Half way - a thank you gift...
This weekend we crossed the half way point. We hit 442% of our goal before the campaign began to slow down. Every day I look at all the comments and the enthusiasm, and it prompts me to continue to figure out ways to make this tool better and better for all of you. Some of you are already sharing some (amazing) assets, and it excites me to see your visions come to life, just as I hope to share my childhood vision with all of you when it's finished!
That said, while support has been overwhelming, it IS the internet after all, and we've been noticing the occasional troll-ish comments creeping in. So here's the question...when you're crowdfunding a tool to help the world make new NES games, and the trolls aim to undermine that effort, how does one fight back? Well...how about trolling the trolls? As a proof of concept, we created a Megaman style platformer called Troll Burner, where you, the supporters of this project, will get to run around the trolls' inner sanctum and blast away! (quotes that show up in the game = actual negative quotes shared on social media). We thought this would be a great way to show the diversity of what the tool can do, while at the same time rewarding all of you with something new to play!
A fun fact, Troll Burner was created in 8 days, mostly in the San Francisco airport and on the plan while returning from our PAX South / IGN adventure. It was finished up during the Global Game Jam this weekend. And while it is just a fun playable demo, hopefully it gives you an idea of what can be done with this tool, and just how different this is from Mystic Searches using the same tool to create it! In a day or two, we will be posting a video of us to our YouTube channel of us working on this in our hotel foyer while waiting for our Uber, and while actually at 30,000 feet while flying overnight from San Fran to Miami.
You can download the ROM file for free here!
And if you don't already have an emulator that supports mapper 30, we suggest FCEUX, as it's what we use for a lot of our testing. You can get that for free here:
Enjoy the gamed-aided vicarious experience of frying up some trolls! And help continue to spread the word out NESmaker, my friends!
Joe, Austin and Josh