Physical Edition of “Zombie Nation” Coming to Nintendo Switch via Strictly Limited Games

Strictly Limited Games and City Connection have announced details for a physical release of Zombie Nation on Nintendo Switch. Also known as Abarenbo Tengu in Japan, Zombie Nation is a bizarre 2D shooter originally released for the NES in 1991.

In Zombie Nation, players control the floating disembodied head of a samurai to save America from a horde of “zombies”* created when an evil entity known as “Darc Seed” crashes into the Nevada desert.

You’ll battle across four stages using a variety of unorthodox weapons (i.e. eyeball bullets) to defeat enemies and – naturally – the final bosses of each stage. Along the way, you can regenerate health by defeating enemies and obtain weapon power-ups by rescuing hostages.

The updated Nintendo Switch release will also include a few “quality of life” additions to make the game a bit less frustrating to modern gaming journalists, such as Rewind, Quick Save, and Quick Load functions.

This physical release of Zombie Nation will be available both as a Limited Edition and a Collector’s Edition, and will be available to pre-order via the Strictly Limited website starting 10 October at 12 AM (midnight) CEST, which is 6 PM on 9 October Eastern Time for those of us in the United States.

Here’s what comes with each physical package:

Limited Edition – €29.99 (~$35 US)

  • LE Nintendo Switch game in case
  • Game manual
  • Limited to 2,500 copies

Collector’s Edition – €59.99 (~$70 US)

  • LE Nintendo Switch game in case
  • Game manual
  • Collector’s Box
  • Tengu mask figurine on stand
  • Floating head character cards
  • Large reversible poster
  • 4 post cards
  • Large decal logo sticker
  • Original game soundtrack on CD
  • Limited to 1,500 copies

There will also be an NES compatible retro cartridge of the game, which can be bundled with either Switch edition for an extra €50 (about $58 US, or $7.33 in Bison Dollars).

Interested? You can check out more information via the Strictly Limited Games website here.

*Note: Despite being titled Zombie Nation, there may or may not be many actual “zombies” in the game.

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