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Omori by Omocat ⊟

Well, this looks great, an RPG by artist OMOCAT. Best of all, it’s already funded on Kickstarter! Omori is “a surreal psychological horror RPGmaker game” taking place across two worlds.”

Not only is it created, written, etc. by OMOCAT, it features music by Space Boyfriend and Slime Girls! This is going to be cool.

In other news about cool Kickstarters, Renegade Kid’s Cult County looks cool and is not nearly funded yet…

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Flying Hamster 2 takes inspiration from Wonder Boy ⊟

Looking for all intents and purposes like a modern sequel to Wonder Boy 3, Flying Hamster 2 is up on Kickstarter. And it looks beautiful.

The original game was a side-scrolling shooter, but for this one, developer Game Atelier says, “Our main inspirations are the Wonder Boy / Monster WorldZelda series and Secret Of Mana.”

The main Kickstarter goal is a Windows version, but stretch goals could bring it to PS4, Xbox One, Vita, 3DS, and Wii U. I believe that, too, as Flying Hamster was ported all over the place!

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Volume 1 Remix Preview

One day left to put your money down for a Shortsleeves cassette! I’ve mentioned before that The Shortsleeves are one of my favorite chip groups, and they’re kickstarting a tape that will include all of its old materials, new songs, and remixes from friends. The audio embedded here contains samples from two remixes: Bear & Walrus with "In the Memory", and sylcmyk taking on "OceanSideArcade".

But lemme holla at you for a sec while you’re in a crowdfunding mood. These nice folks need your support:

  • My once coworker and indie games tastemaker Brandon Boyer got screwed over by Humana and cancer — help him pay some bills
  • Elizabeth Simins produces great comics about being bad at games
  • DB0 makes it possible for people to play one of my new obsessions, Netrunner, online through OCTGN
  • Anna Anthropy creates beautiful games
  • Merrit Kopas runs Forest Ambassador, which is like a Tiny Cartridge for free and accessible games

If you have suggestions for other Kickstarter/Patreon/Whatevers that you think should be highlighted, make sure to mention them in our comments! I’m sure I’ve forgotten some important ones — these are just what immediately popped up in my head.

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Must watch, must Kickstart: The Shortsleeves ⊟

I love, love The Shortsleeves, the “dream chip” duo made up of Jenn de la Vega on keyboard and Paul Owens on Game Boy, both of whom have been instrumental in helping other chip acts get noticed. I’ve featured their music here a number of times in the past, and we even used their fabulous “Rabbit Feet” tune for our crowdfunding pitch video, which I’m told isn’t bad!

This pitch video for The Shortsleeves’ newly launched Kickstarter project, though, is just marvelous, perfect even. Watch it. The group wants to put together a full-length album on a cassette that will house its previous tracks, new songs, and remixes from other artists. To do that, Jenn and Paul are hoping to raise $1,000 in the next month. Put down some money for a tape and help them make it happen, please!

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Holy crap, there’s a ZX Spectrum recreation on Kickstarter (kinda) ⊟
Explore nostalgia for the alien (or familiar, depending on your location) British computing tradition with Elite Systems’ replica ZX Spectrum keyboard, on Kickstarter now. 
The keyboard will initially work with iPads running a Spectrum app, with functionality for Mac, PC, and other tablets coming later. Elite promises “authentic rubber-key play-control over a comprehensive catalogue of 100% original, officially licenced, paid-for Bluetooth ZX Spectrum games (and more) via a secure App Store environment.” Wow, the whole UK indie dev scene was working on rubbery keys? I’m so sorry!
Update: @expdotzine pointed this out: accusations of shadiness are coming out of the devs whose games were licensed by the creator of the Kickstarter. Hmmmmmm.
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Holy crap, there’s a ZX Spectrum recreation on Kickstarter (kinda) ⊟

Explore nostalgia for the alien (or familiar, depending on your location) British computing tradition with Elite Systems’ replica ZX Spectrum keyboard, on Kickstarter now. 

The keyboard will initially work with iPads running a Spectrum app, with functionality for Mac, PC, and other tablets coming later. Elite promises “authentic rubber-key play-control over a comprehensive catalogue of 100% original, officially licenced, paid-for Bluetooth ZX Spectrum games (and more) via a secure App Store environment.” Wow, the whole UK indie dev scene was working on rubbery keys? I’m so sorry!

Update: @expdotzine pointed this out: accusations of shadiness are coming out of the devs whose games were licensed by the creator of the Kickstarter. Hmmmmmm.

