We've seen remakes and reimaginings and overhauls of all kinds this generation. Most have added a modern high-definition sheen to games from the previous era.

Now, another remake of sorts is on the way…but you gotta go a long ways back to find the original title. It's Prince of Persia creator Jordan Mechner's very first video game, Karateka , which he made for the Apple II when he was a student at Yale.

The game went on to sell over a half-million copies (which is ridiculous for that time in industry history) and now, he tells VentureBeat that he intends to revisit the classic and produce a remake for the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade. Yes, all by his lonesome.

" Making the original Karateka was a labor of love. To have so many people embrace it and share their stories of playing it has been really rewarding. I am always surprised to hear how much impact that game had. In remaking Karateka, I want to honor the original game with a compact, pick-up-and-play game that is fluid, atmospheric, and beautiful. "

If you forget (or if you weren't yet born), Karateka follows the story of a black belt as he invades an evil warlord's fortress to save a princess. …yeah, that sounds awfully familiar for a game from those days. But hey, shut up…we liked 'em.

Related Game(s): Karateka

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Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

I had a compilation NES game called "31-in-1". (like you'd ever find something like that anymore!)

This game was on that compilation. It was freakin' hard, if I remember, (as most games were back then) but was kinda cool!

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

I loved this game. I played it on an Atari ST at a friends house growing up. If I remember right, one of the harder parts was dodging the dang bird that would kill you in one hit.

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

actually I just looked it up on youTube. It didn't kill you in one hit, it was just a pain to hit and it did attack you for a lot of damage when you failed to hit it.
Man, seeing this brings back major memories.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I never played it, I had a Colecovision

Geobaldi
Geobaldi
9 years ago

Still have mine 🙂

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

I had it on NES on my 31-in-1 cartridge. It hit up a couple early platforms.

Fane1024
Fane1024
9 years ago

I'm having a flashback to Junior High computer class.

What's next…strip poker?


Last edited by Fane1024 on 2/15/2012 6:28:13 PM

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

You played strip poker in your junior high computer class?

That teacher needs to go to jail.

Fane1024
Fane1024
9 years ago

Behind his back, not as part of the curriculum, of course…just like Karateka.

But, even so, jail? For pixellated boobies? We're not talking about child porn here.


Last edited by Fane1024 on 2/17/2012 4:06:15 AM

jaybiv
jaybiv
9 years ago

Ahhh, a blast from the past for sure. We had to hide the disk in the computer library so we could get a game in after completing our assignments.