Devs Of Nice Contra Tribute Reveal Beautiful Take On Ninja Gaiden

Indie retro tributes are a dime a dozen, however the actually good ones are rarer than you suppose. Blazing Chrome, a 2019 run ‘n’ gun channeling Contra III, is considered one of them. And in the present day its builders at JoyMasher introduced they’ve bought a brand new one within the works known as Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider. It’s principally 16-Bit Ninja Gaiden, and it appears to be like rad.



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You play as a ninja cyborg who rises up in opposition to its masters and takes on a military of tremendous troopers to dismantle the totalitarian regime ruling over a dystopic future. Alongside the way in which you’ll accumulate new upgrades and talents, and slash by way of some detailed bosses. It additionally appears to be like such as you’ll get to go full Akira motorbike slide in some unspecified time in the future. Assume Contra with a sword.

Right here’s the trailer:

Over on the PlayStation Weblog, artwork director Danilo Dias listed numerous inspirations for the appear and feel of Vengeful Guardian. One apparent reference level is H.R. Giger of Alien fame whose fusion of natural curves and metallic surfaces is on clear show within the recreation’s sci-fi aesthetic. However Dias additionally lists Keita Amemiya, the director of 1991 Japanese sci-fi film Zeiram, and Japanese TV collection like Genocyber and Cybernetic Guardians as inspirations as nicely.


Dias additionally admits that there’s numerous competitors within the retro ninja side-scroller class. There’s The Messenger, Katana Zero, and Cyber Shadow to call just some. I’d even throw mini-arcade nostalgia hit Metal Assault into the combo. In fact, all of these had been nice, partly as a result of they every excelled at one thing totally different.

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