this year.
Released in Japanese arcades in 1990 as Daiku no Gen-san: Beranmechō Sōdōki, the game was ported to the Famicom the following year and released in Europe under the title Hammerin' Harry (no North American release took place, which has driven up prices for the highly desirable PAL version). The series would come to the Game Boy as Hammerin' Harry: Ghost Building Company in 1992 and would see sequels on the Super Famicom, Game Boy Color and PSP, too.
Its direct Famicom sequel, Daiku no Gen-san 2: Akage no Dan no Gyakushō, was never released outside of Japan back in the day – but Retro-Bit is pleased to report that it is finally localising the game for the NES under the title Hammerin’ Harry 2: Dan the Red Strikes Back.
As ever, Retro-Bit is retailing these titles in various ways, the most expensive of which is the Hammerin’ Harry Concrete Collection, which includes both games in special edition packaging. This pack will cost $99.99 / €119.99.
Next up is the Hammerin’ Harry: Collector’s Edition, which includes the NES port of the original 1990 arcade game (released for the first time in North America on a cartridge), an 'Oak Wood' cart, numbered packaging, colour manual and acrylic cart display stand – all for $54.99 / €64.99.
Finally, we have a similar edition for Hammerin’ Harry 2: Dan the Red Strikes Back, also retailing for $54.99 / €64.99.