Jordan Mechner is getting back to his roots in 2012. The man reclaimed the original source code for his magnum opus Prince of Persia and announced that he’s working on a remake of his first game, Karateka. That game is a martial arts brawler about 3 Japanese warriors saving a princess from the evil Akuma. Pretty familiar stuff today, but back in 1984 Karateka was revolutionary. It is often credited as being the very first fighting game, progenitor to Street Fighter, Tekken, and all the rest.
While Mechner announced the game for consoles and mobile devices earlier this year, an ESRB rating for the game dropped some surprising news. Karateka will hit Nintendo’s Wii U as well as PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, and the iPhone.
The Wii U’s line up is still largely a mystery. While there are a significant number of announced retail games for Nintendo’s new box, the downloadable games that will populate its eShop are still unknown. Karateka is amongst the first to even be hinted at.