Not that long ago Tomba, or Tombi as those over in the UK will recognise it as, was re-released on the Playstation network by Monkey Paw Games, a company that strives to release the lost Japanese games over in the West so people have a chance to play them.
This has also meant that over the years on the Playstation Network they could release gems that people may have forgotten about or never had a chance to play due to rarity and Tombi is one of those games. You may remember Tombi from a demo that came with Official Playstation Magazine back in the day which was disc 37, or if you had the certain version of Demo 1 you could have played it too. Otherwise I can't ever recall seeing one in my local Electronics Boutique or Beatties. These days if you look on eBay you'll find a few copies of Tombi going for at least £50 and upwards.
If you're unaware of the cult masterpiece, Tombi was the brainchild of Tokuro Fujiwara known for his work on Ghosts'n Goblins and Mega Man, and as one of the first few games to use the Dual Shock it was an innovation of its time, not to mention the fact it was a blissfully fun platformer and RPG rolled into one.
If you haven't got the cash to splash out on this amazing game you can wait a little longer for Monkey Paw to announce their chosen release date. Then you'll be able to pick it up for presumably around or under £10 for a digital version. Plus with the Playstation Vita soon to support PSone Classics you'll be able to play Tombi on the go on a stunning screen.
Monkey Paw Games have stated that the release of Tombi will be sooner than you think for Europe, so keep your eyes peeled for the release date, as we're now hoping it'll be this year and not next!