img_2013Japanese iPhone site AppBank managed to snag a copy and video of Resident Evil 4 mobile edition which was released into the Japanese iTunes Store briefly. The app has since been pulled for unclear reasons, but not before they managed to get some screenshots and the embedded video below.

The game appears to use a version of Capcom's 3rd person 3D that was also used in Resident Evil: Degeneration.


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So, no idea when the game will return to the Japanese store and if/when it will arrive in the U.S. and other international stores, but something to look forward to.

  • Booch138

    I just find it hilarious that games just appear and reappear randomly in the japanese app store it seems lol. So weird... But on a serious note, I cannot wait for this. I loved RE4

  • Booch138

    I just find it hilarious that games just appear and reappear randomly in the japanese app store it seems lol. So weird... But on a serious note, I cannot wait for this. I loved RE4

  • Ujn Hunter

    Crazy... I didn't know they were coming out with this.

  • Jippojeppe

    Holy crap! i whant it.

  • Ujn Hunter

    Crazy... I didn't know they were coming out with this.

  • Jippojeppe

    Holy crap! i whant it.

  • Twazzock

    Interesting. It looks pretty faithful to the original, graphics aren't half bad either. But damn, it looks difficult. And awkward. Much like RE4/5 are anyway! I'll have to wait and see how this turns out.. I'm sceptical at the moment.

  • Twazzock

    Interesting. It looks pretty faithful to the original, graphics aren't half bad either. But damn, it looks difficult. And awkward. Much like RE4/5 are anyway! I'll have to wait and see how this turns out.. I'm sceptical at the moment.

  • The Theory

    I think that would end up being a must-purchase for me.. but I think that those controls are going to massively ramp the difficulty. Unless the aiming is very forgiving and the AI weak. But if the aiming and AI perform like they SHOULD, this might just put the need to runaway back in RE. Graphics look decent without being amazing. They capture the feel of console RE4 without the complexity. I'm guessing the maps will be much smaller, too. I'm guessing that the video is taken from the first village... and I don't remember a chainsaw guy in the first village. Either that or it is a completely different village, as the set-up isn't how I remember it. Damn, I need to play RE4 again.

  • The Theory

    I think that would end up being a must-purchase for me.. but I think that those controls are going to massively ramp the difficulty. Unless the aiming is very forgiving and the AI weak. But if the aiming and AI perform like they SHOULD, this might just put the need to runaway back in RE. Graphics look decent without being amazing. They capture the feel of console RE4 without the complexity. I'm guessing the maps will be much smaller, too. I'm guessing that the video is taken from the first village... and I don't remember a chainsaw guy in the first village. Either that or it is a completely different village, as the set-up isn't how I remember it. Damn, I need to play RE4 again.

  • spiffyone

    Good. I knew Capcom would eventually get around to porting this over from the BREW dev platform (used primarily on JP mobile/cell phones).

    Now if they can just get around to getting Degeneration back up on the App Store. Just when I was about to buy (after using playing it on a friend's iPhone for way too long - "Hey, don't you have a touch?" she stated...lol) Capcom pulls it off of the store for performance related reasons. Hopefully they put it back up alongside RE4 Mobile.

  • spiffyone

    Good. I knew Capcom would eventually get around to porting this over from the BREW dev platform (used primarily on JP mobile/cell phones).

    Now if they can just get around to getting Degeneration back up on the App Store. Just when I was about to buy (after using playing it on a friend's iPhone for way too long - "Hey, don't you have a touch?" she stated...lol) Capcom pulls it off of the store for performance related reasons. Hopefully they put it back up alongside RE4 Mobile.

  • jackson

    its always a suprise with capcpom
    we obviously didnt see degeneration coming

  • jackson

    its always a suprise with capcpom
    we obviously didnt see degeneration coming

  • DIablohead

    It's a port from phone to iPhone of the RE4 game for japanese mobile phones, the game looks fun to play so i'm glad they have ported it over for us.

    I think Degeneraton is on a different engine, made in a shorter time and fairly rushed compared to RE4 mobile.

  • DIablohead

    It's a port from phone to iPhone of the RE4 game for japanese mobile phones, the game looks fun to play so i'm glad they have ported it over for us.

    I think Degeneraton is on a different engine, made in a shorter time and fairly rushed compared to RE4 mobile.

  • arta

    Wish they would give it some real modern controls like Terminator Salvation and not this swivel on a stick cam they used last time.

    • nizy

      If they used that control system, it would be even more action orientated than even RE4 or 5! RE was always about survival, not action. When you draw your gun you can't move and as such the controls are fine.

      • Ahiru

        how the heck, you've got both arms and legs, why can't you just shoot and walk/run?? what kind of survival game is that... you wouldn't even need zombies to try to survive with only either arms or legs...

        i know this ain't no FPS, but RE4 ruined its origins, RE2 is still my favorite, AND the gameplay fit it back then...

