So, we already knew of plans for the Narita Boy adventure to launch this Spring, but now Team17 and Studio Koba have officially confirmed the actual date of release. Mark 30th March down on your calendars, for that’s when you’ll be able to save the Digital Kingdom on Xbox One, PS4, Switch and Steam. Naturally, Narita Boy will also be playable on Xbox Series X|S and PS5 the same day, thanks to Backward Compatibility and it’ll head straight into the Xbox Game Pass library.
The narrative-driven RetroVania style adventure of Narita Boy is inspired by the electronic pop culture of the 1980s, with a synthwave soundtrack and neo-retro aesthetic to match. Prepare to get sucked into the Digital Kingdom to fight for its freedom and for the memories of its human creator. In order to accomplish this though, you must wield the legendary Techno-Sword, which is capable of defeating enemies via melee attacks or from afar – the latter is possible as it can transform into a handy shotgun and a devastating laser beam.
Here’s a reminder of Narita Boy’s Key Features:
- Go back to the future: A homage to the eighties with a new spin on classic gameplay styles, Narita Boy takes players back in time for a blast from the past
- You have the power!: The Techno-Sword can be used alongside mysterious magic so that players can carve and blast their way through enemies great and small
- Might as well jump: The classic 2D platformer will see players explore imaginative landscapes and navigate a plethora of pixel art environments
- Pixel-perfect story: Encounter weird and wonderful digitised characters on a journey to discover the secrets of the Digital Kingdom and its elusive creator
- Pump up the jam: Inspired by the glory days of analogue synthesizers, the pumping soundtrack turns back the clock for this techno-journey.
It’s worth noting that the synthwave track ‘Saving The World’, from the official Narita Boy soundtrack, is now available to stream on Spotify and all major online music platforms. You’ll also find it for purchase from digital retailers such as the iTunes Store and Amazon Music. Royalties from the sale of ‘Saving The World’ go towards the Saving The Arcade World campaign until the launch of Narita Boy. You can discover more in regards to #SavingTheArcadeWorld by visiting the Team17 website.
In the meantime, feel free to spend the countdown to 30th March by checking out the neat new Narita Boy techno-trailer over and over again!