Graceful Explosion Machine was one of the standout titles in the Nintendo Switch launch window, bringing colorful, intense shmup action to the fledgling platform. We absolutely loved it, and as time has gone on, it’s only gotten better, as the developers added in a new scoring system and video capture. It’s rather hard to believe that it’s already been a year since the game’s launch, and now Vertex Pop has made a blog post reviewing the game’s history.

Programmer Mobeen Fikree began the project in 2015 as a one man team, with the aim of releasing it on the 3DS. After a meeting with Nintendo, the team expanded to five and production went into full swing, but things were thrown off when the Switch got announced. The team called up Nintendo and proposed a Switch release, and they got approval because the game’s release date lined up well and the studio’s custom engine fit the Switch.

Since launch, the game has sold 50,000 copies, which has put Vertex Pop in a strong position, and the company is now working on a new colorful action game that’s due to come out sometime in 2019 on the Switch. To celebrate the sales milestone, Graceful Explosion Machine can be picked up on the eShop for half off for the next week.

What do you think? Did you like Graceful Explosion Machine? What would you like the next game to be like? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

[via vertexpop.com]