Turok makes his Nintendo homecoming when Turok: Dinosaur Hunter arrives to Switch later month, with Turok 2: Seeds of Evil to follow later. The games originally released on Nintendo 64, with the former earning acclaim from critics and fans. In the first title, players must protect Earth and the prehistoric Lost Land from the villainous Campaigner, who seeks to assemble a powerful relic and dominate the universe.
For those unfamiliar, the Turok series is adapted from the comic book of the same name. It stars the titular character, a Native American warrior who hunts dinosaurs and combats evil forces. First appearing in print in the 1950s, the property gained newfound popularity when Valiant Comics revamped the series in the early 90s. That led to Acclaim Entertainment publishing Turok: Dinosaur Hunter in 1997. It became a huge hit thanks to its exceptional first-person gameplay and movement for its time. Turok went on to become one of the Nintendo 64’s all-time best-selling games. Turok 2: Seeds of Evil released in 1998, and several other sequels followed in subsequent console generations. The most recent entry was 2008’s Turok for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
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CBR.com reports that Turok: Dinosaur Hunter will appear on the eShop on March 18. Turok 2 should arrive at an unspecified later date. Unsurprisingly, the Switch ports will be the remastered versions developed by Nightdive Studios for PC in 2015 and consoles in 2018. That would be the same studio currently working on the much-anticipated System Shock remake/reboot.
The remastered Turok games sport graphical, lighting, and audio improvements. Nightdive also went ahead and polished up the gameplay and level design. Nintendo’s website currently lists Turok: Dinosaur Hunter for $19.99, which is the same as its price on other platforms. Whether or not players can eventually purchase both games together in a cheaper bundle (as you can for $29.99 on Xbox, for example) remains unknown.
They may not hold up as well as they once did, but having the old Turok games should be a neat nostalgia trip for fans. That $20 price point remains a bit steep, but these additions to the Switch will look nice next to the other remasters heading our way either this year or in the future. All that’s left is to keep waiting on the thing that some people hope these continued re-releases have been heralding: the reveal of a brand new Turok game for the current generation of hardware.