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Unemployment And Platforming Combine In Wii U Title 8-Bit Boy

Posted by Damien McFerran

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Danish one-man studio AwesomeBlade Software has announced that its retro-themed platformer 8-Bit Boy is coming to the Wii U.

Created by Rasmus Kønig Sørensen - a Danish ex-video game journalist with a bachelor degree in Construction Management - 8-Bit Boy is a love letter to the 2D platforming epics of old. Sørensen counts himself as a massive fan of the Master System, NES and Amiga 500, and it should come as no surprise to find that his creation shares a common bond with the likes of Mario, Sonic and Mega Man.

The background to the game itself is rather touching, as Sørensen himself explains:

The games storyline is somewhat based on my own story. Our hero is this depressed and unemployed 32-year old guy, who hasn’t been able to get a job after finishing his exams one year ago. Our hero gets sucked into this happy, vivid and colorful 8-bit world where he has to overcome many obstacles to help him out of the status quo of unemployment and help him support his family.

So this is a personal story that deals with some adult issues like unemployment and feeling inadequate. Combine that with a vivid and colorful 8-bit world and you get something very different. This pretty much sums up my own story and I felt I had to do something about my own situation. To keep myself from going crazy from employment – I started programming 8-Bit Boy while looking for a job. So you might say that I also got sucked into this parallel 8-bit world of my own. I really hope you will enjoy 8-Bit Boy and relate to my story.

8-Bit Boy launches on Windows early next year, with versions planned for the Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii U. While there's no official confirmation, we're taking the wild guess that this is going to be a downloadable title rather than a retail release, so expect to see it on the Wii U eShop some time in 2013.

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User Comments (22)

Tsuchiya

#2

Tsuchiya said:

"To keep myself from going crazy from employment – I started programming 8-Bit Boy while looking for a job" Is it just me being half asleep or does that not make sense? Or does he simply mean he's looking for another job while already employed? That, or it's a typo O_O Employment > Unemployment? *Sleeps...

Looking good although it does look way to similar to Mario.

That's good though. :)

MAB

#3

MAB said:

A game made by a fan of Master System, NES and Amiga 500... SOLD! :)

theblackdragonAdmin

#4

theblackdragon said:

@Tsuchiya: You're right, but remember that he's Danish, English is likely not his first language. We know what he meant to say, and the game looks interesting enough :3

Omega

#5

Omega said:

Funny. Most indie game developers are trying to jump on the "retro 8-bit/16-bit" bandwagon. You almost get the impression that these games are the easiest way to make some quick money.

Kirk

#7

Kirk said:

I kinda know how he feels.

I'm busy working on a game of my own in a similar way that I hope to release for Christmas.

My game isn't for any Nintendo platforms at this time because it's a bit more difficult trying to get onto those platforms but hopefully that's something I can look into in the future.

His games got a cool Master System retro vibe to it, kinda like Alex Kid or Wonder Boy (with a couple of very Mario looking blocks thrown in for good measure), which I like :D

MAB

#9

MAB said:

I can already see your name written on a billboard with bright neon lights

★»[K I R K ©™]«★

aaronsullivan

#11

aaronsullivan said:

Good for him. It looks pleasant enough and sounds like a labor of love.

Probably should replace the brick sprites with something that isn't a direct lift from Super Mario Bros. All Stars version. :D Not to mention the question block is sort of Mario thing.

accc

#12

accc said:

Looks good, I just hope people don't confuse it with Bit Boy!!

chucknorrmis

#14

chucknorrmis said:

what a surprise... an indie company going the way of 8 bit... i'm so frikin' tired of these "clever 8-bit platforming" games.

DRLAdmin

#16

DRL said:

I love that there is still a market for 8 and 16 bit games. I will absolutely be purchasing this upon release.

Henmii

#18

Henmii said:

Looks nice! But I am not sure if this can be called a hommage (to Mario) or a rip-off! Well, Giana sisters on the DS was great fun! And 8-bit boy won't appear on mobile-phones, so big kudo's for that!!

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