Lode Runner dashes to DS

Part port, part remake, the classic puzzle action game for Nintendo's portable in Japan will include wireless play and two visual modes.


Broderbund's seminal, 1980s action game Lode Runner will make a return on the Nintendo DS, a couple of 21st-century upgrades--glossed-up graphics and Wi-Fi multiplayer--in tow.

More than a port of the 1987 NES version, Lode Runner for the DS will include two graphical options: an "original" mode that uses the 8-bit original's unaltered graphics, and an "arranged" mode that sports somewhat spruced-up visuals, according to Famitsu.com. Two new game modes will tweak the classic gameplay: "Championship Lode Runner" features enhanced difficulty and "Tsume Lode Runner" removes time limits, so players can concentrate on puzzle-solving.

Lode Runner will also make use of the DS's Wi-Fi support, although the multiplayer features were not announced. The game's publisher, Hudson, is aiming is for an October 26 release date in Japan.

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