There are two kinds of people in this world in relation to Gaijin Games’ Bit.Trip series of video games: those who haven’t played them and those who love them. Okay, it isn’t really quite as dramatic a split as that, but you could be forgiven for thinking that since the fans tend to be very vocal. Six games were planned for the series, and six have been released — Bit.Trip Beat, Bit.Trip Core, Bit.Trip Void, Bit.Trip Runner, Bit.Trip Fate and Bit.Trip Flux — for the Wii‘s downloadable WiiWare service and iOS devices. Now Gaijin is getting set to add another supported platform: Nintendo‘s newly released 3DS handheld.
The collection, which will of course make use of the device’s glasses-free stereoscopic 3D technology, will be released as a single package called Bit.Trip Saga, a press release reveals. No other added features are revealed beyond the visual upgrade, nor is there any mention of how certain games’ motion- and pointer-based controls will be ported to the device.
Each game in the Bit.Trip series serves up a different approach to the gameplay, but there are a number of motifs that carry across all six titles. The most prominent of those is the retro presentation, with characters and objects made up of blocky pixels and chiptune-inspired techno soundtracks. All six titles also feature some degree of rhythm-based gameplay, though Runner and Fate veer away slightly with platforming and shmup elements, respectively. The experience of playing any Bit.Trip game can be summed up in a single word: hypnotic.
There’s no price, release date or any other information revealed in terms of expected platform-specific features. It shouldn’t matter though. “Bit.Trip in 3D” is all fans are really going to need to hear. E3 is fast-approaching too, so expect more news to surface soon on this title, which will be published by Aksys Games.
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