Back in 2010, indie developer WaterMelon created an all-new RPG for the Sega Mega Drive (Genesis to US readers) called Pier Solar and the Great Architects. An incredible achievement in itself, the game soon found a cult audience thanks to its gorgeous 2D visuals and gripping story line, leading some sites to compare it to Phantasy Star II and Secret of Mana.
Now, WaterMelon - the team behind Magical Game Factory - is keen to bring the role-player to a new audience, and is using Kickstarter to fulfill this ambition. The company recently launched a campaign to create a HD edition of the game for Xbox 360, PC, Mac and Dreamcast - although the last one of those systems obviously won't benefit from the high definition face-lift.
The target is $139,000, and at the time of writing the developer has already secured more than 50% of that total in just 3 days - $70,728 from over 800 backers - and has a whopping 26 days to go.
The promise of a HD version of such a unique title should be enough for most retro lovers to open their wallets, but we've done a bit of snooping and have discovered an even more enticing piece of information. We asked a source close to the developer if they were considering bringing the game to Wii U, and they informed us that although a Nintendo version isn't in active development at the moment, if the Kickstarter campaign does well enough then "Wii U would be the #1 next choice".
So there you have it; support this venture now and you could well be enjoying this amazing 16-bit RPG on your shiny new Wii U in the not-too-distant future. In the meantime, feast your eyes on the updated HD screenshots below, and let us know in the comments section if you'd be interested in buying this game on your new Nintendo console.