In case you’ve never heard of Super Fighter Team, it’s a Califonia-based company that specializes in releasing “new” games on retro consoles. I have to put “new” in quotes because their two most recent releases, 2006’s Beggar Prince and The Legend of Wukong two years later, were actually old games released in Taiwan in the 90’s that Super Fighter Team localized. This, of course, doesn’t make releasing new games on the Sega Genesis in 2008 any less badass.
Their latest offering is called Zaku, a horizontal shooter being developed by PenguiNet for (get this!) the Atari Lynx, an obscure (and largely unsuccessful) competitor to the Game Boy. Zaku is about an eponymous hero “who dons her rocket shoes and power gloves and sets off on a journey to retrieve stolen development tools being used to flood the market with bad games!” according to Game Developer. Eat your heart out, Bayonetta.
The game looks gorgeous, probably because it’s being made from the ground up with an official Lynx dev kit, which requires an Amiga computer. It’s currently in development, but when Zaku is finished, it will ship on a hefty 4-megabit Lynx cartridge and a full-color manual. Other features include parallax scrolling, multiple difficulties, and “enemies and bosses that adapt to your playing style and fight back accordingly,” all running at a silky smooth 60 fps. It’s too bad that I don’t know anybody who has a Lynx.
Check out some screenshots of Zaku in action here.