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.

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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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