Side-scrolling brawlers may have fallen out of favour a little since the 16-bit days, but they’re making something of a comeback on the PlayStation Vita. Vanillaware’s striking Dragon’s Crown has already proven that beat-‘em-ups can be commercially viable in the current handheld market – and that means that you should be screaming at Japanese developer Mages to bring Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds overseas.
Originally due out this week in Japan, the throwback dustup will now arrive on 13th March, and will set you back just ¥1,260 ($12) from the Eastern arm of the PlayStation Store. A retail package including a guide book, CD soundtrack, and additional content is also set to appear in physical shops, but it will boast a download code for the game rather than a cartridge, making it a bit of a headache to redeem overseas.
With an Xbox 360 version already available, a Western release does seem likely, but you may need to holler for it just to make sure. Thankfully, after watching the latest trailer embedded below, we know that you’re going to be just as excited for this as we are. After all, how can you not fall in love with a release that features angry lolis, four-player co-op, and brazenly plagiarised Bullet Bills? We rest our case.