Rocket Knight blasting off on 360, PS3, PCs

Konami's 16-bit opossum platforming hero Sparkster returns next year with a new downloadable action game.

In the mascot-mad early-'90s, Konami introduced Sparkster, a rocket-powered opossum who shot to acclaim in the 1993 Genesis game Rocket Knight Adventures. However, that success was largely forgotten after just a single sequel, the following year's Super Nintendo and Genesis action game Sparkster.

To infinity...and beyond!.

It turns out that Konami's opossum mascot has simply been playing dead for the past 15 years, as the publisher has confirmed Sparkster's return in downloadable form. Set for release next year on the Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, and Steam, Rocket Knight will preserve the 2D gameplay of the original titles but will also introduce 3D graphics to the series.

Players will control Sparkster as he tries to take out an army of hostile wolves, mixing platforming levels with side-scrolling shoot-'em-up action on the way. Konami is also promising challenge levels, with players able to compare their best times through online leaderboards.

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44 comments
ECisMe
ECisMe

Yeah! Kudos to Konami for not forgetting about us on the PC. I loved this game as a kid.

stziggy
stziggy

This is my idea of savoring the classics. I'm still sad that Bionic Commando sucked so bad. Such great material to work with.

NukedUSN
NukedUSN

Definitely one of the outstanding game series from the 16bit platforming era... it's a shame it didn't catch on. Here's hoping the fantastic level design remains intact in the new installment.

Mike_Kelehan
Mike_Kelehan

"However, that success was largely forgotten after just a single sequel, the following year's Super Nintendo and Genesis action game Sparkster. " There were two sequels. Well, one and a spinoff. The SNES and Genesis games called Sparkster were different games. The Genesis one was subtitled "Rocket Knight Adventures 2," while the SNES one was an alternate universe situation.

soultaker2004
soultaker2004

I remember playing this, I was looking for it a while back but couldn't remember the name...

60fps
60fps

Sparkster wasn't a sequel. It was that name of the franchise on SNES. Genesis got two games: Rocket Knight 1&2. SNES got an alternate version just called Sparkster. I thought the snes version was superior. The colors gave the game an intense look overall. Hope they model this after Sparkster.

Maxout623
Maxout623

Rocket Knight Adventures and Sparkster, along with modern game design, should make this game rather amazing. Anyone else remember that fight where you fought a train?

Odnomiar
Odnomiar

screw it!! I'm gonna dig out my MD and play the original later... :P

Scotty_M
Scotty_M

@GodsPoison Did you not actually read the article?

Odnomiar
Odnomiar

big fan of the originals WAAAAAYYYY back on Gen/MD. can't wait for this. :D

GodsPoison
GodsPoison

Rocket knight.........wait was this on the sega genisis cause i think ive played this! god i hope its the game im thinking of, i loved that game!

player_leo
player_leo

SWEET. It's like paying to relive my childhood.

Dualmask
Dualmask

Provided it doesn't lose any charm in the transition from 2D to 3D, it sounds like a must buy. The original Genesis and SNES games were classics.

dennis8
dennis8

i remember playing this as a kid.. xur brings back memories :)

BigBacon87
BigBacon87

Ok you have my attention. Now, price tag?

Auction_Sniper
Auction_Sniper

Sweet! That's all I have to say.... Perhaps it's a brief glimmer of hope for another Castlevania SOTN or Contra SS style platformer.

Auction_Sniper
Auction_Sniper

Sweet! That's all I have to say.... Perhaps it's a brief glimmer of hope for another Castlevania SOTN or Contra SS style platformer.

RonnyRarko
RonnyRarko

i love the original, but bring back that style, it looks dumb in 3D, just make the first game downloadable!!!

rasterror
rasterror

I loved this game. A definite download. Now I wish they would remake Cool Spot Boogerman.

cocomacoco
cocomacoco

i dont remember or i dont know the series, but since many of you guys r excited, should check it out. :)

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

Wow. When I saw the title I was like, "Rocket Knight...they can't mean THAT Rocket Knight, can they?" Cool. ^_^

Diernes
Diernes

Nice, funny enough I was thinking about this the other day. As a Kid RKA was my favourite platformer and thought it was really under rated compared to the likes of sonic and Mario

edubb85
edubb85

I was a big fan of the original on the genesis. Loved Sparkster and his rival Axel, especially the part when they both duked it out on those giant pig bots.

Best1989
Best1989

@Senor_Kami Ranger X is an awesome game! Wish someone could make a sequel or update to the game... RKA is a great game, love it... Can't wait to see this...

stncldrwg
stncldrwg

This is the best news I've seen in a long time. RKA was the most underrated game of all-time IMO. Glad to see Sparkster fly again!

frazzle00
frazzle00

@Senor_Kami Yeah Ranger X (or Ex-Ranza if you had the Japanese version) is one of the greatest 16 bit side-scrolling shooters, and one of the best looking Mega Drive games ever released. Hopefully Sega and Gau either release the original on Xbox Live or create a HD update. Bare Knuckles 4 would be a dream come true for me, but I unfortunately don't see it happening :(.

blazingneo32089
blazingneo32089

OMG That classic brought back memories. I want this!

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Now that made my day. Such wonderful afternoons playing Rocket Knight on my Genesis (Megadrive here). Excellent News!!

Zerobeam
Zerobeam

Decent, I loved the SNES and Genesis versions, I may check this one out8)

Senor_Kami
Senor_Kami

There's a new 2D Sonic... XBLA, PSN and Live are flooded with retro games... Megaman 9 took it all the way back to the NES... old school style games like Shadow Complex are doing well... Earthworm Jim 2DHD is coming... and now there is a new Rocket Knight. What the hell, where is Streets of Rage 4? Or Ranger X (which i'm sure nobody has ever heard of and will never get a virtual console release, let alone a remake or sequel).

GameGenie83
GameGenie83

I think a lot of people slept on Rocket Night Adventures in the Genesis era. I would've too if it wasn't for sega channel. Those were some of my favorite games. Damn, sometimes I just wish I could go back to the 90's.

BloodMist
BloodMist

Oh man, both of those games are a couple of the best platformers i've certainly ever played, will be awaiting this!!

SR71halo
SR71halo

Rocket Knight Adventures was one of the best games on the Genesis, I can't wait for this sequel. I've been waiting for this for a long time now. :D

brucies_bubbles
brucies_bubbles

Rocket Knight was a good side scroller, but sparkster was just dull

jello_flouride
jello_flouride

I didn't know there was a sequel either. I played Rocket Knight Adventures a lot back in the day. This is great news.

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

i am going to begin calling my xbox hard drive my sega genesis. i have so many sega games downloaded, or games that came out on the genesis that its not even funny!!!! i love it!

LivingDeadNinja
LivingDeadNinja

WOW! I played the Genesis original SO much...this news is very welcome, surprising and loaded with greatness! I didn't remember (or ever knew?) that he was called Sparkster and that there was a sequel...

EmptySki
EmptySki

Wow. I haven't played the first one in a long time. Great, but hard game. Glad they are remaking it.

Asagea_888
Asagea_888

I loved the Rocket Knight games! Glad to see it come full circle again.