If you own an iOS or Android-based smartphone then you may have already experienced the excellent Gunman Clive. A homage to the classic action platformers of old, the game has been confirmed by its developer as a forthcoming 3DS eShop title.

Speaking to Not Enough Shaders, creator Bertil Hörberg said:

The gameplay borrows elements from a range of classic platformers, the main one being Mega Man. I originally wanted to make something very straight forward without focusing on any gimmicks and just do something as fun and as polished as I could. Eventually I started to realize that I needed some kind of twist after all and started experimenting with the graphics. That it ended up looking as good as it does is honestly somewhat of a fluke, and the minimalistic style helped speed up the development immensely. During that phase I had also tried putting a cowboy hat on the main character and combined with the new shaders, a western theme just felt right somehow, even though it wasn’t at all planned from the beginning.

Hörberg also spoke about his experiences of dealing with Nintendo, and had some positive things to say:

I can’t really comment on the difficulty until I’ve gone through the whole process and the game is actually released but so far everything has been going smoothly. I didn’t have any trouble getting a developer license and Nintendo has assured me that self-publishing on the eShop should be very straight forward.

The battle between smartphones and consoles is getting pretty heated these days, so how do you feel about a mobile release being ported to the 3DS? Are you looking forward to giving Gunman Clive a spin? Tell us everything in the comments section. You know you want to.

[source notenoughshaders.com]