  • arta

    Wish they would give it some real modern controls like Terminator Salvation and not this swivel on a stick cam they used last time.

    • nizy

      If they used that control system, it would be even more action orientated than even RE4 or 5! RE was always about survival, not action. When you draw your gun you can't move and as such the controls are fine.

      • Ahiru

        how the heck, you've got both arms and legs, why can't you just shoot and walk/run?? what kind of survival game is that... you wouldn't even need zombies to try to survive with only either arms or legs...

        i know this ain't no FPS, but RE4 ruined its origins, RE2 is still my favorite, AND the gameplay fit it back then...

  • McCurry

    The control looks terrible.. I don't think they got story mode, just free style shooting

    • nizy

      In the youtube vid, about 1:40 - seems to be story slides to me (although I don't know Japanese).

  • McCurry

    The control looks terrible.. I don't think they got story mode, just free style shooting

    • nizy

      In the youtube vid, about 1:40 - seems to be story slides to me (although I don't know Japanese).

  • Davidovich
    • Steven Haskayne

      Do not buy from this link it is degeneration and not RESI 4!!!!!!

      • Shokz

        Well... Duh?

        It does say, you know, if you can read English...

      • Ataru

        Can you READ? FFS...!

  • Davidovich
    • Steven Haskayne

      Do not buy from this link it is degeneration and not RESI 4!!!!!!

      • Shokz

        Well... Duh?

        It does say, you know, if you can read English...

      • Ataru

        Can you READ? FFS...!

  • http://www.astrosaurus.com astrosaurus

    Holy crap, I NEED this!

  • http://www.astrosaurus.com astrosaurus

    Holy crap, I NEED this!

  • Mac

    I would buy this game in a heartbeat

  • Mac

    I would buy this game in a heartbeat

  • aleceiffel

    it looks like the same control scheme as in RE: Regeneration...which i think works perfectly well for this type of game. Free roaming is a huge plus...both BIA and Terminator force you along a path and dont get me started on rails.

  • aleceiffel

    it looks like the same control scheme as in RE: Regeneration...which i think works perfectly well for this type of game. Free roaming is a huge plus...both BIA and Terminator force you along a path and dont get me started on rails.

  • Chris

    Looks like garbage. Probably handles even worse. Wouldn't buy it if you gave me the money. Why don't these developers actually put some time into BUILDING a good title rather than porting over an already substandard approximation of an existing one?

    • sticktron

      What video were you watching?
      Looks like it controls exactly like RE4 for consoles/PC.

      The RE games don't require mouselook, so they have it easy in terms of controls.

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com Jose

      I don't know about yours, Chris, but my garbage handles like a dream...

    • Ahiru

      word on that, i hated RE4 in the 1st place, and now a weaker port than the weak ps2 port........... . . .. . . you got the idea..

      comparing RE now with some crazy zombie-fps'es out there (ahem, left 4 dead), this gameplay (aka NO-STRAFE - my goonies, even DOOM had strafe for goonies sake!) is OLD and outdated.

      i liked the old RE titles better..

      • http://www.squarezerostudio.com Jose

        "comparing RE now with some crazy zombie-fps'es out there...is OLD and outdated."

        Or just different -- as in different strokes for different folks.

      • http://www.squarezerostudio.com Jose

        And by the way, Aharu, GameSpot gave RE4 for the PS2 a 9.3/10 score (users give it a 9.6/10). Just in case you thought your opinion was in any way representative.

      • Ahiru

        @Jose

        since when gamespot is the reviewer-god?? check their perfect dark zero review and a lot others...

        you seem more like a RE4 fanboy that can't accept the fact the gameplay is indeed old and outdated, despite my opinion on the game (I don't like it but i didn't say my opinion was above everyone else's...)

      • http://www.squarezerostudio.com Jose

        To give you credit, Ahiro, you did state that you prefer RE2 over RE4. That's my point: it's a preference. Just because we now have Left 4 Dead doesn't mean that another form of gameplay is obsolete. I have absolutely no problem with you hating RE4's gameplay, but you seem to be offended by the fact that someone else is enjoying it.

        Oh, and by the way, IGN gave RE4/PS2 9.5. The press average is 9.6, and the reader average is 9.4. None of which means you have to like the game -- just that a lot people do. And, as a point of fact, I've always been more of a Silent Hill man, at least until RE Degeneration on the iPhone.

  • Chris

    Looks like garbage. Probably handles even worse. Wouldn't buy it if you gave me the money. Why don't these developers actually put some time into BUILDING a good title rather than porting over an already substandard approximation of an existing one?

    • sticktron

      What video were you watching?
      Looks like it controls exactly like RE4 for consoles/PC.

      The RE games don't require mouselook, so they have it easy in terms of controls.

