Alex Kidd’s 35th Anniversary is Today
Today is the 35th anniversary since Alex Kidd in the Miracle World came out in Japan on the Sega Master System on November 1st, 1986.
Interestingly though, a new developer, Merge Games, helped make a mastered version of the game, named Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX that released earlier this year in June 2021.
The publisher Merge Games worked with the developers Jankenteam, to recreate the classic while adding many new features as well, such as Retro Mode that plays as the original version of the game, as well as a new Boss Rush Mode.
There have been many tweaks in the DX release, such as many improvements to the combat and movement mechanics, as well as new menus.
A significant collaborative effort was put into this new version of the game between the development teams with Sega.
Merge Games has provided how exactly this remake was made:
Merge Games had come to Sega’s attention by successfully distributing the retail version of the mega-hit Streets of Rage 4, in collaboration with DotEmu. It was this release that also gave the six-person dev team – Jankenteam, who were long-standing Alex Kidd fans – the impetus to come to Merge with and share their dream of remaking the game. The idea was to recreate, rebuild and modernise a deluxe version of the game whilst sticking faithfully to what fans had treasured about Alex Kidd for 30 years.
Following a visit to Sega’s HQ in Japan to license the long-dormant IP, Merge Games developed a complete strategy for full production, marketing and commercial success using the company’s deep expertise in creating bespoke routes to market, which put quality front and centre and exploited all available digital, retail and collectable opportunities.
Luke Keighran, Managing Director of Merge Games also explains:
It was a pleasure to work with Sega and Jankenteam reviving this retro classic. The success of Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX has given Merge a blueprint in this niche, and we intend to continue to drive that objective and look at other potential franchises we can resurrect.
Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX released earlier this year on June 22, 2021, and is available for purchase on the PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows (Steam), Xbox Series X and Series S, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, and Xbox One.
Let us know what you think of the new version of Alex Kidd in the comments below. Do you want remakes and remasters of other older titles as well?