If you're a fan of the TurboGrafx-16, you may have heard of Winds' sidescrolling action-platformer Shockman, released in 1992 in North America (and later re-released internationally on the Nintendo Wii and Wii U Virtual Consoles). However, what you might not know is that this was confusingly the second game in an already existing series called Kaizou Choujin Shubibinman, with the first title being completely skipped over for its Western debut.
Now, though, the publisher Ratalaika Games seems set to correct this historical oversight, revealing that it is bringing Kaizou Choujin Shubibinman 1 (or Cyber Citizen Shockman as it is officially being titled) to the West via a new release for the PS4, PS5, and Nintendo Switch, coming May 18th (thanks Gosokkyu for the spot!). A version for Xbox platforms is also planned, but we haven't been able to confirm for definite whether this will release on the same date as the rest (like described in the tweet below).
Here's the description of the game's story from the Nintendo's eShop:
"Everything was going great for Tasuke and Kyapiko until one fateful day when they woke up as the cybernetically enhanced, Shockman!
"Thanks to the genius of the Doc, they were given the opportunity to become cyborgs and heroes of justice tasked with taking down the Evil Group which had been terrorizing the town. The only catch is they have 18 days to get the job done and become humans again.
"Fufill your destiny as hero of justice and restore peace to the town!"
You will be able to buy the game from the PlayStation Store (price not yet listed) and Nintendo Switch eShop ($5.99/£5.99) later this month. And we'll also keep an eye out more details on the Xbox release. Besides the new translation, it will also come with the following additions: a new image gallery of scanned artwork, rewind/fast forward options, save states, and a CRT filter. You can see some images of the game below:
Will you be tempted to give it a try? Let us know in the comments!