If you were a fan of side-scrolling beat-em-ups back in the day such as Street of Rage and similar games, we have some great news for you. It looks very likely that The Simpsons Arcade Game is making a return, and will be re-released for Xbox 360 and PS3 at some point in the future.
For those of you who that don’t know, Konami were actually the publishers and developers of this classic game back in 1991, although we’re now hearing that Backbone Entertainment may be on new development duties for the re-release.
Konami hasn’t officially announced this yet, but a listing for the game has already popped up at the Austrailian Classification Board website, as spotted by Eurogamer. Further strength behind this can be seen in Backbone’s CV, as one of their past titles includes a re-release of the equally as good X-Men arcade game which we’re sure you are very fond of as well.
This listing in particular mentions the game coming to the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live, although unfortunately there is no indication of a release date yet, so fans will be hoping that this makes it out before Christmas at least.
If you didn’t play The Simpsons Arcade Game, it was a 4-player co-op affair where players embarked on an adventure through the various locations of Springfield, with one of the key gameplay aspects allowing the player to perform co-op attacks with another player. I can tell you personally that I lost a lot of 10p coins to this game and it was a pretty difficult game to play without the aid of a companion, but tons of fun regardless.
We’re hoping that this re-release will bring all new features to the game, but obviously online play will be the big requirement here. We doubt that we’ll get any more levels or anything like that, so we just pray that Backbone Entertainment do a good job of the port.
What are your memories of the game, and will you be picking this up or not? Check out a video below for a happy trip down memory lane.