E3 2019: Limited Run Games

Co-founders Josh Fairhurst (CEO) and Douglas Bogart (COO) started off the show in front a big (E3-style) fake virtual audience and that tells you about the kind of fun relaxed nature this show was all about. There is something special about the seemingly dying art of physical game collection and that is what Limited Run Games have been about since 2015. And this year they jumped straight into the digital titles you can look forward to jumping into the physical world thanks to Limited Run.


Night In The Woods (Physical release Q4 2019)

Starting off with one of the bigger titles you’re likely to be looking forward to this indie darling even got it’s very own, very cute, unique Limited Run trailer.

This was followed by a little cringy ode to the Vita as they outlined their final lineup for Sony’s dead portable for 2019:

  • Deadbolt (Physical release Q3 2019)
  • Guacamelee! (Physical release 14 June 2019)
  • Super Mutant Alien Assault (Physical release 5 July 2019)
  • Pix The Cat (Physical release 21 July 2019)
  • Revenant Dogma (Physical release just vaguely “2019”)
  • Mutant Blobs Attack!!! (Physical release 14 June 2019)
  • Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken (Physical release just vaguely “2019”)
  • Rocketbirds 2: Evolution (Physical release just vaguely “2019”)
  • Atari Flashback Classics (Physical release July 2019)
  • Super Meat Boy (Physical release just vaguely “2019”)
  • Damascus Gear Operation Osaka (Physical release just vaguely “2019”)
  • Damascus Gear Operation Tokyo (Physical release just vaguely “2019”)
  • Metal Slug 3 (Physical release 12 July 2019)

And then the bigger final Vita announcement due sometime in 2020:

Papers, Please (Physical release Q4 2019)

Yup, for those of you that enjoyed the very unique Border Patrol like, ‘dystopian document thriller’ game and need to add it to your collection – 2020 is your year.

Next we jumped into more titles for current gen consoles.

Power Rangers: Battle For The Grid (Preorder available Now!)

Yup, relive your might morphin’ childhood with a physical copy. And it’s available for preorder for the PS4 and Switch now. Plus, it’s also available in a special limited Mega Edition which includes a SteelBook case, poster, power coins and artbook/strategy guide.

Hover (Physical release 26 July 2019)

Big neon city parkour/flying/sliding your thing… well, weird, but ok. Then, this one’s for you.

Transistor (Physical release 5 July 2019)

From the creators of Bastion, Super Giant Games’ Transistor features a badass lady wielding a massive sword and will be available to the PS4 and the Switch in physical form thanks to LR.

Next we dived into the upcoming Switch Games for the American Summer and Fall seasons:

  • Rogue Legacy (Physical release 19 July 2019)
  • Bad North ((Physical release Q3 2019)
  • Dark Devotion (Physical release Q4 2019)
  • Blazing Chrome (Physical release Q4 2019)

And the a deeper dive into specific Switch titles including:

Freedom Planet (Physical release 21 June 2019)

Sonic-like anyone? Looks bight and colourful and if you can’t get Sonic on your shelf – these lookalikes are not a bad substitute.

Turok 1 & Turok 2: Seeds Of Evil (Physical release Q3 2019)

Of course the infamous dinosaur FPS needed a physical spot too.

Blaster Master Zero (Physical release Q4 2019)

As Fairhurst explains – it’s ‘the story of a boy looking for his lost frog with the help of his trusty tank’. Who wouldn’t want a hard copy just for that classic storyline?

Red Faction (Physical release 12 July 2019)

Announcing a new partnership with THQ Nordic, Bogart then announced and showed off Red Faction as the first physical game coming from the link up.

Atooi Collection (Physical Release TBD)

3DS time! A special pixelated announcement from Atooi to create a physical release for a limited run of Mutant Mudds… on a 3DS cartridge. Plus, Bomb Monkey on the same cartridge. And that’s not all – the cartridge is so big they’re also fitting in Xeodrifter, Mutant Mudds Super Challenge and Chicken Wiggle to complete the five-game collection.

Corpse Killer & Double Switch (Physical release July 2019)

Announced as two SEGA CD “classics” – you can look forward to another two remasters getting the Screaming Villains & William Mesa Flash Film Works FMV restoration treatment.

real MYST (Physical release Q3 2019)

The ‘adventure game of the ages’ is getting a Limited Run physical edition.

Mercenary Kings: Reloaded Edition (Physical release 28 June 2019)

Announced previously, but now with a confirmed release date – this Tribute Games offer will be available physically for the PS4 later this month.

Shenmue III Collector’s Edition (Physical release 19 November 2019)

A special and unique to Limited Run Games Shenmue III CE will have fans rather excited. It includes a shadow box, a replica Phoenix and Dragon mirror, patches and stickers as well as a premium box and copy of the game. 5,000 will be available – 1,000 PC and 4,000 PS4 (but exclusively available to Limited Run Games in North America).

And after the now traditional “One More Thing” crowd chant LR had one more surprise in store – a big partnership with LucasFilm Games. So yup more Star Wars!!! The quick video included:

  • Star Wars
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Star Wars X Wing
  • Star Wars Rebel Assault I and II
  • Star Wars Tie Fighter
  • Star Wars Dark Forces
  • Star Wars Shadows of the Empire
  • Star Wars Dark Forces II Jedi Knight
  • Star Wars Episode 1 Racer
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
  • Star Wars Racer Revenge
  • Star Wars Bounty Hunter (Physical release 28 June 2019)

However, as you can see above only the last game received a release date (that was for PS4).

And that was it. A great way to end the show – and if you love your physical games Limited Run continue to provide the goods. For more details be sure to check out their website here.

Nintendo Nerd, sharing my love of Mario with the world one pixel at a time.

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