At Gamescom 2019, Spanish game studio 4MHz unveiled their new game Malasombra for a popular Nintendo console. The game will not be released for the Switch, however. Instead, it will come out on the Nintendo Entertainment System. The NES is the quintessential game system, released in 1983 in Japan, 1985 in the US, and 1986 in Europe. And apparently, it’s still popular enough for developers to be making and releasing games for it.

The development

In March 2018, the team at 4MHz started development on a new, retro-style game. In October 2018, they realized that there could be an opportunity to release it for the NES and started system tests. When all went well, the developers decided to make it an exclusive to the three-decade-old console.

Thanks to the help of José María Velo (octopusjig), they were able to show off a demo at Gamescom to gauge interest. Malasombra will release on an NES cartridge and as a ROM file that can be played on most emulators. However, there is currently no release date.

The plot

According to the press release, here’s what Malasombra is about:

In a beautiful and distant place, the celebration of the royal wedding between Astrid, the princess of the kingdom, and Pirou, a young apprentice magician, is truncated by the irruption of Malasombra, a sorcerer resentful against the king for condemning him to exile time back because of his perfidious advice.

Malasombra turned everyone present to a frog except Pirou, who managed to repel the spell with his mad wand as a magician’s apprentice, and kidnapped Astrid, as a revenge for so many years of punishment in exile.

Pirou could not leave things like that, so he prepared desperately to find a way to recover his beloved.


Are you excited for a brand new NES game? Do you think the difficulty will be old school cruel? Will you miss the Nintendo Power mini-guide? Let us know!


Dominick Ashtear


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