New NES releases in 2017 are always welcomed, but there is more than meets the eye to Amazon's Running Diet, because it is in fact a release by the folks at Ancient to celebrate an anniversary for 3DS title Gotta Protectors.
In this endless runner you take control of the titular Amazon, one of the playable classes in Gotta Protectors. It seems the young lady has become slightly larger than we remember her back in 2016, so it is time for some hard exercise.
The game auto scrolls to the right and you have to use your character's abilities (slide, jump, backflip, double kick) to pick up water while avoiding cake icons. When the hydration gauge at the bottom of the screen runs out it is time for a hilarious game over. In the end, depending on how many cake icons you accidentally picked up, you will either lose or gain weight. A simple yet addictive concept, it's a game that always makes you want to try another run to improve on your last result. Catch us playing it in the clip below.
As you might have noticed, the soundtrack is by none other than Ancient co-founder and legendary video game composer Yuzo Koshiro. If you want to give the game a try, just head over to this page, scroll to the bottom and download either the Japanese or English version. You can then throw the file at your favourite NES emulator or use a flash card to play it on your NES or clone hardware of choice.
Just imagine if Ancient releases some sort of sequel featuring the rather "unique" ninja character from the 3DS original...
Jiggle Physics, SOLD!
Uhhhhhh......... Thanks for the journalism?
Well they needed something to happen for the Game Over screen. The game looks really limited but the sprite quality looks nice at least.
Pretty cool. It would be cooler if it were more in depth but that's not really the point of this game and I get that. On a completely unrelated topic, I wish we could get new games in The Adventures of Lolo and Star Tropics series.
i know several people that need to go on a diet.
maybe i should recommend this game to them.
sometimes you just gotta put down the fork and blame yerself.
Call someone fat by having the world split in half when they fall on their butt. Classy
The Amazon sprite is cute & animated amazingly well, but the game is a little too simple to tempt me to download it - pretty much got everything I needed from the sprite art at the top of the page.
Still, a great little promotional piece. Probably saw many a man hour to make it look that good.
Uh could have been cooler. The cake and water looks rubbish and quite similar in appearance. I get it's just promo fluff but still they want us to play it right? Not for me when it looks that bland. All the time and effort seems to have been spent on chubby half dressed pixel art..... real cool 😒
Wow, just wow. 'Young girl in bikini runs to lose weight' game? Pretty appalling tbh. Not even any sarcastic comments about how clearly offensive this is. No different from games that this site has complained about before for being inappropriate but with added fat shaming. I have no words.
This is f&[email protected])& up on many levels. Yikes. Thank you Samwise for being the voice of reason here.
@Samwise7 "Fat shaming"? C'mon man it's just a silly little throwaway game. No need to get angered over something so harmless.
Should be some sort of unlockable in gotta protectors.
Also would be nice to see some other minigames based on the rest of the cast.
Now, cue in the people who will complain about the game's theme :>
Running to lose weight is appalling. You should work off any excess fat by thinking excessively slender thoughts while fondling a salad (with no dressing).
I can't believe these awful messages are reaching the NES's massive playerbase.
Agreed, GOTY for sure!
I'm not hip, and so after looking up what the hell SJW (and I'm a social worker mind you) means, I am decently bummed. I now understand further why public discord had become increasingly more biting, negative, or just generally more salty and apathetic - for many it may feel like the only communication that's fully safe.
The idea is funny, but the game is too lazy.
Seriously, too lazy even for a joke.
Nice. Can't get it to work on my flashcard though. Still, Yuzo is legendary. I don't understand why everyone is getting mad over this game. Just skip downloading it if it bothers you.
that giant sprite is incredible.
Wow, just wow. Also, six minutes of the exact same thing forever? Sheesh.
Tho I did like the music and the game over screen made me laugh out loud.
Looks like something the dev made the day before the anniversary, after waking up in a stranger's bed with a bad hangover.
...with that in mind: not bad. Hope someone uploads the BGM somewhere, I'd love to hear it without the sound effects.
@SheldonRandoms said that just like Patrick.
It's interesting how it was done graphically. You may see parallax background scrolling of multiple layers, but there's only one actual background layer since the NES only supports one layer. The actual layer is only ever updated once, and that's at level start. It just repeats the same sequence over and over with changing those good/bad icons you collect. For the part that looks like it's part of a separate layer, that's simply updating a small collection of background tiles each frame that the layer references. You can tell at around time index 2:04 where 3 tile entries corrupt with the wrong color palette and it just repeats itself.
The only other game to make use of this graphical trick that I can recall is Sword Master.
**can't find Gotta Protectors on the eShop**
THIS GAME LIES!
The animation is pretty "sweet" for the NES. Plus music by Yuzo Koshiro is always cool!
not kidding, i saw better games made in my intro to programming class
As a free celebration game it looks awesome XD
Too bad they are working so much on making these surprises for their japanese and american audience while Europe is still waiting to get "Gotta Protectors" ;w;
Why are people complaining about the quality of the game?It's free,and looks better than other ones made by bigger developers.
I'm going to play it in the opposite way.
@LiberatedAnimal who wants a more in depth game😝And why talk about unrelated topics..... lol😝😝that was intense
I think the main problem is classing this lady as 'fat'. For many women with that body type that would be a very healthy weight.
