Update: Fri 20th May, 2022 17:30 BST: After just 3 days, the Antonblast Kickstarter has been successfully funded, with the campaign reaching $77,116.77 of its $75,000 target at the time of writing. That means the game will be Switch-bound at some point in 2023 - congrats to the team!
Developer Summitsphere will no doubt be eyeing up the stretch goals now, the first of which being a new playable character called Annie and a Time Attack mode at the $100,000 goal. At $125,000, the game will get an additional 3 worlds to explore, so here's hoping the campaign keeps trucking for the next 32 days!
Original Article: Tue 17th May, 2022 15:00 BST:
It's been nearly 14 ruddy years since we last got a proper Wario Land game. Of course, the WarioWare series is fantastic too, and we'd love to see it continue to thrive, but we'd be lying if we said we didn't miss the classic platforming gameplay of the core Wario Land series.
While Nintendo doesn't seem to be in any rush to make a new entry to the series, a new project launching on Kickstarter today might just look like the perfect alternative. Developed by Summitsphere, Antonblast is an over-the-top platformer with authentic Game Boy Advance aesthetics, taking inspiration from a wide range of games such as Wario Land 4, Metroid Dread, Cuphead, Shovel Knight, Sonic CD, and Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back.
The developer is looking to raise $75,000 to fully fund the project. Backers can pledge $15 to bag a digital copy of the game, plus any potential future DLC included. Tiers go all the way up to £10,000 for those who might be really confident in the project.
Here's some info on the game from Summitsphere:
- Nine unique sprawling worlds with tons to explore!
- Destructive action and explosive escapes!
- Dynamic play style — rush to the end or explore at your own pace!
- Silky-smooth platforming gameplay with best-in-class controls!
- Breathtaking hand-drawn animation à la Earthworm Jim and Cuphead!
- Brutal earthshaking bosses!
- A groovy retro-flavored dynamic soundtrack!
- Loads of replay value: Hard Mode, Boss Rush, and more!
Provided the Kickstarter reaches its intended goal, Antonblast will release in 2023 on Nintendo Switch and Steam. Stretch goals are in place to accommodate release on PlayStation and Xbox, but this will depend on overall performance.
What do you think of Antonblast? Does it look like the Wario Land spiritual successor you've been hoping for? Let us know!