One of the rarest games in arcade history is finally coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation and Xbox in Q1 2023.
ININ Games is happy to announce that Cannon Dancer by Mitchell Corp. is coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 (PS4), PlayStation 5 (PS5) and Xbox for the first time ever, with a planned release in Q1 2023. Originally only released for arcade machines in Japan and North America, ININ Games unearthed the game and will bring it to consoles as a digital download version for the first time ever – with a brand-new translation, additional features, and more.
You can check out the trailer for the game here.
After being released during the 90s fighting-game hype Cannon Dancer, also known as “Osman” in the US, slowly began to fade out of arcades due to the small number of units. Over the years, the title became a video game legend, with fans around the globe interested in getting their hands on it.
Almost 30 years later, ININ Games has teamed up with two key members of the original development team to finally bring the game to modern home consoles: the game designer Kouichi Yotsui (also known as “Isuke” and famous for his work on “Strider”) and the artist Takashi Kogure (better known as “Utata Kiyoshi”).
Cannon Dancer will also be part of the ININ Games line-up at Tokyo Game Show 2022 and there will even be a meet-and-greet opportunity with Yotsui-san and Kogure-san on Saturday the 17th of September at the ININ booth in Hall 2 D6. The exact details will be released on Twitter soon.
For all fans and collectors looking for a physical copy, Strictly Limited Games is preparing limited boxed editions with additional collectible items that cannot be found anywhere else.
A regular Limited Edition (physical copy + game manual) and a Collector’s Edition with many additional items will be available for Nintendo Switch, PS4 and PS5. Pre-orders will kick off on Sunday, September 18th, at 12 AM CEST (midnight), only at strictlylimitedgames.com.
The Collector’s Edition will include the following:
- Cannon Dancer Game + Game Manual
- High-quality Collector’s Edition Box
- Artbook (B5)
- Soundtrack in Jewel Case
- Tenugui (Japanese-style towel)
- Arcade Coin
- Acrylic Diorama
- Reversible Poster (A2)
- Arcade Instruction Flyer (A5)
- Calendar & Photo Frame (metal) with 2023 Calendar
- Marquee Sticker
About Cannon Dancer:
Cannon Dancer is an Action Jump & Run set in a dystopian late 21st century, in which the world is under the control of a single federal government. One day, a new threat known as “Abdullah the Slaver” – an evil sorceress who wants to take control of the world – appears, causing widespread terror and panic. This fear incites the abandonment of all economic activity and corruption in the government, which now undermines the foundations of society itself. Judicial Affairs Director, Jack Layzon, fears the worst and summons a lone assassin.
The player controls a Cannon Dancer called Kirin; a top-class agent in a mercenary unit known as “Teki”, and a highly skilled martial arts fighter. As he travels, he has to face not only Abdullah the Slaver and the government forces but also the other members of the Teki, who want him dead for personal reasons.
Ported on modern consoles for the first time in history
Classic retro games mechanics, praised for their speed and agility
A total of six stages set in different, exotic locations
Three different types of power-ups
Tons of bosses and enemies
Variety of wondrous retro scenarios and graphics with bright and even psychedelic colors, related to the final bosses of each stage
Save and Load feature