Time-Traveling Ninja Platformer The Messenger Releases Aug. 30

Everyone is excited. You should be excited, too. Why? Because publisher Devolver Digital has partnered with developer Sabotage to bring to us The Messenger, a self-described love letter to 8-bit and 16-bit gaming. The Messenger doesn’t go halfsies in its adoration, however — its graphics do double-duty as both 8-bit and 16-bit at different points in time. The music is pure mind-melting nostalgia, and the gameplay promises to make even hard-core Ninja Gaiden fans sit up and pay attention. The Messenger‘s Steam page describes the game as thus:

“As a demon army besieges his village, a young ninja ventures through a cursed world, to deliver a scroll paramount to his clan’s survival. What begins as a classic action platformer soon unravels into an expansive time-traveling adventure full of thrills, surprises, and humor.”

Humor, indeed. The snippets of dialogue and character designs shown in the trailer promise a genuinely and thoughtfully funny game that is not just a copycat blast from the past, but an entry that defines itself as a new foray into the future. The Messenger releases on August 30 on Steam and the Nintendo Switch.