Natsume Atari and developer Tengo Project have delayed Pocky & Rocky Reshrined to spring 2022, citing vague “various circumstances” as the reason. The game was previously planned to release this fall on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4, but now there will be a retro-sized hole in the schedule. Commence twiddling your thumbs, if you wish.
For those who could use a refresher though, Pocky & Rocky Reshrined is a 16-bit multi-directional scrolling shooter with vibrant pixel art intended to invoke the feel of the classic SNES games. It is not a remake like the recently announced (and super beautiful) Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja, but rather intended as a sequel to the original Pocky & Rocky. The game “follows the adventures of a young Shinto shrine maiden named Pocky and her companion, Rocky the raccoon, as they take on the Nopino Goblins!”
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Frankly, it’s hard to imagine a game like Pocky & Rocky Reshrined could disappoint its target audience, but now that it’s been delayed to spring 2022, we can take even more comfort that Tengo Project cares about delivering a quality product. In any case, it’s both wonderful and healthy for the industry that SNES-like 2D game experiences exist hand in hand with 3D titles these days; let’s not forget that NES-invoking Mega Man 9 was a total renegade when it came out in 2008.