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Road Avenger Takes its Vendetta to the Super NES

Happy new year, folks! I thought I'd squeeze in this last post before 2012 officially arrives. This one will be short, sweet, and above all else, surprising.

I thought I'd hit the eggnog a little too hard over the holidays when I first read about this on RetroCollect, but there really is a conversion of the full-motion video title Road Avenger being developed for the Super NES. The game, following a slightly warped car enthusiast's crusade to bring justice to the street gang that killed his wife, was originally brought to arcades by Data East, then released for the Sega CD by Renovation eight years later.

The enormous amount of video footage in Road Avenger made it as unlikely on the Super NES as a port of Crysis. However, if you've been watching the homebrew community for a while, you'll know that hackers never take "no" for an answer, even to the most ridiculous questions. Using an advanced flash cartridge and a high capacity SD card, the programmers at dforce3000 was able to get the Japanese version of Road Avenger running smoothly on Nintendo's 16-bit system.

It's an impressive achievement, if not slightly frivolous. Does anyone even play full-motion video games anymore? Just watching the footage on RetroCollect, with the player being forced to react before helpful guide arrows appear, makes me remember why FMV went the way of Milli Vanilli and Crystal Pepsi. However, if you're overwhelmed by curiosity and just have to try one of these games, the outrageous action movie vibe of Road Avenger at least makes it fun to watch. You'll ram rival cars into cliff walls, fly off the edge of an open drawbridge, and weave through tight forest paths as you race to the final confrontation against the gang's sadistic leader. (Shame it never feels like you're in direct control of all this insanity, though.)

Special thanks to RetroCollect for the heads up!
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