While all of you are skipping out of work to play Left 4 Dead 2 today, I'm stuck sitting here with a red-ringed Xbox 360 that's out of warranty. I'm saddened by the fact that I'm not able to spend my afternoon smacking zombies in the face with baseball bats, but my day has been brightened by this YouTube video (thanks to Kotaku for pointing it out) highlighting a new 8-bit Nintendo-styled re-interpretation of the first game.
EricRuthGames posted the clip, and at first I thought it was just a clever demo exercise by someone wanting to show off what they can do in the retro gaming style. However, reading through the information the author shares on the post, it becomes clear that this is an actual remake of Left 4 Dead, due out on January 4th of 2010.
The title will be available for free download and features 16 colors, a four channel soundtrack, and recreations all the maps, missions and zombies from Left 4 Dead. Creator Ruth goes on to explain that he's largely a one-man show (except for some friends who helped with QA testing), which is even more impressive.
While it may not have the shiny graphics and online gameplay of the original Left 4 Dead, this retro-recreation still looks worthy of a download when it makes its official debut early next year.
Jump past the break to see the trailer of the game in action.