Final Fight: Double Impact, the most recent Capcom retro release to hit the consoles, has been officially granted passage by the powers that be for April 14th on the Xbox Live Arcade (with a one day wait for those of the PlayStation Network variety.)
Available for 800 Microsoft Funbucks or $9.99 Sony RealMoney, Final Fight: Double Impact packages two classic arcade-style beat ’em ups for your nostalgia: Final Fight and Magic Sword.
Final Fight, the acclaimed 1989 release, follows the story of pro-wrestler-turned-Mayor Mike Haggar fighting through the gang that infects his city to rescue his daughter, Jessica. Aided by Jessica’s boyfriend, Cody, and sparring partner, Guy (both of whom are, incidentally, playable characters in the upcoming Super Street Fighter IV), the trio brawl through Metro City putting a stop to the Mad Gear Gang once and for all.
Magic Sword, originally released in 1990, is the epic tale of the Brave One, ascending the 50 floors of Dragon Keep to put a end of the dark lord Drokmar, wielder of the powerful “Black Orb.” The Brave one enlists the aid of allies rescued from various parts of the tower, and the band of heroes together face Drokmar, but, come endgame, the dark lord may have an apprentice.
The Final Fight: Double Impact dual-release will feature HD graphics and a remixed soundtrack, with the ability to switch back to the classic arcade style for the “purest pixel junkies.” Online capabilities also allow drop-in coop, allowing players to join games in-progress — just like in those days of old.
I’m placing my quarter on the start button in patient wait. Count me in.