New Stretch Goals: Wii U Support, Girl Power, and More
We have some fantastic news today! After lots of phone calls, emails, team meetings, number crunching, and most importantly, listening to our fans, we’ve made some exciting additions to our Stretch Goals, extra features we could add if we exceed our target funding:
New Stretch Goal: U Asked, Wii Listened
A wise man once said, “don’t ever forget where you came from.” For the past few weeks, I’ve received a flood of questions and comments from journalists and Nintendo fans from the Metroid Prime days, asking whether or not we would consider a Nintendo version. The game’s characters and play would be a great fit in the Nintendo world, and the touch-screen gameplay would lend itself well to the Wii U’s unique controller. But most importantly, I’ve felt really touched at how enthusiastic and appreciative these loyal fans have been to reach out, to talk about how much those games meant to them, and remind me of some of the most inspiring and influential times of my career. Guys and gals, this one’s for you: We’ve added Wii U eShop support as an official Stretch Goal, at the $55,000 funding mark!
The challenging part is that our engine doesn't run directly on Wii U. It will take some time (estimated at least a month) to port the game over, plus costs for development kits, minor art adjustments, new assets, and more. It wouldn't be released until some time after the initial iOS and Android versions. But with your support, we can do it!
New Stretch Goal: Choose to Play as a Girl
The second most frequent question/comment we get asked about, is whether or not players can choose to be a girl. Even though we’d always planned to eventually get there (after we figured out customization for the Boy), we underestimated how many backers would love to have that choice now. And I can understand why… the universe of Buddy & Me was created for the kid in all of us, boys and girls alike. So we put our heads together, figured out what it would take, and made it happen. So again, by popular demand from our fans: a new Stretch Goal at $45,000, to be able to choose a Boy or a Girl player character. Check out our first concept image:
Let us know what you think about the initial design! What's her personality like?
New Stretch Goal: Ziplines & Buddy Cannonball
Last but certainly not least, we’d like to expand on some of our gameplay mechanics, for more variety and depth. For the boy, we’d like to add functionality for the “Zipline”, where he grabs on and travels quickly to another part of the forest, collecting coins above and below along the way. We’d also like to add our favorite Buddy Assist, the “Cannonball”, where Buddy leaps up, swallows the player, then shoots him out across the level:
At this Stretch Goal amount of $50,000, in addition to the new stuff, this also gives us some time to perform minor improvements and additions to other gameplay features as well.
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