Friday, February 24th, 2012
FEB 24
Whatever happened to Grand Theftendo?

Grand Theft Auto III - General News | @ 12:00 AM MDT | By Ash_735
You remember Grand Theftendo right? We only reported on it back in October of 2004! The project that was started by Brian Provinciano to recreate Grand Theft Auto III on the NES hardware, developed between 2002 and 2005, the project was eventually put on hold because it was about to become an entirely different beast altogether, but there is footage of the original version around the internet, such as this clip below:

So what happened? Well as development grew, Brian found ways to get even more out of the NES hardware, the project, while still focused on Grand Theft Auto III, eventually started to include reference and jokes to other games of yesteryear. The project then got bigger, shifting development from NES to PC, a couple more people got involved to help with the art and soundtrack and with time this little Grand Theft Auto III demake evolved into the indie game known today as Retro City Rampage by Vblank Entertainment (a company founded by Brian Provinciano). Now, a lot of you guys might be around the same age as me and grew up playing games from the late NES era to the SNES and Genesis/Mega Drive era from a very young age, so some of you might remember playing games like Contra, Mega Man, Streets of Rage, Double Dragon, Final Fight, etc, so for me at least, having a game that was rooted as a Grand Theft Auto III homage then evolve to reference other games of that era is interesting and worth keeping an eye on because, at it's most basic, it's a Grand Theft Auto game of that time, which we never got. You can check out a trailer for Retro City Rampage below:

Retro City Rampage "Big News" Trailer 2012 from Vblank on Vimeo.

Retro City Rampage is currently slated for a May release and will be available via Steam, Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network (both for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita) and WiiWare. The PC version is currently available to pre-order Here.
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Registered: Aug 2006
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Hi could you make a working SNES cartridge of the game so that when I go back in time I've got something to show off to noobs in the 80s?

Doc will shit his pants.
02-24-2012 02:08 AM
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Registered: Sep 2010
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wow, very classic graphic and very great game :))
02-24-2012 05:01 AM
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Registered: Oct 2004
Posts: 80
This looks AWESOME!!! Love the music too, will definately be getting this! Thanks for bringing it up or I would have never known!
02-24-2012 09:30 AM

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