Update [Thu 18th Aug, 2022 13:15 BST]: Developer Bitwave Games has confirmed that Gimmick! will be released later this year on Nintendo Switch under the title Gimmick! Special Edition.
The update will include some additional quality-of-life features, such as a save and load function, a time-attack mode, gallery mode, and more.
The game will also be available on the show floor at gamescom in the coming months, followed by the Tokyo Game Show in September.
More information on the upcoming release may be found on the official Bitwave Games website right now.
Original Article [Thu 18th Aug, 2022 10:30 BST]:
The Embracer Group announced a number of new investments earlier today, including limited run games, Tripwire Interactive, and the intellectual property rights to J.R.R Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
Embracer announced the acquisition of several companies, including Japanese studio Tatsujin, Swedish studio Bitwave Games, and the accessory brand Gioteck.
Embracer Freemode will be looking to bring these classic games to modern platforms and new audiences by buying Tatsujin, which already owns the rights to Toaplan games such as Snow Bros and Flying Shark.
Bitwave Games is planning to adapt Gimmick!, a classic NES/Famicom platformer, to modern platforms. It will be the first time the notoriously difficult game will be made officially available in North America. It was only first released in Japan in 1992, before returning to the Scandinavian region in 1993 as 'Mr. Gimmick.' It was then re-released in 2002 for the PlayStation, before getting a remake for the exA-Arcadia arcade system in 2020.
Gimmick! was initially released without much fanfare, with critics claiming it would be far too difficult for younger fans to appreciate. In more recent years, retrospective research has found the game to be extremely underrated, with many lauding its graphics and unique level design.
Although it isn't clear when Gimmick! will be released for modern platforms, Sunsoft, the original creator of Gimmick!, is promoting a digital event later today, so we might learn more there.
Are you excited that a previously unavailable NES game may finally get a western release? Have you played Gimmick! before? Let us know what you think.