Having attempted to 'revolutionise' Space Invaders, Bubble Bobble and Rainbow Islands, it was only fair that the Dreams studio should turn its attention to New Zealand Story.
Well, 'fair' is probably the wrong word. 'Expected' is more like it, given that the number of well-known Taito games it can re-make on the DS is starting to dwindle.
As Ellie pointed out rather nicely in her preview, the problem with updating fondly remembered classics is the developer's temptation to needlessly tinker with the formula. In particular, they just can't seem to resist shoehorning rubbish touch-screen controls into games that don't benefit from them.
Yes, it's got the same music. Yes, it's got the same gameplay. Yes, you still have to jump in the big pink whale's mouth to complete the first boss level. To summarise - no, they haven't messed it up.
Just a few weeks ago, we brought you news of a rumour that a DS version of classic platformer New Zealand Story is in development.
Rising Star Games declined to confirm or deny back then - but now they've officially announced that the game is on the way, and will be released in late 2006.
Just like the 1988 original, the new version of NZS will see you playing as little yellow birdie Tiki the Kiwi. All of Tiki's friends have been kidnapped by a dastardly sea lion, and it's your job to run around rescuing them.