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Dark Void Zero
Dark Void Zero Cover.jpg
Developer(s) Other Ocean Interactive
Publisher(s) Capcom
Platform(s) Nintendo DSi (DSiWare)
Release date(s) NA January 18, 2010
EU March 5, 2010
Genre(s) Action
Mode(s) Single-player
Rating(s) ESRB: Everyone
Media Download
Input methods Buttons, microphone

Dark Void Zero is an action video game released by Capcom for the Nintendo DSi's DSiWare download service. It was made as an April Fool's parody of the video game Dark Void and it was later decided to make it an actual title; it was promoted as a game "found" in Capcom's vault.

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Gameplay

At the beginning of the game, players must blow into the Nintendo DSi's microphone to clear the dust off of an in-game cartridge, similar to how NES cartridges would have to be blown into at times.[1] Jimmy Fallon was included in it as "Captain Jimmy Fallon".[2]

Development

Capcom-Unity manager Seth Killian stated that Dark Void Zero started as a joke after he had heard an 8-bit rendition of Dark Void's main theme in its end credits. This song, along with the soundtrack of Dark Void Zero, was produced by Battlestar Galactica composer Bear McCreary.[3][4]

At the beginning of the game, players must blow into the Nintendo DSi's microphone to clear the dust off of an in-game cartridge, similar to how NES cartridges would have to be blown into at times.[1]

Talk show host Jimmy Fallon lent his name in the game based on a fictional story where Fallon won a contest from Capcom during his younger years. He was included in it as "Captain Jimmy Fallon".[5]

Reception

While 2D-X editor Jeffrey L. Wilson initially criticized Dark Void Zero as being exploitative of the retro gaming genre,[6] he later retracted his statement after playing it at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), commenting that it felt like an NES-era title.[1] GamePro editor Dave Rudden called it one of the coolest games at the CES, comparing it to the "Metroidvania" genre, which is a combination of the styles of Metroid and Castlevania, as well as video games such as Contra. Kombo editor David Oxford commented that Dark Void Zero was better than its parent video game, comparing it to Bionic Commando Rearmed in how both promotional games surpassed the games they were promoting.[7]

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