Nightmare Busters: Rebirth, a revival of a revival of a SNES game, announced

Nightmare Busters: Rebirth SNES 1994 remake Aurora Game Studio Super Fighter Team Arcade Zone Love Pix'n Love

Publisher Pix’n Love Games and developer Aurora Game Studio have announced Nightmare Busters: Rebirth, which is basically a revival of a revival of a canceled SNES game from developer Arcade Zone. It’s a slightly odd situation to be sure. But long story short, Nightmare Busters was a run-and-gun sidescroller in development for SNES that was canceled in 1994. However, a developer called Super Fighter Team worked with the copyright owner to finish the game and physically publish it for SNES at the end of 2013. Now, the game is coming back again for unspecified consoles and PC as Nightmare Busters: Rebirth, an “entirely redone production,” including new graphics.

Via Gematsu, features for Nightmare Busters: Rebirth will include the following:

  • Entirely redone graphics, UI, and soundtrack.
  • Traditional hand-drawn animation.
  • Redone level design.
  • Gradual and readjusted difficulty.
  • Two-player option.
  • Several new modes added. (Speedrun, Ultimate, Museum, etc.)

The new hand-drawn visuals for Nightmare Busters: Rebirth look pretty nice already, even though they are a work in progress. I suspect there may be an interesting story behind how Pix’n Love and Aurora Game Studio landed on this release.

For more revivals of unreleased Nintendo games, check out the revival of RPG Infinity on Game Boy Color.


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!