The first game of the cult classic Joe & Mac is getting a remake. Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja is coming to unspecified consoles and PC in 2022.
Joe & Mac, known in Japan as Caveman Ninja, was developed by Data East and first released in overseas arcades in 1991. It hit North America shortly afterwards and appeared on the NES, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Game Boy, Amiga, and PC (among other platforms). You can even play the game and it is episode, now on Switch via its online SNES library. As the eponymous pair of cavemen, you are on a mission to save captured cave women from a rival tribe. The side-scrolling action consists of using clubs, boomerangs, and other prehistoric weapons to take out other cavemen, dinosaurs, and other threats.
Publisher Microids does not share a trailer, nor does it provide much information about the remake other than that it includes revamped graphics and a new adventure mode with additional levels. Microids promises to release more information on Caveman Ninja soon. While Joe & Mac never reached the mainstream heights of Mario or Sonic, the games have been solid enough and the series has its fans. It will be interesting to see if the gameplay is improved at all or if this is a more faithful update with better graphics. As we saw with the reinvigorated Wonder Boy franchise, a good remake of a lesser-known platformer can lead to contemporary success.
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