Perhaps back in 1983, these are words that nobody thought could possibly be uttered – a brand-new Famicom game is releasing in 2016, and it isn’t even the first one.
Following the success of homebrew Famicom chiptune album 8-BIT MUSIC POWER, artist and programmer RIKI has teamed up with Columbus Circle once again to bring us a second homebrew Famicom project in physical cartridge form. The game in question is Kira Kira Star Night DX, a side-scrolling action platformer set in a vivid and colourful world.
The game’s trailer shows off some very impressive use of the Famicom hardware, including detailed, fluid animation and parallax scrolling backgrounds that will no doubt prove to be a real treat on the eyes – it’s also set up to be an audio treat too, with the likes of Yuzo Koshiro and Manami Matsumae contributing music to the game.
This project seems like a very fitting announcement after the recent opening of the 2016 My Famicase Exhibition, which showcases a large selection of make-believe Famicom cartridges designed by artists from around the world. The only difference here is that you’ll be able to actually slot this into your Famicom console and play it later this year.
You can check out more details about the game, as well as pre-order a copy, over on Amazon Japan, where placing an order will net you a limited edition wallpaper for your computer or smartphone.