Bionic Commando Rearms in August

Publisher's remake of 1988 NES side-scrolling platformer now scheduled to swing onto XBLA Aug. 13, PSN edition a day later.

Capcom has been quick to toss around phrases such as "one of the best digital games you will ever play" and "more awesome than pure liquid awesome" in reference to GRIN's remake of the classic NES side-scrolling platformer Bionic Commando Rearmed. However, since the downloadable game was delayed from its anticipated May launch, the publisher has been cagey on when gamers will get a chance to evaluate those claims.

That changed today, however, as Capcom has announced that Bionic Commando Rearmed will be available on Xbox Live beginning August 13, with the PlayStation Network edition following a day later. Depending on gamers' platform of choice, it will retail for $10 or the Microsoft-equivalent 800 points. Capcom made no mention of the PC edition of the game, and had not responded to requests for comment as of press time.

More than just a port of the 8-bit original first released in 1988, Bionic Commando Rearmed offers revamped graphics, additional weapons, new music, a two-player cooperative mode, and online rankings. Despite the alterations, Capcom hopes to maintain the game's signature charm, opting to swallow an M-for-Mature rating over cutting such "historically accurate" scenes as Master D's exploding head.

In addition to the Rearmed redux, Sweden-based GRIN has also been tasked with the fully remastered Bionic Commando, due out for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. For more on that game, check out GameSpot's recent coverage.

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39 comments
Tebbit
Tebbit

Oh Master D, will you ever learn?

Spartan-1775
Spartan-1775

Its about time we've heard something other then it might come out in "May" and it doesn't We'll nevertheless looking forward to it

cooldude03
cooldude03

Bionic Commando Aug. 13, pinch me I think I'm dreaming. Gamer dreams do come true.

joseph_mach
joseph_mach

it's about time we get an "official" release date. hopefully the circled date on my calender stays true.

mocano40
mocano40

I had the first game when it came out, i loved that game, i've been waiting for this game, now i finally can have it in about 2 weeks more or less.

canana
canana

I'm curious about this game.

player_leo
player_leo

Awesome time for arcade games. Just got 1942, going to get Geometry Wars 2, and then Bionic Commando. Three great games and I don't even have to break the piggy bank.

lostboy85
lostboy85

1988 i was 3. ten years later i bought my first video game. I know nothing about the original game, but this remake looks like a lot of fun.

Pablo620
Pablo620

Gonna buy this one on DAY ONE

Viral-venom13
Viral-venom13

Oh great they decide to put it out on a day thats oh 2 familiar 2 me.....my birthday LOL!!

xdeiri
xdeiri

Oh nostalgia , almost made me cry .

Knightbringr
Knightbringr

FINALLY!!!! I can't wait. This is gonna be so awesome!

FAcorp
FAcorp

Can't wait for the new Bionic Commando, it was one of those games that I played over and over back in the day. This is great! :)

hovanPS3
hovanPS3

A must buy. I use to play the NES version all the time

Scarmer
Scarmer

Nice, thats not to far away! Long live side scrollers!!!

Weeoo_86
Weeoo_86

I haven't gotten an XBLA game in a while ('cept for Super Puzzle Fighter which I won on a podcast recently:D) hopefully this will be cool:)

Mattyrock
Mattyrock

Sweet! This is gonna be awesome.

xbox360progamer
xbox360progamer

WOW I GOT TO CHECK THAT ON MY CALENDER I HOPE ITS ON THE PSP.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

i can't wait. I'm hard-pressed to buy both versions even though I shouldn't online co-op with my friends on 360 or ps3 version to play on my psp on the go. it's hard :(.

akiwak
akiwak

I got 1942 last week and have enjoyed beating the game and am currently working with a friend to get the highest scores. Now Bionic Commando...! yes I will also get this game and yes i will still play the h ell out of it!!!

TheArcade
TheArcade

Hm seems interesting I can't wait to try this. I'm praying that after this game comes out Capcom will consider releasing Final Fight and Captain Commando on XBLA.

gandalf_storm
gandalf_storm

big fan of the original, this does look good, hope its got the gameplay to match

PSWII60user
PSWII60user

i bet this is gonna end up being better than the full 3d game.

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

@hiryu3: Yeah, that's what's great about the PS3 version: you can continue the game on your PSP.

GreggD
GreggD

@finalcross: Do you really need the d-pad to play this game? I mean, SoTN works great with the 360 joystick. Get over your purity bias, man.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

That will be a great day for me... an update of the definitive version of this amazing game is, put simply, the paradigm of kickassery.

hiryu3
hiryu3

yes. going to rock this on my psp too

Chainblast
Chainblast

Hopefully this release date holds up.

finalcross
finalcross

To 5FingersOfDeath - Apparently during Comic-Con they revealed that Trophies will be in the game. The PSN is the version to get: better controls with the D-Pad, REMOTE PLAY and Trophies - you can't go wrong!

re4leonkennedy
re4leonkennedy

I've been saving 800 points for months to get this game. I'm glad I only have to wait 3 more weeks.

5FingersOfDeath
5FingersOfDeath

Hope they decided to add trophies for the PSN version.