Tempest 3000
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Update [Fri 22nd Mar, 2024 14:45 GMT]: Songbird Productions has just revealed a bit more information about its upcoming reissue of Tempest 3000 for the Nuon. This includes a price, the date that pre-orders go live, and what exactly is going to be included in the package.

According to the company's newsletter, purchasing a new copy of the game will net you a factory-pressed Nuon DVD, a full-color manual, and a plastic DVD case with a full-color wrap. All of this will cost you $79.95 (or $10 less if you've already bought a JagFest ticket or are a Virtual Supporter - Superfan). Pre-orders for the release are scheduled to start on April 4th on the Songbird Productions website.

Are you going to try and pick up a copy? Let us know!

Original Story [Thu 14th Mar, 2024 12:30 GMT]: If you're a fan of Jeff Minter's work, we've got some good news to share with you that doesn't necessarily relate directly to the recently released Llamasoft: The Jeff Minter Story.

The retro publisher Songbird Productions has just announced that it is working with Atari to do a brand-new limited-run reissue of Tempest 3000 (Minter's Tempest 2000 sequel) for Nuon-compatible DVD players, with the pricing and pre-order details still yet to be revealed.

Tempest 3000 was notably one of the games that was missing from the Llamasoft: The Jeff Minter Story compilation recently released by Digital Eclipse for consoles & PC, with Chris Kohler telling us in an interview that it "would have been a bridge too far to try and emulate".

This, therefore, seems like the next best thing, hopefully providing players with a cheaper way of purchasing the game than some of the second-hand listings we've been seeing online lately.

Of course, you'll still have to go to the effort of tracking down a Nuon-compatible DVD player and a controller if you actually want to play it and don't have one already, but as our contributor Ashley Day notes consoles are still relatively affordable.

There is also a range of N64 controller adaptors for the console available from Songbird Productions too, meaning you won't have the problem of shelling out tons for the original controllers.

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[source twitter.com]