Cyber Shadow video review and gameplay round-up

The review embargo for Cyber Shadow has been lifted, which means there's a bunch of video reviews and gameplay out there. Check out the round-up below!

Cyber Shadow dev talks about how closely the game sticks to NES limitations, and shares the possibility of DLC

Playing to the system's strengths

To someone like me who grew up on the NES, Cyber Shadow looks absolutely gorgeous. Hopefully others feel the same way! The game certainly looks the part, but just how much of it would be possible on an actual NES? Nintendo Life talked to developer Aarne Hunzike to find out.

Following the rules and restrictions of an 8-bit game is such fun that most art in the game is very much possible on a real system. Where rule bending does happen is the number of sprites on screen and the use of parallax scrolling that doesn’t rely on splits. The SFX are also all made in Famitracker.

Cyber Shadow comes to Switch this week, and there's no doubt excitement about it. Can we hope to see even more content for Cyber Shadow down the road after launch? Here's what Hunzike had to say.

It’s up to the players. If there’s demand, my body is ready.

Cyber Shadow physical release "would be awesome," but not in the plans right now

Boxed out

Cyber Shadow is coming to Switch next week via a partnership between publisher Yacht Club Games and developer Aarne Hunziker. As it stands right now, the game will release digitally and that's it. Could there be a physical release down the road? Comicbook.com asked Hunziker about it, and his answer might be a little disappointing for physical fans.

A physical release would be awesome indeed, but not in the plans at this time. I need to rest.

I would imagine that a physical release for Cyber Shadow is almost a given, but the details haven't come together yet. With boutique retailers out there bringing all sorts of games to Switch, I sincerely doubt they'd skip over Cyber Shadow.

Cyber Shadow gets another Japanese trailer

A stealth-dropped trailer

Cyber Shadow is launching on Jan. 26th, 2021, so we're not far off now! For another look at the game, you can check out the second Japanese trailer shared above.

Cyber Shadow developer discusses how the game's scope ballooned during development

A big project for a one-man team

Cyber Shadow, a love letter to NES platforming/action days, is making its way to Switch on Jan. 26th, 2021. The game has been a long time coming, and that might have something to do with plans for the game expanding quite a bit.

Developer MekaSkull has put out a new dev blog going over the game's creation, starting from day one and going all the way up to the final version. In one snippet, we see just how much was added to the game as development rolled on. Check out a blurb below, then click over for the full piece.

I kept working on the game because I thought, why not? The game was taking on a life of its own — and jumping between the seats of a writer, artist, coder, and sound designer — it kept it fresh for me at all times. At this point, the game was redubbed as a “one-year project” that had maybe six levels and a story that only existed between lines, expanded by a manual. Shadow’s initial design was refreshed a couple of times before landing on the final one.

This scope didn’t last. Before long, the game was designed to have nine levels instead of six, a dialogue system, special items, mid-bosses, and cutscenes. The aspect ratio was changed from 4:3 to a much wider one.

Full blog here

Pre-order Cyber Shadow now and get 25% off

Stealth deals

Cyber Shadow is coming to Switch on January 26th, 2021, and it's available to pre-order now. Those who pre-order the game before launch will land themselves a 25% discount. The game is normally priced at $20, but you can get it for $15 for the next couple of weeks. You can see a recap for the game here.

Inti Creates posts new Japanese trailer for Cyber Shadow

The world has been taken over by synthetic lifeforms. A desperate plea for help sets Shadow on a journey to uncover what started the path to perpetual ruin. Slash through the techno hordes, leap past traps, and nimbly navigate the ruins of Mekacity. Only you can unlock the secrets to your clan's ancient powers in Cyber Shadow, the quintessential Ninja Action game.

Cyber Shadow hits Switch on Jan. 26th, 2021, new screens released

Starting 2021 off right

Cyber Shadow has been a long time coming for Switch, and we finally have a release date. Yacht Club has confirmed the title for a Jan. 26th, 2021 release, which isn't too far off at all. While we wait to get our hands on this retro-styled adventure, we can check out some new screens in the gallery above.

Cyber Shadow seeing a 'minor delay,' more info coming soon

Delayed, but not long

Yacht Club has announced that Cyber Shadow has been delayed, but it's only a minor one. The team never gave a solid release date for the title, but did say they wanted it out in Fall 2020. It seems like Fall might not happen, but the game should still release this year. Check out the team's full message below.

Over this past year, we’ve been tirelessly working with Mechanical Head Studios in high hopes of hitting a Fall 2020 release date. The end is nearly in sight, but we need a little more time to add polish and finishing touches to the experience. We understand the news is disappointing but please keep in mind that this is only a minor delay! We expect to have an updated release date ready to share soon.

Updated Price

We also have another announcement in regards to Cyber Shadow’s pricing. As previously stated, Cyber Shadow’s pre-order price is $14.99. After the game’s launch date, the price will change to $19.99. Make sure to reserve your copy when it is available for pre-order to nab your ninja adventure for a special slashed price!

Your Adventure Is Coming Soon!

We are just as excited to get the ultimate pulse-pounding, 2D-ninja action game in your hands as soon as possible! There are many mysteries to be discovered in the ruins of Mekacity.

Yacht Club also shared a bunch of new GIFs showing off the game in action. You can find those here.


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