Animal Crossing and Metroidvania GDC Talks Now Available For Your Viewing Pleasure

New Leaf and Castlevania devs discuss the intricacies of game development

Many of the presentations at last month's Game Developers Conference are now available to view for free on the GDC Vault website, including Animal Crossing: New Leaf producer Katsuya Eguchi and co-director Aya Kyogoku's "How to Turn a New Leaf at the Animal Crossing" and Castlevania pioneer Koji Igarashi's "There and Back Again: A Metroidvania Tale". The videos include all of the slides used in the talks, as well as a chapter selection menu so you can skip right to the topic of your choice if you don't have time to watch the entire discussion.

In the 45-minute "How to Turn a New Leaf at the Animal Crossing," the Animal Crossing creators discuss everything from the core themes of the Animal Crossing series to the development team's efforts to appeal to a diverse audience of all genders and ages. Igarashi-san's hour-long "There and Back Again" features the Symphony of the Night and Aria of Sorrow creator's advice on how to design a Metroidvania game, and hints at his potential future projects.

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