Posts with ‘VBlankEntertainment’ Tag

The Making of Retro City Rampage’s 8-bit Prototype

By: Derek Yu

On: February 28th, 2013

This is an great video by Brian Provinciano explaining how he developed the NES prototype that eventually became Retro City Rampage (available now on XBLA, PSN, WiiWare, and Steam). In the video, Brian shares tons of insights into the constraints of NES hardware and the heroic effort to make a complex game for it. It’s a must-watch for fans of homebrew.

Here’s a link to NESHLA, the NES assembler that he wrote for the prototype.

Snack on This: Trailers

By: Derek Yu

On: October 8th, 2010

Hey, guys, while I’m slow-roasting some game reviews (emphasis on slow), I thought you might enjoy snacking on a few trailers for upcoming games.

Cobalt is a gorgeous-looking new run n’ gun by Oxeye Studios, the creators of the RTS Harvest: Massive Encounter. This is the first official showing of the game, which has been in development for a year now. According to the developers, the game’s about another year away from release.

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Coming to Consoles Near You

By: Derek Yu

On: June 3rd, 2010

Retro City Rampage

Wow. Do you guys remember Grand Theftendo (web archive), Brian Provinciano’s homebrew NES demake of Grand Theft Auto? The game first came to my attention around 2004, but dropped out of sight after a year or so, only to resurface in 2009 as an entrant in that year’s IGF! It seemed like a pretty sweet project.

Anyway, after IGF the game went back into hiding, so it comes as quite a surprise that just a few hours ago Brian’s company, Vblank Entertainment, announced Retro City Rampage for WiiWare. According to the game’s website, RCR is slated for a Fall release. More details will be released in the upcoming issue of Nintendo Power.

It just goes to show you – never give up! Who knows? Maybe someday They Came From Hollywood will even see the sunshine! (Okay, so there’s probably not enough hope in 50 million Obamas for that outcome. But we can dream.)

(Source: Tiny Cartridge)

2010 IGF Grand Prize nominee Joe Danger is arriving on PSN much sooner. Specifically, it’s coming out on June 8th (North America) and June 9th (rest of the world). Developer Hello Games had originally announced that they were looking at XBLA, PC, and PSN, but earlier this year it was revealed that the game would be a PSN exclusive.


Speaking of IGF nominees and PSN, Eufloria is also heading to the PlayStation Network in early 2011. According to Alex May, “this reboot, much of which will come as a free update to current and future owners of the game, will feature some of the things we wanted to get in the first time around but couldn’t because of pesky things like day jobs and deadlines and other such nonsense”. Sounds great! And dude quit his job to work on the game full time! Congratulations!

Oh yes, and then there’s this:

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