Dark Void Zero

We love Capcom for acknowledging the classic days of gaming, when all we needed was an NES controller and a cartridge to blow dust out of. The company has paid a great deal of attention to all things retro, with its downloadable release of Mega Man 9 and its sequel, Mega Man 10, set to arrive this March. However, if all you have is a Nintendo DSi or an iPhone/iPod Touch, Capcom has a treat in the form of Dark Void Zero.

This game will debut in conjunction with the PlayStation 3/Xbox 360 version of Dark Void. However, where that game relies on high-tech tricks, vast 3-D environments and the voice talents of Nolan North (Prince of Persia, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves), Dark Void Zero has a retro style. If you love Capcom's NES efforts (including Bionic Commando, Strider, the Mega Man games and the long-forgotten Code Name: Viper), then this title is definitely for you.

In the game, you portray Rusty, one of the first humans to stumble into the surreal Dark Void universe. An accident transported you there, and in order to find a way out, you'll need to fight a robot army. Thankfully, you're not alone. Nikola Tesla lends a hand with technical know-how, and a jetpack enables you to reach higher platforms. Also, you have weapons, including a machine gun, spread gun and other artillery scattered throughout the Void.

Dark Void Zero looks like it would fit right in with Captain Commando. The visuals remind us of classic 8-bit fare, with plastered-on (yet vividly colored) backgrounds, creatively designed levels and hordes of enemies, including machine gun-firing droids and weird flying creatures. The game even has a nifty little bit of slowdown should too much happen at once, just like the NES games of old.

As for the gameplay, it's strictly run-and-gun, but there's a lot of territory to cover, along with a few boss battles. The game runs approximately two hours in length, depending what difficulty you select. That sounds about right for an NES effort, and you'll get your ten bucks' worth. Originally, the game was planned as an exclusive through Nintendo's DSi shop, but Capcom recently confirmed that it's coming to iPhone/iPod Touch and PC as well.

We won't have to wait long for the release of Dark Void Zero, since the current-gen version is set to hit stores next week. We can't wait to see how it turns out.