4x4 Jam, Flashback & Ganryu Head Up New Dreamcast Releases

French publisher JoshProd has finally revealed to us the details of the latest batch of titles heading to the Sega Dreamcast, and this time gamers can expect three titles that are totally new to to system. 4x4 Jam is an off-road racer featuring fully 3D visuals and sprawling open stages, while Delphine's classic 2D adventure Flashback: The Quest For Identity has been built from the ground up as a brand new, officially licensed Dreamcast port. The other games in the release line-up include Visco's Neo-Geo scrolling beat 'em up Ganryu, a new PAL-boxed version of Sturmwind, and a re-issue of Orion's retro-styled RPG Zia and the Goddesses of Magic (check out our recent review here).


4x4 Jam is actually a port of a game that has been available on both the Sony PSP and Android/iOS for some time, and is particularly interesting as it potentially opens the door for ports of similar games designed for low-powered mobile devices. The video above was recorded from an actual Dreamcast and shows off some of the sprawling landscapes and Smuggler's Run style gameplay.

Flashback: The Quest For Identity is also of great interest, as this particular version has been designed from scratch for the Dreamcast, incorporating brand new menu screens, visual options and controls perfectly mapped to the Dreamcast controller. The game also features the full and uncut intro cinematics only previously seen in the PC version, along with full support for the VMU with a 'save anywhere' function. While Flashback has been available to play on the Dreamcast prior to this release, the versions available have either been homebrew ports designed to work with the SD reader, or via the emulation of other systems. This bespoke version has been officially licensed by Delphine Software and ported specifically for the Dreamcast using the original source code supplied.
The last 'new to Dreamcast' game is Ganryu, a side-scrolling beat 'em up originally created by Visco for the Neo-Geo. In it, the player assumes the role of a ninja who must battle through various stages themed after feudal Japan, kicking heads in and exacting revenge. The game is pretty rare and sought after on the Neo-Geo, and like Breakers before it uses a refined version of the Neo4All emulator. It too has been given official blessing by Visco Games.
As stated above, the other two games that complete the lineup are Duranik's awesome Sturmwind and Orion's Zia - both given new PAL-themed packaging, cases and manuals. We spoke to Philippe Nguyen from Joshprod to get more details on the latest set of releases:

DCJY: Hi Philippe, thanks for speaking to us. First, what prompted you to seek out Ganryu?

Philippe Nguyen: We actually scheduled to release it a long time ago because there aren't so many games like this on Dreamcast. It's a side scrolling action arcade game that's very hard...but if my son can finish it, I'm sure you could also do it!

4x4 Jam is an interesting choice - were you a fan of the PSP game?

When the PSP system was released I was a big fan, mainly because it proposed - like the Dreamcast - a connection to the internet and it had an impressive screen resolution. It was easily my favorite portable system back then. I discovered 4x4 Jam during this period and downloaded it due to a very good reviews from lots of websites. It's one of my favourite games for the PSP so it was a simple choice to bring it to Dreamcast.

What was the process in getting the game ported? Was it an easy process?

A professional programmer (he's been programming on Dreamcast since 2000 on an official devkit) made the port with the original PSP source code, and it's taken a few weeks to port it. We tried to include additional options and improvements over the PSP version.

The port in interesting as it potentially opens the door for more ports of other similar titles - is this something we could see in the future?

Yes for sure - we have two other games in our sights. If the Junkyard's fanbase are in contact with programmers or owners of old IPs they could contact me and we could maybe think about the possibility of porting the game (if it's a good game of course!)

Flashback is a classic title that many people will be familiar with. How were you able to get this game made for Dreamcast? Were there any difficulties in acquiring the license?

Acquiring the license for Flashback was not easy, it's taken more than a year to trace the owner of the IP. When I finally contacted him it was quite easy to convince him because we had already released our first Dreamcast games (Rush Rush Rally Reloaded, Breakers etc) and we could show him the quality of our manufacturer. When we received the code source, Chui (who did the work on Breakers) ported it with a lots of improvements (screen size, all European languages, mix all original version and take the best of each, we also included a 16-bit original version with Japanese text).
Thanks to Philippe Nguyen for answering our questions. All of these games will be available to pre-order at Rush On Game from the 4th August 2017, priced around €29.99 and are expected to be shipped in September 2017. As ever, we'll be sure to keep you in the loop. Follow Joshprod on Twitter and Facebook for further details. What do you think? Let us know in the comments or join the discussion in our Facebook group here.

Update: pre-orders for all of these games, plus the previous games from JoshProd are now available to pre-order from Rush On Game here.

16 comments:

Ross said...

This is brilliant news. I've always been a fan of Flashback and that box art looks glorious in a PAL Dreamcast box. I can't wait to order these!

Tom Charnock said...

Yeah, Flashback is one of my favourite games of all time. This new DC version has a sort of 'remastered' main game with loads of new visual options (filters etc) and two 'emulated' versions of both the western and Japanese mega drive versions. It's really cool tbh.

jon lee said...

JUst when you think the little box can give no more it delivers beyond expectationss. Now, who do we have to see about getting some Legends of Mysteria ported from the Saturn to the DC...

Mongroovy said...

Wow! I actually haven't had my DC plugged in for a while, but this kind of news definitely motivates me to get it up and running again.

DCGX said...

This cool. Tom, do you know if they're going to be PAL style releases only, or get a Japanese/NTSC style release like Breakers did? And hopefully they'll be available somewhere other than Rush On Game? That site is awful to navigate.

Florian Wallin said...

Excellent news for sure !

Alan Holman said...

Each of these games has their own unique reasons why I'm interested in them :)

Anthony Harrap said...

I never did manage to navigate the awful rushon website to buy the last batch of these. I hope they are available elsewhere this time.

Ross said...

It looks like the preorders for these games has been put back until tomorrow.. Also, the Rushongames site says that there's 10 games being released (I think... My French is rusty)

Should be interesting!

Tom Charnock said...

The other 5 aren't Dreamcast games...

Spaceturnip said...

The other 5 appear to be re-releases of the initial batch of 5 games (Ghost Blade, Breakers, Alice's Mom's Rescue, Rush Rush and Dux 1.5). There's also the 11th game, which you can't yet buy, which appears to be a PAL style release of Saber Rider which itself is a rather interesting development...

DCGX said...

Those standard Saber Rider preorders are less than what backers paid...

DrLeatherface said...

Yeah I'm kinda pissed that the Saber Rider game in the pal case on RushOn is less than what I payed on the kickstarter. They snuck that one in without a word.

zarkone said...

Just have seen on playasia, and wander if Ganryu has Agetec stick support. Do you have back photo of disc case?

Simon Early said...

I want 4x4 Jam!

Simon Early said...

I've ordered the game. It's exactly what I've always wanted. After Dux, i was wary of more shmups (although i have Sturmwind and love it!!!) I bought Alice's Moms Rescueand love it's Mario style simplicity, but what I've dreamed of is new games that look new... driving games, sports games, third person shooters etc.
The fact that more established, polished and ambitious games from mobile operating systems or PSP ports... It's just such great news for Dreamcast fans. I remember the "hit and miss" quality of trying to find good Japanese games to bolster my collection... to be able to buy tried and trusted games is reassuring and exciting! 😎