We here at PSN Fans love news: release dates, gameplay trailers, hardware details… You name it. However we can’t always report on everything that trickles out of the news machine, which is where Weekly News Catch-Up comes in. Here we cover some of the stories that didn’t make it to the front page the first time around.
On tap this week: evidence points to a Vita release for PS All-Stars Battle Royale, PS1 classic Tomba! is making a return, new screenshots and videos for upcoming releases, plus more.
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Confirmed for Vita, According to Online CV (Eurogamer)
Right on the heels of a coy hint towards a possible Vita release for the upcoming franchise brawler PSASBR, evidence has been dug up that suggests a handheld version is indeed in the works. Despite that it would be an absolute no-brainer to bring out a Vita version of the game alongside the PS3′s, Sony has remained tight lipped about the prospect. However an online CV on LinkedIn by a veteran sound designer has the game specifically listed for both platforms. With E3 just over a week away we’ll have to wait for Sony’s official word to let us collectively dampen our pants.
PS1 Classic Tomba! Making its PSN Debut (Joystiq)
Cult favourite Tomba! will be making its downloadable debut this Summer. Despite having been developed as a Sony first-party title back on the PS1, MonkeyPaw will be bringing this blast from the past to the Store after over a year of trying to nab the publishing rights from both Sony and the original developer, Whoopee Games.
Tomba! features a pink-haired caveman in a 2.5D platforming world, which has been altered by the seven Evil Pigs. Our protagonist sets off on a quest to rectify this and return his grandfather’s bracelet which was stolen by some of The Evil Pigs’ underlings. Craaaaazy, right?
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Retro City Rampage Gets the Cross-Platform Treatment, New Video and Screens (PS Blog US)
With RCR‘s release looming on the horizon the game’s developer, Brian Provinciano, made a post on the PlayStation Blog detailing some features of the Vita version. Provinciano also makes the announcement that RCR will have a cross-platform purchase – buy the PS3 version and you get the Vita one too, or vice-versa. What makes the deal a little sweeter is that the Vita version’s display will have two variants: a mode that upscales the display to pixel-perfectly fit the screen, or a mode that places an arcade boarder like the PS3 version.
The game was shown off at a Canadian indie developers event called PlayStation <3 Canada. Below is a quick video of Provinciano talking about his experiences developing the game, and giving some insight of what to look forward to.
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Double Dragon Neon Gameplay Trailer with Preview Commentary (G4)
Get ready for this bad boy to land in July. BAM.