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com Jose

      I don't know about yours, Chris, but my garbage handles like a dream...

    • Ahiru

      word on that, i hated RE4 in the 1st place, and now a weaker port than the weak ps2 port........... . . .. . . you got the idea..

      comparing RE now with some crazy zombie-fps'es out there (ahem, left 4 dead), this gameplay (aka NO-STRAFE - my goonies, even DOOM had strafe for goonies sake!) is OLD and outdated.

      i liked the old RE titles better..

      • http://www.squarezerostudio.com Jose

        "comparing RE now with some crazy zombie-fps'es out there...is OLD and outdated."

        Or just different -- as in different strokes for different folks.

      • http://www.squarezerostudio.com Jose

        And by the way, Aharu, GameSpot gave RE4 for the PS2 a 9.3/10 score (users give it a 9.6/10). Just in case you thought your opinion was in any way representative.

      • Ahiru

        @Jose

        since when gamespot is the reviewer-god?? check their perfect dark zero review and a lot others...

        you seem more like a RE4 fanboy that can't accept the fact the gameplay is indeed old and outdated, despite my opinion on the game (I don't like it but i didn't say my opinion was above everyone else's...)

      • http://www.squarezerostudio.com Jose

        To give you credit, Ahiro, you did state that you prefer RE2 over RE4. That's my point: it's a preference. Just because we now have Left 4 Dead doesn't mean that another form of gameplay is obsolete. I have absolutely no problem with you hating RE4's gameplay, but you seem to be offended by the fact that someone else is enjoying it.

        Oh, and by the way, IGN gave RE4/PS2 9.5. The press average is 9.6, and the reader average is 9.4. None of which means you have to like the game -- just that a lot people do. And, as a point of fact, I've always been more of a Silent Hill man, at least until RE Degeneration on the iPhone.

  • http://www.fftrealm.com Noah

    Hopefully it got pulled so they can rework the controls.

    The more I play Doom Resurrection, the better I think the controls are for that game.

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com Jose

      What controls? Doom Resurrection is on rails -- all you do is aim, fire, and pick up objects. Don't get me wrong: I loved Doom Resurrection for what it was. Resident Evil works very differently, and I, for one, very much liked the way Degeneration controlled.

      • kevin

        amen

  • http://www.fftrealm.com Noah

    Hopefully it got pulled so they can rework the controls.

    The more I play Doom Resurrection, the better I think the controls are for that game.

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com Jose

      What controls? Doom Resurrection is on rails -- all you do is aim, fire, and pick up objects. Don't get me wrong: I loved Doom Resurrection for what it was. Resident Evil works very differently, and I, for one, very much liked the way Degeneration controlled.

      • kevin

        amen

  • Chinito77

    This game looks really good. The controls (If they are responsive) are what I want other companies to do, hear that Konami??

  • Chinito77

    This game looks really good. The controls (If they are responsive) are what I want other companies to do, hear that Konami??

  • Somerandomdude

    Seems like the Japanese appstore has alot of screw ups. Why can't these things ever happen in America? The only issues we have are that app approval takes way too long.

    But I am dying to get this now! RE:Degeneration is one of the best apps I have and this looks like it's my favorite gamecube game combined with one of my favorite apps. Hope it happens.

  • Somerandomdude

    Seems like the Japanese appstore has alot of screw ups. Why can't these things ever happen in America? The only issues we have are that app approval takes way too long.

    But I am dying to get this now! RE:Degeneration is one of the best apps I have and this looks like it's my favorite gamecube game combined with one of my favorite apps. Hope it happens.

  • Ethan

    Looks like a huge improvement over Degeneration. I'm a big RE fan, and i know leon should move faster

  • Ethan

    Looks like a huge improvement over Degeneration. I'm a big RE fan, and i know leon should move faster

  • PBNJesse

    I can't wait! Resident Evil 4 on the Wii has to be my all time favorite RE ever. Hopefully they can improve the controls that they used for Degeneration. This + Doom Classic + Command & Conquer = heaven.

  • PBNJesse

    I can't wait! Resident Evil 4 on the Wii has to be my all time favorite RE ever. Hopefully they can improve the controls that they used for Degeneration. This + Doom Classic + Command & Conquer = heaven.

  • Oliath

    can't wait.
    Loved degeneration.

    Resident Evil 4 was the best game i ever played back on the cube.

    As for the controls... they are supposed to be like that.
    The whole point about Resident Evil games was the calustraphobia and awquardness of your character.

    It is NOT an action game. It is a survival game.
    It is about pacing, planning, managing your ammo and weapons and generally being a bit freaked out when zombies are around.

    The controls make you feel like you don't know what is behind you.

    • arta

      No one buys that "poor controls add to the feel of the game" crap anymore. The controls for RE4 were a step into the modern era back in 2005 for the RE series. Re5 suffered as a result of not improving thee control system.

