Usually when successful games are brought over to a handheld they are dumbed down or spared a few features to make them more accessible. Thankfully that isn’t the case with Retro City Rampage DX, which actually adds plenty of new features and also upgrades many existing core mechanics. This is my first experience of the game in any iteration and on first loading the game, it seems like a perfect home for this kind of gaming experience.
The games that Retro City Rampage DX is emulating – or mostly parodying – were insular experiences. The closest you could get to multiplayer gaming back in the day was a LAN party or discussing tactics and techniques in art class. The 3DS allows the player to fully immerse themselves in this violent, GTA-esque 8-Bit adventure and hide their hideous actions in game from prying eyes. And, to be honest, there is no way anyone could play this without causing mayhem on the in-game streets.