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Joystiq presents

Epyx back on DS, Wii

Impossible missions are only accomplished by impossible men.
Development studio System 3 has scored rights to the old Epyx library of games and is already planning to bring popular titles Impossible Mission and California Games to the DS and PSP. Impossible Mission is due to grace the handhelds in January, while California Games will release in May including unlockable content in the form of older titles Winter Games and Summer Games. While these games will be remakes of their original, dust-covered cousins, System 3's founder Mark Kale said they will not be updated to 3D.

"You gotta keep the gameplay mechanics the same or else it ceases to be the original game and you're only using the game brand to sell games," Kale said. "It ceases to be Impossible Mission or California Games or what have you. ...What we're doing is we're incorporating the original gameplay and mechanics and bringing the gameplay up to date."

Kale also noted that versions of these remakes are also planned to release on the Wii, which he was quick to say had the ideal control scheme for these games. We assume the games will be sold independently via Nintendo's Virtual Console service, however the piece makes no mention of distribution plans.

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1. This is awesome! Hopefully they'll discover the absolute gem that is Todd's Adventures in Slime World and give us a port of that too. Imagine eight-player wireless DS play!!

Posted at 10:16AM on Aug 18th 2006 by John H.

2. I spent many long nights playing Impossible Mission on my old XT. I am so getting this one.

Posted at 10:56AM on Aug 18th 2006 by awesom-o

3. Stay Awhile....Stay Forever!

Posted at 11:24AM on Aug 18th 2006 by Kurifurisan

4. Dear lord that's awesome!
I used to play the CRAP outta California Games on my Atari Lynx. Too bad that system never really had any traction despite it's superior power over the Gameboy.

And Summer and Winter Games were some of my favorites for the Apple II +! A good deal for me all around. Throw in WiFi and it'll be the easiest $30 I've spent this year.

Posted at 2:18PM on Aug 18th 2006 by LunarDuality

5. Now, just grab those old EA games by Fred Ford, Paul Reiche III, and company.

We need Star Control II on the DS! Imagine a WiFi Archon/Archon II DS cart! And WiFi Mail Order Monsters would show everybody that Pokemon and Monster Rancher were not first, and that old school was better!

And hey... Would it kill Milton Bradley to make a console version of their old DARK TOWER board game?

Posted at 2:58AM on Aug 21st 2006 by The ZeroCorpse

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