It’s always nice to get surprised by the rerelease of a slept-on arcade gem.
Back in 1994, SNK gave its thriving Neo Geo MVS arcade platform a surprisingly addictive air hockey game developed by Data East. That game was Windjammers, an incredibly fast-paced take on the classic Pong formula that features lite-bright visuals and super charismatic athletes. Much, much later in 2018, publisher/developer Dotemu got the rights to Data East’s forgotten gem and ported it over to PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PS Vita. And then the unthinkable happened – a hardcore group of masterful Windjammers players took to the game in droves and showed just how hype it truly is during the 2018 installment of the famous Evo fighting game tournament. With so much positive attention paid to Windjammers, it seemed like a sequel would come later down the pipeline.
Thankfully, that prediction came to life in the form of a supremely upgraded rendition of the retro air hockey gameplay that got a resurgence in 2018. And thanks to Dotemu’s talented development team, we now have that brand new series entry in the form of Windjammers 2.