Retro Beat ‘Em Up 99Vidas Coming to Switch Soon; Nintendo Announcement Trailer Released

Brazilian developer QUByte Interactive thinks that beating up guys in monkey suits with lightning is appropriate for the Switch. Enter 99Vidas...

on August 16, 2017 8:20 AM

QUByte Interactive sent out a press release today announcing the Switch port of 99Vidas. The 16-bit inspired brawler originally released on Steam in 2016 and then got a console showing on the PS4, PS3 and PS Vita on July 18 of this year. The Brazilian studio is now bringing the game to Nintendo’s hybrid console ‘soon’ and marked the announcement with a new trailer.

99Vidas looks to be a retro title in look and gameplay. They have simplified the attack buttons to 2 options: a quick punch or a heavy kick. These two can be mixed together to complete different combos. The studio has taken inspiration from the greats of beat ’em ups including Double DragonGolden Axe, and Final Fight.

Not to be too outdated with core mechanics, the game features an RPG-like progression system. You can earn experience points the old fashioned way by defeating enemies and then use them to modify your attacks or even your looks. These upgrades contain the usual ‘make your attacks more powerful’ but also include the cool choice to add elemental damage to kicks and punches (and everything in between).

Other features include:

  • Up to 4 players co-op
  • 11 Playable characters
  • Story Mode with 6 levels
  • 2 Bonus Levels
  • Versus Mode
  • Survival Mode
  • 6 Challenging Boss Fights
  • Multiple Upgradable skills
  • Multiple Weapons and Special Attacks

While there is no solid release date or price for 99Vidas on the Switch, you can pick it up on Steam or the PlayStation store for $12.99 USD. And getting it on any of the Sony platforms will make it available for all of them via the cross-buy feature.

With some really solid pixel art (that brings to mind Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game) and fun looking gameplay, this is one beat ’em up that feels like a worthy addition to the classics of yore. You can see it for action yourself in the Switch trailer below:

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Leif Conti-Groome is a staff writer at DualShockers who mainly focuses on indie games and crowdfunding campaigns. He was a contributor to the niche game podcast Total Control and he frequently lends his services to the Torontonian enthusiast group, The Hand Eye Society.