Great Giana Sisters headed for DS in US

Giana Sisters DS is coming to North America (and hopefully a few other places too), with the news that publisher Destineer has picked it up. The game – an overhauled remake of the Amiga classic – has been available in Europe and Australia since 2009, but never made it to US shores. This year, it looks like it’ll be different, with an ESRB update showing that the ex-Fullmetal Alchemist publisher will be taking on the publishing rights.

The Great Giana Sisters for Commodore 64

The original, as it looked on a Commodore 64

Now, the original game, The Great Giana Sisters was released in 1987 for Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, MSX2 and the Commodore 64. I had a well-loved copy for C64 and it was pretty awesome, in its own way. It just happened that “its own way” was horribly similar to the way of another super-popular game that came out in the same era, involving brothers (not sisters), who ran and jumped and squished things. Yeah.

In case you thought it might have just been a passing resemblance, or an impressive coincidence, Nintendo thought otherwise, forcing original publisher Rainbow Arts to withdraw the game from sale within a week, and cancel the all-but complete version for the ZX Spectrum.
[img_big]center,6257,2010-11-20/gianasisters_ds_11.jpg,…and how it looks today, on the DS[/img_big]

Looks like they’re happier with it now, especially given the new look the game is sporting these days. Giana Sisters DS has been blessed with a pretty serious graphical overhaul that teleports the sisters (Giana and Maria) away from their plumber-friendly roots and hurls them into the future – and soon, into North America as well.

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