Entirely new video games for retro hardware has become not a common phenomenon, but it is certainly happening with increasing frequency. Along those lines, developers Rik Nicol and Jeremy Clarke have started a Kickstarter for Goodboy Galaxy, a new adventure platformer that will release physically for Game Boy Advance (GBA), in addition to digitally releasing on Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam. The game has already vastly surpassed its funding goal, at over $40,000 currently raised while originally asking for over $24,000. It is also fast approaching a stretch goal to ensure a physical release of Goodboy Galaxy on Nintendo Switch.
The game has a playable browser demo available now. The full game will include “tightly-packed levels with multiple routes” and secret areas, more than 50 characters who have friendship cards to collect, and an upgradeable blaster with special abilities.
Now here’s the really weird part: Goodboy Galaxy as a physical GBA release was only being offered at specific, limited Kickstarter tiers, and they’re all sold out already. That’s, frankly, kind of stupid, since the GBA release is clearly the main draw. They should’ve worked out a more amicable arrangement with their publisher, First Press Games, and perhaps that is still possible. In any case, if you back Goodboy Galaxy now, you’re looking at a digital (or potentially boxed physical copy, pending stretch goals) of the Nintendo Switch version, or you grab the Steam release or a ROM of the GBA version.
For point of reference, the Infinity Game Boy Color Kickstarter has been an enormous success already, raising over $186,000 so far and having to create a whole new set of stretch goals. Buying a physical copy of that game is pricey, but there are notably no limits on who can buy it.