Actraiser Renaissance Arc
Actraiser Renaissance is out for the Nintendo Switch Already

Actraiser Renaissance came out on Thursday, Nintendo announced in their surprising Nintendo Direct. This is actually a remaster of a 1990 SNES game originally released in Japan. I don't know much about it if we're being honest but it looks pretty awesome. I'm a sucker for games from Japan, especially when they have beautiful pixelated graphics as Actraiser Renaissance does. This isn't a straight-up port of the original SNES Actraiser, instead, a few things were added. Some of these things include "the much-loved original score and a rearranged soundtrack featuring new music. New stages and boss battles also await.".

The game looks like it has two main components in its gameplay. There are the sidescrolling action segments, which play out as you might expect. You'll move along a set path, Super Mario Bros. style, but you'll fight several monsters. You have a giant sword, and there'll be bosses to fight. As I said, it's all the kind of stuff you would expect from a sidescrolling action game. The second component is a lot more peaceful than this sidescrolling segment.

In these segments, it looks like you'll be spending your time building up your own cities. I don't know how in-depth this system will be, but I have to imagine it will be decent enough. After all, it's going to be about half of the game, it sounds like. I've obviously never played the original game, but I think I'm definitely going to check this one out. Nintendo's official description promises the game is twice as big! You have to give them credit for the work they put into this.

If you guys want to check it out too, you can since it is already available on Nintendo's E-Shop. I'm including their official description below. You can also play Actraiser Renaissance on Playstation 4!

Heaven, earth and mankind - Create and destroy everything according to your will!

Experience the revival of the 90's classic hit "Actraiser".


Actraiser Renaissance combines 2D platforming action (Realm Acts) with a City-building simulation (Realm Management) in the ultimate battle between good and evil!

Featuring the soundtrack that sent shockwaves through the gaming world when it was first released, composed by the legendary Yuzo Koshiro - now remastered!

Help humanity flourish by playing as the Lord of Light and their loyal angel in a world beset by evil.


  • Remastered 2D graphics present the game in beautiful HD
  • 15 new music tracks, as well as re-arranged original tracks by Actraiser composer Yuzo Koshiro!
  • New stories, expanded action and realm management gameplay, additional action stages, an all-new realm, and new more powerful bosses!
  • Auto-save and difficulty levels


Realm Acts: Strategically cast powerful fire, ice, and other magic in these 2D action stages. Humans return to reclaim the realm after you conquer these stages, allowing you to begin cultivating your settlements.

New magic that was not available in the original game has been added along with the ability to dodge. Players can also attack with upward and downward motions for a more dynamic action experience. You will need every new trick in your arsenal to defeat stronger bosses at the end of the new action stages.

Realm Management: Help humanity flourish by cultivating your settlements and offering guidance. Use your miraculous powers to summon lightning and trigger earthquakes to remove obstacles such as trees and boulders that impede the growth of your chosen. Play as the Lord of Light's angel and use your mighty bow and arrows to drive back the evil monsters that prey on your people.

Protect your settlements from enemy raids in real-time strategic battles. The placement of your forts and timing of your miracles is key to achieving victory in these engagements.

Experience all-new tales of humanity's struggles to overcome their flaws and failings as they learn to love one another and together grow stronger. Altogether, these new scenarios amount to more than twice the story present in the original. Explore the vast new realm and enjoy building your settlements for longer than ever before!


The original Actraiser composer, Yuzo Koshiro, has re-arranged all of the iconic original tracks and added 15 new tracks as well. Players can listen to the original music or switch to the re-arranged versions while playing the game. Tired from protecting and raising your villagers? Then just sit back, relax, and enjoy the tunes.

Alexander Ouellet
Alexander is passionate about everything related to gaming, comics, television, and film. You can usually find him watching some kind of DC show.
Alexander is passionate about everything related to gaming, comics, television, and film. You can usually find him watching some kind of DC show.