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Nintendo Force magazine on Kickstarter ⊟
If you want to re-up your subscription to Nintendo Force, the magazine started by a bunch of cool Nintendo-focused writers in the wake of Nintendo Power, you can do it through this Kickstarter. And by “can” I mean “have to,” because this is how they’re handling subscriptions!
Of course, the Kickstarter method has benefits, including optional stretch goals like a fold-out poster and, uh, paying the hard-working writers. You got to respect people who take on crazy projects like these for no pay, but I’m quite sure they’d like to be compensated.
If you’ve never checked out the magazine before, the latest issue (with Shovel Knight on the cover!) is on sale for $0.99 as a PDF, or $5 in print.
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Nintendo Force magazine on Kickstarter ⊟

If you want to re-up your subscription to Nintendo Force, the magazine started by a bunch of cool Nintendo-focused writers in the wake of Nintendo Power, you can do it through this Kickstarter. And by “can” I mean “have to,” because this is how they’re handling subscriptions!

Of course, the Kickstarter method has benefits, including optional stretch goals like a fold-out poster and, uh, paying the hard-working writers. You got to respect people who take on crazy projects like these for no pay, but I’m quite sure they’d like to be compensated.

If you’ve never checked out the magazine before, the latest issue (with Shovel Knight on the cover!) is on sale for $0.99 as a PDF, or $5 in print.

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La-Mulana 2 could come to handhelds ⊟

Exciting! Nigoro and Playism just launched a Kickstarter for a sequel to La-Mulana. It’ll be made for PC if they hit $200,000, which they totally will, but the total we’re looking for is $1,150,000 – the stretch goal at which a handheld version, for PS Vita and/or 3DS, will be made. 

In any case, I’d love to play this, and I’d love to get my hands on some of those rewards. Also I’d love to attend the streamed curry party Nigoro will have if they get $200,256. 

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Doctor Popular’s chiptune album on a GBA cart ⊟

Through this Kickstarter, you can get Doctor Popular’s new album “Destroy All Presets” for any price as a download. Or, if you have $65 to put into it, you can get a custom copy of the GBA music/sound editor Nanoloop with DocPop’s tracks pre-loaded and remixable.

These special carts will come preloaded with 10 of my tracks for you to play/remix as well as all the software you need to create your own chiptune music on your Game Boy Advance. Each cart comes with an instructable zine (and pdf) to get you started.”

The carts won’t be manufactured unless the Kickstarter goes through. At $2700 of its $6500 goal so far, I think it will! Who doesn’t want a musical doodad for their GBA?

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Retro Magazine funded ⊟

Super late on this, but Retro Magazine is a new retrogaming print mag up on Kickstarter now. It just passed its $50,000 goal and is heading to stretch goal land. If you want to get in on funding, it’s open until tomorrow.

It boasts an all-star lineup of basically EVERYBODY you’ve ever read about old games from! Except for me. Which is fine. They even found some old EGM people who I haven’t heard about in years! What I’m saying is some of the people writing about retro games are kind of retro.

Hyper Light Drifter is coming to Wii U ⊟

It’s also coming to PS Vita! So at least it will be on one handheld. Heart Machine will also release this to other platforms like PlayStation 4, Mac/Linux/Windows, and Ouya, if you prefer playing on those things. It looks like a great game — you can get a copy for just $15 if you throw a pledge at its Kickstarter, which ends in a day.

I grabbed these GIFs from PaulloDec, theveryscaryrollie, and the official Kickstarter page, and also threw in an awesome fan-made animation from Anthony Holden.

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River City Ransom Underground Kickstarted ⊟

River City Ransom Underground, Conatus Creative’s sequel to the NES classic, has passed its Kickstarter goal of $180,000 CAD. It hasn’t quite hit the $280,000 required for Vita, or the $320K for Wii U/3DS.

So I was skeptical about this game at first (more so than other Kickstarters even) but there’s reason to have some faith in this. First off, it looks pretty good. But also, Double Dragon/Renegade creator Yoshihisa Kishimoto is on board as a creative consultant, and animator Justin Cyr (Scott Pilgrim, Wizorb, being a cool guy) is on the team as well.

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Here’s the cancelled GBA Shantae ⊟

WayForward is doing a marathon streaming event as its Shantae kickstarter closes. One of the games the developer played on the stream was… the unreleased, unfinished Game Boy Advance Shantae game! The archived video above includes a surprising amount of gameplay. So cool! So unusually open.

I heard there was going to be more unreleased stuff shown, but I’m not sure if it’s been streamed yet. The stream runs until 10am PDT, basically right now!!! (when the kickstarter ends!)

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