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Zero Wing, Twin Cobra and other Toaplan classics get upgraded for PC

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All your base are belong to us. Toaplan are having some absolute classics revived including Zero Wing, Out Zone, Twin Cobra and Truxton with a PC release and enhancements. Oh, and Native Linux support to ensure they're great on Steam Deck too.

Working with Bitwave Games, they've confirmed to me Native Linux support is a go for the release on February 14 for all of the games in this first collection. Well, Native being an interesting word to use because it's clearly old games with emulation but you get the idea — they're ensuring it all works properly including the enhancements within it and it's all set up correctly.

Some true classics too! Zero Wing was one of the few full-games I had on SEGA Mega Drive when I was younger and that intro scene stuck with me forever.

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Some of the enhancements includes:

  • Minimal Input Lag: Emulation, input processing, and rendering all complete on the same frame.
  • Quick Save using F1-F10, Reload with Shift+ F1-F10.
  • Online leaderboards for Single Credit, No Assist, and Assisted plays.
  • Instrument panels with extra gameplay information and artwork.
  • Rewind the game between 10-18 minutes, depending on the action.
  • Capture sharable replays to immortalize your interstellar victories (or funny moments).
  • Assist Features such as auto-fire at multiple rates.
  • Very Easy Mode: Lower the difficulty to breeze through the adventure.
  • Pixel perfect or full-screen scaling in windowed or full-screen mode.
  • Rotate the gameplay in 90-degree increments.
  • Steam Achievements.
  • Choose between Raw Input on Windows or Steam Input.
  • Hone your skills in the ultra customizable practice mode!

You can follow / wishlist each of them on GOG and Steam.

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Jpxe Feb 6, 2023
I want to try the these in Tate mode on Steam Deck.
Purple Library Guy Feb 6, 2023
These look just like some games I used to play in actual arcades, which I never got very good at, partly because I just wasn't that good, partly because I couldn't afford too many quarters if I wanted to buy SF books . . .
It'd be nice to have a chance to just play them without worrying about quarters. And this might be just the thing for those times when I just want a quick little game in between things.
Pengling Feb 6, 2023
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We have no chance to survive make our time, I guess!

Really, though, this was unexpected, but really nice to see. With so much great open-source emulator support on Linux, there's no excuse for future emulated collections to not also run natively (so to speak), so hopefully we'll see more of this going forward.

Last edited by Pengling on 6 February 2023 at 11:20 pm UTC
Protektor Feb 7, 2023
Too bad GOG is only selling the Windows versions. If you want the Linux versions you will need to buy from Steam based on what they currently posted on GOG.
PixelJumper Feb 7, 2023
Quoting: JpxeI want to try the these in Tate mode on Steam Deck.

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