Yie Ar Kung Fu chopping US 360s?

ESRB site indicates previously Japan-only arcade games are headed across the Pacific; Aegis Wing also revealed.

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Last fall, Microsoft tried to woo more Japanese gamers to try the Xbox 360 at the Tokyo Game Show. As part of its effort, the company showed off a number of games that would be released on the Japanese version of Xbox Live arcade.

It's doubtful anyone under 10 would remember a game from the '80s.

While most of the selections were eventually scheduled for a US release, several were not. Other than Rush'n Attack, one of the more notable games without an American ship date was Yie Ar Kung Fu, Konami's classic mid-1980s arcade fighting game.

Luckily, it now appears that Yie Ar Kung Fu will flex its muscles on both sides of the Pacific. The Entertainment Software Ratings Board Web site (pictured) now lists the game as being slated for a US release with an E10+ for Everyone 10 and Up rating. The site does not list release dates or pricing information, and Konami reps had not commented on the listing as of press time.

The ESRB site also revealed a previously unknown 360 title called Aegis Wing. Other than an E rating for "Mild Fantasy Violence," nothing is known about the game. Microsoft Game Studios reps didn't help clarify the situation, declining to comment on either ESRB listing.

Discussion

78 comments
badjames
badjames

Gyruss has already been confirmed almost a year ago. I just wish it would hurry up and get here

PixyMisao
PixyMisao

This was actually a huge arcade hit back in the day, and pretty much set the bench mark (along with Karate Champ, Karateka, Black Belt, and SF1) for fighting games. i find it an odd choice though as it was only 1 player yet it's available on a lot of other platforms like PS1, GBA and soon DS on Konami Collections.

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

Cool, having more good arcade games for XBLA is always good.

N15PCA
N15PCA

If Konami wants to ship more good games like this for the XBLA they should also bring out Gyruss. That was a fun game. Track and Field would be cool to.

Irve
Irve

i used to love that game ... had it on the spectrum and played it in my local arcade along with Terra Cresta ... yay retro games !

Konfusion
Konfusion

and here I was thinking Nintendo developed that game. d'oh!

redskinStu
redskinStu

We need BOTH of those games over here.

Mechacow
Mechacow

That game is terrible I had it for GBA

jk80
jk80

we need way of the exploding fist 2

Toadstool1969
Toadstool1969

I agree with djord02 and Lord_Daemon. Yie Ar Kung Fu is a classic title but it would be nice to see Jordan Mechner's original Karateka up on Xbox Live Marketplace too. Great early cinematic action.

Toadstool1969
Toadstool1969

[quote="SnuffDaddyNZ"]Since MAME is open source, I don't understand why Microsoft doesn't get a group of programmers to code an XBOX360 version, and then any games company would be able to sell roms via the marketplace. This would benefit the consumer twofold, you would end up with far more content in much quicker time, and the games would be taking up less valuable HDD space.[/quote] Microsoft has made it mandatory that all games (retail or arcade) must have achievements. Even if there were some MAME-type emulator for the Xbox 360, companies would still be required to modify their games to support achievements. They couldn't simply supply old ROMs for download via Marketplace.

Legacyoftain
Legacyoftain

I wish Alice and Wonderland for the C64 gets released....amazing rpg action game.

djord02
djord02

Hell yeah to the guy that mentioned Karateka!! I grew up playing that game in my friend's basement on his Apple II computer. It was made by the same guy who made Prince of Persia, and it's resemblance is clearly there. Wow, I'd love to play that game again.

maxxorz
maxxorz

"Can we get some old SNES games on the 360 XBL Arcade? " -- jknight5422 was that a joke?

BigDaveyDogz
BigDaveyDogz

I remember the arcade version but never had a commodore 64 to play it on.

jknight5422
jknight5422

Can we get some old SNES games on the 360 XBL Arcade? I'd like to play that old Shadowrun RPG game.

AA7
AA7

C64 version was classic. Bring it on.

