Developer PixelHive and publisher Soedesco Games are releasing Kaze and the Wild Masks on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Stadia on March 26. It is an attractive 2D platformer that draws inspiration from classic, mascot-centric ’90s platformers. Protagonist Kaze is on a quest to save his friend Hogo from a curse that is creating chaos in the Crystal Islands, and you’ll be using magical masks to transform into different animals and battle “enraged living vegetables.”
Somewhat oddly, PixelHive and Soedesco don’t have a new trailer to offer with this news, instead opting to serve up an old trailer from 2019. However, I did notice that Soedesco recently uploaded half an hour of live gameplay, so you can check that out as well.
Kaze and the Wild Masks will offer the following on Nintendo Switch:
- Unleash the skills of the wild masks to get powers from the tiger, eagle, lizard, and shark
- Uncover the secrets of the Crystal Islands in 30+ levels with over 50 bonus levels
- Relive your childhood memories of classic platformers with high-quality frame-by-frame pixel art
- Pave your way through a satisfyingly smooth, but challenging platformer
- Refresh your ears with 25+ tracks inspired by the musical themes of the 16-bit era
A lot of platformers and sidescrollers with retro flavor have come or are about to come to Switch lately, including Golden Force and Tanuki Justice, but we can always make room for one more with Kaze and the Wild Masks in March.