California Games and Impossible Mission return to DS, PSP and Wii

18 August 2006
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California GamesSystem 3 founder Mark Kale told GameSpot today that the company has secured the rights to the Epyx Games library, and is looking to revamp it for today’s systems. The first two projects on the company’s slate are Impossible Mission and California Games.

System 3 will release Impossible Mission on PSP & DS in January 2007, 3 weeks later it will come to Wii, with California Games for PSP & DS in May 2007, and again 3 weeks later it will come to Wii. While the games will be remakes of the original titles, Kale promises that they won’t be 3D. California Games will be a combo game, meaning it will have unlockable features including fellow Epyx titles Winter Games and Summer Games!

California Games startup screen“You gotta keep the gameplay mechanics the same or else it ceases to be the original game and you’re only using the game brand to sell games,” Kale said. “It ceases to be Impossible Mission or California Games or what have you. …What we’re doing is we’re incorporating the original gameplay and mechanics and bringing the gameplay up to date.”

Epyx games aren’t the only retro titles under development at System 3. The company is also planning a remake/compilation of its Last Ninja trilogy of Commodore 64 games for release on the PSP & DS in April 2007. Kale said he will preserve the isometric viewpoint of the games, but add more screens.

While emulated versions of the original Impossible Mission and California Games aren’t currently planned to be included in either remake, Kale said the team would examine the possibility, “time permitting.”

As for the games appearing only on the Nintendo Wii console, Kale said “the way the controllers work and the whole idea of it actually works a lot better than if it’s on the PS3 or 360,” Kale mentioned that System 3 will be big supporters of Nintendo’s upcoming system, so fingers crossed the Last Ninja trilogy will make it over to the console too.

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