A couple weeks ago, a game called Streets of Red – Devil’s Dare Deluxe came to the Switch eShop, bringing a fun retro beat ‘em up game that’s great to play with friends. We really liked it, although the game was admittedly a rather niche and minor release that had gone mostly unnoticed in the massive stream of games that are constantly pouring onto the Switch. Even so, it seems that the game turned out to be a surprise success, as the developers recently shared a message with fans thanking them for all the support.
Tobe from Secret Base recently spoke with Destructoid about the game, saying that it made back the production cost in just ten days, while promising that more content will be coming to the game at a later date. Here’s what he said:
Streets of Red is a tiny game, made by a tiny team from the tiny island of Singapore. Being based so far away in SEA, it was never easy making indie games which are usually targeted at the western audience. Yet after 5 years since I've first sat down and decide that this is the game I want to make, the game has finally launch with such positive result I could never have imagined.
Reviewers in general has been really nice to us, giving us a solid 8 or above, often comparing us to Scott Pilgrim and Castle Crashers. Sales wise, it's more than I've dare hope for. In fact, at the time I am writing this, Streets of Red is actually ranked 9th on the Nintendo Europe eShop best selling chart! Having sold more than 10,000 copies, we have managed to recoup our porting and development cost in just under 10 days.
This is completely unexpected, as one would know if you have been following my twitter account, I have largely refused to look at our sales. Because for the longest time, I just want to enjoy the comments and feedback from players and reviewers, new friends and old ones, rather than sighing over sales I did not have. It was until one game tweeted an image of Streets of Red ranking 14th that I start to realized what happened (That's not true - I'm still kinda lost)..This is not the end, however. Moving forward, we have some plans for updates, contents and maybe gifts for our supporters. It will take some time, but hopefully soon.
Lastly, thanks, thanks, thanks and thanks again for the kind words and helping to make a dream come true.
Secret Base - Tobe
If you haven’t heard of it already, perhaps give this one a look; it’s a pretty good time.
What do you think? Have you played Streets of Red? What would you like to see out of the upcoming content? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
This is the first I've heard of it... Is that Rick Sanchez and a Demogorgon I see in the background??
I will look into this game. I'm ok with Nintendo delaying the Virtual Console on Switch, I believe this massively helps Indie developers not competing with Nintendo Classics.
When I was more active on my 3DS I would pick VC games over indie games because I know it was a safe choice. I'm just not in a hurry for VC on Switch because I already have 4 or 5 ways of playing Super Mario Bros 2 in my home.
@Meaty-cheeky No doubt. While the classics are nice, over 10 years has passed since VC started so it’s going to get no one excited anymore. Indies on the other hand can get folks excited.
This game is absolutely fantastic. Really surprised me. So happy I pulled the trigger on a whim. Been through it twice to the end, and few failed runs, itching for more. Everything is spot on, and the bosses are great homages, and fun fights too.
A fun little beat m up with a very attractive price.
At first I wrote the game off despite being a fan of the genre, but after seeing such a glowing review here on NL and a cheap price, I decided to give it a shot. The game really exceeed my expectations. 10K is way too low for sales. Convinced a few people to jump in after showing them the game. Passing a buddy a joy-con for co-op play is such a great way to share a game. Really hope this game is a continued success.
The gaming market will be healthier when there are more games that are profitable after 10,000 sales than games that lose money after a million sales. If you care about gaming, not just as a hobby for yourself but also as a place developers can be rewarded for their efforts, then you should support and play games like this.
Got it on release cos' it was cheap and reminded me of Metal Slug. It's way fun and replayable as can play as one of four characters.
Not realy my thing but im very glad it was succesfull.
I saw a not to Turtles, Terra, Link and Showel Knight in the trailer and instantly thought "I need this!". So glad that I bought it!
This game is a very good fit for the Switch. The lenght of levels are perfect for short handheld sessions. The retro feel of the game works very well for me And with its low price (seems to already be discounted in Europe as well) this game is very good value for your money!
Awesome! I’m glad that these passionate indie developers are finding success!
