Due to the ongoing COVD-19 pandemic, E3 had to be cancelled this year, but just because the massive trade show didn’t take place doesn’t mean there wasn’t some exciting news worth talking about, especially for those who love games based on comic books. On Wednesday, home arcade cabinet company Arcade1up showed off not one, but two new Marvel cabinets that see the return of some beloved classics. One unit is dressed in X-Men vs. Street Fighter art and comes complete with that game, X-Men: Children of the Atom, Marvel vs. Capcom and the SNES platformer/brawler hybrid X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse. The second features stunning Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes art and comes with five games: Marvel Super Heroes, X-Men vs. Street Fighter, Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, Marvel vs. Capcom and Mutant Apocalypse’s pseudo sequel Marvel Super Heroes in War of the Gems.
As exciting – and gorgeous looking – as they are, it’s a bit disappointing that there’s not much difference between the two cabinets, almost making you wish they could have been combined into one mega unit. If you pick up one of these when they’re released later this year and are already in possession of the Marvel Super Heroes Arcade1up cabinet, you’re going to get a game you already own also. It’s similarly saddening to hear that this means that we’re probably not going to see a proper collection of these games coming to home consoles anytime soon. Still, it’s better to have these games come back in some form than be left to languish, especially in the case of the two SNES titles that have not been made available in an official capacity in over two decades.
On the 11th of last week, a new trailer was released for the remake of the 2003 cel-shaded first-person shooter XIII, based on the Belgium comic of the same name. Originally slated to release November of last year before getting delayed into 2020, it will now arrive November 10th for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC. From the trailer, it’s shaping up to be a fine update to a cult favorite, it’s just too bad they left the lifeless vocal performance from David Duchovny instead of rerecording his lines with another performer.
Set to arrive in early 2021, Nightdive showed off the first trailer for their upcoming remaster of the underappreciated Shadow Man, a Metroid style adventure from the PS1/N64/DC era based on the Valiant comic which at the time was under the ownership of now defunct publisher Acclaim. Nightdive has been on a hot streak, bringing back not only both Turok and Turok 2: Seeds of Evil, but also DOOM 64 and the 1997 Blade Runner PC game. Given the studio’s previous efforts, there’s no doubt that Shadow Man won’t be given the same level of care and attention.
Turning away from game announcements for a moment, news broke over the weekend that AT&T, the parent company of WB Games who publishes the Mortal Kombat, Injustice, the LEGO Games and the Batman: Arkham franchise, could be up for sale. With a price tag of over $4 billion, rumors are circling that Activision, EA and Take Two are interested in purchasing WB Games’ assets. Given the predatory nature of these companies, neither seem like a good fit for the company that will hold the keys to the DC Comics video game kingdom.
Finally, the big shocker – no pun intended – came during Sony’s event for their new console, aptly titled the PlayStation 5. Starting off the show was the first look at Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, a smaller Uncharted: The Lost Legacy sized experience starring Miles before the properly numbered sequel arrives sometime in the future. Regardless of the scope, it’s fantastic that Miles is getting his own game, especially one that looks this good that will assuredly sell many PS5’s later this year.