TehPickle
TehPickle

wooplez "i want the commodore 64 version instead" Heresy!!! What's wrong with the ZX Spectrum version?? :P

Halo05
Halo05

I've heard of it, those who haven't are children and their opinion matters not.

menmau
menmau

That would be so nice...

SnuffDaddyNZ
SnuffDaddyNZ

Since MAME is open source, I don't understand why Microsoft doesn't get a group of programmers to code an XBOX360 version, and then any games company would be able to sell roms via the marketplace. This would benefit the consumer twofold, you would end up with far more content in much quicker time, and the games would be taking up less valuable HDD space.

Lord_Daemon
Lord_Daemon

Great news. I got back into this title a couple of years ago so it's going to be a blast to be able to play it on Xbox live on a decent controller. Now where's my Karateka?

TheSlanger
TheSlanger

Abolutely loved Yie Ar Kung Fu on the C64, classic fighting games rock

John_of_Fire
John_of_Fire

Yes the classic fighting returns on Live. I can't wait to fight people over live. The GBA version had multiplayer so I assume this one will as well. This is waaay old school. Only noobs haven't played this one. JK

Vorador47
Vorador47

"messamerica I loved that game. Now where's Karate Champ?" yeah that would be amsome, forgot all about that. used to love Karate Champ, IK+ and Way of the Exploding fist (the Karate Champ Knock offs) but champ was great in the arcades with the 2 sticks

Carpe_Noctum
Carpe_Noctum

Sweet. Killer game in the day. Never thought I would see it again.

ColdGen
ColdGen

I remember the cool CBM64 version and Martin Galway's cool rendition of a Jean-Michelle Jarre "Magnetic Fields" track.

zeecorner
zeecorner

seriously, who has heard of this? Which transfers to who cares?

racerx737
racerx737

never heard of it, probably because my first system was an N64 cuz my parents thought gaming was waste of time lol

DoctorFu
DoctorFu

This doesn't seem like a game I'd want to play. I wonder if the people choosing these games are gamers themselves. Seems like games that have old copyrights are getting all the love. I'd definitely like to see some Sega Genesis games soon.

reckeweg
reckeweg

THis game is a super classic. This game is the reason fighters exist. One man against the infamous Buchu, then Star, then Nunchu, then Fan or Sword, I don't know, I don't remember I never made it that high. A little Bruce Lee looking mo-fo against the freakin ' world . This is a worthy retro.

munsoned
munsoned

great more japan left overs for the usa *us*

yakov456
yakov456

Its a very unlevel and bland game, give me the first street fighter instead.

theKSMM
theKSMM

Yie Ar Kung Fu is a bona fide classic. But it may only be remembered by die-hard old-school gamers. I remember certain fighters (like Stick) as being horrendously difficult to beat. But hopping around the screen punching people in the eye was always a blast. Of course, this game (like many other good retro titles) is available on GameTap.

bghattas
bghattas

Yes! Get ready to face off against the likes of Fan, Star, Sword and the cheap final opponent Blues. Get ready to hear extra lives announced by the word "Chaichai". A good game back in 1985 but I will pass on it today.

wooplez
wooplez

i want the commodore 64 version instead

DirtyRotten
DirtyRotten

Nice! I was just thinking about Yie Ar Kung Fu yesterday and wished it was on Xbox Live arcade. Oolong is pimp.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

i recognize air rush but i have no idea what ar kung fu is

BigC43
BigC43

Ha! I reported this before Gamespot did. I'm so good.

arekkusu
arekkusu

never played this... just had to comment that Generic_dude has the greatest pic ever and im considering stealing it

okassar
okassar

BLAH.Never heard of it.

messamerica
messamerica

I loved that game. Now where's Karate Champ?

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

I think I might have played this game...

Lum_Yatsura
Lum_Yatsura

What about Zero Wing? Not only does no one know who owns the rights to it, but the person or computer who did that goofy English translation has never been found.