Cannon Dancer: Osman sees Switch release in Japan on April 13th, 2023
Cannon is a dancer
Back in September of 2022, ININ Games announced that the 90s arcade fighting-game, Cannon Dancer, would be heading to Switch in Q1 2023. After that, we learned the game will arrive on March 9th, 2023 in Europe and North America. Today it was revealed that the title will see physical and digital release in Japan on April 13th, 2023. The 7,678 yen “Special Edition” in Japan includes a copy of the game, special box, art book, and hand towel.
After being released during the 90s fighting-game hype Cannon Dancer, also known as “Osman” in the US, slowly began to fade out of arcades due to the small number of units. Over the years, the title became a video game legend, with fans around the globe interested in getting their hands on it. Almost 30 years later, ININ Games has teamed up with two key members of the original development team to finally bring the game to modern home consoles: the game designer Kouichi Yotsui (also known as “Isuke” and famous for his work on “Strider”) and the artist Takashi Kogure (better known as “Utata Kiyoshi”).
Cannon Dancer is an Action Jump & Run set in a dystopian late 21st century, in which the world is under the control of a single federal government. One day, a new threat known as “Abdullah the Slaver” - an evil sorceress who wants to take control of the world - appears, causing widespread terror and panic. This fear incites the abandonment of all economic activity and corruption in the government, which now undermines the foundations of society itself. Judicial Affairs Director, Jack Layzon, fears the worst and summons a lone assassin.
The player controls a Cannon Dancer called Kirin; a top-class agent in a mercenary unit known as “Teki”, and a highly skilled martial arts fighter. As he travels, he has to face not only Abdullah the Slaver and the government forces but also the other members of the Teki, who want him dead for personal reasons.