Imagine if they actually released Gotta Protectors in Europe...
Lol, this must be one of the most sexist game's I have ever seen!
@PipeGuy64Bit The problem is that it's the messaging that isn't harmless. Misogyny is a massive issue in gaming, I am friends with the games/tech presenter Julia Hardy who gets abuse almost on a daily basis. This sort of game with a child-like girl in a bikini 'trying to lose weight' as she doesn't have this archetypal body weight image is exactly the sort of crap that propagates this negative image and attitude to women to kids that don't know any better. You only need to read some of the comments on this very feed to see what I'm talking about.
Pixel Amazon is very cute! It takes a lot of planning to animate sprites that large on NES, though I guess people have some handy tools for it nowadays.
Anyway, gotta love Yuzo Koshiro, he's the reason I became a Sonic fan.
To all who commented regarding "slow news day" / "journalism":
I'm here 24/7 and you can't stop me. ^_^
Ever considered that this "girl" wants to lose weight of her own volition? Not everything is about imposing ones views upon someone else.
@shaneoh Haha! That 'girl' is a sprite created to titillate lads, she doesn't 'want' to do anything.
Looks good for a free game.
@Samwise7 In that case, no one was harmed. Move along.
If only she bought a treadmill, she wouldn't have to worry about dodging cakes. Or better still, an excercise bike, so she doesn't risk falling on her backside, and destroying the world, as demonstrated in the game over sequence.
@Shiryu Reporting on a new NES game/anything free and Nintendo-related is always relevant and is always appreciated. Thanks again for the great work! Some people here probably just feel insecure or opinionated about the game's theme, but I hope that they'll never encourage you to self-censor your articles.
@Gauchorino No worries, they won't affect my judgement to report anything retro related. The day a game with music by Yuzo Koshiro isn't news worthy is the day I retire from video games.
@MegaTen They're not affected to the same degree by the current cultural taboos that the feelings-dominant Western media attempts to shame and manipulate the common folk with.
@Shiryu I dread the thought...
@MegaTen But those norms are not necessarily and are often not dependent on current trends. Another example of this is the immigration standards of Japan, whereby illegal aliens and unrestricted migration to there are almost never allowed, despite guilt-trips and hit pieces by Western media against them.
Yes, misogyny is ironically most often the product of insecure women against other women, which men are ad nauseum falsely blamed and ridiculed for, without any sort of repercussions (thanks to the implicit bias that "men are always the oppressors"). It is indeed a huge problem.
It looks amazing, but the gameplay seems a bit bland. And the water and cake(?) icons could have more different looks IMO.
Great character design, animations, and backgrounds. But the gameplay seems a bit boring.
I'm unsure why anyone would take offense to this, given the positive message of someone actively choosing to work out toward a goal of self-improvement as they define it, and, via the good ending that this video didn't show, showing that with hard work and determination and self control, one can absolutely improve oneself in both body and spirit.
But then, I'm not surprised that people are looking for reasons to be offended either.
Also, I can't believe anyone would have to even say this, but it's 2017 and it's time to stop propagating this myth that somehow being particularly overweight is healthy for you. Yes, having 10-15, maybe 20 at the most, extra pounds of fat (key word: fat, not muscle) is a reasonably safe concept in the cases of sudden disease so your body has fuel to burn. But it is simply false, projecting, full on denial to claim that if you're packing 40-50 or more pounds of fat that you're somehow "healthy", doubly so if you claim that you can't improve for some reason besides not having functional legs, lungs, or a heart condition.
Quirky free game about a lady running to improve herself and gain self confidence? I see nothing to get offended about here, that sort of self-driving, can-do message is something more of us could use in our lives in multiple ways.
@Shiryu After seeing that you posted this, I'm wondering where the hidden reference to Yume Penguin Monogatari is!
At least the cakes in that were actual cakes. Not....icons of cakes.
I remember during the 90s all the uproar about violence in video games and its impact on young men, and thinking (and still do) that that's bull pucky. And that if anything, those games provided an outlet/vent for those with anger challenges (i.e. not harming actual people) while they address said anger challenges.
But games like this, can you see a young girl playing it and getting some value/benefit from the experience? I didn't think so.
@needmorecowbell If said young girl got entertaiment out of it, thats something? This is just a silly little game, moste likely made for fun and promoting a eshop game.
@Samwise7 Being fat isn't healthy. Losing weight if you're packing extra pounds should be promoted, not met with a blind eye and accepted.
@Samwise7 ...Honestly I have no idea where to begin. I have a feeling we'll both be wasting our time going back and forth arguing over not just this game but everything else you have mentioned. All I have to say is Japan doesn't care about whatever agenda you or people that share your ideas are trying to push and I'm thankful for that.
As is sometimes the case, I find the comments more interesting than the article's subject itself!
More than anything, I like the graphics and music, but I'd get bored of the thing after a couple of rounds.
@PipeGuy64Bit I'm not entirely sure I know what you mean by that. I'm sure I don't need to tell you the 'problem' Japan has with objectifying school girls etc do I?
@Tao I completely agree and I go to the gym 4 times a week myself. Having a healthy life style is essential, I just don't think that that is the point of this game.
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