WayForward Enthusiastic About the 3DS
The company behind the GameBoy Color treasure Shantae has been busy with the 3DS. Just what exactly are they working on?
Three of WayForward Technologies‘ main directors have recently been interviewed by Nintendojo. While the interview covered Wii- and DSiWare, the developer’s thoughts and plans for the 3DS were clearly a major focus in it as well.
The studio behind such critically-acclaimed titles as Contra 4, Mighty Flip Champs!, A Boy and His Blob, and the fan favourite Shantae, is rather well known among fans for its high-quality 2D games. When asked about his thoughts on the 3DS and whether WayForward was developing anything for it, Matt Bozon—one of their ‘creative directors’—stated that they are going “full speed ahead” and reassured that the 3D effect truly is the real deal.
Sean Valesco, director of the DS’s Batman: The Brave and the Bold, after sharing his love of the 3DS’s analog “slide pad” and the boost in processing power, added that due to technical restrictions and the difference in the two screens’ sizes, it will be impossible to “ever touch the 3D gameplay.” This isn’t exactly news, but hearing it from somewhere other than Nintendo confirms the reality of this issue.
Nintendojo then asked Bozon if he had any plans to bring Shantae to the 3DS.
We’ve been throwing around ideas, but nothing concrete. I’d love to make a new adventure that embraces the 3D visuals, assuming people want more Shantae after [Shantae: Risky’s Revenge].
Hear that, Shantae fans? The series has a chance of being realized someday in 3D; considering the amount of enthusiasm WayForward is already showing about the 3DS, it’s certainly a possibility that they’ll bring their beloved franchise to the new system.
The interviewer also questioned Valesco about the upcoming A Boy and His Blob game for the 3DS. While he refused to reveal anything, it’s clearly still in development. He replied with the simple statement: “The details on this one are yet to be announced.”
Apparently, a sequel to the WiiWare puzzle game LIT is also in the works, though WayForward has chosen to keep mum on the details for the time being; currently, even the platform this game will be on is unknown.
Nintendojo ended the interview by asking about the possibility of seeing a sequel to Mighty Flip Champs!, one of the earliest and best DSiWare games to date. Bozon admitted that he would “love to take [the] characters on another Mighty adventure” if the opportunity was ever to arise, but restated that their current focus is on the long-awaited Shantae: Risky’s Revenge. Perhaps we’ll see the addictive flipping puzzler on the rumoured 3DSWare store in the future?