Devolver Digital is known for publishing indie games to great success. However, today it set its sights on a slightly larger developer’s IP. In a tweet that I’m sure will excite many fans, Devolver Digital asked “Daddy Nintendo” to let it develop a new entry in the cult favorite StarTropics franchise.
Volunteering to help make a new StarTropics happen.
Plz, Daddy Nintendo.
— Devolver Digital (@devolverdigital) June 15, 2021
Back in the early ’90s, Nintendo made a game that was never meant to come out in Japan. Developed by the IRD division, StarTropics was a top-down adventure title about an American boy who fought off aliens with a baseball bat, a yo-yo, and a whole lot of spunk (and apparently Devolver Digital really liked it). You also had to dip a physical letter into real water to get a code a certain point in the game. It’s kind of like the lovechild of The Legend of Zelda and EarthBound Beginnings. Later on, StarTropics sprang up on the Wii and Wii U Virtual Consoles worldwide, as well as the NES Classic in North American and PAL regions and the Nintendo Switch Online service. Still, it’s certainly not one of the Big N’s more favored IPs, getting only lip service here and there.
What Devolver Digital has in mind for StarTropics is anyone’s guess. Are we looking at a tried-and-true remake or a whole new experience? What studio would even be handling this whole affair? Either way, I’d love to head back to the Southern Seas for another out-of-this-world adventure. Hopefully you won’t have to make your Switch wet to finish. Plz, Daddy Nintendo.