      Excusing poor control schemes when there are much better available was a laughable argument in the console realm, much less on the iPhone where games live and die on the control scheme more than any other gaming system.

  • Oliath

    can't wait.
    Loved degeneration.

    Resident Evil 4 was the best game i ever played back on the cube.

    As for the controls... they are supposed to be like that.
    The whole point about Resident Evil games was the calustraphobia and awquardness of your character.

    It is NOT an action game. It is a survival game.
    It is about pacing, planning, managing your ammo and weapons and generally being a bit freaked out when zombies are around.

    The controls make you feel like you don't know what is behind you.

    • arta

      No one buys that "poor controls add to the feel of the game" crap anymore. The controls for RE4 were a step into the modern era back in 2005 for the RE series. Re5 suffered as a result of not improving thee control system.

      Excusing poor control schemes when there are much better available was a laughable argument in the console realm, much less on the iPhone where games live and die on the control scheme more than any other gaming system.

  • http://www.hbdia.com IzzyNobre

    I'm not even a big RE and still I'm buying that in a heartbeat.

  • http://www.hbdia.com IzzyNobre

    I'm not even a big RE and still I'm buying that in a heartbeat.

  • Somerandomdude

    Actually, looking at this i wonder how half of the deaths in the game are going to look, and whether this'll be a dumbed down version or not. Looking at how well Degeneration went it probably wont be dumbed down, but I'm wondering how they're going to fit that entire game in one app. And as for the deaths, I'm sure apple won't allow half of the deaths like the chainsaw one, although looking at Livefire/Killtest it might be possible.

    One last thing I'm curious about is whether this'll have the Mercenaries and the other extra modes that RE4 had.

  • Somerandomdude

    Actually, looking at this i wonder how half of the deaths in the game are going to look, and whether this'll be a dumbed down version or not. Looking at how well Degeneration went it probably wont be dumbed down, but I'm wondering how they're going to fit that entire game in one app. And as for the deaths, I'm sure apple won't allow half of the deaths like the chainsaw one, although looking at Livefire/Killtest it might be possible.

    One last thing I'm curious about is whether this'll have the Mercenaries and the other extra modes that RE4 had.

  • DA360

    I enjoyed RE4 on the GameCube so this just looks awesome. I don't think the controls look too bad either though they might take some getting used to.

    My question is though, why don't we see any "S" optimized games (aka games that would turn on a "better graphics mode" if your using a iPhone 3GS/upcoming iPod Touch) because the S could come allot closer to replicating the graphics of the original console release of RE4.

  • DA360

    I enjoyed RE4 on the GameCube so this just looks awesome. I don't think the controls look too bad either though they might take some getting used to.

    My question is though, why don't we see any "S" optimized games (aka games that would turn on a "better graphics mode" if your using a iPhone 3GS/upcoming iPod Touch) because the S could come allot closer to replicating the graphics of the original console release of RE4.

  • sufy

    The controls are bad! it moves so slow! Movement in this game is hard you gotta like turn it all the way. The joystick should have much more better.
    All capcom have done is implemented Resident Evil Degeneration's controls and stuck it in RE4!

    Shame on you Capcom!

    • Somerandomdude

      That's what most of us are looking for in this. Actually, I'm just amazed and glad that they would put such a great game on the iPhone. The only real complaint I have is the control stick is a bit too sensitive. As soon as you tap it it goes straight to the edge. But then again it's still in production it seems but at least the game is pretty much complete and we'll be seeing it pretty soon if they decide to bring itto America as one of the 10 promised games.

  • sufy

    The controls are bad! it moves so slow! Movement in this game is hard you gotta like turn it all the way. The joystick should have much more better.
    All capcom have done is implemented Resident Evil Degeneration's controls and stuck it in RE4!

    Shame on you Capcom!

    • Somerandomdude

      That's what most of us are looking for in this. Actually, I'm just amazed and glad that they would put such a great game on the iPhone. The only real complaint I have is the control stick is a bit too sensitive. As soon as you tap it it goes straight to the edge. But then again it's still in production it seems but at least the game is pretty much complete and we'll be seeing it pretty soon if they decide to bring itto America as one of the 10 promised games.

  • Bill Sykes

    Got RE:4 from the App store yesterday. Fan-fan-fan-fan-tastic!

    Absolutely hooked on this!

  • Bill Sykes

    Got RE:4 from the App store yesterday. Fan-fan-fan-fan-tastic!

    Absolutely hooked on this!

  • Drumster04

    I need help on one of the levels. On the Fifth level when you are in the castle, i keep getting blown up by the time i get to the cannon. Respond please!

  • Drumster04

    I need help on one of the levels. On the Fifth level when you are in the castle, i keep getting blown up by the time i get to the cannon. Respond please!