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Windjammers Returns on PS4 and PS Vita with Online Multiplayer

Cyrille Imbert's Avatar Posted by CEO, DotEmu

Yes, that’s right folks. It’s finally here. One of the greatest “versus” games of all-time has returned to console! Are you ready to don your spandex and fluorescent armor, fling a blazing disc at your opponent in a perfect curve, and drive the stadium crowd mad? This is what Windjammers is all about, only this time you can test your skills against players worldwide and chuck your blazing discs all the way to the top of the leaderboard.

And the good news doesn’t stop there. This updated version is also available on PS4 and PS Vita, so you can toss discs and talk trash while commuting to work or school. Bam!

Windjammers is a fast-paced, head-to-head arcade game where two players face off on a court and throw discs at the opposing goal to score points. Simple, yes. But highly addictive! Choose between six different international players, each with their own super-throws and characteristics. Plus, every environment, from sunny beach to crowded stadium, requires you to adapt your tactics in order to earn victory.

DotEmu has always loved Windjammers, and we’ve long dreamt of resurrecting and sharing it with players everywhere. This year our dream came true, and we’re immensely pleased and honored to offer an updated version with five game modes and a full online multiplayer mode with rankings and competitive leagues.

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Conception

We’re a small team of passionate gamers with two arcade cabinets in our office. We’ve been organizing Windjammers tournaments internally for a long time, to the point where we became obsessed with the game. From then on, reintroducing it became an epic quest. Not only is the game itself great, but it’s also one of the most famous titles from Data East, the quasi-mythical company behind awesome titles like Bad Dudes, Street Hoop, and Burger Time.

After successfully bringing back some Neo Geo classics along the years, in 2015, our quest succeeded. With the blessing of SNK and our friends at Paon DP who trusted us with their IP, Windjammers would return and DotEmu would be in charge. Hells yeah!

Deceptively Difficult

Windjammers is one of those games that never gets old. It’s simple, well-made, instant fun. However, behind that simplicity lies an ocean of strategy and challenge. To be a decent player you’ll need to master a diverse set of skills, i.e. knowing when to toss your disc, and when to launch a super-custom or hammer throw to wrest the momentum from your opponent. Each frame matters, precision is key, and self-control is critical.

Your hands will sweat. Guaranteed!

From Arcade to E-sport

For us, this project had to be perfect. We wanted to respect Data East’s incredible work and provide a faithful experience to players both experienced and new. And what better way to do this than to include the Windjammers community in our project? From the beginning we worked closely with Windjammers France, which boasts some of Europe’s best players. Founded in 2012, this association of ardent fans organizes annual tournaments. And trust us, when this crew fires up Windjammers, they don’t mess around!

Windjammers France helped us maintain continuity with the arcade version, and broadened our understanding of the game’s tremendous e-sports potential. Windjammers is ideal for the e-sports arena, which is why we created an easy-yet-complete online mode for players from Chile to China, to engage in continuous competition.

Inherit the Wind

We can’t wait for gamers to discover/rediscover Windjammers and begin playing. In the coming weeks and months we also hope to promote tournaments and build an international competition community.

Stay tuned!

Add Your Own

gerneric123 said:

December 3rd, 11:52 am

How about bringing The Dragon’s Trap remake you’re publishing to Vita? ;p

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    Cyrille Imbert said:

    December 8th, 3:51 pm

    What is 100% sure is that Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap will be available on PS4. We are still trying to figure out what would be the best options for the project platfroms, so please stay tuned!

nentindo98 said:

December 3rd, 11:55 am

Will this be cross-buy?

Rocker15c said:

December 3rd, 11:55 am

Yes, oh god yes!!! So many memories from my arcade years, thank you so much…

WakizashiM said:

December 3rd, 12:08 pm

Thank you for this. I have never played the game, but I saw the guys at Giant Bomb play it often, and I subsequently became very interested in playing it. Now I will be able to.

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    Cyrille Imbert said:

    December 8th, 3:54 pm

    We are very happy that you discovered Windjammers with the annoucement, you won’t be disapointed, the game is awesome.

Kishnabe said:

December 3rd, 12:09 pm

Nice, keep on em bringing the Neo Geo games?

Kishnabe said:

December 3rd, 12:25 pm

Also heard the news about YS Origin…thank you so much DotEmu…..though I would have not picked up the Steam version a few years ago…had I know of this port.

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    Cyrille Imbert said:

    December 8th, 3:56 pm

    We work a lot with our friends at SNK, so who knows? :) And yes, Ys Origin is back too, yay!

Alucard-XII said:

December 3rd, 1:24 pm

Nice pick. Always great to see obscure classics get recognition on modern consoles.

Since you managed to bring this and the Wonder Boy Dragon’s Trap to us, could you work your magic to bring us the MVS Super Dodgball game as well?

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    Cyrille Imbert said:

    December 8th, 3:57 pm

    Thanks! We love Super Dodge Ball as well and play it a lot, so it would be great to work on that project on day, fingers crossed!

HussamFelimban said:

December 3rd, 1:58 pm

Lovin’ this. Please make sure that the Vita version support ad-hoc/online, as well as local multiplayer on PSTV. Thanks!

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    Cyrille Imbert said:

    December 8th, 3:59 pm

    Workin’ on it! We will keep you posted on that in the upcoming months, so stay tuned.

DARK-Makyura said:

December 3rd, 6:03 pm

Did not expect that. Thanks, .Emu. Now about Item Arcade Hits…

VinsanityV21 said:

December 3rd, 8:05 pm

#JeffGerstmannGOTY2017

Kratier said:

December 3rd, 8:38 pm

crossbuy = day 1 buy

QUICKSILV3R_com said:

December 3rd, 10:14 pm

why!

SoulGuitarist1 said:

December 28th, 12:54 pm

I’m very excited for this to come on console! I’m aware you guys said we should expect the game to release first quarter of 2017 but are there any plans to announce an exact release date soon? If so, when should we expect to hear the announcement? Thank you bringing such a great game to console!

dangeresque413 said:

December 29th, 7:50 am

If you continue you’re work on Neo-Geo games, I would definitely buy Super Baseball 2020 if you ported it. Great work on bringing the classics to a new generation guys!

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