Fans of Turrican or the Super Famicom/Super Nintendo Entertainment System may know of Rendering Ranger: R2. A rare game from Manfred Trenz with some similarities to Turrican, the game was limited in its original Japan-only run to a mere 10,000 copies.
Unsurprisingly, Rendering Ranger: R2 is something of a collector’s item, available only if you have the money or you have downloaded the game ROM.
That is about to change. Thanks to Limited Run Games and Ziggurat, Rendering Ranger: R2 is heading for re-release on Sony PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, PC, and Nintendo Switch.
Better still, if you have your original SNES or a suitable replacement, Limited Run Games are releasing physical SNES carts later in the year.
With a striking similarity to Turrican and Turrican 2, Rendering Ranger: R2 was originally developed as a game called “Targa”, but design changes necessitated a retitle. Why were so few carts released for the game? Well, it seems that Virgin Interactive was the only publisher interested, which may explain the English language featured in the Japan-only release.
Despite this lack of publishing confidence, Rendering Ranger: R2 is one of the most sought after Super Famicom/SNES rarities because it is considered among the top games on the platform.
If you like Turrican, you’ll probably like this. You can pre-order Rendering Ranger: R2 from August 5, 2022.
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