Dotemu reverse engineered the original Windjammers to make sure they got the sequel right

Building off the original

Dotemu is currently working on Windjammers 2, a sequel to the cult classic. Dotemu knows it's important to retain the feel of the original while creating new content for the follow-up, which is why they spent quite a bit of time picking apart that first release. In an interview with Siliconera, Dotemu's Stéphane Perez talked about the process of diving deep into the original game to see what made it tick.

We preserved everything that was already there in the first game, because as you say, it’s very important to make it just as it was in the beginning. There is a huge base in France, and we are working with Windjammers France. They are five guys who are really involved in this game. During development, we called them a few times to do some playtests and get their opinion about it. It’s exactly the same game as the first one.

In fact, we did reverse engineer the first game to see how everything was programmed. It was basic, very old development language. We took everything from the first in the second one, so every movement, every disc direction, every angle… that’s exactly the same. Even the speed of the disc is the same. The only thing we changed, because it’s a new game, is the court. The dimensions of the court are a bit wider because it’s not the same size of the screen now, but that’s it.

Then, when we had this background, we started to put some new gameplay stuff in. We did a lot of iteration to get exactly what could be interesting. We don’t want to put some crazy stuff in it, like bullshit just to put something in. So we put four new mechanics that people… deserve, in fact, to change a bit of the game and to make it more fair sometimes.

Koei Tecmo titles included in the Spring 2020 Switch eShop sale

Some great games on sale

Koei Tecmo has a handful of games included in the Switch eShop sale going on this Spring. Check out what's up for grabs below.

GameOriginal PriceSales Price% Off
Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk DX$39.99 $31.9920%
Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky DX$39.99 $31.9920%
Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea DX$39.99 $31.9920%
Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack$89.99 $71.9920%
Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout$59.99 $41.9930%
DYNASTY WARRIORS 8: Xtreme Legends Definitive Edition$39.99 $27.9930%
Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon$59.99 $29.9950%

Pokemon the Movie: Coco pre-sale tickets delayed in Japan due to coronavirus

Pre-sale tickets for Pokemon the Movie: Coco were set to go live on April 17th, 2020, but that's no longer the case. Pokemon Co. has decided to push the ticket sales back due to the coronavirus impacting movie theater business. The movie is still slated to release on July 10th, 2020, but there's no word on when the pre-sale option will go live.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons 1.1.1 update available for players using a Tencent Switch

What a lovely surprise

Here's a really interesting one for you. Animal Crossing: New Horizons hasn't officially released in China yet, but an update is available for the game. This is Version 1.1.1, which includes a fix for the item duplication bug, and also gives players access to Bunny Day. The update lacks online multiplayer and design sharing, but it's still pretty surprising to see the update made available in China. We'll have to wait to see if this was a mistake, or Tencent/Nintendo will continue to share updates for a game that hasn't officially been released in the region.

Square-Enix releasees another Romancing SaGa 3 Original Soundtrack Revival Disc promo video

Yep, this tracks

Square-Enix has put out another new promo video for the Romancing Saga 3 Original Soundtrack Revival Disc, which launched in Japan on April 1st, 2020. This Blu-ray disc features 70 tracks from the original Super Famicom game, with footage included that corresponds to each track.

Trials of Mana 25th Anniversary Concert cancelled due to coronavirus concerns

Square-Enix has announced that the Trials of Mana 25th Anniversary Concert, which was scheduled to take place on May 10th, 2020, is now cancelled. Square-Enix made this decision due to coronavirus concerns. Unfortunately, this also means the CD that was supposed to release featuring songs from the concert is cancelled as well.

Biped "behind the scenes with the devs" video feature

Join Finding, the producer of biped, as he dives deep into the untold story of how the game came to be and what could potentially be in store for everyone down the line.

SEGA releasing fifth demo for Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: The Official Video Game in Japan

Just incase the 4 other demos didn't convince you

Believe it or not, SEGA has released four demos for Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: The Official Video Game so far, and another is on the way. The fifth demo for Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: The Official Video Game is set to release in Japan on April 17th, 2020, giving potential customers yet another chance to check the game out. On that same date, those who own the full version of the game can take part in a new event, the 4x100m relay.

Nintendo closes down Nintendo Game Front at Panasonic Center TOKYO

End of an era

While Nintendo TOKYO is going strong, Nintendo has closed down another fan spot in Tokyo. The company has shuttered Nintendo Game Front, which was located at Panasonic Center TOKYO. Nintendo Game Front was a spot where fans could come in and play the latest Nintendo games on Panasonic TVs and projectors. While no reason was given for the closure, it likely has to do with Nintendo TOKYO opening.

Fortnite's Deadpool outfit has arrived, and Deadpool has taken over the yacht

Time to stop and smell the Chimichangas!

No more stalling. It’s time to make the Chimichangas! Deadpool is finally here, and he’s taken over the Yacht (sorry Meowscles). Show up as the infamous Merc with a Mouth himself with the Deadpool Outfit — available now exclusively as part of the Chapter 2 - Season 2 Battle Pass!

You can unlock Deadpool by completing the mercenary’s Week 7 favor Challenges: finding two of his Akimbo Pistols and bringing them to him (note that the Deadpool Outfit can be unlocked even if you haven’t completed any of Deadpool’s previous Challenges).

If you just want to show up to party, Deadpool’s got you covered. Just for stopping by and saying, “Hey,” DJ Deadpool will spin up a free reward for you: the newly-remixed Freestylin’ Lobby Track!

You’re probably thinking to yourself… “Hey, I’ve got Deadpool. I’ve got Freestylin’. But I want more Deadpool in my life.” Fear not — he’s got you covered again! Give Deadpool’s Meaty Mallets for a test drive, take a glorious rainbow journey on his Dragacorn Glider (aka “Sparkle Thunder”), or just ride around with the dangerously dainty mini-scooter motorbike Emote!

And after a long day of battling, be sure to take a break to stop and smell the Chimichangas!


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