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Super Turrican

The Super NT, a little console by Analogue chock-full of SNES games, comes with a cool little surprise. Super Turrican: Director’s Cut will be released for the first time. This is the complete, original, untrimmed version of the Super Turrican released in 1993, and the Director’s Cut is 50% larger in file size. Analogue’s Christoper Taber says it has “a new level with new music, more enemies, better sound effects and graphics and even a new way to use the beam weapon.”

For those who haven’t heard, the Super NT is a reimagining of the SNES. It’s described as “the definitive way to explore Nintendo’s 16-bit era” and is compatible with the 2,200+ SNES and Super Famicom game cartridge library.

Whether you played Turrican in your youth or not, it is bound to be a new experience.


Two versions of Super Turrican exist. The now-defunct Factor 5 hoped to have the game on a 6Mbit cartridge way back in the day, but the game’s publisher only allowed for 4Mbit. According to Julian Eggebrecht from Factor 5, that meant the whole final level was removed, including an extra boss.

During the Wii days, Factor 5 actually wanted to restore the original version on the Virtual Console. The 6Mbit cartridge version would have been released as a bonus for those who purchased Super Turrican and Mega Turrican back in 2008. Unfortunately, Nintendo had a policy in which anything that wasn’t commercially available previously couldn’t be published. That meant the dream of having the true version of Super Turrican never materialized.


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