Update – Tue 07 Jun 2022 13:00 BST: Rendering Ranger: R2 has been announced for Western release by Limited Run Games, officially ending its absurd rarity since its initial launch on SNES in Japan in 1995. No release date has been set at the time of writing, but a physical edition of the game has been confirmed with pre-orders going live in the coming months.
Significantly, the game will also be getting a physical SNES release in addition to the Nintendo Switch, so if you missed Rendering Ranger: R2 the first time around (of course you did), then maybe it’s time to finally packing you a copy.
Original article – January 13, 2022 16:45 GMT:
Ziggurat Interactive has just announced that it has signed a deal that gives it the rights to “more than 80 titles” originally owned by famed 80s and 90s developer and publisher Rainbow Arts.
Founded in Germany in 1984 by Marc Ullrich and Thomas Meiertoberens, Rainbow Arts has produced several games for the Commodore 64 and Commodore Amiga, with Logic, Lollypop, X-Out and mad tv being among the most remarkable. Rainbow Arts also released the Turrican series, but these games are not supposed to be part of this agreement.
Outside the Rainbow Arts catalog, it is Rendering Ranger: R2, an incredibly rare Super Famicom title from 1995, which is perhaps the most familiar to Nintendo fans. Designed by the legendary Manfred Trenz (Big Sisters Giana, Katakis, Turrican), Rendering Ranger: R2 makes heavy use of CGI visuals and is best described as a mix of Contra and Turrican.
Only 10,000 copies were made, and the game was exclusive to Japan at the time of release. Rendering Ranger: R2 – also known as Targa – is one of the titles included in the Ziggurat deal, and the company has promised an update on its plans for the game “later this spring”.
Michael Devine, senior vice president of business development at Ziggurat Interactive, had this to say about the deal:
We are extremely pleased to add a number of important Rainbow Arts games to Ziggurat’s growing catalog of historical games. Rainbow Arts was a leading and iconic European video game publisher of the 80s and 90s. Every game released during this period – primarily designed for the C64, Amiga and PC – evokes memories of 16-bit marvels, graphics colorful and fun challenges when you see the rainbow logo appear. We look forward to revitalizing these games and sharing them with fans of classic games today.
We reviewed Rendering Ranger: R2 in 2016, awarding it an impressive 9/10. We said it:
Rendering Ranger: R2 is a labor of love from a small, dedicated team that has spent nearly three years making the Super Famicom do things people thought were impossible. It’s a nice hybrid of a regular run and gun game and a great shmup. It looks absolutely amazing with detailed backgrounds and bosses up to three screens high, controls respond perfectly and as stated before there is no noticeable slowdown anywhere. A technical masterpiece that’s more than just eye candy and a great way to prove that the Super Famicom could indeed handle shmups as easily as the Mega Drive or PC Engine in the hands of the right ones. developers.
Will you get Rendering Ranger: R2 when it finally launches in the west? Do you opt for a Switch or SNES copy? Or both?! Let us know!