Though I would still love to see VC, at some point, I agree that it may be for the best that it never shows up, at least not as it was. I must admit, though, that I dream of the day when I have a selection of Gamecube games in the palm of my hand (Mario Sunshine, Metroid Prime, and VIEWTIFUL JOE!!!!).
I couldn't get over the brown, but if this game offers me a chance to punch a Jim Sterling-lookalike in the face I may yet consider it.
Not too fond of over-reliance on references though. Especially as I simply don't consume a lot of the media the thing is referencing.
I'm really enjoying this at the moment! It's great to hear stories like this, making it obvious that the Switch the ultimate home for awesome indies.
I bought it because of the launch discount, without that I'm not sure I would have picked it up so soon. The Nintendo Life review turned my head towards it too, I've only played a little bit but it's great so far.
I've been following this game for a while now, and I have to say I've been hooked since I first laid eyes on it. The dev deserved every bit of success this game can bring - he's so nice! The game is as fun and brilliant as you'd expect and it's very easy on the eyes too. I thought the dark colours would put me off but actually it's been very appealing from the start. I'm still waiting to play this with my friends but otherwise its been amazing.
Almost thought it said Streets of Rage at first. Lol
I want to play this, too, but I'm waiting for my gamer in crime to get free so we can play it. Nice words from a pretty humble guy... I'll make sure I support ya fella!
I plan on getting this at the beginning of the month.
beat em ups are making a comeback
called it years ago.
@roboshort I distinctly beg to differ. The option to have classic games on the Switch, thus both portable and on the TV is something I know I am not the only person who desperately wants. It was something I dreamed of as a kid. I always was connecting my Game Boy to the TV with things like the Super Game Boy on SNES, or the GBA-Gamecube player.
I know I am not the only person who thinks the Switch is the ultimate platform to have a large collection of classic games on and I am dying to throw money at Nintendo for it.
This game is effing amazing. Full stop. If you like beat em ups even a little, you must buy his game. If you're a huge beat em up fan like me (and @ogo79), this game is a required purchase.
And if it has the Official Shpydar Stamp of Approval TM you KNOW it's good.
definitely going to pick it up, it was on the list of must haves for me already, now its been bumped up because I didn't know the dev team was so small and because they seem like such nice people!
Alright I'm buying it.
pretty much what @the_shpydar is threatening you about
i mean trying to convince you to do is buy this game or we will both clothesline you at the same time while eating a hamburger we found in a trashcan. i really mean threaten.
we mean business.
He has a right to be proud of this game. I am a huge fan of beat-em-ups but for some reason I hadn't gotten any for my switch, aside from Phantom Breaker Battle Grounds which was vastly disappointing to me. Raging Justice was on my radar, but that still has some time before I can play it. I even skipped the Neo Geo games because i'm not a huge fan of the style, except for Metal Slug of course but I already have the anthology on Wii.
Streets of Red was an easy sell especially for the price. I haven't had much time to play it, but the short time I did spend with it oozed with polish and deliberate satisfaction with every combo and plenty of things to make it stand out from the greats in the genre.
@Heavyarms55 Yeah. I’m sure you aren’t. And personally I would like to see VC come back, though I think they will not really excite most people much anymore unless it’s GC VC. And they should not bring it back at the expense of 3rd party games, especially indies. Nintendo has spent a lot of effort trying to salvage its relationship with major publishers and nurture its relatonship with indie developers. And they’ve been successful so far due in part to the lack of VC, I think.
@roboshort I just don't see why we can't have both VC and indie support. If the VC just had to die, I wish it hadn't died right as Nintendo releases what I continue to argue is the best possible device to have those retro games on. I distinctly do not want to resort to homebrew emulators and downloaded roms... but if we never get that retro support on the Switch, someday, someone is gonna totally jailbreak the Switch, and I will get that set up... I'd much prefer to throw my money at Nintendo for this, but if they don't give us the option, I will find another way.
@Heavyarms55 Yeah. I agree. It is Nintendo’s best device for VC. I hope Nintendo does bring back VC when the timing is right. But first they need to improve the eshop. The usability is pretty bad now, which is likely hurting sales of a lot of titles. They need a better browsing engine and a recommendation engine.
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