Last September, we reported on what was at the time just referred to as Pocky & Rocky 2021, and it wasn’t until New Game+ Expo last week that we got an updated glimpse and a final name. Now, Natsume Inc. / Natsume Atari and developer Tengo Games have finally released some new PR to discuss what they’re calling Pocky & Rocky Reshrined, in addition to making its new trailer public. The game will launch in fall 2021 for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.
Pocky & Rocky Reshrined revives the classic 16-bit multi-directional scrolling shooter gameplay “with improved graphics, sound, and fun!” Tengo Project includes original series game staff, so it appears to be in good hands, if the trailer itself isn’t enough indication. The game is a sequel to the original Pocky & Rocky, and the premise is that young Shinto shrine maiden Pocky and raccoon companion Rocky are trying to save the “Nopino Goblins.”
Natsume PR is eager to point out that the vibrant pixel art of Pocky & Rocky Reshrined is reminiscent of that of the original SNES games — and yeah, I’m pretty jazzed about that. High-quality pixel art that happens to carry the flavor of iconic Japanese classics is always an expedient way to sell me on a game.
What do you think of the top-down shooter now that you can see it in action?